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10/02/2019 - 12:36pm

BOOKS

FICTION
Lucy Ellmann Ducks, Newburyport
John Englehardt Bloomland
Jim Tilley Against the wind
Ta-Nehisi Coates The water dancer
Kira Peikoff...

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09/29/2019 - 10:00am

PIco Iyer has written books that many Mechanics' Institute members have shown they like: our records show his books have had numerous check-outs, in particular his 1991 book about Japan, The lady and the Monk: Four Seasons in Kyoto. Iyer has returned to this subject with his newest work A Beginner's Guide to Japan: Observations and Provocations. Giv...

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09/27/2019 - 10:21am

We have the "Whistleblower" complaint that originated from somewhere within the Dept. of Homeland Security on August 12, 2019 that the U.S. House Intelligence committee released on September 26, 2019, available as .PDF or as an eAudiobook. Penguin has very quickly turned around a free audiobook for streaming or download from its blog, and read by an award winning e-book narrator, Saskia Maarleveld. 

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09/26/2019 - 3:25pm

BOOKS

FICTION
Tash Aw We, the survivors
Kevin Barry Night boat to Tangier
Jacqueline Woodson Red at the bone
David Baldacci Absolute power
Barbara Taylor Bradford...

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09/20/2019 - 4:33pm

BOOKS

FICTION
Margaret Atwood The testaments
Carolina De Robertis Cantoras
Salman Rushdie Quichotte
Cathleen Schine The grammarians
Wallace Thurman...

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09/19/2019 - 10:00am

Many people know about Frank Abignale from having watched the movie Catch Me If You Can (starring Leonardo Di Caprio and Tom Hanks). The real-life Frank Abignale has spent his post-criminal life working to prevent the sort of crimes he used to commit. Contrary to the movie version, he never accepted money from law enforcement, providing his consulting services and classes to law enforcement agencies for free. He has...

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09/15/2019 - 10:00am

The winners of the Hugo Awards for best science fiction of the year, announced at the 77th World Science Fiction Convention in Dublin, Ireland on August 18th, include some titles in our collection, print, e-book and DVD:

Best Novel: The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal

  • An alternate history in which a meteorite ob...
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09/13/2019 - 3:17pm

BOOKS

FICTION
K. Sello Duiker Thirteen cents
Tupelo Hassman Gods with a little g
Michelle Ruiz Keil All of us with wings
Elias Khoury Children of the ghetto: my name is Adam
Stéphane Larue...

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09/06/2019 - 4:36pm

BOOKS

FICTION
Jonathan Coe Middle England
Elyssa Friedland The floating Feldmans
Bryn Greenwood The reckless oath we made
James Gregor Going Dutch
Joshilyn Jackson...

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09/05/2019 - 3:35pm

Dear Writers, Thank you for your support of Mechanics’ Institute’s literary endeavors and for your participation in our writers’ groups and activities. I am proud of your efforts and eager to champion your literary achievements so please let me know when you publish something or win an award. I have had to cancel several classes lately due to lack of enrollment. If you aren’t seeing the classes you need to grow as a writer please let me know! Meanwhile, we have several upcoming classes that...

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