Dec 25, 07
Reference Librarians with a grudge.
Read in January, 2006
Ever wondered how many U.S. Presidents had hooks for hands? Do you wish you had easy access to a list of 700 hobo names? NPR commentator John Hodgman has, and he's written the funniest, silliest and possibly smartest reference book ever penned. Structured like an almanac that has nothing but contempt for almanacs, The Areas of my Expertise is a treat for anyone who has spent too much time in the reference section of their local library. Whether Hodgman is delivering a blistering commentary on the state of public libraries or a rant about the absurdity of the post-9/11 world, he never loses his laser-focus or his wit.