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I recently participated in an online conversation with Readers’ Advisory librarians across the country. One of the things we discussed was sure bet books. Sure bets are those tried and true titles that we find ourselves suggesting to readers over and over. A librarian from Seattle Public challenged us to come up with ten titles that are—generally speaking—crowd pleasers. There were quite a few overlaps and some titles that were brand new to me, but it was a great exercise.
By now, if you’re at all plugged into the book world, you’ve heard that the inimitable Nobel Prize winner Gabriel García Márquez has died. It’s always sad to lose a literary lion of García Márquez’s stature, of course, but today I am focusing on what he gave us, not on what we’ve lost.
I think that Grumpy Cat may, in fact, be one of the great existential philosophers of our time. I suspect that he has his finger (paw?) on the pulse of joy. After all, things fall apart. Life is suffering. I’ve already lost about half of you, right?