"Library science" researchers have shown that most of us are browsers. We go to a library or bookstore to find an interesting book to read. We scan the shelves until we find it. Occasionally we go with a book in mind, or search the card catalog, or look for something else by an author we've enjoyed-but most of the time we browse.
Browsers face a problem, though. Too many books fill the shelves. They overwhelm us. So librarians learned to shelve fiction in categories: mysteries or romance, horror or science fiction. We are like children who know we want chocolate before we go into Baskin-Robbins, so don't distract us with all those other flavors.
We've organized the following pages for browsers. We asked WORLD writers and some talented freelancers to pick a nonfiction category or a fiction genre they like, and to recommend a handful of recent books. We've used Dewey classifications to divide our nonfiction recommendations: books on the 2008 financial crisis, poverty-fighting, sports, humor, biographies, and history. In fiction, we have "inspirational fiction" (that's how novels published by Christian houses are labeled), speculative fiction (science fiction and fantasy), and young-adult fantasy, followed by a look at P.G. Wodehouse and American Southern Literature. The section concludes with a look at books that make good gifts on some special occasions.
A crisis observed | David L. Bahnsen
Heart, head, hands | Amy L. Sherman
Highs and lows | Les Sillars
Laugh tracts | Albin Sadar
Better than bullets | Edward Lee Pitts
Fighting cancers | Emily Belz
Getting better | Susan Olasky
Worlds apart | John Ottinger III
Bygone Britian | Kenan Minkoff
A rare jewel of conference contentment | William Boyd
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