Shelve under mysterious

by Aurelea

By BrendanBrooks

I spend my days opening boxes and placing books on shelves. Occasionally someone out in Toronto gets a book classification wrong and a history book winds up in cooking. The interesting thing about A Small Place is that it is hard to, well, place. You could put it into travel.

Lodge it in the section right between the Lonely Planet and Rick Steves and you might do alright. The problem is anyone looking to visit the place flipping through the first few pages might be turned right off. Put it with the travel pectorals? No probably not. The picture are faded and washed out. Plus there is only four of them so it won’t quite work out. Although the picture in this book could probably tell you more about the place than anything else on the shelf, if you are willing to look. So how about history? Well no that won’t do either. The small little vignettes of island life and tourist life might classify but there is one small problem. Your average history book 500-1000 pages of hard cold facts. At just over 80 pages A Small Place might get dwarfed really fast.

Fiction? No there is nothing remotely fictional about the subject matter within the book. If anything the book it almost too honest and truthful to the point of uncomfortably. What about the business section you ask? Well as a study on the impact of tourism on a community and livelihood you might have a point. Most business books are about making money fast or currently surviving an economic downturn however and A Small Place lacks the numbers and equations to do so. Maybe in the teen section then? Well you need to ask yourself a few questions first. Does it contain Vampires? Dragons? Cliquey teenage girls? Is it based of a recent television show on the WB? If you didn’t answer yes to any of those questions then I don’t think the teen section is the best place for your book. What about the Computers section? You are joking right? Although stranger things have happened. I think I have the section for you in the end. Cultural studies. There is no question this book looks at two distinct classes of people. There is the gaudy over fed tourist and the exploited island inhabitant and how their interactions affect each other. And though you now find yourself in the same section as Nome Chomsky or Naomi Kline I think the things you have to say about the impact of ignorance on a culture fits right in. so enjoy your new found home. That is until someone comes along and decides you would sell better in cooking.


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