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05/15/2020 - 5:01pm

Biographies of historical figures are always popular with readers. This week, we highlight biographies of notable 20th-century Americans in a sample list of history eBooks available to MI members. Click on any title below to learn more about it, or click here to browse the wealth of history selections accessible through the eBook app...

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05/14/2020 - 10:15am

He was a bigamist and he had one wife in California and another in Rhode Island. The odd thing is they knew about one another, but never divorced him. They were good Italians and their Catholic religion played a big part in their decision not to seek divorce.

During this time of sheltering in place, seeking out our ancestors and learning about who they were is a worthy use of time. Not only will you be in...

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05/13/2020 - 1:36pm

Good news for everyone who’d like to have home internet access but can’t afford it: several local internet providers are discounting their services during the coronavirus outbreak.

The internet can be a lifeline right now, a way for those of us sheltering in place to get important information about what’s going on, and to stay connected with family, friends, and the larger world. Internet access gives us...

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05/12/2020 - 4:17pm

They say the kitchen is the heart of the home, which makes it a perfect venue for storytelling, especially during meal preparation. In between all that slicing, chopping, and stove watching, food-themed eAudiobooks are sure to spice up any number of mundane culinary tasks. Besides, spending more time in the kitchen accompanied by an engrossing audiobook can take a sizable bite out of your reading wish list.

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05/12/2020 - 11:34am


Ruth Rendell Death notes
Patrick W Carr The end of the magi
Elizabeth Musser The sweetest thing
Sarah Loudin Thomas When silence sings

05/11/2020 - 4:50pm

Daydreaming about future travels? Tired of the same old view? If you could use a fresh perspective right about now, a virtual museum visit may be just the ticket. With free access to hundreds of museum collections, exhibits, and tours available via your computer or smartphone, there’s no shortage of ways to broaden your visual horizons.

The British Museum in London, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the Gugge...

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05/08/2020 - 12:18pm

Writing is an outrageously time-consuming occupation. Parenting, even more so. Yet somehow, some human beings manage to do both simultaneously. Today, in honor of Mother’s Day 2020, we offer glimpses into the lives of women who have tackled both literary and maternal careers—and lived (in most cases) to tell the tale.

Let’s get real

In 2013, Alice Munro capped her brilli...

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05/08/2020 - 11:57am

The focus is on 20th-century America in this week’s sample list of history e-books available to MI members. Click on any title below to learn more about it, or click here to browse the wealth of history selections accessible through the e-book app Axis 360.* Just follow the onscreen prompts for checkout. (Coming next week - history-ma...

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05/08/2020 - 9:54am


Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov Pale Fire
Christopher Hampton Embers

David Dean Barrett 140 days to Hiroshima : the story of Japan's last chance to avert Armageddon
Frank B Wilderson...

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05/06/2020 - 9:15am

A few years ago, when former Chess Director, John Donaldson, handed me the Chess Room Visitor’s Register to place into the archives, he pointed out several notable signatures of Mechanics’ Institute’s Chess Room visitors and players. Among these names was Norman T. Whitaker, whom Donaldson described as a “con man”  saying he “had something to do with exto...

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