Librarian Loves

Selected by Jeanne Goodrich, executive director for the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District.

In this hot and heavy political season, The New York Times columnist Gail Collins’ latest book, As Texas Goes… How the Lone Star State Hijacked the American Agenda (Liveright, $26), is a must read. By turns sharply insightful and hilariously funny, Collins makes the case that much of the source of current conservative political positions (everything from sexual abstinence to banking deregulation and expanding gun rights) comes from Texas and the mythos Texans have constructed about themselves. And for Nevadans, it’s fascinating to read about a state that rivals us in terms of rankings (50th in spending on mental health, 43rd in high school graduation, and first in uninsured children, for example). Very engaging, stimulating reading.