Quiet, Please: Dispatches from a Public Librarian. By Scott Douglas. Da Capo. $25.
Man Killed by Pheasant and Other Kinships. By John T. Price. Da Capo. $25.
Maybe it takes a librarian to know what makes a good book – even one about himself. Not that Scott Douglas was super-enthusiastic about becoming a librarian: “Maybe I didn’t have what it would take; maybe I wouldn’t even want to be a librarian. But, as of that moment [of receiving a grant to study library science], I didn’t really care. The tuition was free and it allowed me to put off my life choices for just a bit longer.” It turned out that library science was in
Man Killed by Pheasant is a much more conventional memoir, despite its unusual title. It turns out that John T. Price wasn’t actually killed – he couldn’t have written the book then, could he? But he did have an encounter with a pheasant that flew into his car while he was driving, flapping in his face and almost causing an accident. And that helped inspire Price to the realization that