Dabbling in Dewey: the 600’s

January 17, 2011 § Leave a comment

Of all the sections in the library, non-fiction is probably the most intimidating for non-initiated readers. Unlike fiction, which is friendlier in the sense that it tends to be broken down by sub-genre, non-fiction sits skulking and clumped together near the back, glaring at patrons with ten-foot shelves and confusing numerical classification.

But it doesn’t have to be that way! Non-fiction is home to some great reads. That’s why I hope to have these “dabbling in Dewey” posts from time to time, to spotlight certain sections in non-fiction that are appealing, but might get overlooked by those who don’t know their way around. Keep in mind that no two library systems are alike–what I list here might very well be found in a different section in your home library. But hopefully these posts will give you a sense of what’s generally shelved in what section and get you browsing in non-fiction.

Today’s section (drumroll, please): the 600’s–animals

Hilarious goat photo found here.

Some picks to get you started:

Animals Make Us Human by Temple Grandin

The ever engaging Temple Grandin is back with tons of info about what makes our favorite animals happy. You’ll be bugging everyone in your life as you read this, stopping every half page to say, “hey, did you know that chickens…”

Find out more about this book here.

Tell Me Where It Hurts by Dr. Nick Trout

Ever wonder what life is like for a veterinarian? Live vicariously through one with Tell Me Where It Hurts, the funny and sometimes tear-jerking read about a day in the life of a pet surgeon.

Find out more here.

101 Salvations by Rachel Hale

Okay, this book is just a bunch of pictures of dogs. But they’re really cute dogs.

Find out more here.

If animals aren’t your jive, here are a few other useful topics to be found in the 600’s:

  • Cookbooks
  • Gardening
  • Health/Wellness
  • Home Organization/Cleaning
  • Gardening
  • Cars/Auto Repair

Now you can put on your Expert Cap next time you meander into non-fiction. It’s a good feeling, huh?


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