Thanks to the Waterboro Public Library (Maine) blog for alerting us to a great article in last Sunday’s New York Times Book Review. In his essay “Chamber Plots” (July 23, 2006, p. 23), Henry Alford admitted to placing 42 books in his newly redecorated “necessary house” to make it “a destination bathroom.” He also visited nine bathrooms in other people’s homes to discover what their owners were reading. His research uncovered cookbooks from the ‘50s and ‘60s in one bathroom, and books of historical interest in another. People seemed to stock their bathrooms with books for either “entertainment” or “enlightenment.”
You can access articles like Alford’s from our Web site. On our home page, click on the link to our databases. Go to “databases by company” and click on ProQuest. Use your library card number to log on, and do a search on the subject you’re interested in. For example, to read the rest of Alford’s article, type in the phrase “chamber plots” in the search box.
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