What Collection Development is Reading in July

July 03, 2018 | By Baltimore County Public Library

Collection Development is the department of the library that sees all the new books before anyone else. This department orders, unpacks and pays for all the materials the library acquires. So with all the books at their fingertips, what is the staff in Collection Development choosing to read?

There there : a novel - book cover

"There There" by Tommy Orange

The title refers to a quote by Gertrude Stein, “The trouble with Oakland is that when you get there, there isn't any there there.” Orange introduces us to twelve “urban Indians” as they each prepare to attend a Pow Wow in Oakland, California. Through the accounting of their histories (both cultural and personal) and the details of their daily lives, the story becomes a much bigger examination of the search for identity, belonging, and authenticity. This book is heartbreaking and funny, deeply thought provoking and illuminating. You will be thinking about this overlooked segment of America and the pain of their history long after you finish the last page. —Lynn

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"Something in the Water" by Catherine Steadman

This debut thriller grabs you from the opening lines: “Have you ever wondered how long it takes to dig a grave? Wonder no longer. It takes an age.” Erin is on her dream honeymoon and passionately in love with her new husband Mark, so how is it that she is now digging a grave? While scuba diving they found something in the water and the decision that they made would change their lives. A perfect beach read. —Jackie

Stay tuned for more Collection Development recommendations each month.

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