What Collection Development Is Reading in August

August 02, 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 our Collection Development staff reading this month?

Cover of A Ladys Guide to Etiquette and Murder

"A Lady’s Guide to Etiquette and Murder" by Diane Freeman

American-born Frances Wynn, Countess of Harleigh, is concluding her yearlong mourning period in 1899 when this novel opens. While her philandering husband died in the bed of another woman, scandal was averted with Frances’s quick action. But when the police receive an anonymous tip that his death may have been murder, an investigation begins with Frances at the center. Luckily she has the help of her friends, family and a new paramour. Part cozy mystery, part romance, all fun, this debut is sure to be the first of a promising series and a quintessential summer read.  —Maureen

Cover of the book White Fragility

"White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard to Talk to White People About Racism" by Robin DiAngelo

As race-based conversation and controversies continue to occur nationwide, it can also be a time to examine our own biases. Anti-racism trainer Robin DiAngelo helps do just that with this well-researched and deeply necessary book. At once a look into our past and a vision for our future, "White Fragility" delves into the uncomfortable emotions white people experience when faced with the reality of racism in the United States. The author provides a frank look at the prevalence of white supremacy in the formation of our country, and gives advice on how to approach the issue with an open mind and a desire for change. A must-read for anyone looking to engage in productive dialogue about race. —Emily

Stay tuned for more Collection Development recommendations each month.

Category: Collection and Materials