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A Review of “The Laughing Librarian: A History of American Library Humor”

A Review of “The Laughing Librarian: A History of American Library Humor” Reviews and Remarks 191 Smith, J. C. (2012). The Laughing Librarian: A History of American Library Humor. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company. Jeannette C. Smith has been a librarian for almost 40 years and an award- winning library humorist for most of that time. Her exploration of American library humor and its history exhibits all the warmth and verve one would expect from such a seasoned practitioner of the art. It is also surprisingly thorough, considering its relatively slender page count; the author addresses all major topical facets of late 19th- and 20th-century library humor, from sex to shushing and beyond. She also devotes one chapter each to noted library humorists Edward Lester Pearson, Norman D. Stevens, and Will Manley and includes case studies of library humor in the pages of MAD Magazine and The New Yorker. Despite its high information density, the book remains a joy to read, easy to digest, and full of intriguing vignettes that span 20 decades of library-related laughs. Whether readers prefer elegant wit or crude slapstick, they will find something to chuckle over in these pages. More than that, understanding what past librarians thought was funny, and how other people laughed at or http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal Of Access Services Taylor & Francis

A Review of “The Laughing Librarian: A History of American Library Humor”

Journal Of Access Services , Volume 10 (3): 2 – Jul 1, 2013
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1536-7975
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1536-7967
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10.1080/15367967.2013.796249
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Reviews and Remarks 191 Smith, J. C. (2012). The Laughing Librarian: A History of American Library Humor. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company. Jeannette C. Smith has been a librarian for almost 40 years and an award- winning library humorist for most of that time. Her exploration of American library humor and its history exhibits all the warmth and verve one would expect from such a seasoned practitioner of the art. It is also surprisingly thorough, considering its relatively slender page count; the author addresses all major topical facets of late 19th- and 20th-century library humor, from sex to shushing and beyond. She also devotes one chapter each to noted library humorists Edward Lester Pearson, Norman D. Stevens, and Will Manley and includes case studies of library humor in the pages of MAD Magazine and The New Yorker. Despite its high information density, the book remains a joy to read, easy to digest, and full of intriguing vignettes that span 20 decades of library-related laughs. Whether readers prefer elegant wit or crude slapstick, they will find something to chuckle over in these pages. More than that, understanding what past librarians thought was funny, and how other people laughed at or

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Journal Of Access ServicesTaylor & Francis

Published: Jul 1, 2013

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