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BOOKS

FICTION
Henry De Montherlant Chaos & night
Marcel Proust Sodom & Gomorrah

Mystery, Suspense, Espionage & Intrigue
Paolo Bacigalupi The doubt factory

Comic Books, Graphic Novels & Comic Strips...

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I wouldn’t characterize myself as a very connected person on social media or someone who is constantly on Facebook or Instagram to keep in touch with family or friends, however, I do subscribe to a few reports/blogs that I follow faithfully and regularly have delivered to my email address.  One of those publications is The Scout Report (https://scout.wisc.edu/report) which shows up in my email every Friday morning with a...

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BOOKS
Mystery, Suspense, Espionage & Intrigue
William F. Buckley, Jr. The story of Henri Tod
Jean-Francois Parot The baker's blood
V.L. Towler Severed
Anne Zouroudi The lady of sorrows

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Does the price of Hamilton tickets give you sticker shock? Mechanics’ holds a collection of film adaptations of plays and musicals that members can check out for free. Stop by the DVD and Blu-ray display on the 2nd Floor, and enjoy these titles from the comfort of your home.

Heather says:

It seems like a natural progression when plays are translated into films, allowing everyone to enjoy the biggest hits on Broadway with a ten dollar ti...

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BOOKS

FICTION
Barbara Browning The gift
Halle Butler Jillian
Alexandre Dumas The man in the iron mask
Alexandre Dumas Twenty years after
Val Emmich...

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Notwithstanding Trollope's focus on the "librarianess" and her dual qualities of "pretty" and "learned" as explicated in the Oxford English Dictionary (my favorite go-to for information, word history, and idle browsing), a librarian is "a keeper or custodian of the library," i.e., one "concerned with or employed about books" (vol. VII, p889). These days, a keeper of the library is employed about much more than...

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As vacation season approaches, I'm dreaming of taking a trip, hitting the road, and seeing the world. In my case, I'll be heading up to Ashland, Oregon for a week in July to see my family and breathe in the smell of pine trees. Until July, I'll be seeing the world via books. Staying in San Francisco and want to take a little mini-break? We've created a reading list for you that will take you around the world, book by book. Stop by th...

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BOOKS

FICTION
Janet Benton Lilli de Jong
Tracy Chevalier New boy
René Depestre Hadriana in all my dreams
Rodrigo Fresan The invented part
Barbara Gowdy...

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BOOKS

FICTION
Hala Alyan Salt houses
Bryn Chancellor Sycamore
Charmaine Craig Miss Burma
Alexandre Dumas Louise de la Vallière
Shekhar Paleja...

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Do you love to cook or do you get your cooking fix by just “reading” cookbooks?  I am a sucker for a beautifully thought out and photographed cookbook regardless of whether or not I actually prepare one of the recipes!  In this day and age when most cooks search for individual recipes on the Internet, I am mildly surprised at how popular the Mechanics’ Institute’s collection of cookbooks continues to be, circulating on par with our popular Chess collection.

Over the past 18...

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