I'm always looking for inspiration for book displays for our library. I love them and many of our readers look forward to them too. A good theme, a caI'm always looking for inspiration for book displays for our library. I love them and many of our readers look forward to them too. A good theme, a catchy title, a few props, a good selection of materials, my fingers crossed in hopes that out the door they go.
Susan P. Phillips and her students give some sound advice and lots of jump off idea to spark your creativity. Books like Great Displays for your Library need to be referred to over and over again as one day you see the possibility, when another day you missed it completely.
Consider this statement "Remember that good ideas are precious. They are hard to come by, fragile at their inception, but powerful when established. Ideas frequently come in unexpected places, such as the bathroom--when showering or shaving." Most of my brainstorming is done on sleepless nights.
One of my favorite displays on first read is "On Seeing", with the quote "The question is not what you look at but what you see"...Henry David Thoreau Suggested props include eyeglasses, telescopes, an eye chart. Though Ms. Phillips suggests books, as well as her thoughts on the theme, I'm leaving that up to you. Think of the possibilities. My initial thought was "books with eyes on the cover" and I know we have many of those.
This is a well laid out book with rationale, ideas, month by month ideas, construction techniques, an index and bibliography. I appreciate the consideration in planning of space constraints that some of us face. There are ideas for smaller displays and then ways to make it "bigger and better". My only wish would be that it had been printed in color. ...more
You kn0w going in that this isn't going to pretty and probably won't have a happy ending. That seems to be the nature of True Crime.
People Who Eat DaYou kn0w going in that this isn't going to pretty and probably won't have a happy ending. That seems to be the nature of True Crime.
People Who Eat Darkness begins in the year 2000 with the disappearance of Lucie Blackman, once a British Airways flight attendant, who comes to Tokyo to be a hostess in the seamy Roppongi district. How did Lucie end up in here? The author, Richard Lloyd Parry does a thorough investigation and reporting of the case. Like the best of the true crime writers he does his research and leaves no stone unturned.
There is a lot to think about here. You are privy to interviews with Lucie's old boyfriends, her women friends, her co-workers, and the men she entertained as a hostess but the most poignant are those with her family. Her mother, Jane and father, Tim, had divorced bitterly early on in Lucie's life. Jane and Tim are central components to the story, and what they do or don't do comes under heavy scrutiny. As I read, her parents often frustrate me and don't always act as I think they would. This could be the fault of the author's portrayal of them. Of course my heart goes out to each as they search for their missing daughter and wonder at her fate. My main sympathies however, are saved for Lucie's sister, Sophie, who is left to deal with the horror of her missing sister without the strength of parents standing together in this evolving tragedy. Though there is a younger brother too; Rupert, he is away at school, and seems somewhat removed from all that is unfolding.
quoted from the book:
"People are afraid of stories like Lucie's, stories about meaningless, brutal, premature death, but most of them cannot own up to their fear. So they take comfort in moral judgments, which they brandish like burning branches waved in the night to keep off the wolves>" Perhaps I am guilty of this.
Even with the dread of knowing the eventual outcome of Luci's fate, I could not help but be fascinated by Japan's justice system, and how it differs from ours. Parry does an excellent job of explaining this. He also writes with sensitivity on a subject that is too horrible to imagine.
This is not a book for the weak stomached. It is graphic telling, a very sad story of a smart, attractive, young woman, whose life is cut short by a cunning, serial rapist and murderer. I won't give him the attention of even typing his name. I'd prefer to remember Lucie Blackman....more