Every month, as Collection Manager, I endeavor to post our order for new books by the first of the month, in order to net new book releases for our patrons just as they are coming off the presses. The bulk of the September order has arrived, and is now being sorted, cataloged and processed for our borrowers throughout the community. It may take a few days for all the books to get stamped, spine-stickered, quality checked and shelved. All New Nonfiction books are shelved near the library circulation desk for easy browsing, and holds are allowed.
Some strong titles being released this September: Karl Marlantes’ study of the Vietnam conflict, What It Is Like To Go To War, a biographical exploration of the not-so-average family of Karl Marx and Jenny von Westphalen, Love and Capital by Mary Gabriel, and Alice Waters’ observations about 40 Years at Chez Panisse.
Of particular interest to ski town sociologists and ski bums alike, The Slums of Aspen explore the impacts many factors, including economics, culture, immigration and development on the fragile environmental resources of a mountain valley and the building social schisms among Aspens residents, including mounting racism. The authors, Lisa Sun-Hee Park and David Naguib Pellow, both Professors of Sociology at the University of Minnesota, spent many years studying the Roaring Fork area and the collision of nativism and environmentalism, and what it means for the long term health and future of the community.
Also of interest to readers of the literature of the West: a new collection of essays, West of 98, about living and writing the American West, beginning at the 98th meridian. Edited by Lynn Stegner and Russell Rowland, the collection includes writings by Louise Erdrich, C. J. Box, Antonya Nelson, William Kittredge and Gary Snyder.