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Pride on Display: DVD/ Blu-ray Display

Summer is Pride season in the Bay Area. With our big celebration in San Francisco happening  June 23rd and 24th, Mechanics’ would like to highlight selections from our collection that feature stories about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities. In the last few years, we’ve seen greater representation of queer cinema in the mainstream. Below are recent films to hit the big screen, as well as staff favorites.

Carol (2015) - Director Todd Haynes  (Velvet Goldmine, Far From Heaven, I’m Not There) directs a screen adaptation  by Phyllis Nagy of The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith. In Carol, an aspiring photographer working at a Manhattan department store, Therese Belivet, develops a fondness for Carol Aird, a wealthy shopper who leaves behind a pair of gloves. Both women are in relationships with men, and are forced to decide what to do with the new love between one another.

Imitation Game (2014) - Is the true story of Alan Turning, a brilliant cryptanalyst who decrypted German codes for the British during WWII. Although a hero of WWII, Turning was convicted on charges related to his sexuality and chemically castrated. Watch Benedict Cumberbatch brings to life a story that was once widely suppressed due to homophobia.

Call Me by Your Name (2017) - based on the novel by Andre Aciman, two Americans, a 17-year-old and a 24-year-old develop a friendship in Northern Italy. Oliver, the older graduate student, has a relationship with a woman, Mariza, but is attracted to Elio, the young American. Elio has a similar feeling towards Oliver, and the  two develop a relationship they must keep secret.

Danish Girl (2015) - based on the novel by David Ebershoff, The Danish Girl follows the life of one of the first known recipients of sex reassignment surgery, painter Lili Elbe, played by Eddie Redmayne.

Moonlight (2016) - was the first LGBT film to win an Oscar for Best Picture. Moonlight follows the life of a boy growing up in housing projects of Miami Florida, as he moves through three stages of his life. A young boy Chiron becomes friends with a drug dealer Juan who senses the boy needs nurturing. Little discovers he is different after he meets love interest Terrel. The two form an uncommon relationship in their youth which ends in conflict. Years later the two meet again as men.

Craig recommends:  The Boys in the Band - Released in 1970, it was the first major-studio production to deal frankly with homosexuality and is a milestone in the history of American cinema. Every member of the show's original Broadway cast appears in the film, including Laurence Luckinbill as an out-of-the-closet husband and father.

Rhonda recommends: Another Country

Merry recommends: My Beautiful Launderette

Myles recommends: Paris Is Burning, La Cage aux Folles II, The Adventures of Pricilla Queen of the Desert, Moonlight, Carol, Torch Song Trilogy, and Behind the Candelabra.

Posted on Jun. 18, 2018 by Myles Cooper

New Titles List for the Week of June 4


Jean-Paul Clebert Paris vagabond
Michelle Gable The summer I met Jack
Charles Soule The oracle year
Elizabeth Tan Rubik

Mystery, Suspense, Espionage & Intrigue
Tracy Clark Broken places
Karen Cleveland Need to know
Clive Cussler, Robin Burcell The gray ghost
Lynda La Plante Tennison
Matthew Pearl The Dante chamber
John Sandford Twisted prey
Ruth Ware The death of Mrs. Westaway

Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror
Catherynne M. Valente Space opera

Short Stories
Helen DeWitt Some trick: 13 stories Fic DeWitt
edited by John Joseph Adams (editor) Dead man's hand: an anthology of the weird west SS D278

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Arts, Architecture & Crafts
Flying too close to the sun: myths in art from classical to contemporary 704.947 F648
Growing up with the impressionists: the diary of Julie Manet 759.4 M275
Stephanie Porras Art of the Northern Renaissance: courts, commerce & devotion 709.024 P838
Ruth Asawa 730.92 A798r

Biography & Genealogy
Andrew Carnegie The autobiography of Andrew Carnegie ; and, the gospel of wealth 92 C289c
Andrzej Franaszek Milosz 92 M661
Diarmaid MacCulloch Thomas Cranmer: a Life 92 C8911ma
Alexandra M. Nickliss Phoebe Apperson Hearst: a life of power & politics 92 H436
Maria Perry Sisters to the king: the tumultuous lives of Henry VIII's sisters -- Margaret of Scotland & Mary of France 929.2 H522
Matthew Polly Bruce Lee: a life 92 L4771
Jean Renoir Renoir: my father 92 R418

Business & Economics
Gary Burnison Lose the resume: land the job 650.14 B966
Timothy Falcon Crack Heard on the street: quantitative questions from Wall Street job interviews 650.14 C883
David Cusic California real estate license express: all-in-one review & testing to pass California's real estate exam 333.33 C986
Nancy Duarte Slide:ology: the art & science of creating great presentations 658.452 D812
Brian Johnson Option strategy hedging & risk management: an in-depth article introducing an interactive analytical framework for hedging option strategy risk 332.645 J661
Perry Marshall Ultimate guide to Facebook advertising 659.144 M367
Kevin Martin California real estate exam prep: the complete guide to passing the California Real Estate salesperson license exam the first time! 333.33 M379

Computer Science
Philip Japikse Building web applications with Visual Studio 2017: using .NET Core & modern JavaScript frameworks 006.78 V834

Food & Drink
Joanna Gaines Magnolia Table: a collection of recipes for gathering 641.5975 G142
Fany Gerson Paletas: authentic recipes for Mexican ice pops, shaved ice & aguas frescas 641.86 G382
Diane Lapis Cocktails across America: a postcard view of cocktail culture in the 1930s, '40s & '50s 641.874 L313
Erika Rappaport A thirst for empire: how tea shaped the modern world 641.3372 R221

Health & Medicine
Jeff Bercovici Play on: the new science of elite performance at any age 613.7 B486

Colin F. Baxter The secret history of RDX: the super-explosive that helped win World War II 662 B355
John L. Campbell American discontent: the rise of Donald Trump & decline of the golden age 973.933 C187
Jerome R. Corsi Killing the Deep State: the fight to save President Trump 973.933 C826
John Ferling Apostles of revolution: Jefferson, Paine, Monroe & the struggle against the old order in America & Europe 973.3 F357a
Travis Jeppesen See you again in Pyongyang: a journey into Kim Jong Un's North Korea 951.93 J549
Denise Kiernan The last castle: the epic story of love, loss & American royalty in the nation's largest home 975.6 K475
Wim Klooster Realm between empires: the second Dutch Atlantic, 1680-1815 909.097 K662
Andrew Lawler The secret token: myth, obsession & the search for the lost colony of Roanoke 975.6 L418
Olivier Magny WTF?!: What The French 944 M199
Jon Meacham The soul of America: the battle for our better angels 973 M479
Nancy Simons Peterson Raking the ashes: genealogical strategies for pre-1906 San Francisco research 929.1 P485
Jeff Weaver How Bernie won: inside the revolution that's taking back our country-- & where we go from here 973.932 W363
Rodney Castleden The making of Stonehenge 936.2 C353
Mick Sinclair The Thames: a cultural history 942.2 S616

Home & Family Management
Jessica Lahey The gift of failure: how the best parents learn to let go so their children can succeed 649.7 L183
The smart approach to design bathrooms 690 C912

Literature & Writing
Eric Sandberg (editor) 100 greatest literary detectives 809.38 O584

Natural Sciences & Mathematics
David Reich Who we are & how we got here: ancient DNA & the new science of the human past 572.86 R347

Politics & Government
Amy Goodman Democracy now!: twenty years covering the movements changing America 320.973 G653
John McCain The restless wave: good times, just causes, great fights & other appreciations 328.73 M121r
B. J. Mendelson Privacy & how to get it back 323.448 M537

Jeffrey A. Knight (editor) Genetics & inherited conditions 616.042 G328

Social Sciences & Current Events
Steven Brill Tailspin: the people & forces behind America's fifty-year fall--and those fighting to reverse it 306.0973 B857
Marcus Tullius Cicero How to grow old: ancient wisdom for the second half of life 305.26 C568
John Couch Rewiring education: how technology can unlock every student's potential 371.33 C853
Jo Ann Jenkins Disrupt aging: a bold new path to living your best life at every age 305.26 J521
L.A. Kauffman Direct action: protest & the reinvention of American radicalism 303.484 K211
Bill Kilday Never lost again: the Google mapping revolution that sparked new industries & augmented our reality 338.761 K482
Jaron Lanier Ten arguments for deleting all your social media accounts right now 302.23 L287
Michelle McNamara I'll be gone in the dark: one woman's obsessive search for the Golden State Killer 364.153 M169

Travel & Geography
Bradt Albania 914.965 B812
Fodor's 2018 London 914.21 F653
Fodor's the complete guide to African safaris 916 F65
Fodor's Vienna & the best of Austria 914.361 F653
Frommer's Costa Rica 917.286 F93
Frommer's Italy 914.5 F93
TimeOut Rome 914.56 T583

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Jocko Willink Marc's mission Child Willink
Andrew Clements The Losers Club Child Clements

Nate Cohn San Francisco 49ers Child 796.33 C678
Tricia Martineau Wagner 50 wacky things animals do: weird & amazing animal facts Child 591.5 W132

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Daniel G. Amen Memory rescue: supercharge your brain, reverse memory loss & remember what matters most
The adventures of an it leader: updated edition/ Robert D. Austin
Julian Barnes The only story
Neal Bascomb Higher: a historical race to the sky & the making of a city
Neal Bascomb Hunting Eichmann: how a band of survivors & a young spy agency chased down the world's most notorious Nazi
Neal Bascomb Red mutiny: eleven fateful days on the battleship Potemkin
Neal Bascomb The perfect mile: three athletes, one goal & less than four minutes to achieve it
L. Frank Baum Life & adventures of Santa Claus
Marion Zimmer Bradley Planet savers/sword of aldones
Marion Zimmer Bradley Star of danger
Marion Zimmer Bradley The bloody sun
Gerald Brandt The rebel
Anne Canadeo Knit to kill
Myke Cole Siege line
MaryJanice Davidson Deja new
Jessica Ellicott Murder in an English village
Diana Gabaldon Lord John & the plague of zombies
Vijay Govindarajan The three-box solution: a strategy for leading innovation
Kyle Harper The fate of Rome: climate, disease & the end of an empire
Mick Herron The usual Santas: a collection of Soho Crime Christmas Capers
Robert S. Kaplan What you really need to lead: the power of thinking & acting like an owner
Dean Koontz The whispering room
Alan B. Kreuger What makes a terrorist?
Anne LaBastille Woodswoman
Ken Liu Drowned worlds
Roger L. Martin Getting beyond better: how social entrepreneurship works
Alexander McCall Smith The good pilot Peter Woodhouse
Meeting infinity
Stephen Mitchell Beowulf
Yves Morieux Six simple rules: how to manage complexity without getting complicated
Salman Rushdie Shame
Salman Rushdie The moor's last sigh
Robert J. Sawyer The terminal experiment
Richard Norton Smith Patriarch: George Washington & the new American nation
R.E. Stearns Barbary Station
Victoria Thompson City of lies
Reavis Z. Wortham Hawke's prey
Todd Zenger Beyond competitive advantage: how to solve the puzzle of sustaining growth while creating value

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Aimee Agresti Campaign widows
Rumaan Alam That kind of mother
Arif Anwar The storm
Dan Ariely Dollars & Sense: How We Misthink Money & How To Spend Smarter
John Avlon Washington's farewell: the founding father's warning to future generations
Jen Beagin Pretend I'm dead
Ted Bell Overkill
Matthew Betley Field of valor
Christopher Buckley The judge hunter
Jez Burrows Dictionary stories: short fictions & other findings
Craig Childs Atlas of a lost world: travels in ice age America
Christine Dimmick Detox your home: a guide to removing toxins from your life & bringing health into your home
Will Doig High-Speed Empire: Chinese Expansion & the Future of Southeast Asia
Cyrus Farivar Habeas data: privacy vs. the rise of surveillance tech
Raymond E. Feist King of ashes
Dorothea Benton Frank By invitation only
Sarah Haywood The cactus
Frances E. Jensen The teenage brain: a neuroscientist's survival guide to raising adolescents & young adults
Charles Johnson Night hawks
Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar The map of salt & stars
Jess Kidd Mr. Flood's last resort
Stephen King The outsider
Sally Koslow Another side of paradise
R.F. Kuang The poppy war
Rachel Kushner The mars room
Mackeni Lee Bygone Badass Broads: 52 Forgotten Women Who Changed the World
Tim Marshall Prisoners of geography: Ten Maps That Explain Everything About the World
Aimee Molloy The perfect mother
Derek Molyneux Those of us who must die: execution, exile & revival after the Easter Rising
Mary Alice Monroe Beach house reunion
Christopher J. Olson 100 greatest cult films
Jennifer Palmieri Dear Madam President: an open letter to the women -- who will -- run the world
Charlton Pettus Exit strategy
Amy Poeppel Limelight
Leonard Sax Why gender matters: what parents & teachers need to know about the emerging science of sex differences
Edith Sheffer Asperger's children: the origins of autism in Nazi Vienna
Dwight Spivey iPhone for seniors for dummies
Danielle Teller All the ever afters: the untold story of Cinderella's stepmother
Edward Tenner The efficiency paradox: what big data can't do
Frans de Waal The bonobo & the atheist: in search of humanism among the primates
Ruth Ware The death of Mrs. Westaway
Randi Zuckerberg Pick three: you can have it all (just not every day)

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Bela Fleck Echo in the valley CD Folk Fleck

Jazz & Blues
Blue Note All-Stars Our point of view CD Jazz Blue Note

Foo Fighters Concrete & gold CD Pop Foo Fighters

Posted on Jun. 11, 2018 by Cherilyn Banson

And the Audie Award goes to...

Did you know that each year the Audio Publishers Association (APA) selects audiobooks for awards, just like the Oscars with films and the Grammy Awards with records? On May 31st, the APA announced the 2018 winners of the "Audie Awards." Our audiobook selections for June includes this year's winner, Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders, as well as the finalists from several categories.


Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders (also available as an ebook)

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine : a novel by Gail Honeyman

Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, written and narrated by Neil deGrasse Tyson (ebook)

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman (ebook)

This Fight is Our Fight : the battle to save America's middle class by Elizabeth Warren

A Legacy of Spies : a novel by John Le Carré (ebook)

Code girls : the untold story of the American women code breakers of World War II by Liza Mundy (ebook)

What Happened, written and narrated by Hillary Rodham Clinton (ebook)

Shattered : inside Hillary Clinton's doomed campaign by Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes


Please also take a look at our e-audiobooks collection on RBdigital!


Posted on May. 31, 2018 by Sou Phetsomphou

Bay Area Stories: DVD/Blu-ray Display

From the classic black and white suspense of Hitchcock to colorful, modern CGI films like Inside Out, writers love placing their stories in the Bay Area. Visit the 2nd Floor DVD/Blu-ray display to discover or revisit stories that take place in our beautiful Bay. Below are staff recommendations from the display:


Taryn recommends:


The Conversation - Gene Hackman is spectacular as surveillance "expert" in this mystery thriller. Watch it and see if you can find any parallels with today's political scene!


Bullitt - Steve McQueen is smoking hot (burning rubber!) as SFPD Lieutenant Frank Bullitt in this action filled, mob busting,  Mustang racing thriller. The car chase scene through the streets of San Francisco is regarded as one of the most influential in movie history.


Invasion of the Body Snatchers - Based on the book by local author Jack Finney, the 1978 film is a remake of one from 1956. Roger Ebert thought the plot had something to do with "something to do with Watergate and keeping tabs on those who are not like you" - what do you think?


Kristin recommends:


The Birdman of Alcatraz - A true story of a convicted killer who avoids the depths of despair by becoming an authority on birds during  his imprisonment.


Harold and Maude - A black comedy about a disturbed young man fascinated with death and funerals and his friendship with an eccentric and adventurous 80 year old lady. This film also has a great soundtrack by Cat Stevens!


Rhonda says “I have to say Bullitt and Vertigo are at the top of my list. But, the little campy film "So I married an Axe Murderer" has a scene filmed right outside my apartment in North Beach, circa 1993.”


Deb recommends Maltese Falcon and Dirty Harry.


Myles recommends:


Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)-  Mechanics’ librarian Lia recommended this film for a previous display, and I just got around to watching it. In Star Trek IV, the crew travels back to the 20th-Century San Francisco (from the 22nd-Century) to rescue two newborn humpback whales from the Monterey Bay Aquarium. The hero of the film is a marine biologist. How cool is that? In need of family-friendly feel-good sci-fi? Look no further!


The Room (2003): is thought to be one of the best-worst movies ever made. Its production inspired the Disaster Artist (2017) with James Franco and earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay. The Room is about Marina District banker who finds out his wife is cheating on him with his best friend. Part softcore porn, part unintentional comedy, part music video, the room was a passion project of writer, director, and San Francisco landlord Tommy Wiseau. The Room is famous for its ongoing media campaign, 15 years after its initial release, one can still find a giant “The Room” billboard on a building at Fisherman’s Wharf.

Posted on Apr. 29, 2018 by Myles Cooper

The Wrecking Crew: Music Display

The Wrecking Crew was an informal name given to a group of Los Angeles based studio musicians who played on countless popular music releases of the 1960s and early 1970s. Although these union musicians stationed at Gold Star Studios had jazz and classical backgrounds, in the hands of Phil Spector, they became the new sound of pop in his “Wall of Sound” playing on popular radio songs by the Crystals, the Ronettes, Ike & Tina Turner, and the Righteous Brothers. Before overdubbing allowed for layers of multiple takes, the Wrecking Crew provided the backing tracks for the Beach Boys, the Monkees, the Mama's and the Pappas, Sonny & Cher, Frank and Nancy Sinatra, and even television themes like that of M*A*S*H.

Did you know the late "Rhinestone Cowboy" Glen Campbell was a member of the Wrecking Crew? Stop by the display on Balcony 3A to discover recordings from this loose collective of Los Angeles' finest musicians.

Posted on Apr. 8, 2018 by Myles Cooper

New Titles List for the Week of March 19


Aminatta Forna Happiness
Keziah Frost The reluctant fortune-teller
Clarissa Goenawan Rainbirds
Saad Z. Hossain Escape from Baghdad!
Bayard Johnson Damned right
Domenico Starnone Trick
Katherena Vermette The break

Historical Fiction
Anthony Grooms The vain conversation
William Melvin Kelley A different drummer
Mark Sullivan Beneath a scarlet sky

Mystery, Suspense, Espionage & Intrigue
John Copenhaver Dodging & burning
Arjun Raj Gaind Death at the Durbar
Mario Giordano Auntie Poldi & the Sicilian lions
Nova Jacobs The last equation of Isaac Severy
Lars Kepler The sandman
Phillip Margolin The third victim
Peter May I'll keep you safe
Brad Meltzer The escape artist
Brad Parks Closer than you know
Tess Sharpe Barbed wire heart

Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror
Philip K. Dick VALIS & later novels
Jeff VanderMeer The strange bird

Short Stories
Martin Edwards (editor) Foreign bodies SS F714
Will Mackin Bring out the dog Fic Mackin
The year's best science fiction: thirty-fourth annual collection SS Y39s

Comic Books, Graphic Novels & Comic Strips
Eleanor Davis Why art? 701.1 D261 comics

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Applied Sciences
Paddy Cutts The complete cat book 636.8 C991c

Arts, Architecture & Crafts
Riva Castleman A century of artists books 709.04 C353
Larry Fink on composition & improvisation 771 F499
Jean-Paul Lubliner Tour Eiffel: un voyage immobile 779.4 L929
Lyle Rexer Photography's antiquarian avant-garde: the new wave in old processes 770 R455
Lauren Pond Test of faith: signs, serpents, salvation 779.092 P796

Biography & Genealogy
Michael Jago The man who was George Smiley: the life of John Bingham 92 B614
Nicola Tallis Elizabeth's rival: the tumultuous life of the Countess of Leicester: the romance & conspiracy that threatened Queen Elizabeth's court 92 L526

Books, Reading, Publishing, Journalism, Library & Information Science
Elizabeth Powell Crowe Genealogy online 025.0692 C953

Business & Economics
Richard N. Bolles What color is your parachute?: a practical manual for job-hunters & career-changers 650.14 B69
Elena L. Botelho The CEO next door: the 4 behaviors that transform ordinary people into world-class leaders 658.4 B748
Ron Chernow The death of the banker: the decline & fall of the great financial dynasties & the triumph of the small investor 332.1 C521
Robert D. Kaplan The return of Marco Polo's world: war, strategy & American interests in the twenty-first century 327.73 K172
Elizabeth Willard Thames Meet the Frugalwoods: achieving financial independence through simple living 332.024 T366

Larry Evans Modern middlegame lessons 794.123 E924
John Nunn John Nunn's chess puzzle book 794.12 N972j
Vladimir Tukmakov Modern chess preparation: getting ready for your opponent in the information age 794.1 T916m
Alexander Cherniaev The Sämisch King's Indian uncovered 794.122 C521s

Food & Drink
Greg Malouf New feast: modern Middle Eastern vegetarian 641.5636 M258

John Avlon Washington's Farewell: the Founding Father's Warning to Future Generations 973.4 A959
Mark Bailey (editor) Nine Irish lives: the fighters, thinkers & artists who helped build America 941.5 B154
Victoria C. Gardner Coates The last days of Pompeii: decadence, apocalypse, resurrection 937.7 L349
Patricia Fara A lab of one's own: science & suffrage in the first World War 940.3 F219
James P. Gallagher With the Fifth Army Air Force: photos from the Pacific Theater 940.542 G162
Mary Hollingsworth The Family Medici: the hidden history of the Medici dynasty 945.5 H741
Karen Karbo In praise of difficult women: life lessons from 29 heroines who dared to break the rules 920.72 K182
Mackenzi Lee Bygone badass broads: 52 forgotten women who changed the world 920.72 L477
Jonathan Miles St. Petersburg: madness, murder & art on the banks of the Neva 947.21 M643
Witold Szablowski Dancing bears: true stories of people nostalgic for life under tyranny 947.086 S996
Matt Young Eat the apple: a memoir 956.7 Y681
Peter Dazeley Unseen London 942.1 D277
Lisbeth Haas Saints & citizens: indigenous histories of colonial missions & Mexican California 305.897 H112
Tom Quinn Backstairs Billy: the life of William Tallon, the Queen Mother's most devoted servant 941.085 Q73

Home & Family Management
Shawna Coronado 101 organic gardening hacks: eco-friendly solutions to improve any garden 635.04 C822

Literature & Writing
Théophile Gautier Selected lyrics 841.7 G277
Charles Simic The world doesn't end: prose poems 811 S589o
The best American nonrequired reading 2017 814.8 B561

Natural Sciences & Mathematics
The best American science & nature writing 2017 500 B56n
Linda H. Beidleman Plants of the San Francisco Bay region: Mendocino to Monterey 581.9794 B422

Philosophy, Psychology & Religion
Janice Kaplan How luck happens: using the new science of luck to transform life, love & work 158 K172
Geneen Roth This messy magnificent life: a field guide 158.1 R845

Politics & Government
Cass R. Sunstein (editor) Can it happen here?: authoritarianism in America 320.473 S958
Steve Swatt Game changers: twelve elections that transformed California 324.9794 S973

Photographer's market 2018: how & where to sell your photography 770 P565
VideoHound's golden movie retriever 791.4 V65

Social Sciences & Current Events
Zygmunt Bauman Liquid times: living in an age of uncertainty 303.4 B348
Emmanuel Carrère The adversary: a true story of monstrous deception 364.152 C314
Jeff Chang Who we be: the colorization of America 305.8 C456w
Garrett M. Graff The threat matrix: the FBI at war 363.325 G736
Chris Hughes Fair shot: rethinking inequality & how we earn 331.2 H893
Edward D. Kleinbard We are better than this: how government should spend our money 336.39 K645
Ritch C. Savin-Williams Mostly straight: sexual fluidity among men 306.76 S267

Sports & Games
The best American sports writing. 2017 796 B56a

Travel & Geography
Chris Champagne Secret New Orleans 917.63 C449
The best American travel writing 2017 910 B561
Jean-Claude Gautrand Paris: portrait d'une ville = portrait of a city = Porträt einer Stadt 914.436 P2325g

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Jesmyn Ward Sing, unburied, sing Large Print Ward

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Reza Aslan God: a human history CD 211 A835
Chris Matthews Bobby Kennedy: a raging spirit CD 92 K3557m
Neil deGrasse Tyso Astrophysics for people in a hurry CD 523.01 T994
Walter Isaacson Leonardo da Vinci CD 92 L581

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Catherine Anderson The Christmas room
Colin Bateman Dr. Yes
James R. Benn The devouring
R.D. Blackmore Lorna Doone
Kevin Brooks A dance of ghosts
Italo Calvino If on a winter's night a traveler
Kelly Grey Carlisle We are all shipwrecks: a memoir
Suzanne Chazin A place in the wind
Joanne Greenberg I never promised you a rose garden
William W. Johnstone Kingdom come
William W. Johnstone Rimfire
Kat Martin Beyond danger
Man Martin The lemon jell-o syndrome
Eric McCormack Cloud
Shani Mootoo Moving forward sideways like a crab
Stef Penney Under a pole star
Kwei Quartey Death by his grace
Ayn Rand Anthem
Francine Rivers The prince: jonathan
Rachel Sherman Uneasy street: the anxieties of affluence
William Taubman Gorbachev: his life & times
Madeleine Thien Dogs at the perimeter
Helene Tursten Who watcheth
Steve Yates The legend of the albino farm

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Lady Bird

John Huston's wise blood
Three billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri

Foreign Language
Faces places DVD French
The square DVD Swedish

La La Land
Young at heart

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Francis Poulenc Mélodies CD Classical Poulenc

Posted on Mar. 15, 2018 by Cherilyn Banson

Be Kind, and Please Rewind - 1980s Cinema on DVD

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 to take a step back into the golden age of the VHS rental, with a display of 1980s favorites on DVD. Not only do you not have to worry about rewinding the tape this time around, our late fees at Mechanics’ are not as steep as the video rental palaces of yesteryear. So, swing by the 2nd Floor and rewind to the 80s. Below are a few staff picks from the display.


Taryn recommends:


The Blue Lagoon - Described by Siskel and Ebert as 1980's "dog of the year" this near soft porn film will keep you giggling, albeit breathlessly.

The French Lieutenant's Woman - Though the book was described as "unfilmable" because of its complex plot devices, this effort is more than admirable.


Craig recommends Tootsie - a 1982 drama/comedy, starring Dustin Hoffman and Jessica Lange. The film tells the story of a talented but volatile actor whose reputation for being difficult forces him to adopt a new identity as a woman in order to land a job. In desperation, he dresses as a woman, auditions as 'Dorothy Michaels', gets the part, and becomes a television sensation.


Rhonda says “I'm an 80's baby for sure so I remember just about everyone wearing acid-washed jackets and jeans! I had a black and gray Guess jacket, not to mention my feathered hairdo! One of my many fav 80's movies was Valley Girl the soundtrack was

everything! Not to mention Nicolas Cage's beach scene! Of course, you can't mention that movie without mentioning Fast Times at Ridgemont High. But, in all seriousness, I have to say Diner is still one of my all time favorite films.”


Joel recommends After HoursAn underrated black comedy about a yuppie named Paul trying to make his way home from his office job in Manhattan. His night becomes increasingly bizarre as he encounters a range of strange situations and individuals: angry cabbies, crazy ice cream dealers, burglars, mobsters, punks trying to shave his head, etc. It's a funny, strange, and unsettling movie that is very 1980s New York.

Lia recommends:

Ghostbusters – I loved the new Ghostbusters, but the original still holds the top spot in my heart.  It never fails to make me laugh, and I've probably seen it dozens of times.  I crack up every time they're spying on the ghost in the library and Ray says, "Listen! You smell something?"  Best watched while *not* eating eggs.

My other pick is Die Hard – the best Christmas movie out there!  Bruce Willis and Alan Rickman both give fantastic performances, and I just can't help but sympathize with poor John McClane, who's just got a bad headache.


Myles recommends:


Koyaanisqatsi - a beautiful art film by Godfrey Reggio with music from Philip Glass that contrasts the human impact on Earth with scenes of nature. “Koyaanisqatsi” is a Hopi word for unbalanced life. This experimental film has no dialog or plot, so if you’re in the mood for a high-brow 80s moment, check out Koyaanisqatsi.


Ghostbusters II - I love how this sequel opened. The heroes from the first film are no longer fighting ghosts. Their fifteen minutes of fame are up, and they’ve resorted to D-list work. Dan Aykroyd and Ernie Hudson are now children’s birthday party entertainers, performing to a group of “ungrateful little yuppie larvae.” I remember watching this in the theater and finding the group’s fall from grace both hilarious and relatable.

Posted on Feb. 25, 2018 by Myles Cooper

Michael Tilson Thomas – CD Selections

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 these composers conducted by MTT. Stop by our new display on 3A and reflect on MTT’s career.


Did you know CDs can be enjoyed in the library? We have portable CD players and headphones one can check out from the 3rd Floor Information Desk.


Posted on Feb. 11, 2018 by Myles Cooper

Less Than 24 Hours to a New You!

With the welcoming of a new year, we often are motivated by the feeling of a fresh start and set new goals such as exercising more or eating more healthfully. Whether it’s learning to take better care of yourself or read a hundred books this year, our collection has plenty of audio books to help with your New Year’s Resolution. In just a few hours of listening, you can discover how to deal with stress, manage your money and more! Ok, it'll take some follow up effort too but these picks should help you get started.

The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin

The Upside of Stress by Kelly McGonigal

What Money Can’t Buy by Michael Sandel

If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face By Alan Alda

You: The Owner’s Manual by Michael Roizen

You: Being Beautiful by Michael Roizen

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert


Don't forget to browse thorough out e-audiobook collection, available to download and listen instantly at RB Digital


Posted on Jan. 18, 2018 by Sou Phetsomphou

Art House Cinema - DVD and Blu-ray Selections

What is art house cinema? Picture a small, independent theater. In your mind’s eye, you’re probably not imagining the latest action movie or Summer blockbuster on the marquee. Instead, you may envision foreign, independent, or art films not intended for the mass-market. Many films that started out in art houses are now found in the collection at Mechanics’ Institute. Below are staff recommendations from the 2nd Floor DVD and Blu-ray display.

Heather says:

I’m still pining for Alejandro Jodorowsky’s unrealized version of one of my favorite books, Dune by Frank Herbert. Fortunately, we have other films by this Chilean-French director, screenwriter, playwright, poet, composer, musician, and graphic novelist to whet our appetite for the surreal – in 1929, film writer David Church called his work “a hybrid blend of mysticism and religious provocation.”

Fando y Lis (Spanish language with subtitles) is an adaptation of a Fernando Arrabal play by the same name. Shot in high-contrast black and white on weekends with a correspondingly tiny budget, the film was first shown at the Acapulco Film Festival in 1968. The plot follows Fando and his girlfriend Lis through a postapocalyptic wasteland in search of the mythical city of Tar, where the true nature of eternity will be revealed. The narrative of the film mimics the workings of the subconscious, leaving much to the audience's interpretation.

The Holy Mountain (English language) is a surrealist fantasy film – directed, written, produced, co-scored, co-edited, with set and costume designs by, and starring Alejandro Jodorowsky! Partially funded by John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Jodorowsky’s follow-up to Fando y Lis was shown at Cannes and various international film festivals in 1973. There’s extensive imagery from the tarot deck, and part of the plot involves a case of mistaken identity around the figure of Jesus – with plenty of confusing/interesting musings on the meaning of life. For instance, think of Marla’s iconic line about herself in Fight Club (“The girl is infectious human waste…”), which inspires the defining mantra of Tyler Durden’s space monkeys. One influential line from this film is, “You are excrement. You can change yourself into gold.” No spoilers: while watching this weird, mystical 1973 film, look for the many other ways it has influenced the mainstream modern films you know and love.

Sou says:

"Black Swan's imagery and storytelling were so vivid and memorable that I was compelled to watch it multiple times."

Rhonda says:

“I vote for "Withnail and I," which we have in our collection. If you have not seen this movie, and you like dark comedy, I encourage you to see it. Set in the late 1960's London, two unemployed best friends embark on a self-discovery trip to the English countryside.”

Myles says:

Even if you’ve already seen The Seventh Seal before, I recommend checking out our restored copy of the Swedish existential film by Ingmar Bergman. If you haven’t seen The Seventh Seal, this thought-provoking and beautifully photographed explores religion, faith, and the Black Death. For our Chess Club members, there is an iconic chess game between Antonius Block (Max Von Sydow) and the Death (Bengt Ekerot). Curious who wins? You must watch to find out!

Do you ever dream of writing a celebrated novel? Jep Gambardella, played by Marco Antonio Servillo, is a famous novelist who has retired to a life of parties and writing for a society paper in La Grande Bellezza. What happens to a writer who has spent decades resting on his laurels? Watch Gambardella reflect on love, regret, and his life in picturesque Rome.

Joel recommends:

A Woman Under the Influence - or pretty much any John Cassavetes movie. Cassavetes used his money from acting in Hollywood movies to produce and direct his own low-budget independent movies. The influence of his movies is hard to overstate – he helped define modern American independent film well before the term "indie movie" was ever used. 'A Woman Under the Influence' is one of his best and Gena Rowlands and Peter Falk give two of the most devastating acting performances you'll ever see.

Werckmeister Harmonies – Director Bela Tarr is known for his long-takes that linger and roam around complicated scenes, and this gorgeous film is packed full of them. Set in communist Hungary, the plot revolves around the arrival of a circus into a bleak and deprived town. The circus and its main attractions (a giant stuffed whale and a mysterious performer named "the Prince") unsettle the town and riots break out, sending the town into even deeper crisis.

Posted on Dec. 28, 2017 by Myles Cooper