Books That Inspire 2008

Oklahoma: A Portrait of America
Libby Bender, Carl Brune, Scott Raffe

This book represents many of the things I've come to love about this state: the vast landscapes, the sense of the immediacy of history, the quirky individuality of its people. In carefully chosen paired photographs, the authors convey the contradictions and dualities of Oklahoma life. This book does leave out some of the things I've come to identify with Oklahoma: the architecture of its universities, surprising museums and art treasures, old oil wells and new high-tech windmills. But it serves as a thought-provoking survey of what makes Oklahoma the place it is.

Janet Brennan Croft
Head of Access Services
University Libraries