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Brave the elements from the comfort of the couch with selections from our latest DVD and Blu-ray display “Human vs. Nature.” Below are staff recommendations from the 2nd Floor display.

Myles recommends:

Wild

Based on a memoir by Cheryl Strayed Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, Wild chronicles Strayed’s ambitious hike after a bou...

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BOOKS

FICTION

Esther Kinsky River
Amelie Nothomb Strike your heart
Sarah Perry Melmoth
Eduardo Sánchez Rugeles Blue label
Tammy Lynne Stoner...

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Save the date! #GivingTuesday is just one month away!

#GivingTuesday is a global giving movement that takes place every Tuesday after Thanksgiving, right on the heels of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. It’s a new way for the community to come together to kick off the giving season and support those organizations we know and love, like the Mechanics’ Institute.

If you haven’t already made your year-end gift to Mechanics’ Institute, consider doing...

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BOOKS

FICTION
Dale Bailey In the night wood
Sandra Cisneros Puro amor
Evan Fallenberg The parting gift
Claire Fuller Bitter orange
Alyson Hagy...

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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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