Guest blogging today.

November 4th, 2011 13:27 by Albert Tucher

I'm over at Patti Abbott's place blogging about a book I stumbled over in the unplumbed depths of the Newark Public Library's biography collection. It's a prison memoir called Lonesome Road, by George Harsh, and it has the kind of improbable twists that would earn only derision in fiction.

The Library was founded in 1883, and many of the older collections were cataloged according to pre-automation rules, which gave little access beyond authors and title--no subject analysis, no Dewey classification. They are simply filed alphabetically by the biographee. To make things worse, despite our unceasing efforts since the early 1980s, many of the 1.5 million items in the Library's collections have been missed in the conversion to our current online catalog. In other words, nobody knew we had this book until I pulled it off the shelf.

Here it is now:

Lonesome Road