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07/19/2019 - 4:20pm


Bethany Chase One night at the lake
Natalia Ginzburg The dry heart
Jean Giono A king alone
Lloyd Jones The cage
William McPherson...

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07/17/2019 - 10:30am

Looking for a New Series or Author to Explore?

Head to our fiction display on the second floor for a selection of “if you like…you might like…” books (end of stacks, near the PA-PR column). For example, if you like Ross Macdonald, you might enjoy reading the works of Raymond Chandler. Can’t get enough of Donna Leon? Check out Iain Pears or Andrea Camilleri. For fans of Phillip Kerr, there’s Collin Cotterill and Pierre Frei to explore. And lastly, if you are an avid Louise Penny reader...

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07/15/2019 - 10:15am

Summer Brings Shakespeare

An audiobook selection of Shakespeare’s plays featuring this season’s Shakesperian activities is on display on the second floor - next to the water cooler. This summer in the Bay Area, you can catch live renditions of Macbeth, A Midsummer’s Night Dream, and As You Like It courtesy of Cal Shakes, Free Shakespeare in the Park, and Silicon Valley Shakespeare. In New York City, Much Ado About Nothing and Coriolanus. An...

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07/10/2019 - 4:15pm


Paolo Maurensig A devil comes to town
Rayyan Al-Shawaf When all else fails
Mohammed Hanif Red birds
Mary Miller Biloxi
Robert Musil...

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07/09/2019 - 4:26pm

Imagine rolling the windows down on a Summer night. You're surrounded by parked cars all pointing to a silver screen under starlight. Let Mechanics' usher you into a Summer mood with these drive-in movie recommendations.

Steven recommends:

The Val Lewton horror collection - Val Lewton created low-budget "B-movies" right when the popularity of the drive-in movie theaters exploded after WWII. This compil...

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07/03/2019 - 1:09pm


John Braine The queen of a distant country
Martyn Burke The commissar's report
Péter Esterházy The book of Hrabal
Albert J. Guerard Christine/Annette
Jia Pingwa...

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07/01/2019 - 11:58am

Once again, there is a new batch of California Midwinter Fair items on exhibit in the 2nd floor archival display case! The third installment of Ed Herny’s ephemera collection showcases beautifully illustrated postcards, postal history covers (envelopes) and letter sheets. (See if you can find the “Midwinter Fair” postal cancellation stamp on two of the covers (envelopes) – very rare!) This part of the display will be on exhibit unt...

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06/27/2019 - 9:42am


Catherine Chung The tenth muse
Graeme Simsion The Rosie result

Historical Fiction
Elin Hilderbrand Summer of '69

Mystery, Suspense, Espionage & Intrigue
Barbara Bourland...

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06/20/2019 - 10:52am


Dorothy Baker Young man with a horn
Mario Benedetti Springtime in a broken mirror
Daša Drndić EEG
Juliet Escoria Juliet the maniac
Daniel Gumbiner...

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06/20/2019 - 10:00am

If you enjoy mystery, but are also in the mood for a little history, peruse our selection of fiction that mixes both genres on the second floor. There’s mystery and history set in Ancient Rome, WWII Hiroshima, colonial Boston, and more. You can find this selection on the second floor at the end of the PA-PR column.    

Happy reading!

Forgotten Murder by Dolores Gordon-Smith Fic Gordon-Smith...

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