35 Books Librarians Have Recently Loved: Critical Linking, November 28

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Back in September, BuzzFeed Books sent out an unscientific survey to librarians, asking them about their jobs, projects, pet peeves — and recent books they’ve loved. About 1,400 librarians responded, mostly in the US. Here’s what they had to say.

We’re listening!


What really fascinated me about the black widow spider was that the males are not prey until the females are hungry, and if they’re not hungry, the males get away. They’re fine. That’s something I love about Ayoola — I don’t think her actions are always from a place of pain or revenge or self protection. Sometimes, she just does it because she can. There’s something freeing about that. She’s not this broken female who’s acting from a place of hurt. She has no sympathy for her victims, no remorse, no sense of consequence. She just does what she wants to do when she wants to do it. Out of every character in the novel, she’s the one having the best time.

I’m just going to keep reading every Oyinkan Braithwaite interview until there’s another book I can devour!


Although he began his career by winning a student Academy Award, has been nominated for Oscars in screenplay and documentary categories and just received an honorary Oscar for his body of work, it is rather surprising to realize that Spike Lee has yet to be nominated in the Best Director Oscar category or to see any of his rich filmography named as a Best Picture candidate.

That could change this year with one of his most acclaimed films in a long while, BlacKkKlansman, the story of a black detective named Ron Stallworth who infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan in the 1970s and lived to write about it. It won Lee the Grand Jury Prize at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, and while the incredible premise deals with some very serious subject matter, it organically includes a lot of humor coming out of the situation.

It’s that time of year: everyone is talking Oscars.

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