Morgan's Reviews > Quiet, Please: Dispatches From A Public Librarian

Quiet, Please by Scott Douglas
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Mar 22, 11

bookshelves: librarian, memoir
Read in March, 2011

At first I enjoyed the cynicism and sarcasm that dripped from each page but eventually I just got sick of it. I can't for the life of me figure out why this person is a librarian, he seems to hate everything and everyone about the job. The list of people that this guy bitches and complains about is pretty much never ending (including Martha Stewart and firemen).
I did learn something though: the kind of librarian I never want to be.
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Reading Progress

02/01/2011 page 45
14.0% "I can't decide if I'm amused by his snarkiness or irritated by his extreme cynicism."
02/08/2011 page 59
18.0% "This guy hates librarians; why does he want to be one?"
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Judith Wright I'm reading this now!


Morgan it's one of our "textbooks" for public


Judith Wright yeah that is how I heard about it too.


message 4: by Scarlett (new)

Scarlett Sims I read this for public and most people had the same opinion as you did but my opinion was like, I wanna meet this guy! He has a few blogs that I read, also. I think one thing about this book is that librarians aren't the target audience. It's meant more for like, McSweeney's readers who aren't librarians, so he is writing with them in mind, I think.


Morgan Occasionally I felt like he made a point that I agreed with and I'm sure there are many crappy coworkers out there. But if I wanted to hear people complaining about patrons I could just go out with my coworkers (which makes your point about keeping nonlibrarians in mind).


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