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Staff Picks: Literature for the Young (and Young at Heart)

Literature written with children and young adults as its protagonist or its primary audience sometimes takes a backseat to the more “serious” works of adult fiction and verite, but you might be surprised at the sophistication of these books. They’ll make you smile, but they also might make you wince. In any case, they’ll definitely make you think. This month, Mechanics’ Institute staff selects youth-centric fiction that crosses generational lines and is both entertaining and thought-provoking for people of all ages. We will also be selecting nonfiction books related to youth issues. Here are a few selections for this month’s staff picks:

Bobbie recommends The Hunger Games Trilogy (The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, Mockingjay) by Suzanne Collins

I'm a sucker for any book, movie, or song that features a strong female character taking a stand. Katniss Everdeen, from The Hunger Games Trilogy, fits the bill. If you haven't yet seen the 2 movies thus far (Hunger Games & Catching Fire) then don't hesitate to read the books first. There's action, suspense, politics, a love triangle (of course), and so much more.

Erika recommends The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

This is a mystery whose title comes from the Sherlock Holmes story “The Silver Blaze”, and is narrated by a 15-year-old “mathematician with some behavioral difficulties" (i.e. an autistic spectrum condition). So wide is its appeal, that this novel was simultaneously published in separate editions for children and adults. It is delightful as well as insightful.

Taryn Recommends The Parents' Guide to Psychological First Aid: Helping Children and Adolescents Cope with Predictable Life Crises edited by Gerald Koocher & Annette La Greca

From how to deal with monsters under the bed to those in the schoolyard, sibling rivalries and teenage heartbreaks; this guide offers reassuring advice and comprehensive strategies for crisis management.

Heather recommends It's Complicated : the Social Lives of Networked Teens by Danah Boyd

The author unpacks familiar myths about teens' use of social media. She asserts that we do disservice to young people when we allow protectionism to hinder their ability to develop their identities and blossom into informed, thoughtful, and engaged citizens via their online interactions.

 and, Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler & Maira Kalman

This is the story of Min and Ed: how they met, fell in love, and broke each other’s hearts. Bittersweet, with lovely illustrations, this book reminds us of the rewards we reap and the risks we take when we dare to fall in love.

Posted on Apr. 1, 2014 by Heather Terrell

Staff Picks: Sustenance for Body & Mind

Last month, Mechanics’ Institute staff members explored love and longing, and this month we’re ruminating on sustenance and fellowship. We will select some of our favorite cookbooks, from the aspirational to the eminently practical. Come check out our staff picks on the second floor to see what we’re cooking. There will also be plenty of delicious fiction on display to satiate your literary appetites.

Taryn recommends The Belly of Paris by Emile Zola (FIC)

Recently released from prison, Florent Quenu struggles to forge a new life with his brother, living in the newly rebuilt Les Halles Market. Florent is soon caught up in a dangerous maelstrom of food and politics within the huge labyrinthine market. Amid intrigue among the fishmonger, the charcutière, the fruit girl, and the cheese vendor, we see the dramatic difference between “fat and thin” (the rich and the poor) and how the widening gulf between them strains a city to the breaking point.

Heather recommends Modern Art Desserts : Recipes for Cakes, Cookies, Confections, and Frozen Treats Based on Iconic Works of Art by Caitlin Freeman (641.86 F855)

I love looking at art but I can't decide what I miss most now that SFMOMA is closed for reconstruction: the permanent collection on display, or eating dessert at the rooftop cafe. This book will give you a chance to try your hand at making the Mondrian cake. Good luck, and if your efforts are successful, be sure to share the results with your friendly Mechanics' Institute Library staff!

Diane recommends The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook by Deb Perelman (641.5 P437)

I am a cookbook snob and for me to purchase a cookbook it has to have three things: beautiful photography, mouth-watering sounding recipes that I believe are within my capabilities, and accessible/everyday ingredients.  The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook was a by-product of The Smitten Kitchen blog ( which my daughter introduced me to a few years ago.  The chef/author, Deb Perelman, creates and records her recipes in a tiny New York City apartment kitchen.  I can relate - my first NYC apartment had a kitchen so small that it had no drawers (which I realized on the day I moved in)! Every recipe I have tried from her cookbook has been delicious and even resembles her beautifully photographed creations. A few other cookbooks that meet my stringent prerequisites are Thomas Keller's Bouchon Bakery (641.5944 K29b) and Salad for Dinner: Simple Recipes for Salads That Make a Meal by Tasha DeSerio (641.83 D451).

Posted on Feb. 27, 2014 by Heather Terrell

Staff Picks: Love is in the Air

It’s February, so that means love is in the air, right? The lovers mythos surrounding the obscure Saint Valentine may have been created by Chaucer & friends in 14th century England, but the damage is done: we tend to get just a little bit twitterpated around February 14th.

This month, Mechanics’ Institute staff will be choosing some little bundles of love for you to peruse – but we’re not limiting it to romantic love, so even if you would like nothing better than to avoid romance and romance novels, you might be surprised at the literary Valentines we’re adding to our staff picks display this month. Of course, there will be plenty of love stories too. We’re human after all, and what is more human than the relentless pursuit of love?

Diane recommends: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes (FIC)

The story sounds like a trite remake of a 1940's tearjerker - down and out girl looking for a job, handsome and successful young man in a terrible accident, she takes a job as his caregiver and they fall in love.  However, this is not your classic Hollywood film with a syrupy soundtrack and a necessarily happy ending.  It is a heartfelt and heartwarming book that makes the reader think about what "to love" someone really means.

Anrey recommends: Blue is the Warmest Color by Julie Maroh (Graphic Novel)

This heart-wrenching coming-of-age story reminds us that pain and loneliness can often accompany the pursuit of true love.

Taryn recommends: Belle Cora by Phillip Margulies (FIC)

What can you learn from one of the world's most notorious prostitutes? A lot about love and dedication. A rich story set in Gold Rush San Francisco, settle in for a good long read!

Chris recommends: This is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz (FIC)

Yunior, a character familiar to fans of Diaz's Drown and The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, opens this book on the defensive; "I'm not a bad guy" he says. In the stories that follow, we're given a quick, funny, and frank tour of Yunior's life. Beginning with a relocation from Santo Domingo to New Jersey in the middle of the winter, Yunior looks up to his older brother, Rafa, while his father busies himself with work. Rafa, who is an energetic charmer but moves too quickly and erratically to honor the responsibilities of his family and girlfriend, may not be the best model for Yunior. Following in his brother's footsteps, Yunior begins a series of romantic relationships that have him uttering the opening line more than a few times. In a fast paced and conversational mix of English and Spanish that is heavy on creative use of swearwords, Yunior leaves no detail or frustration unaired. While the reader may tire of Yunior's unarguably Bad Guy behavior, his empathic development, as slow as it may be, ultimately reveals a sympathetic person.

Posted on Jan. 31, 2014 by Heather Terrell

Staff Picks: Films We Love


Chilly winter nights are good for cozying up with a hot mug of something decadent to drink and watching a really good movie. To get you geared up for the announcement of the 2013 Academy Award nominees in January, the Mechanics’ Institute Library staff selects some of our favorite films in the collection. Here are a few recommendations to whet your appetite:

Craig recommends Johnny Guitar.

Saloon owner Vienna battles the local townspeople, headed by Emma, the sexually repressed, lynch-happy female rancher out to frame her for a string of robberies. Johnny Logan is a guitar-strumming drifter, once in love with Vienna, and is offered a job in her saloon. Many consider Nicholas Ray's epic one of the most original westerns of all time.

Bobbie recommends Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains.

One of my all time favorite 80’s movies, Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains presents an all-star cast including a 15-year-old Diane Lane, 13-year-old Laura Dern, and an impressive punk rock line-up featuring members of the Sex Pistols, the Clash, and the Tubes. The movie follows Corrine Burns (Lane) and her newly formed band as they tag along on a failing rock tour and rise to stardom thanks to incidental media coverage when she declares their motto “We don’t put out”.  This movie has been cited by numerous bands as a major influence of the female punk rock movement of the 90’s. Beyond the accolades, The Fabulous Stains is a fun, entertaining, rock movie with lots of great music and performances.

Chris recommends Paprika.

My personal favorite of Satoshi Kon's animes, Paprika follows the theft of a powerful device originally intended for psychiatrists to enter their patients’ dreams. When used carefully and delicately, care can be delivered in a revolutionary manner. But when used maliciously, subjects’ dreams can be so strongly altered that repercussions take place in their waking life. Taking advantage of the animated medium, the dreams are stunningly realized; saturated with color, detail and instantly memorable music. While fans of Christopher Nolan and Darren Aronofsky's films will surely to enjoy the story line's twisting logic, Kon's fondness for honoring dream logic as much as rationality, similar to that of David Lynch or Philip K. Dick, makes Paprika uniquely entertaining. Sophisticated, intense and dazzling, a fine film for both anime fans and novices to the genre.

Heather recommends Amelie.

Mechanics’ has a fantastic collection of films in foreign languages. Amelie is a French fairytale about a lonely girl who follows her curiosities and engages in life with a playful (and sometimes mischievous) delight. Watch all of Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s films when you’ve finished with this one, especially The City of Lost Children, Delicatessen, and Micmacs.

Diane recommends Rear Window.

This Alfred Hitchcock classic features Jimmy Stewart and Grace Kelly (in their prime). While an injured and bored Stewart recovers from a broken leg, he snoops on a neighboring apartment house through binoculars and thinks he may have witnessed a murder. If I am channel-surfing and pass this movie, I always watch it until the end!

We will also choose books that might inspire you to watch more films, or to watch your favorites in a deeper way. As always, we will also display some of our favorite fiction in case you’d prefer to spend your indoor evenings keeping warm with a good book. Visit the Staff Picks display on the second floor, and check back often. We will be refilling with new titles throughout the month.





Posted on Jan. 6, 2014 by Heather Terrell

Staff Picks: Joy


The holidays are upon us. Joyful? Yes! But this season can also be a little stressful, at least if you’re hosting a dinner party (or attending about 15 of them in the next four weeks).

In December, Mechanics’ Institute staff  have selected a few books to help you unwind, and maybe remind you that it’s not what you give (or get!) that makes for holiday cheer. To get a jumpstart on a New Year’s Resolution to enjoy the moments that make up each day, staff will be recommending books on what makes us relax, feel exhilarated, and generally enjoy life. You’re likely to find a few books that inspire you to value your own pleasure, so check out the Staff Picks display on the second floor and see if you find a book that delights you.

Andrea recommends Excellent Women by Barbara Pym (FIC)

Pym’s characters are always sitting down to a cup of tea, cooking a little supper, reading a book before bed, having non-earth shattering misunderstandings and romances that always end happily. The humor is subtle and dry and can be applied to many communities where people rub elbows with each other over a period of time.

Deb recommends The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg (FIC)

Even though we have no children in our home, every Christmas we read The Polar Express. This magical book transports the reader to the innocence of childhood when Santa Claus, the North Pole and elves were part of what we believed in and looked forward to all year long. You can also check out the DVD, though I've not ever been able to watch it. The book is too precious to me and I cannot imagine that a video could do it justice!

Mechanics’ Institute Library has many holiday-themed children's books and films. Share them with a child in your life, or just enjoy them yourself!

Taryn recommends Martin Eden by Jack London (FIC)

If you can put this book down you are not human! This novel beautifully details the extraordinary evolution of a writer -- a must read for all locals.

Heather recommends How We Live Our Yoga: Teachers and Practitioners on How Yoga Enriches, Surprises, and Heals Us personal stories edited by Valerie Jeremijenko (181.4 H84)

I recently re-started yoga practice after realizing that my life contained more stress and less calm when I wasn’t practicing. This book of essays by fourteen different practitioners is a reminder that we are all beginners and there are myriad ways to “live our yoga”, whether our calendars are full or clear.

Posted on Dec. 2, 2013 by Heather Terrell

Staff Picks: Short & Sweet


November marks the beginning of the holiday season: parties, friends & family, parties, gifts, and (did I mention?) parties! We, at the Mechanics’ Institute Library, understand. You don’t have time to read War and Peace (1412 pages) or Infinite Jest (1079 pages) during the holidays. Though both novels come highly recommended by members of the staff, most of us don’t have time to read them at the moment either.

But just because the days are both shorter and fuller, it doesn’t mean that we can do without reading for a whole season! Mechanics’ Institute staffers are happy to recommend our favorite short works in November: stories! essays! novellas! poetry!

Come check out the staff picks display on the second floor and see if any of our must-read short works strike your fancy. Here’s just a taste of what’s in store:


Jeremy recommends Being Peace by Thich Nhat Hanh (294.3 N57)

With the holiday rush upon us, this book is a good reminder to slow down and breathe. Vietnamese Buddhist Monk Thich Nhat Hanh’s teachings on peace and meditation are a great introduction to mindfulness and applicable ways to live a more peaceful life.

Chris recommends Encounters with the Archdruid by John McPhee (333.72 M17)

David Brower, the founder of the Sierra Club, is profiled in three separate essays, where he is joined by the author and a trio of his opponents. Brower meets with a miner, a developer, and the commissioner of the Bureau of Reclamation in their respective sites of conflict. Here, they argue, agree, bond, and frustrate one another. Originally published in the New Yorker, this collection serves as an introduction to the personality and politics of Brower himself, a portrait of some of America's most unique and gorgeous landscapes, and as a detailed study in the conflicts and connections of differing environmental ideologies.

Heather recommends Bartleby the Scrivener (found in Shorter Novels of Herman Melville) by Herman Melville (FIC)

If all you know of Melville is Moby Dick, Bartleby the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street will be a surprise to you. Although Bartleby never wakes up as a bug, his tale is reminiscent of Kafka’s absurdist work. This novella has many of my favorite things in literary characterization: an unreliable narrator, a protagonist whose motivations are wholly unclear, and a cast of supporting characters as strange as the main characters. This is one of those stories you can read in a sitting, but it stays with you for days.

Diane recommends The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett (FIC)

A short, charming and humorous novel of only 120 pages, the author poses the question "what would happen if the Queen of England became a voracious reader late in life"?  One day, Queen Elizabeth follows one of her Corgis into a mobile library parked adjacent to Buckingham Palace and discovers the wonders of the written word.  Soon she is neglecting state business so that she can finish the latest novel!  Bennett imagines, in believable detail, the effect that the Queen's newfound passion for books has on her public and private affairs.

Posted on Oct. 31, 2013 by Heather Terrell

New titles for the Week of September 7


Niccolò Ammaniti Let the games begin
Lea Carpenter Eleven days
Erich Kästner Going to the dogs: the story of a moralist
Grace Mccleen The Professor of Poetry
Nancy Mitford Wigs on the green
Jojo Moyes The girl you left behind
Andre Vltchek Point of no return

Historical Fiction
Bernice L. McFadden Gathering of waters

Mystery, Suspense, Espionage & Intrigue
Douglas Corleone Good as gone
Frederick Forsyth The kill list
Jill McGown Murder-- now & then
Carol O'Connell It happens in the dark: a Mallory novel

Comic Books, Graphic Novels & Comic Strips
Mat Johnson Incognegro 741.5 J682
Joe Sacco Safe area Goražde 741.5 S119s

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Arts, Architecture & Crafts
Kirk Varnedoe Jackson Pollock 750.92 P77

Biography & Genealogy
John Lukacs George Kennan: a study of character 92 K34L

Books, Reading, Publishing, Journalism, Library & Information Science
Sanford Berman Not in my library!: "Berman's bag" columns from the Unabashed librarian 020 B516

Business & Economics
Arlene Dávila Latinos, Inc: the marketing & making of a people 658.834 D259
Jerry Oppenheimer Crazy rich: power, scandal & tragedy inside the Johnson & Johnson dynasty 338.761 J676

John S. Hilbert Emil Kemeny: a life in chess 794.15 K31
Jonathan Hilton & Dean Ippolito Wojo's weapons. Volume II: winning with White 794.122 H656 v.2
Jonathan Hilton & Dean Ippolito Wojo's weapons. Volume III: winning with White 794.122 H656 v.3
Cyrus Lakdawala The Colle: move by move 794.122 L192co

Computer Science
Adobe InDesign CS6: classroom in a book 005.52 A295
Sandee Cohen InDesign CS6: for Windows & Macintosh 005.52 A295c
Paul Graham Hackers & painters: big ideas from the computer age 005.1 G741
Learning MySQL 005.2762 M998t
Stafford Vaughan Practical Zendesk administration 005.3 Z54v

Health & Medicine
Richard Cheu Living well with chronic illness: a practical & spiritual guide 362.19 C526
Arthur De Vany The new evolution diet: what our paleolithic ancestors can teach us about weight loss, fitness & aging 613.2 D488

Charles K. Armstrong Tyranny of the weak: North Korea & the world, 1950-1992 951.93 A735
Dayton Duncan The Dust Bowl: an illustrated history 978.03 D91
Carroll Quigley Tragedy & hope: a history of the world in our time 909.82 Q6
John Romer A history of ancient Egypt: from the first farmers to the Great Pyramid 932 R763h
Jesse Walker The United States of paranoia: a conspiracy theory 973 W181

Languages & Linguistics
Valérie Demouy Colloquial French: the complete course for beginners 448 D388
Joseph B. Solodow Latin alive: the survival of Latin in English & the Romance languages 470.9 S689

Literature & Writing
The Californians: writings of their past & present 810.8 C1539
Hal Crowther Gather at the river: notes from the post-millennial South 810.9 C953
David Mamet Writing in restaurants 814 M26w
John Sutherland & Deirdre Le Faye So you think you know Jane Austen?: a literary quizbook 823 A933ss
The plays of Oscar Wilde 822 W67pv

Natural Sciences & Mathematics
Gavin Pretor-Pinney The cloud collector's handbook 551.57 P94c

Performing Arts & Music
Greg Merritt Room {1219}: the life of Fatty Arbuckle, the mysterious death of Virginia Rappe & the scandal that changed Hollywood 791.43 A66
Sound unbound: sampling digital music & culture 780.905 S724

Philosophy, Psychology & Religion
Alain Badiou Second manifesto for philosophy 101 B13
Michael S.A. Graziano Consciousness & the social brain 153 G785

Politics & Government
Claire Conner Wrapped in the flag: a personal history of America's radical right 322.44 C752
The power of the powerless: citizens against the state in central-eastern Europe 323.4 P887

Social Sciences & Current Events
Margaret Morganroth Gullette Agewise: fighting the new ageism in America 305.26 G971a

Travel & Geography
Tim Leffel The world's cheapest destinations: 21 countries where your money is worth a fortune 910.202 L493
Christopher Somerville Walking in Ireland: 50 walks through the heart & soul of Ireland 914.15 S696
Janice Leith Waugh The solo traveler's handbook 910.202 W354

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Jacqueline Woodson ; illustrated by Hudson Talbott Show way

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Kevin Hines Cracked, not broken: surviving & thriving after a suicide attempt
Leo Hollis Cities are good for you: the genius of the metropolis
Samantha Shannon The bone season

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If I were you

Foreign Language
Le deuxième souffle
The two of us (Le vieil homme et l'enfant)

The paradise lost trilogy

Monsignor Renard

Gala concert: 50th anniversary of the reopening of the Vienna State Opera

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Vladimir Horowitz The 1982 Royal Festival Hall recital CD Classical Horowitz

Posted on Sep. 7, 2013 by Heather Terrell

Staff Picks: September is Beach San Francisco

The September staff picks theme is Beach Reads.

You know: the kind of reading you do solely for pleasure. Sometimes, pleasure-reading is of the guilty variety, and sometimes it’s a luxurious read with no practical application whatsoever. A so-called beach read has the perfect balance of entertainment and engagement, inspiring that crucial suspension of disbelief in the author’s make-believe (or believe it or not – true!) world.

The Mechanics’ Institute staff has selected everything from the classic page-turner to books with sentences so complex and lovely you want to linger over every one of them. Whether you choose a beautifully-illustrated graphic novel or a gripping memoir, we hope you’ll find something on this month’s display of our favorites that strikes your fancy.

Jeremy recommends Zen Confidential: Confessions of a Wayward Monk (294.39 H368) by Shozan Jack Haubner

A 30-something monk living at a Buddhist temple in Southern California, Haubner's writing is self-deprecating at times, insightful at others, and often both. These personal essays cover a lot of ground from Haubner's experiences in monastic life to what drove him to leave the secular world. There's enough here to make you laugh, cry, and reflect about your own follies in life.

Diane recommends And the Mountains Echoed  by Khaled Hosseini

From the author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, Hosseini tells the touching tale of the enduring love between an Afghan brother and sister who are torn apart at a young age. This story, which spans many decades, explores the sacrifices that poor and desperate families must make in this war torn country to enable their own to survive. Read the final chapters with a tissue box by your side!

Deb recommends Beach Music  by Pat Conroy

Spanning three generations on two continents, Beach Music weaves together themes of loss and family loyalty with seemingly disparate historical events and locations (Rome, the rural South, the Vietnam War, the Holocaust). Despite its scope, this novel is a page-turner, which is really saying something about a book which contains 768 pages!

Heather recommends Fight Club  by Chuck Palahniuk

A classic tale of love, revolution, and beating your friends to a bloody pulp; if you’ve seen the film so many times that you forget how the book ends, it’s time to read it and fall in love/hate with Tyler Durden all over again. If this is your first time, I envy you the mayhem mingled with discovery that characterizes this, Palahniuk’s masterwork. And don’t forget the first rule of fight club…

Posted on Sep. 3, 2013 by Heather Terrell

New titles for the Week of August 31


Héctor Abad Recipes for sad women
Wilton Barnhardt Lookaway, lookaway
Lars Eighner Pawn to queen four
Jenni Fagan The Panopticon

Historical Fiction
Andrea Barrett Archangel
Ivan Doig Sweet thunder
Thomas Keneally The daughters of Mars
James McBride The good lord bird

Mystery, Suspense, Espionage & Intrigue
Benjamin Black Holy orders: a Quirke novel
Robin Blake Dark waters
Barbara Cleverly A spider in the cup
David Downing Silesian station
A.S.A. Harrison The silent wife
John Harwood The asylum
Gregg Hurwitz Tell no lies
Alex Marwood The wicked girls
Marisha Pessl Night film
Bill Pronzini Nemesis: a Nameless Detective novel
Lynn Shepherd A fatal likeness
Charles Souby Winifred
Stephen White Compound fractures

Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror
Samantha Shannon The bone season

Short Stories
Carolyn Cooke Amor & Psycho
Peter Orner Last car over the Sagamore Bridge

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Applied Sciences
Joshua Kendall America's obsessives: the compulsive energy that built a nation 609.2 K333

Arts, Architecture & Crafts
Concrete 721 C744

Biography & Genealogy
Richard Bisgrove William Robinson: the wild gardener 712.092 R666
Annette Blaugrund The essential John James Audubon 92 A914be
Larry Colton Goat brothers: the true-life American epic of five men who meet as fraternity brothers in the early 1960s & live out the dreams, failures, loves & betrayals of their tumultuous generation 920 C725
Jeff Guinn Manson: the life & times of Charles Manson 364.152 M289
Timothy Mowl William Beckford: composing for Mozart 92 B3964

Business & Economics
Kiana Danial Invest Diva's guide to making money in Forex 332.45 D183
A guide to the project management body of knowledge 658.4 G946
Mal Warwick Revolution in the mailbox: your guide to successful direct mail fundraising 658.152 W311

Encyclopaedia of chess middlegames: combinations ... 794.123 E562
Vassily Ivanchuk: 100 selected games 794.15 I932
New in chess yearbook 794.1 N53y
The world champions I knew 794.1 S715w

Food & Drink
Monty Waldin Wines of South America 641.22 W163

Health & Medicine
Star Bobatoon I hate muscular dystrophy: loving a child with a life-altering disease 616.748 B663
Suzanne Corkin Permanent present tense: the unforgettable life of the amnesic patient, H.M. 616.8523 H111
Tommye-Karen Mayer One-handed in a two-handed world: your step-by-step guide to managing single-handedly 362.4 M468

Roy & Lesley Adkins Jane Austen's England 942.07 A23
Patrick Barbier Vivaldi's Venice: music & celebration in the Baroque era 945.31 B236
Susan Dunn 1940: FDR, Willkie, Lindbergh, Hitler--the election amid the storm 973.917 D92

Natural Sciences & Mathematics
Thomas D. Seeley Honeybee democracy 595.79 S452

Performing Arts & Music
Tom Folsom Hopper: a journey into the American dream 792.092 H7985

Philosophy, Psychology & Religion
Robert H. Jackson Missions & the frontiers of Spanish America: a comparative study of the impact of environmental, economic, political & socio-cultural variations on the missions in the Río de la Plata Region & on the Northern Frontier of New Spain 266.28 J138

Politics & Government
Mark Leibovich This town: two parties & a funeral--plus, plenty of valet parking!--in America's gilded capital 306.2 L525
George P. Shultz Issues on my mind: strategies for the future 320.6 S562

Social Sciences & Current Events
Nate Anderson The Internet police: how crime went online -- & the cops followed 364.168 A548
Rose George Ninety percent of everything: inside shipping, the invisible industry that puts clothes on your back, gas in your car & food on your plate 388 G349
Alison Stewart First class: the legacy of Dunbar, America's first Black public high school 373.753 S849
Thomas J. Tierney Give $mart: philanthropy that gets results 361.74 T564
Kenneth Worthy Invisible nature: healing the destructive divide between people & the environment 304.2 W934

Sports & Games
David M. Ewalt Of dice & men: the story of Dungeons & dragons & the people who play it 793.93 E942

Travel & Geography
the Marquis de Custine Empire of the czar: a journey through eternal Russia 914.7 C98

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Susan Howatch The high flyer
Georgette Heyer Detection unlimited

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Eve Bunting ; illustrated by Chris Soentpiet So far from the sea

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Benjamin Black Holy orders: a Quirke novel
Jess Walter Beautiful ruins

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Emily Baime & Darin Michaels A year in food & beer: recipes & beer pairings for every season
Douglas Hofstadter & Emmanuel Sander Surfaces & essences: analogy as the fuel & fire of thinking
Thanhha Lai Inside out & back again
Sean McMeekin July 1914: countdown to war

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Louie Bellson Jazz Giants CD Jazz Bellson
Tony Bennett Hot & cool: Bennett sings Ellington CD Jazz Bennett
Stan Getz & Arthur Fiedler at Tanglewood CD Jazz Getz

Nuevo CD World Kronos

Posted on Sep. 3, 2013 by Heather Terrell

New Titles for the Week of August 24


Rick Bass All the land to hold us
Juan Gabriel Vásquez The sound of things falling

Mystery, Suspense, Espionage & Intrigue
Lindsay Ashford The mysterious death of Miss Jane Austen
Stephen Booth Scared to live
Stephen Booth The dead place
Chelsea Cain Let me go
Arne Dahl Bad Blood
David Downing Potsdam Station
David Downing Stettin station
John Florio Sugar pop moon: a Jersey Leo novel
Faye Kellerman The beast: a Decker/Lazarus novel
Sheldon Siegel The terrorist next door: a David Gold mystery
Marco Vichi Death & the olive grove: an Inspector Bordelli mystery

Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror
Emily Croy Barker The thinking woman's guide to real magic
Tanith Lee Space is just a starry night
Michael Logan Apocalypse cow
Cynthia Morris Chasing Sylvia Beach
Jack Vance Tales of the dying earth

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Arts, Architecture & Crafts
Arthur C. Danto What art is 700.1 D19
Leonie Morgan 100 colorful granny squares to crochet 746.43 M848

Biography & Genealogy
Ben Downing Queen bee of Tuscany: the redoubtable Janet Ross 92 R8231

Books, Reading, Publishing, Journalism, Library & Information Science
Boris Kachka Hothouse: the art of survival & the survival of art at America's most celebrated publishing house, Farrar, Straus & Giroux 070.5 K11
Jason Merkoski Burning the page: the ebook revolution & the future of reading 070.5 M563

Business & Economics
Anupam Chander The electronic silk road: how the web binds the world in commerce 381.142 C454
Clark Howard Clark Howard's living large for the long haul: consumer-tested ways to overhaul your finances, increase your savings & get your life back on track 332.024 H848L
Stephen D. King When the money runs out: the end of western affluence 339.2 K545
Richard Rosecrance The resurgence of the West: how a transatlantic union can prevent war & restore the United States & Europe 337.73 R799
Viviana A. Zelizer The social meaning of money 332.4 Z49

The KGB plays chess: the Soviet secret police & the fight for the world chess crown 794.1 K449

Computer Science
Thomas LaRock DBA survivor: become a rock star DBA 005.74 L328
Mark C. Layton Agile project management for dummies 005.1 L429
Andy Oppel Databases demystified 005.74 O621

Food & Drink
Power foods cookbook: 200 simple & satisfying recipes 641.563 W41p

Health & Medicine
Linda Marsa Fevered: why a hotter planet will hurt our health - & how we can save ourselves 613.11 M363

Scott Anderson Lawrence in Arabia: war, deceit, imperial folly & the making of the modern Middle East 940.4 A549
Feargal Cochrane Northern Ireland: the reluctant peace 941.6 C663
Stephanie Dalley The mystery of the Hanging Garden of Babylon: an elusive world wonder traced 935 D146
John V. Fleming The dark side of the enlightenment: wizards, alchemists & spiritual seekers in the age of reason 940.25 F597
James M. Gabler An evening with Benjamin Franklin & Thomas Jefferson 973.3 F83
George Goodwin Fatal rivalry: Flodden 1513: Henry VIII, James IV & the battle for Renaissance Britain 942.05 G656
Nicholas J. Higham & Martin J. Ryan The Anglo-Saxon world 942.01 H638
Brenda Wineapple Ecstatic nation: confidence, crisis & compromise, 1848-1877 973.6 W767

Home & Family Management
Alice Miller For your own good: hidden cruelty in child-rearing & the roots of violence 649.1 M647

Languages & Linguistics
Barbara Aria The spirit of the Chinese character 495.1 A69s

Literature & Writing
Funny letters from famous people 808.6 F982
John Logan I'll eat you last: a chat with Sue Mengers 812 L831i
Stephen O'Connor Will my name be shouted out?: reaching inner city students through the power of writing 808.04 O189
Henry Rollins One from none: collected work, 1987 811 R754

Natural Sciences & Mathematics
Aaron Hirsh Telling our way to the sea: a voyage of discovery in the Sea of Cortez 577 H669
Daniel Loxton & Donald R. Prothero Abominable science!: origins of the Yeti, Nessie & other famous cryptids 001.944 L922

Performing Arts & Music
Jessica Fellowes & Matthew Sturgis The chronicles of Downton Abbey 791.45 F322c
My lunches with Orson: conversations between Henry Jaglom & Orson Welles 791.4 W44j

Philosophy, Psychology & Religion
Jenna Miscavige Hill Beyond belief: my secret life inside Scientology & my harrowing escape 299.936 H645
Irving Singer Modes of creativity: philosophical perspectives 128.3 S617

Social Sciences & Current Events
Vanessa M. Gezari The tender soldier: a true story of war & sacrifice 958.1 G398
Zora Neale Hurston Mules & men 398.2 H96m
Alissa Quart Republic of outsiders: the power of amateurs, dreamers & rebels 305.56 Q19
Jennifer M. Silva Coming up short: working-class adulthood in an age of uncertainty 305.5 S586

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Helen Foster James & Virginia Shin-Mui Loh Paper son: Lee's journey to America

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Action & Adventure

The little princess DVD

Welcome to Collinwood DVD

Homeland. The complete first season DVD
Les misérables DVD

Blues in the night DVD

The airmen & the headhunters 940.542 A298
Last shop standing: the rise, fall & rebirth of the independent record shop 338.4778 L349
The next tango: Astor Piazzolla in conversation & in concert 780.92 P584
Sacred music: God's composer 782.22 V645

Giaccomo Puccini Turandot: opera in three acts 782.1 P97t

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Mikhail Glinka Complete piano music. Volume 2 CD Classical Glinka
John Johnson Lute music CD Classical Johnson
William Lawes The Royal consort suites CD Classical Lawes

Nicole Henry The nearness of you CD Jazz Henry
This is acid jazz: after hours CD Jazz This

Musicals & Soundtracks
Philip Glass Kundun CD Musicals/Soundtracks Glass

Coro Hispano de San Francisco Ramillete CD Sacred Coro

Eva Cassidy Songbird CD Vocals Cassidy

Posted on Aug. 26, 2013 by Heather Terrell