This Book Is Overdue! (Hardcover)

How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All

By Marilyn Johnson

Harper, 9780061431609, 288pp.

Publication Date: February 2, 2010

List Price: 24.99*
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Description

In This Book is Overdue!, acclaimed author Marilyn Johnson celebrates libraries and librarians, and, as she did in her popular first book, The Dead Beat, discovers offbeat and eloquent characters in the quietest corners. In defiance of doomsayers, Johnson finds librarians more vital and necessary than ever, as they fuse the tools of the digital age with love for the written word and the enduring values of truth, service to all, and free speech. This Book Is Overdue! is a romp through the ranks of information professionals who organize our messy world and offer old-fashioned human help through the maze.


About the Author

Marilyn Johnson is a former editor and writer for Life, Esquire, and Outside magazines, and lives with her husband, Rob Fleder, in New York's Hudson Valley.



Praise For This Book Is Overdue!: How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All

“Johnson does for the library profession what Malcolm Gladwell did for the theory of memetics in The Tipping Point.”
— Nora Rawlinson, The Tipping Point

“This is a book for readers who know that words can be wild and dangerous, that uncensored access to information is a right and a privilege, and that the attempt to ‘catalog the world in all its complexity’ is heroic beyond compare.”
— O, The Oprah Magazine

“Johnson has made her way to the secret underbelly of librarianship, and the result is both amazing and delightful. Savvy, brave, hip, brilliant, these are not your childhood librarians. And who better to tell their stories than the sly, wise Marilyn Johnson.”
— Mary Roach, author of Bonk

“Marilyn Johnsons’s marvelous book about the vital importance of librarians in the cyber age is the very opposite of a ‘Shhhhh!’ It’s a very loud ‘Hooray!’ ever so timely and altogether deserved. Move over, Google--make way for the indispensable and all-knowing lady behind the desk.”
— Christopher Buckley, author of Losing Mum and Pup

“To those who have imagined a dalliance with a librarian--and there are millions of us--Marilyn Johnson’s new book, chocked as it is full of strange, compelling stories, offers insight into the wildness behind the orderly facade of the humans who are at the controls of our information.”
— Pete Dexter, author of Paris Trout and Spooner

“Topical, witty.... Johnson’s wry report is a must-read for anyone who’s used a library in the past quarter century.”
— Publishers Weekly (starred review)