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11/15/2019 - 4:38pm


Jane Allen I lost my girlish laughter
Talia Hibbert Get a life, Chloe Brown
Shannon Pufahl On swift horses
Margaret Wilkerson Sexton The revisioners
Robin Robertson...

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11/12/2019 - 2:28pm


If you haven’t yet had a chance to view the exhibit in the archival display case on the 2nd floor, I urge you to make some time to take a look at it!

Nellie Burrell Scott was an early California still life artist who exhibited at the Mechanics’ Institute’s Industrial Exposition in 1893.  She was most well-known for her paintings of the California Golden Trout, and images of other fish, although her still life paintings also included flor...

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11/08/2019 - 3:17pm

The Mechanics’ Institute’s 2019 Annual Report is now available online, at

  • Learn more about what we’ve been working on in the past year and what’s ahead in plans for next year.
  • Find details of the annual financial audit, performed each year by an outside firm to ensure th...
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11/07/2019 - 4:05pm


André Aciman Find me
Marcy Dermansky Very nice
Liz Nugent Unraveling Oliver
Ocean Vuong On Earth we're briefly gorgeous

Mystery, Suspense, Espionage & Intrigue...

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10/31/2019 - 4:03pm


Jami Attenberg All this could be yours
Steph Cha Your house will pay
Jokha Alharthi Celestial bodies
Alan Kaufman The Berlin woman
Deborah Levy...

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10/28/2019 - 12:16pm


Leigh Bardugo Ninth house
Jojo Moyes The giver of stars

Mystery, Suspense, Espionage & Intrigue
Deborah Crombie A bitter feast

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Business & Economics...

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10/28/2019 - 11:56am


Historical Fiction
Jon Clinch Marley

Mystery, Suspense, Espionage & Intrigue
Kate Racculia Tuesday Mooney talks to ghosts: an adventure
Mike Ripley Mr Campion's visit

Short Stories
John Freeman (ed...

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10/10/2019 - 9:06am

The Swedish Academy has announce the winners of both the 2018 and 2019 Nobel Prizes in literature today (October 10, 2019). 

Olga Tokarczuk won the 2018 award for her book Flights 

  • It's not a novel exactly. It's not even a collection of intertwined short stories, although there are longer sections featuring recurring characters and well-developed narratives. Overall, though, this is a seri...
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10/09/2019 - 4:11pm

For all our true crime readers we have six new titles we acquired in the last couple months that you may enjoy. (Click on a title below to place a hold). 

The ghosts of Eden Park : the bootleg king, the women who pursued him, and the murder that shocked jazz- age America / Karen Abbott.

  • In the early days of Prohibition, long before Al Capone became a household name, a German immigrant named George...
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10/09/2019 - 11:41am


Carol Anshaw Right after the weather
Taffy Brodesser-Akner Fleishman is in trouble
Pico Iyer Cuba & the night
Ben Lerner The Topeka school
Elif Shafak...

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