Saturday Public Library Book Haul, April 5, 2014

Watson and Holmes - A Study In Black - Karl Bollers, Justin Gabrie, Rick Leonardi, Larry Stroman Hip Hop Family Tree - Ed Piskor Read Me: A Century of Classic American Book Advertisements - Dwight Garner How to Write a Dirty Story: Reading, Writing, and Publishing Erotica - Susie Bright

It was a good sunny day today to go to the public library after a few gray and rainy days this week. I returned some of the books from last time, and I renewed a couple I am still working on. Naturally, a trip to the library means I come out with a few more new things, which I am highlighting in this post. I got a combination of new things and older things from the shelves. I checked out four books this week, including two new ones.


Hip Hop Family Tree caught my eye right away in the New Books shelf. For one, it is by Fantagraphics, and I usually like their work. Two, it promises to be a history of the early days of hip hop with such folks who went on to become stars like Grandmaster Flash and Kurtis Blow as well as those who worked to make it happen behind the scenes like Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin.


These days it seems remaking Sherlock Holmes for modern audiences is a thing. Whether it is the British show Sherlock or the American version of Elementary, the character has been adapted in various new ways. So, when I came across Watson and Holmes, which adapts the duo as African Americans in Harlem, I was intrigued. The cover art looks very good too, so I am looking forward to this one.


Browsing the shelves, I gravitated to the writing area. That is where I found the Susie Bright book on writing erotica. I have been reading some good erotica lately. While I dabble a bit in fiction, nothing that is ready to see the light of day (so, don't worry folks, at least not yet). Anyhow, I borrowed this in large measure on Susie Bright's reputation and I figure I can learn a thing or two to help improve my writing overall.


Finally, the Read Me book was the serendipity find of the day. I had heard of this book before; it has been on my TBR for quite a while, so finding it was a good thing for me. This is a book of old book advertisements. I do like books about books and books about vintage things, which makes this a good combination. It also looks like it will be an easy read given it is mostly a visual book.


All in all, it was a good day to go to the library. As soon as I read them, I will review them for you guys to learn more.


So, any of you visiting your public library? Any good finds? Tips perhaps? Comments welcome.