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The first time I read China Miéville's Perdido Street Station, I felt baffled and overwhelmed by this monster of a novel. I’d long been a fan of genre fiction but what was this novel, I wondered? Was it steampunk, fantasy, or horror? Or a mind-bending marriage of all three? And what of the plot, at turns heartbreaking, terrifying, and then deep and thoughtful? I put the book down, and didn’t return to it until years later, when I wa...

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For the third year in a row, Mechanics' Institute will be hosting a food drive for the SF-Marin Food Bank. The food bank needs these items the most:

  • TUNA & CANNED MEATS
  • LOW SUGAR CEREAL
  • PEANUT BUTTER
  • WHOLE GRAIN
  • RICE, PASTA, OATS
  • LOW SODIUM
  • SOUPS AND STEWS
  • 100% FRUIT JUICE
  • CANNED FRUITS & VEGETABLES

*Please no pet food, glass items, or opened packages*

SF-Mari...

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Is horror not scary because it’s just not real? Do you prefer non-fiction but don’t want to miss out on the spooky trends of October? Stop by the display on the 2nd Floor Balcony to find biographies, history, essays, and fun references for horror-related books and films. There's even some mystery and noir thrown in to round o...

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A new display of artistic Arion Press books

Arion Press Fine Print books are not only literary masterpieces but also artistic treasures.  Many of the volumes in MI’s Arion Press special collection are both beautifully illustrated and bound in unique and imaginative covers and slipcases.

On exhibit, in the 2nd floor archival d...

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BOOKS

FICTION
Jenny Erpenbeck Go, went, gone
Ruth Hogan The keeper of lost things
Christopher Meades Hanna who fell from the sky

Historical Fiction
James L. Haley The shores of T...

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Films with an intergenerational appeal are what you’ll find on display on the Second Floor in October. Whether you are curious about animated movies that are popular with adults, documentaries that can be watched by children, or feature films that seem to work for everyone, you’ll find them, and be able to check them out, from our Family-Friendly Films DVD and Blu-ray display. Below are our staff’s recommendations.

A favorite of Mechanics’ Library staff,...

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Have you ever considered writing your memoirs but don’t how to do so? If so, you must check out the Staff Picks Display in the second floor library. There you will find many books on where to begin and how to craft your memoir. Keep in mind that memoir writing will stir up a lot of emotions and one minute you’ll be laughing and the next you’ll be crying as you relive certain memories. In a way, writing a memoir is like having a second chance at life. It’s a way o...

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You don’t have to like Halloween to enjoy this selection of audiobooks with a supernatural twist. There were no scarcity of spooky stories to choose from this time around as Mechanics’ Institute members are avid readers of mysteries, thrillers and the like.

Wicked by Gregory Maguire (CD Fic Maguire)

Whatever happened to Dorothy’s arch nemesis, the Wicked Witch of the West? Wicked is about a land where anima...

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BOOKS

FICTION
Victor Bridges Trouble on the Thames
Frédéric Dard The wicked go to hell
Alice McDermott The ninth hour
Rudi Raab Stumbling stone
Margaret Wilkerson Sexton...

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