In the Stacks: Short Stories About Libraries and Librarians, ed. by Michael Cart
First, let us all repeat together the librarian mantra my co-worker and I often say: everything is better in the stacks.
I thought this was a fun idea so I picked it up, but by halfway through I was wondering what I was thinking. I think I don't like themed collections of short stories. Soon I was asking myself why I was even reading it.
There are several really good short stories in this book, though. I loved the Italo Calvino story that kicks off the book. There's an excellent Ray Bradbury piece, and a fun little murder mystery. Of course the famous Borges story is included.
Some of the stories seemed to be really kind of a stretch, included because they weren't terrible and mentioned something about something that might be connected to a library somehow. It's really a fairly large collection--or at least it felt that way. I got pretty tired.