In the stacks: How the library keeps track of what New York wants to read (and tries to meet the demand)
Anyone who has turned to the library in the past few days for a copy of journalist Katherine Boo’s first book, Behind the Beautiful Forevers, met with one of the inevitable pains of living in New York: A very long line. By Wednesday evening, 350 holds had piled up for four available copies of the book. For the person at the end of the line, that would mean waiting for 88 other people to retrieve, read, and return the well-regarded 288-page book before it's available. Forever, basically.
In fact it won't take that long for patron No. 351.
Melissa McCarthy's creation of Megan in Bridesmaids is a true original. She is not a cliche. If you have seen McCarthy on talk shows and in personal appearances, then you have seen her effervescent, sweet personality, which is nothing at all like the swaggering, blunt Megan. I wasn't even aware it was the same actress who was in "Gilmore Girls."
“But we ain’t doing civil rights here,” protests Aibileen, an African-American maid in Tate Taylor’s The Help, based on the New York Times bestseller of the same name by Kathryn Stockett.
The “here” Aibileen refers to is the project initiated by “Skeeter”, a white lady (played by Emma Stone), to tell the stories of the domestic help from the maids’ perspective and publish them in book form.(1)