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09/26/2023 - 12:50pm

Michael Kandel started out in his career translating the science fiction books of Stanislaw Lem into English. Having read both authors, Kandel's absurdist sense of humor must have helped him bring Lem's works into English. In Captain Jack Zodiac, Kandel creates a hilarious dystopian future world similar to ours in which an everyman sets out to fi...

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09/20/2023 - 12:58pm

This past June, Jimmy de Guzman joined Mechanics’ Institute as our Communications Manager. He hopes to lend his experience and expertise towards helping redefine the Institute’s role as a locus and focus of knowledge building and skill development in San Francisco, the Bay Area, and beyond. 

We asked Jimmy a few questions to help introduce him to the Mechanics' Institute community:...

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09/13/2023 - 4:08pm

The number of movies I consider perfect I can count on one hand.  I am amazed that 1984 ever reached the theaters. In an age when studios insisted upon "happy endings" and most movies would not show "evil to triumph," to see a film stay so true to such a tragic book came as a bit of a shock to me at the time. The Great British actor, John Hurt, l...

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09/12/2023 - 6:32pm


Carter W Lewis Golf with Alan Shepard
Patrick Link Headstrong
John Lawton Moscow exile
James Hadley Chase No orchids for Miss Blandish
Christina Calvit...

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09/11/2023 - 5:14pm


Richard Ford Be mine Fic Ford
Louise Lewis The eternal return of Clara Hart Fic Finch
Paul Rudnick Farrell Covington and the limits of style : a novel Fic Rudnick
Roslyn Bernstein The girl who counted numbers : a novel...

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09/11/2023 - 5:02pm


Arts, Architecture & Crafts

Making their mark : art by women in the Shah Garg collection 704.042 M235

Biography & Genealogy

Olga Lengyel Five chimneys : a woman survivor's true story of Auschwitz 940.5318 L566
Jane Ferguson...

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09/11/2023 - 2:55pm

Heinrich von Kleist Michael Kohlhaas
Gustave Flaubert Three tales
Domenico Starnone Ties
Olufemi Taiwo Against decolonisation : taking African agency seriously
Alistair MacLean Alist...

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09/08/2023 - 2:21pm

Chess rivals of the 19th century: with 300 annotated games / Tony Cullen.  794.15 C967

Many historical chess books focus on individual 19th-century masters and tournaments, yet little is written covering the full scope of competitive chess through the era. This volume provides a comprehensive overview, with 300 annotated games a...

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09/01/2023 - 1:14pm
Aharon Apelfeld (1932-2018) wrote numerous books, 12 of them in our fiction collection have all proven very popular with Mechanics’ Institute members. He wrote the most recent one to come out in English translation in 2005. Poland, a green land is a departure from his usual historical fiction writing. This story has more autobiographical elements and takes place in the present (but with echoes of the past). A Shopkeeper in... [read more]
08/29/2023 - 5:24pm

Many, many books have been written about Titanic, but Voyagers of the Titanic is a real standout in the field for its memorable and engaging tone. The book is comprehensive, beginning with an overview of the shipbuilders and financiers who made her, then the various people who...

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