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It's a Mystery 11/1/2011

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A.K.A.

It seems fitting that in mystery novels, where things and people are seldom what they seem, you would also find a number of authors who write under pseudonyms, aliases, pen names, etc.  Just  like some of their characters, mystery authors use assumed names to conceal their identities for a variety of reasons.

Writing under an assumed name is not a new trend.  Historically, many women would write under men's names to hide their gender in a male-dominated profession.  One of the most well-known examples is English novelist Mary Anne Evans, who used the pen name George Eliot.  Sometimes women authors would use initials instead of first names (P.D. James), or gender-neutral names.

News from The Edge

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Greetings All,

Before I get back into Jung and Tarot imagery, I’d like to remind everyone to check out my October display at the front of the library.

Look for the sign shown here.

I’m pulling a variety of materials of interest to Edge readers from the regular nonfiction shelves for this display. I’ve just taken a quick inventory and right now, it contains items dealing with witchcraft, alchemy, wizardry, sorcery, and magic of all kinds; hauntings and spirit possessions; vampires and paranormal phenomena.


There’s also some interesting material exploring the relationship of paranormal phenomena to quantum physics and rumblings from the unconscious mind.

Books by C.G. Jung

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As promised, here are some titles by C.G. Jung. These should be of interest, not only to Tarot readers seeking to understand the symbolism of the Tarot, but to anyone seeking to understand themselves and the connection between psychology and spirituality for all of us. No one has done more to knit together our understanding of the two arenas of human "beingness".

Items on the first tier are currently in our collection. These include:

Best Tarot Deck/C.G.Jung

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Looking back over past posts, I realized I had promised to recommend books for the intermediate Tarot reader. I intend to fulfill that promise, but I thought I would first address a question that's come up a couple of times lately, regarding the beginning Tarot reader. The question I've been asked, and that beginners invariably ask, is "What's the best Tarot deck?"

Edgy Books in the Reading Room

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Does curling up on the couch with a comforter, some hot chocolate, and a good book sound like a plan for an October evening?  Check out these Edgy books in the New Nonfiction area of the Reading Room; they might just hit the spot:

Back Again

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Sorry for not posting in a while; it's been busy, busy, busy. But I've hit a lull, so here are some things I hope you'll be interested in.

It's a Mystery 9/19/2011

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Ghosts, Psychics, and Witches, Oh My!

With October fast approaching and the stores already having set up their Halloween displays, it seems like a good time to share with you the growing list of paranormal mystery series available at WPPL.  From angels to vampires there are a variety of subject headings under which these series appear in our catalog.  Here is a list of the mystery authors, their characters, and the paranormal subjects involved, to get you in the mood for some spooky reads.

Couponing Librarian, 09/17/2011: Get a $15 Staples Gift Card for $8

For the next 13 days, head over to Saveology and purchase a $15 Staples gift card for only $8.