Archive for July, 2024

Tuesday, July 16th, 2024

Maine Job: Member Specialist

We need to find a great new employee, so we’re offering $1,000 worth of books to the person who finds us one.

Rules! You get a $1,000 gift certificate to the Maine or local bookseller of your choice. To qualify, you need to connect us to someone. Either you introduce them to us—and they follow up by applying themselves—or they mention your name in their email (“So-and-so told me about this”). You can recommend yourself, but if you found out about it from someone else, we hope you’ll do the right thing and make them the beneficiary.

Small print: Our decision is final, incontestable, irreversible, and completely dictatorial. It only applies when an employee is hired. If we don’t hire someone for the job, we don’t pay. If we’ve already been in touch with the candidate, it doesn’t count. Void where prohibited. You pay taxes, and the insidious hidden tax of shelving. Employees and their families are not eligible to win.

Maine Job: Member Specialist

LibraryThing is hiring a full-time member specialist. Although LibraryThing is mostly remote, this job is only available to people who can come into our Portland, Maine HQ at least some of the time.


  • Love books and readers
  • Be energetic, capable, organized and conscientious
  • Write well, clearly and quickly
  • Be highly proficient with computers
  • Work well both independently and under direction
  • Get What Makes LibraryThing LibraryThing
  • Be detail-oriented. Start by following the directions in this ad!

Extra Credit

  • Book-world experience (bookstore, library, etc.)
  • Professional social media experience
  • Project-management or QA experience
  • Strong technical skills (e.g., Excel, HTML, CSS, Photoshop, Canva, databases, SQL, ChatGPT)
  • Strong intellectual interests, demonstrating passion and a capacity for deep thinking

The Job

The core of the job is set: Talking to LibraryThing, TinyCat and Litsy members by email and on the LibraryThing site, troubleshooting bugs that they find and working with LibraryThing staff to get them fixed.

You need to be able to come into the LibraryThing office, but how often is negotiable. You will need to fulfill orders from the LibraryThing Store, from product in the office.

As a small company, we aim to hire great employees and have no “siloes.” If you have specific skills or experience, we’ll use them. And other duties calling on communication, organization, adaptability, diligence, intelligence, and creativity will pop up, and you must play an engaged and constructive role in company meetings on any topic.


Because we’re willing to consider a wide variety of applicants, we can’t set a salary. We anticipate applicants will be looking for $40–65k.

LibraryThing has gold-plated health insurance. We require hard work and are only looking for full-time applicants, but are unusually flexible about hours.

How to Apply

Send a resume in PDF format to Your email should be your cover letter. It should show your ability to be persuasive but succinct.

Fine Print

LibraryThing is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of religion, race, color, national or ethnic origin, age, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy status, parental status, marital status, veteran status or any other classification protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.

Remember that part about diligence? Your subject line should be “Cheddar Cheese: [Your name]” so we know you are diligent.

Labels: employment, jobs, maine

Tuesday, July 9th, 2024

Author Interview: Bob Eckstein

Bob Eckstein
Footnotes from the Most Fascinating Museums

LibraryThing is pleased to present our interview with illustrator, author and cartoonist Bob Eckstein, whose work has appeared in such publications as the New Yorker, New York Times, Reader’s Digest, Smithsonian Magazine, and Atlas Obscura, and who has been exhibited in the Cartoon Art Museum of San Francisco, Smithsonian Institute, The Cartoon Museum of London, and others. Eckstein’s The History of the Snowman was published in 2017, and addressed the significance of these icy creations, while his more recent 2022 The Complete Book of Cat Names (That Your Cat Won’t Answer To, Anyway), offered a humorous, cartoon-filled guide to naming our feline friends. His Footnotes from the World’s Greatest Bookstores: True Tales and Lost Moments from Book Buyers, Booksellers, and Book Lovers highlighted amazing bookshops from around the globe, and was a New York Times bestseller. A follow-up, Footnotes from the Most Fascinating Museums: Stories and Memorable Moments from People Who Love Museums, was published this past May by Princeton Architectural Press. Eckstein sat down with Abigail to answer some questions about his new book.

Done in the same style as your earlier exploration of bookstores, Footnotes from the Most Fascinating Museums profiles seventy-two North American museums. What made you turn to museums for your next project, and how did you select which ones to include? What made you choose to focus on North America, when the previous title was global?

A couple of things convinced me to do a museum book. I love art and I knew this would be a dream job. And it was. I never enjoyed doing a book more.

I have just decided to try to do more of what I love to do. I’ve said no to some book projects proposed to me. I also saw during COVID that museums were struggling (like so many things). Raising awareness for them really motivated me to get this project off the ground and really do a good job. Throughout the work I was thinking I had to convince my readers to go out and visit or revisit these important institutions.

That said, this book is more of a summer vacation bucket list. I wanted to give affordable suggestions for a family. Including exotic museums from Europe and around the world didn’t fit that criteria. I can’t afford to travel to museums around the world to do the book myself—budgets for books, I think for most everyone, have been shrinking.

There are over 37,000 museums in North America alone so focusing on just here was also the right choice, assuring I would give them the proper attention. I narrowed the choices down to the top 150 before I had to cut that number in half to fit in the book. I took into account each museum’s beauty, historical significance, its range of appeal, geographical and cultural diversity, and its role in the local and arts community, like educational programs and its preservation importance. I then choose the best stories from the hundreds I collected. It was a big project.

What makes museums so important? What role do you see them playing in our lives, and what do you want your readers to take away from your book, in terms of that role?

This is a question, the importance of art in society, that cannot be answered in a day let alone in a paragraph. Museums really are giant selfies. People love selfies and that’s what they are. It’s everything we’ve done on this planet, all our accomplishments and even our mistakes, collected in one place to assess.

Museums are constantly evolving and are different from when we were kids. This is something I tried to point out in the book. They are far more human. All museums create memories while educating your family. And it’s an activity that anyone can participate in. Museums go out of their way to appeal to all ages at once.

Tell us a little bit about the museums themselves. What different kinds of museums were included? Were there ones you discovered in the course of creating the book? Did you visit all of the museums profiled? Which are your favorites, and why?

I tried to include museums for people who don’t necessarily like museums or art. There’s outdoor gardens, car museums, a Spam museum, and a museum on just comedy. I even included the Museum of Bad Art.

My favorite museums keep changing depending on the day and my mood. There were so many great museums. I live next door to the tranquil Cloisters, the old Medieval castle. But there is nothing like bringing a kid for their first time to the American Museum of Natural History. I am planning to revisit The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art as soon as my schedule allows. I was blown away by their collections. But it’s impossible to pick one as they are all always changing. Museums are more organic than people realize. My favorite museums are those I walk away from with a feeling of rejuvenation.

I went to as many as humanly possible. Some days I went to three in one day. With some others, helpers had to go for me. Some were museums I had been going to my whole life. There were a couple I discovered after being at another museum and discussing museums in general.

Cloisters American Museum of Natural History Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art

Your book doesn’t just focus on the museums themselves, it includes anecdotes and stories from museum curators, workers and visitors. What are some of the most interesting stories you heard, when it comes to the human side of museums?

Every museum has so many stories. There is the story in my book about where Michelle and Barack went on their first date. It was in connection to the same museum, The Art Institute of Chicago, that I share a story about a meltdown break-up in front of a painting and how a different painting, nearby, convinced Bill Murray not to commit suicide.

A personal favorite of mine is how a friend who is a New Yorker cartoonist devised a plan to sneak a painting of his onto the walls of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

Your book includes 155 original illustrations. What are some of your favorites?

There’s an illustration in the book with my wife with her back to us sitting in front of a John Singer Sargent painting in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

I had a great time at the James Bond exhibit at the Petersen Automobile Museum in Los Angeles, a museum I wasn’t planning on going to but then did, after figuring, “why, not?” when I was at the La Brea Tar Pits across the street. So glad I went.

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston James Bond exhibit, Petersen Automobile Museum La Brea Tar Pits

Tell us about your library. What’s on your own shelves?

We have at least 2,500 books. Aside from the multiple bookcases, there are piles of books everywhere, from sitting on chairs to display racks to piles next to the bed that force us to be mountain goats. My wife likes fiction and I prefer biographies and nonfiction. I have about 300 books on gag cartooning.

And a lot of books are sent to me from writers I’ve met or who want a blurb or review, and quite honestly will never read, as I don’t have any interest in vampires or space alien love stories.

What have you been reading lately, and what would you recommend to other readers?

Between cartooning, illustrating, public speaking, teaching and writing, I have little time for reading outside all the reading I need to do for research. Right now I’m reading “The Loveliest Home That Ever Was”: The Story of the Mark Twain House in Hartford in preparation for my lecture I’m giving there June 26th.

Labels: author interview, interview

Monday, July 1st, 2024

July 2024 Early Reviewers Batch Is Live!

Win free books from the July 2024 batch of Early Reviewer titles! We’ve got 180 books this month, and a grand total of 3,310 copies to give out. Which books are you hoping to snag this month? Come tell us on Talk.

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The deadline to request a copy is Thursday, July 25th at 6PM EDT.

Eligibility: Publishers do things country-by-country. This month we have publishers who can send books to the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the UK, Ireland, Luxembourg, Poland, Portugal, Italy and more. Make sure to check the message on each book to see if it can be sent to your country.

Once More from the TopThe Stranger at the WeddingThe Color of HomeThe Wishing Pool and Other StoriesTea with ElephantsCode Peking DuckI Hate Job Interviews: Stop Stressing. Start Performing. Get the Job You WantRethinking College: A Guide to Thriving Without a DegreeFriends with SecretsFrom SavageryThe Trial of Anna ThalbergA Token of LoveThe Dark RoadThe Rhino KeeperThe Thing about My UncleGeneration RetaliationThe Ballad of Falling RockThirty Seconds at a TimeThe Vanishing at Echo LakePinnacle: The Lost Paradise of RastaHow to Love a Forest: The Bittersweet Work of Tending a Changing WorldThe Chaos Clock: Tales of Cosmic AetherWhat I Saw in Heaven: The Incredible True Story of the Day I Died, Met Jesus, and Returned to Life a New PersonWhen Demons Surface: True Stories of Spiritual Warfare and What the Bible Says About Confronting the DarknessAt the Fall LineVoices Carry: A Story of Teaching, Transitions, & TruthsUSS Primis: The First StarshipChristmas at Sugar Plum ManorA Hope UnburiedOf Gold and ShadowsThe Christmas CatchAmeliaThe Geometries Of InnocenceSavagesBetween These Bones: A Collection of PoetryThe Climate Change Solution: Complete Mitigation ScienceBorn in Space: Unlocking DestinyNature SingsTrust the Whisper: How Answering Quiet Callings Inspires Extraordinary Stories of Ordinary GraceRebecoming: Come Out of Hiding to Live As Your God-Given Essential SelfTrunk Goes Thunk!: A Woodland Tale of OppositesNeighbourly MischiefThe America I Deserve: All My Amazing Plans for When I Become the Great American Dicktater For One Day-ish, Donald J. TrumpWhat We Sacrifice for MagicAwakenThe Darkest Night: A Terrifying Anthology of Winter Horror Stories by Bestselling Authors, Perfect for HalloweenThe Friendly FirecatThe Runaway RumblebearGrowing Up: An Inclusive Guide to Puberty and Your Changing BodyJohn the SkeletonOliver's TaleResilienceEthereal AwakeningThe Holographic New ClothesHer Shadows From The PastInto the UnknownThe Girl Who Dreamed: A Hong Kong Memoir of Triumph Against the OddsThe ArrangementThe 7 Habits of Highly Effective ReapersColor Me DeadMurderous CONsequencesJeep Transfer Cases: How to RebuildThe Legacy of the ElvesThe Nomadic Devil: The True Story of Israel Keyes America's Most Methodical Serial Killer Who Planted Murder Caches NationwideThe UnfamiliarEdge of the RainbowIt's a Game, Not a Formula: How to Succeed As a Scientist Working in the Private SectorLife after KafkaProven InnocenceThe Nonprofit Dilemma: Insights & Strategies for Purpose-Driven LeadersChristmas in Cranberry HarborBlood and MascaraBenji Zeb Is a Ravenous WerewolfInto the Goblin MarketNarwhal's Sweet ToothOn a Mushroom DayThe Portal KeeperStars in My CrownThe Island Before NoThere Are No Ants in This BookBuick V-8 Engines 1967-1980: How to RebuildOrganizational Behavior Essentials You Always Wanted to Know Second EditionThe Mummy of MayfairSequins, Scandals & Salchows: Figure Skating in the 1980sIron RoseTheir Unlikely ProtectorSex with JesusFeral Creatures of SuburbiaPilgrim: Volume 1Fundamental Mechanics of the Human Thinking MindWhish: PoemsThe Spy Prince of BasadeshThe Black Heart Of BudapestThe Titan CrownBe Unstoppable: No Excuses!Bleeding SeaVoices in RamahSandra Likes to Make a MessBecoming Like Jesus: How to Think and Live Like Jesus ChristThe Ordinary Chaos of Being Human: True Stories. Soul-Baring Moments. No Apologies.Fall and Recovery: Raising Children with Disabilities through Lessons Learned in DanceFoothills Fae Academy: Book ThreeA Chance For HappinessBeautiful and Terrible ThingsLincoln's ReturnThe Bench: A Parable About Life, Death, and BeyondAfterWorldEros RisingVaricose VeinsCauldron of WrathSilence In The BasementA Story About a Father & Son1600 Days of Moving On: Explorations of Love, Grief, and Acceptance through PoetryMy Sugar in Sugar LandBeach Rose PathMarks on the Wall: No Rules, No Rituals: Turn the Burden of Dos and Don'ts Into Signposts of Growth, Pathways to Freedom, and Expressions of LoveNabukkoHoofprints in Saguaro ShadowsInn DreamsThe New YorkerSoul Masters: The Hunting GroundsThe Consortium: GenesisThe Girl from Jersey CityThe Water SpiderInto the Lure of TimePilots Dawn 2024The Duke's Forbidden PassionFinding RickyAlarisThe Thief and the Nightingale: A Novel of Medieval SpainMission: UnknownClifford: A Short StoryExcavating the Buried HeartFlowerThe OthersMindful with Me: Connecting with Your Child Through Daily MindfulnessHis #1 FanAhab and Jezebel: A Match Made in HellThe Reluctant MessiahBloody Battle Boxer: Hip Hop NovelaRise of the PhoenixsubspaceLearn & Retain Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, and French with Spaced Repetition: 1,000+ Anki Notes with Comparative Grammar, Vocabulary, Common Phrases, and Audio PronunciationRooted and RememberedDomesticationDawning of Darkness: The Fall of Gods and KingsPieces of My HeartMaster of the Art of DetectionReaching for GraceEmma Madison, Master MeddlerHealthcare and the Mission of God: Finding Joy in the Crucible of MinistryGirl Meets Horse: An Easy Introduction to Horse Care and Riding for Kids and TweensDesperate MeasuresBlack DaysUnleashing Your Potenetial: How to be Successful... IN EVERYTHING!!A little book of PoemsCity Zoo: An Unfairy StoryThe Unboxing of a Black GirlMy Name Is NkechukwuọmaFor Those in the Midst of ItThe SavageRock Crush and RollThe Quest for Happiness: To Be Happy or Not to Be Happy. The Choice Is YoursNever What We Wanna Say: Poetries, Essays and StoriesThe Vale of SilenceWakers of the CryocryptSentience HazardThe DecedentGilded LiesEating Our Way Through American History: Pairing Historic Sites with Tasty Bites in and Around PhiladelphiaThe Genetic UniverseWorld's Abyss: A Journey of Exuviation and RebirthBesting the Beast and Other Fantasy TalesHereafter Lies: R.I.P.Goldfield ForestFinding the PastMavi, My Dearest: An Extraordinary Journey to MotherhoodCoco Lost in MiamiBuried Secrets of the Copper LocketI Know You Do

Thanks to all the publishers participating this month!

5 AM Publishing Akashic Books Alcove Press
Baker Books BDA Publishing Bellevue Literary Press
Bethany House BHC Press Blacksmith Books
Broadleaf Books CarTech Books Circling Rivers
City Owl Press Crooked Lane Books Freak Flag Publishing
Gnome Road Publishing Grey Sun Press Harbor Lane Books, LLC.
Harper Horizon Heliopolis Press Heller Verlag
Henry Holt and Company History Through Fiction IngramSpark
Jolly Witch Book House Magpie Publishers Milford Books LLC
NeoParadoxa Nosy Crow US PublishNation
Restless Books Revell Sattva Publishing Inc
Sea Crow Press Sunrise River Press True Crime Seven
Tundra Books Type Eighteen Books Vibrant Publishers
William Morrow Wise Media Group

Labels: early reviewers, LTER