The author is The Librarian who even has an action figure based on her - it shushes, bringing her arm up, finger to lips - PRECIOUS!! This is an excellent reference for your home library. She lists books by topics, mainly, with detailed descriptions. She includes some great advise, for instance - she likes to give a book 50 pages before deciding if it's good enough to keep reading. She says to not feel bad if you don't like the book, just lay it down and maybe go back to it another time. Sometimes, it's just your mood. She's also an excellent speaker, very entertaining and FUNNY. She spoke here in Leavenworth and is a delight.