Cranford Library Receives Award-Nominated Books

Holly Metz's Killing the Poormaster is this year's New Jersey Council for the Humanities' Book of the Year

Holly Metz’s Killing the Poormaster is this year’s New Jersey Council for the Humanities’ Book of the Year

CRANFORD — The Cranford Public Library is one of five libraries in the state that received this year’s set of books nominated for the New Jersey Council for the Humanities’ Humanities Book of the Year award.

This year’s Humanities Book of the Year is Killing the Poormaster: A Saga of Poverty, Corruption, and Murder in the Great Depression by Holly Metz.

In addition to Killing the Poormaster, the set includes Fit: An Architect’s Manifesto by Robert Geddes, Mute Poetry, Speaking Pictures by Leonard Barkan, The Rarest Blue: The Remarkable Story of an Ancient Color Lost to History and Rediscovered by Baruch Sterman and Judy Taubes, Thomas Hart Benton: A Life by Justin Wolff, Where Washington Once Led: A History of New Jersey’s Washington Crossing State Park by Peter Osborne, Light on the Prairie: Solomon D. Butcher, Photographer of Nebraska’s Pioneer Days by Nancy Plain,

North Jersey Legacies: Hidden History from the Gateway to the Skylands by Gordon Bond, Someday This Will Be Yours: A History of Inheritance and Old Age by Hendrik Hartog, Through the Eye of a Needle: Wealth, the Fall of Rome, and the Making of Christianity in the West, 350-550 AD by Peter Brown, Cranbury: A New Jersey Town from the Colonial Era to the Present by John Whiteclay Chambers III, General Albert C. Wedemeyer: America’s Unsung Strategist in World War II by John J. McLaughlin, Jacket: The Trials of a New Jersey Criminal Defense Attorney by John W. Hartmann, A Ship Without a Sail: The Life of Lorenz Hart by Gary Marmorstein,

Writing with Scissors: American Scrapbooks from the Civil War to the Harlem Renaissance by Ellen Garvey, Changing Lives: Gustavo Dudamel, El Sistema, and the Transformative Power of Music by Tricia Tunstall, Fortune in My Eyes: A Memoir of Broadway Glamour, Social Justice, and Political Passion by David Rothenberg, Revelations: Visions, Prophecy, and Politics in the Book of Revelation by Elaine Pagels, Shackamaxon by David Livewell, The Book of Life: Selected Jewish Poems, 1979-2011 by Alicia Suskin Ostriker, Illness as Narrative by Ann Jurecic, In History’s Grip: Philip Roth’s Newark Trilogy by Michael Kimmage, Princeton Seminary in American Religion and Culture by James H. Moorhead, and Stealing History by Gerald Stern.

All the books are available for borrowing from the Cranford Public Library, both by Cranford Public Library card holders and members of libraries participating in the mural reciprocal borrowing system. The Cranford Public Library is located at 224 Walnut Avenue. To check on the availability of the books listed above, visit the library’s online catalog at

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