Submitter: Why hasn’t this checked out in 2 years? The cover? The dust bunnies on the corner? The EVERYTHING?
Mary: What a shame. I like that author.
Holly: I liked The Midwife. I read it in the late 1990s by Mary’s suggestion. The summary on WorldCat for this book is:
“When Margaret Claiborne, a beautiful and brilliant American pianist, marries Brazilian empire builder Erik Larson, she is plunged into the cosmopolitan life of nineteenth-century Rio de Janeiro and the complex mores of a society she only half understands.”
It is set in the 19th century – clearly historical – which makes for a tricky weed. However, the cover is pretty bad. It looks old – not historical fiction old; just old. The picture makes me think of soap operas. Yes, I’m sorry, but people DO judge books by their covers. People like my grandma who watched their “stories” faithfully every afternoon in the 1980s might like this.
Anything with dust bunnies and lack of circulation has to be considered for weeding. Two years isn’t the worst I’ve ever seen, but every library is different. If two years un-circulated is the limit of your space, then this has to go. You can’t tell from this picture, but this book is over 570 pages long. It’s taking up a LOT of space.
No one will be too heart-broken if this title is weeded from the collection in the smallish public library that submitted this.