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You may have flipped through some of the ~300 subscriptions to serial publications (magazines, newsletters, newspapers) held by Mechanics' Institute Library, or perused our collection of eMagazines using your tablet, but there's a whole world of online-only publications out there as well.

One of my personal favorites is The Pudding (as in, "the proof is in the pudding"), a donation-funded for-profit* online magazine that explains the nuance...

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BOOKS

FICTION
Khaled Hosseini Sea prayer
A. Igoni Barrett Blackass
Thomas Fuller The classical world
Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani Buried beneath the baobab tree
Ben Okri...

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BOOKS

FICTION
Walter Mosley John Woman

Mystery, Suspense, Espionage & Intrigue
David Gordon The bouncer
Martín Solares Don't send flowers

Comic Books, Graphic Novels & Comic Strips
G.B. Trudeau...

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When the leaves start turning my mind turns towards starting a new writing project. Tell me I'm wrong, but when the idea for a new project seizes you it consumes you – right?  My advice to you is don't forget about your L.I.F.E. Yes I'm using an acronym – L.I.F.E. refers to all the things that go with the call to write, outside of writing itself. Paying attention to these (see below) can improve your project's flow, build your career, and provide a sense of bala...

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BOOKS

FICTION
Graham Greene The power & the glory

Historical Fiction
F.M. Jennings The Annals of Little Francis

Mystery, Suspense, Espionage & Intrigue
Christopher Bush The case of the dead shepherd...

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Whether you’re a fan of Film Noir, one who would like to learn more about the genre, our “Film Noir & Neo-Noir” display on the 2nd Floor showcases our healthy collection of period films and films inspired by the style. Please read below to learn from our in-house enthusiasts who recommend and explain titles from the display.

Steven explains Film Noir as:

"Deprived of American movies during the Second World War, French audiences and critics discovered Hollywood's crime movi...

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BOOKS

FICTION
Richard Brautigan The Hawkline monster
John Foyt Homeward bound

Mystery, Suspense, Espionage & Intrigue
Delia Owens Where the crawdads sing
Nancy Tingley A hea...

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BOOKS

FICTION
Máirtín Ó Cadhain Graveyard clay = Cré na cille: a narrative in ten interludes
Todd Rykaczewski Master of revels
Anna Yen Sophia of Silicon Valley

Mystery, Suspense, Espionage & Intrigue
Lawrence Block...

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First Abraham Flexner revolutionized medical education in the U.S. Then he founded the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University. His seminal essay about “useless” knowledge continues to stand as the most eloquent defense of primary research. The companion essay by the Institute’s current director, Robbert Dijkgraaf, provides fascinating historical background on Flexner and his views on the relationship between research and public policy.

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