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The Borrower by Rebecca Makkai
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Aug 03, 2011

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Read in August, 2011

There are things I liked about this book, and things that I really didn't. Namely, I hated the fact that Lucy hates her job. As a children's librarian who loves her job, it was kind of hard to read about someone who didn't like it. But whatever. The eithics discussion was interesting, and I really liked the occasional style references to children's books like The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Goodnight Moon.

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message 1: by Chelsea (new)

Chelsea Couillard-Smith I'm so interested in your reaction to this book. Both me and a coworker tried and failed to finish it because the premise made us so uncomfortable. I've been dying to hear what someone else thinks about it - the reviews have been so good!

Sandy The premise really is kind of uncomfortable, but that's part of what makes this book work. You have to let yourself get a little bit uncomfortable to really get at the heart of the ethics questions posed here.

I bet that librarians have a much harder time with this book than non-librarians to. Librarians (especially those with an MLS, which Lucy doesn't have) are trained to have policies that tell them how to think in these kinds of situations. I spent a lot of time thinking, "Well, I would never make that decison because..." But instead of relying on library policy, Lucy relies on her emotions to make decisions. I think that's what makes it so uncomfortable for us.

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