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With the excitement of the Champions League, European title races, the start of the Major League Soccer season and World Cup qualifiers it's an exciting time of the year to be a soccer fan. So whether you're a diehard fan of the sport or are merely soccer curious (and want to see what most of the world is so excited about), here's a selection of 10 books about the "beautiful game".

Soccer in sun and shadow / Edua...

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Large international exhibitions were popular during the Industrial Revolution and especially between 1850 and 1940. These Industrial Expositions and World’s Fairs showcased the achievements of nations and attracted large numbers of people to the city or region where the Exposition or World’s Fair was hosted.  They became the platform to display technological inventions such as the telephone, electricity, talking films, the escalator, the x-ray machine, t...

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BOOKS

FICTION
Rabih Alameddine The angel of history
Elif Batuman The idiot
Yasunari Kawabata Snow country
Hari Kunzru White tears
Elinor Lipman...

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In the midst of our stressed, overscheduled lives, and a tumultuous political climate, waltzes hygge. Hygge (pronounced hoo-ga) is a Danish term that can be roughly translated as cozy – a feeling of coziness, contentment, and warmth. Hygge can be an adjective too – a cozy party is a real hyggelig party, and my favorite wool sweater is definitely a hyggelig sweater. Denmark regularly tops the list for happiest country in the world, and many people are now wo...

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BOOKS

FICTION
Jami Attenberg All grown up
Kevin Canty The underworld
David Grossman A horse walks into a bar
Annie Hartnett Rabbit cake
David Joy...

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Be part of Project Cicero Bay Area!  The Mechanics' Institute Library is a proud participant in Project Cicero, and we need your help! Please donate new or gently used children’s and young adult books at the Library 2nd and 3rd floor service desks from Monday, March 13 through Thursday, March 16. [No textbooks, adult books or out of date nonfiction/reference books.] For more information please visit the ...

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BOOKS

FICTION
Laurie Frankel This is how it always is

Historical Fiction
Hanna Krall Chasing the king of hearts
Robin E. Levin Death of carthage
Patrick Gale A place called winter...

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Next month launches the premier of the TV adaptation of Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale. Dystopian fiction is just as popular as ever, but what about fictional resistances and revolutions? Come by the 2nd floor this month to check out resistance fiction!

Margaret Atwood - The Handmaid's Tale
Paolo Bacigalupi -...

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In 2014, the Mechanics Institute began a project to assess and evaluate the books in our basement book storage room (not open to our members) which at the time covered a broad range of topics. Out of this process, we realized that our collection, both in the basement and in the library’s reading rooms and open stacks, included a large amount of material related to the literary and cultural history of San Francisco and California. We felt that these materials were worthy of bein...

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BOOKS

FICTION
J.M. Coetzee The schooldays of Jesus
Margaret Drabble The dark flood rises
Alex George Setting free the kites
Sergei Lebedev The year of the comet
Anna McPartlin...

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