by Erin Kolb
Dear Dear Fahrenheit 451: Love and Heartbreak in the Stacks,
Could you be a more perfect book? I mean, I dont want to gush, but Im going to because this is definitely fan mail. Before I go on, I must admit it was your cover that first grabbed my attention. Yes, I judged you by your cover. A watercolor of a darling librarian standing on a stack of books reaching for a book on a bookshelf? Adorable! How did I know you were a librarian? By your bun and sensible shoes, of course. Ill forgive you the bun stereotype. My sassy short hair proves not all librarians put their hair up, but my Danskos are a dead giveaway.
Ok, enough about your appearance. Lets get to the heart of you, dear. You are librarian Annie Spences love letters and breakup notes to the eclectic books shes encountered over the years. Jam-packed with more than 100 book titles, youre filled with goodies like Stephen Kings disconcerting and terrifying Misery, Judy Blumes groundbreaking young adult novel Forever, and Annies all-time favorite, The Virgin Suicides, by Jeffrey Eugenides. Then there are some real gems, like Cornzapoppin!: Popcorn Recipes and Party Ideas for All Occasions, and Pictorial Anatomy of the Cat.
Annies writing is funny and snarky, compassionate and reflective. Shes fantastically honest in her letters, and that is what makes you, dear, such a delightful read. You are a book-lovers dream and an absolute must for any reader in a slump. Know that Im talking about you and sharing you with my community. Youre too good to sit unnoticed.
Adult Services Librarian, Asotin County Library, Clarkston