You’ve had a chance to get to know Art through his “Getting to Know Us” post, and now here’s a chance to get to know him even better with his top ten list of library items.
1. The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova: A wonderful historical mystery featuring an interesting take on the myth of Dracula.
2. Foyle’s War: A wonderful British detective tv series set during and just after World War II.
3. The Choking Doberman, and other urban legends by Jan Harold Brunvand: A fascinating collection of urban legends (stories you hear that supposedly happened to a friend of a friend).
4. The Structure of Scientific Revolutions by Thomas Kuhn: This classic in the Philosophy of Science argues that scientific advancement is not evolutionary, but is rather a “series of peaceful interludes punctuated by intellectually violent revolutions” resulting in theoretical paradigm shifts.
5. Salem’s Lot by Stephen King: A well-done retelling of the Dracula story set in 1970s Maine.
6. The Truth, The Way, The Life: an elementary treatise on theology by B.H. Roberts: A fascinating read where LDS apologist B.H. Roberts attempts to consolidate his theological ideas into a unified whole by reconciling then known science with scripture.
7. Making Rounds with Oscar: The Extraordinary Gift of an Ordinary Cat by David Dosa: The story of a skeptical geriatrician who comes to accept the fact that one of the cats in his nursing home has the uncanny ability to sense who is about to die. The cat comforts the patient and their family by snuggling with them until they pass away.
8. The Ultimate Man’s Survival Guide: Rediscovering the Lost Art of Manhood by Frank Miniter: Information on how to survive, compete, provide, and be a gentleman.
9. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle: Sherlock Holmes is called upon to determine the truth about a gigantic ghostly hound that appears to haunt and hunt the Baskerville family on the grim moors of Devonshire.
10. Marley and Me: Life and Love with the World’s Worst Dog by John Grogan: A funny, poignant story of a family and their crazy labrador retriever.