And of the large collections, Biography [single subject works] and Mystery/Spy novels are completed, and Fiction is over one-third catalogued. I plan to tackle the History sections next. Poetry et alia are also on the agenda for next year.
Are some of the small collections new to you? Most of them live in the upper level of the library, and are definitely worth exploring. There are conveniently placed chairs upstairs on either side to facilitate leisurely browsing. Enjoy!
represented in our Library’s collection. You can turn up more Golden Age authors with a quick Google search.
Watch the Recent Arrivals shelves for newer entries in the Cat in the Stacks series. Check the Mystery/Spy shelves for some of the Golden Age classics.
Exhausted our Library’s offerings? Check online catalogs for Ramsey County (RCL) and St Paul Public (SPPL) libraries. Your Ramsey County Library card can also be used at all SPPL libraries, including the St. Anthony Park branch.
(Deacon Cuffy Lambkin)—our rarely sober, likeable victim and hero; Sportcoat’s late wife Hetty; and a large supporting cast.
The questions: Why did Sportcoat shoot Deems Clemens in the ear, right in the middle of the project Plaza? Where is the missing Christmas Club money? Will the Elephant ever find true love?
The problems: drugs, alcohol, poverty, prison. Beneath their ever-present anger and antagonisms, the inhabitants of the Cause Houses care about each other. Although we’re sheltered from the worst that happens, this is a side of 1960s New York City we don’t often see—a mix of Italian, Irish, Black and white, hating and loving.
Hilarious and tragic, romantic and adversarial—as several plot threads weave together, finally, it’s the language that draws you in and holds you to the end, as the Irish Sergeant Potts, when confronted with the graceful presence of Sister Gee, feels “all the formal police training in the world was useless when the smile of someone you suddenly care about finds the bow that wraps your heart and undoes it.” You will care, too.
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