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08/03/2021 - 11:30am

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FICTION
Valerie Perrin Fresh Water for Flowers
Diane Johnson Lorna Mott comes home
Katee Robert Neon gods
Kurt Tucholsky Castle Gripsholm
S A Cosby...

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07/28/2021 - 2:43pm

A colleague recently suggested I read a memoir by a female astrophysicist. I hesitated. Biographies fall into my "twilight zone" of reading choices as they push me past my literary comfort place. To be fair, I skimmed the first page of The Smallest Lights in the Universe. I immediately fell under the spell cast by author Sara Seager's description of rogue planets in search of a solar system to call home. This 2020 title...

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07/19/2021 - 3:50pm

This past year has presented a new challenge for the Mechanics' Institute (MI) Chess Department as well as the general chess community, with over-the-board activities halted due to mandated closures. Nevertheless, despite COVID-19 restrictions for in-person contact and the shelter-in-place order, there was a bright spot: virtual chess. The MI Chess team took this challenge head-on and created online opportunities for chess instruction and competition, as well as social events. ...

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07/07/2021 - 10:35am

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Applied Sciences
Chelsea Wald Pipe dreams : the urgent global quest to transform the toilet 696.182 W142

Arts, Architecture & Crafts
Cynthia Saltzman Plunder : Napoleon's theft of Veronese's Feast 759.5 S179
James K McAuleyThe h...

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07/07/2021 - 10:30am

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FICTION
Gina Wilkinson When the apricots bloom
Paul Theroux Under the wave at Waimea
Lina Meruane Nervous system
Casey McQuiston One last stop
Claire Fuller...

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07/06/2021 - 3:02pm

It's easy to fall in love with San Francisco. The city is a cornucopia of iconic sights: the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, Fort Point, Coit Tower, and so many other landmarks. With an aura born of Gold Rush history and steeped in mid-20th century turbulence, it's little wonder the City by the Bay has become a visual and atmospheric staple for the film industry. Setting a cinematic mood with such unique locations and memorable views is unparalleled.

A popular choice for filmm...

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