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Old 29 January 2018, 09:02 PM
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What should we put in the Snopesville Little Free Library? I commented in Unhijackable that I have a dream to build a little free Library and fill it with books from people I know. I don't have the means to do this right now but I can make a wish list of books for when I do.

I am looking for recommendations for
Members of this board who have written books. (Yes, Brad from Georgia is first in line)
Books about Urban legends, skepticism, and addressing fake news.

Books for both adults and children would be welcome.

When I build the library it will need to be physical books but e book recommendations are welcome here because I just want to see all the cool stuff.
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Old 30 January 2018, 01:13 AM
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Old 30 January 2018, 01:23 AM
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Just let me know!
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Old 30 January 2018, 02:38 PM
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Brad, you gotta' do the squirrel. It's the funniest thing I've read in a long time and I haven't read it in a loooonnng time. I know it's not book length, but it'd make an excellent short story. You could even add something about Nutella.
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Old 30 January 2018, 05:39 PM
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Oh, "Night of the Living Squirrel?" I'll have to see if I can roust it up. That was several computers ago. Anybody got a link to the old board?
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Old 30 January 2018, 06:07 PM
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http://msgboard.snopes.com

Found where you said you wouldn't tell the story again, but not the story itself.
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Old 30 January 2018, 06:28 PM
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I may have it on a backup disk.
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Old 30 January 2018, 08:05 PM
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Unless the squirrels got to it.
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Old 31 January 2018, 01:19 AM
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I think we should have a misinformation section in the library. This would contain books that purport to be non-fiction, but are all fake and contrived. For example:

Chariots of the Gods
Anything by Dr Mercola
Amityville Horror
Sybill
Million Little Pieces

But, we should not include works of fiction that people take as serious. Such as

Da Vinci Code
The Art of the Deal


And when I retire, I plan on publishing my memoirs (already underway) I will send a copy to the library to be placed in the fiction section.
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Old 31 January 2018, 06:25 AM
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For the foreign language section (assuming that Snopesville is found in an English speaking country) I suggest "Die Spinne in der Yuccapalme" (The Spider In The Yucca Plant) by Rolf Wilhelm Brednich, the book that introduced the concept of "urban legend" to most Germans in 1997. The title refers to this legend.
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Old 31 January 2018, 01:12 PM
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In terms of books about the media and reporting, Flat Earth News by Nick Davies is a good one about the decline of the news media thanks to commercial pressures even before the internet kicked in fully. It's mostly about pre-social media days, and its examples are focused on the UK press, but since a lot of it's about Rupert Murdoch and about more general trends, it should be interesting beyond that.

Also, So You've Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson is about people who've suffered twitter abuse and disproportionate real-life consequences such as losing their jobs over unrelated minor misbehaviour or poorly-interpreted jokes that have gone viral on social media.

(Do books that have characters named after us count for inclusion, even if we didn't write them?)
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Old 31 January 2018, 02:10 PM
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I think we should have a misinformation section in the library. This would contain books that purport to be non-fiction, but are all fake and contrived. For example:

Chariots of the Gods
Anything by Dr Mercola
Amityville Horror
Sybill
Million Little Pieces

But, we should not include works of fiction that people take as serious. Such as

Da Vinci Code
The Art of the Deal


And when I retire, I plan on publishing my memoirs (already underway) I will send a copy to the library to be placed in the fiction section.
A definite addition to your section should be Holy Blood, Holy Grail, the allegedly nonfiction (read: "steaming pile of horse apples") that gave Dan Brown the bulk of his wacky ideas for DVC.
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Old 31 January 2018, 02:27 PM
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Would the novel of Princess Bride count since the author purports to have edited it down from a much longer earlier edition?

Should we include "found footage" movies like The Blair Witch Project or "found manuscript" novels like The Land That Time Forgot? IMS, the former was paired with a media campaign that painted the footage as real.
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Old 31 January 2018, 03:44 PM
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Should we include examples of scary stories and urgent legends? If so, I vote for the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark series.
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Old 31 January 2018, 03:46 PM
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I propose that the "Misinformation" section be named "The Repository of Legitimate Literature."
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Old 31 January 2018, 03:57 PM
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I figured it would just be the Trump wing of the library.
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A definite addition to your section should be Holy Blood, Holy Grail, the allegedly nonfiction (read: "steaming pile of horse apples") that gave Dan Brown the bulk of his wacky ideas for DVC.
DH read that many years ago; I don't know if he still has a copy of not. In his opinion, "steaming pile of horse apples" is an understatement.
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Ooh, I've got another one for that section. 1421: The Year China Discovered The World by Gavin Menzies. To quote the first paragraph of the author's Wikipedia page:

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Historians have rejected Menzies' theories and assertions[2][3][4][5][6][7] and have categorised his work as pseudohistory.[8][9][10]
(Usually I'd edit out the citation references but in this case, I like that there are so many of them).

I'm not sure this section is a good idea, though!
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A Snopester is the author of one of the stories in Writers of the Future #33. After living in the same town for years I met her in person at a bookstore to get my copy signed.

https://www.amazon.com/Writers-Futur.../dp/1619865297
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But, we should not include works of fiction that people take as serious. Such as

Da Vinci Code
The Art of the Deal
I was really hoping someone would call me out on this one.

I guess we all agreed.
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