JOB IN LIBRARY UNDER THREAT

I work in a library (hurrah!) but at the moment my job is under threat
(boo!) Very soon I'll be interviewing for my current posts again. The
thought of competing for jobs with my dear friends and colleagues has me feeling sick.

I read a lot (as you would expect) but please recommend something to get me through this difficult time.

Thanks, Anxious Library Assistant
Dear Anxious Library Assistant,
We share your misery at the possiblity of more Library cuts and slashes, as we of course benefitted hugely from our formative years spent in libraries. We sincerely hope that you are able to keep working in the place that you love. Literature is unsuprisingly full of libraries, from the mysterious shelves in The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, to the library in Niffenegger's The TIme Traveller's Wife where the unpredictable Henry keeps turning up unexpectedly. We have two cures for you; to underline your passion for books, reading, and all things associated with library life, there is no better novel than "If on a winter's night, a traveller", by Italo Calvino. Read this book and swoon with your love for books, shelves, stacks and readers. Then, just in case the wind seems to be blowing you out of your library, read The Paper House, by Carlos Mario Dominguez, which puts a slightly different perspective on the bookish life. While still telling a tale from a book-lover's view, it warns of the dangers of excessive bibliophilia.
Yours, Ella and Suse
We prescribe - If on a winter's night a traveller by Italo Calvino
The Paper House by Carlos Mario Dominguez

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