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These Just In: A Great Read and a Great Reference

House of Leaves (Mark Z. Danielewski)

It’s hard to begin to describe this gripping and unique novel, so we thought we should enlist the services of two NY Times bestselling authors to help us out:

“A great novel. A phenomenal debut. Thrillingly alive, sublimely creepy, distressingly scary, breathtakingly intelligent — it renders most other fiction meaningless. One can imaging Thomas Pynchon, J. G. Ballard, Stephen King, and David Foster Wallace bowing at Danielewski’s feet, choking with astonishment, surprise, laughter, awe.”

—Bret Easton Ellis

“House of Leaves actually gave me nightmares: I had to stop reading it before bedtime. I’m sure klaxons will be set blaring around it and klieg lights will be trained on it, and so they should. Its secrets are rich and obscure. Danielewski’s textured novel is about apprehensions, in all senses of the word: to anticipate with dread, to seize, to understand. If you can imagine that Peter Pan’s enemy is not Captain Hook but Neverland itself, or that the whale that swallows Jonah is Moby-Dick, you’ll begin to appreciate what this book is about. Anticipate it with dread, seize, and understand. A riveting reading experience.”

—Gregory Maguire, author of Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West

Curious? Ask John (it’s one of his favorite books) or read more about it in the Publisher’s Weekly review. A brief word of caution-if you are concerned about strong language or mature content  you may wish to ask a librarian about other recommendations.

Statistical Abstract of the United States (2012)

Yes, it sounds boring…but if you want to find a statistic for a research paper, a presentation, or to impress your colleagues, this book is your best friend.  It presents hundreds of tables of statistics (1406, to be exact) from both government and private organizations which report on social, political and economic conditions in the United States.  Each table also provides a reference to the original source of the statistics in that particular table, so the user can go to that source for still more information.  Much of this data is available online somewhere, but it is more difficult to access that way than it is in this handy compilation.  This book is a prime example of the truth that sometimes a book can be better than an online source (yes, it’s TRUE!).

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