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March 11, 2018 marked the two hundredth anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s ground breaking novel Frankenstein: Or, Modern Prometheus. Described as the first and arguably most influential science-fiction story ever written, Shelley’s protagonist, Victor Frankenstein and his monster, has permeated “our everyday culture from cartoons to Halloween costumes. Even the name ‘Frankenstein’ has become a byword for evil scientists and dangerous experiments.”

Written in a...

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BOOKS

FICTION
Aminatta Forna Happiness
Keziah Frost The reluctant fortune-teller
Clarissa Goenawan Rainbirds
Saad Z. Hossain Escape from Baghdad!
Bayard Johnson...

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BOOKS

FICTION
Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir Hotel Silence
Lydia Davis The end of the story
Brandon Hobson Where the dead sit talking
Herman Melville Moby-Dick, or, The whale
Patrick Nathan...

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Be kind, and please rewind. Perhaps it has been a while since you’ve heard that phrase. Here at Mechanics’, we’d like to invite you...

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Be part of Project Cicero Bay Area!  The Mechanics' Institute Library is a proud participant in Project Cicero, and we need your help! Please donate new or gently used children’s and young adult books at the Library 2nd and 3rd floor service desks from Monday, March 5 through Thursday, March 8. (No textbooks, adult books or out of date nonfiction/reference books.) For more information please visit the Project Cicero (...

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BOOKS

FICTION
César Aira The little Buddhist monk ; &, The proof
Amy Bloom White houses
Akwaeke Emezi Freshwater
Paul Goldberg The Chateau
Lindsey Lee Johnson...

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BOOKS

FICTION
Will Boast Daphne
Matt Haig How to stop time
Lisa Halliday Asymmetry
Kristin Hannah The great alone
Kristan Higgins Now that...

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In 2020, Michael Tilson Thomas will step down as Musical Director of San Francisco Symphony after 25 years. To pay tribute to the conductor, we’ve created a music CD display on 3A with titles that span “MTT’s” career including his work with London Symphony Orchestra and New World Symphony. MTT is known for championing  20th-century iconoclasts like Charles Ives, Steve Reich, and Morton Feldman. Mechanics’ is home to a large collection of 20th-century classical music, including pieces by...

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