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FICTION
Margaret Atwood Surfacing
J.G. Ballard High-rise
Alina Bronsky Baba Dunja's last love
Percival Everett God's country
Percival Everett...

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We have learned that mail sent to the Mechanics’ Institute between late May and early June is being returned to the sender due to a post office error. If you mailed a dues payment or donation and it hasn’t been processed, please contact Jessica Neaves, Development Director, at jneaves@milibrary.org or 415-393-0115.

We’re thankful to the members who alerted us to the issue, and are investigating the problem with the post office. As always, we...

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Are you ready to take a walk on the wild side? Swing by our  Movies That Rock  DVD and Blu-ray display on the 2nd Floor. Not sure what to check out? Below are some staff recommendations from the display. Turn up your TV and get ready to rock!

Heather recommends:

Spin magazine says it best: "The missing link between punk a...

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Mechanics’ Institute members love our library displays. I know, because we get plenty of positive feedback on them, and quantitative analysis shows that a significant percentage of these materials get checked out every month. Members love to discover books, DVDS, and audiobooks that they may not otherwise have known about!

I consider it an art to curate the books on any library display. Some are structured around a consistent theme, such as...

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2017 Total Solar Eclipse

For the first time in almost 40 years, a total eclipse of the sun will be visible in the continental United States on Monday, August 21st.  The eclipse will not be visible from any other country in the world and the total eclipse will only be able to be seen in a wide swath from Oregon to South Carolina.

In San Francisco, a partial solar eclipse will be visible beginning at 9:01am and ending at 11...

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Mechanics' Institute members love mysteries. In fact, about half the fiction books we purchase are mysteries or thrillers - and about half of those mysteries are written by women. While some people may think of Raymond Chandler, Rex Stout, or P.D. James when they think of classic mysteries, where would the genre be without Agatha Christie, Dorothy L. Sayers, or Margery Allingham? Women have been pioneers of the genre since the early days of mystery novels, and today women continue to write be...

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BOOKS

FICTION
N.J. Campbell Found audio
Jennifer Down Our magic hour
Owen Egerton Hollow
Matthew Klam Who is Rich?
Armistead Maupin 28 Barb...

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It’s RBDigital’s elibrary of resources that you can take anywhere you take your electronic device.

Whether you enjoy good mystery novels, NY Times bestsellers, biographies or other genres, RBDigital’s eAudiobook collection is for you. You can search by title, genre (African American Interest to Women’s Fiction), create a wish list, see a history of what you’ve listened to, renew through the app and more. Many titles have a sample audio preview you can listen to. You can also...

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BOOKS

FICTION
David Burr Gerrard The epiphany machine
Noley Reid Pretend we are lovely
Lawrence Osborne Beautiful animals

Mystery, Suspense, Espionage & Intrigue
Ace Atkins T...

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The Discovery Channel's 2017 Shark Week kicked off on Sunday, July 23rd, launching another year of the popular and controversial series. While I've always been a bit afraid of some of the creatures in the sea (this definitely includes sharks), I also find them totally fascinating. When I was a kid I wanted to be - no joke - a marine...

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