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Staff Picks: Your November Art Crush

Do you ever wonder what your librarians are reading? We thought so. That’s why the staff of the Mechanics’ Institute Library is choosing some of our favorite books from the stacks to display on the second floor.

This is a permanent display with a rotating collection of books. Each month we’ll choose some of our favorites, covering subjects from art to zoology and everything in between. We’ll also showcase some of our favorite fiction titles interspersed amongst the featured section. Come check out the display on the second floor to see November’s picks: Art.

Here’s a taste of what you’ll find on the display this month:


Matt recommends “Beer, Art, and Philosophy: a memoir” by Tom Marioni.
Marioni has been making conceptual art in the Bay Area since 1959. “The Act of Drinking Beer with Friends Is the Highest Form of Art” is one of his most famous pieces.

Matt also recommends “Everything Flowers” by Clare Rojas.
Rojas is a San Francisco-based painter who also performs folk music under the pseudonym Peggy Honeywell.

Sarah recommends “The Art Spirit” by Robert Henri.
Robert Henri’s notes, articles, fragments of letters, and talks to students, compiled by Margery Ryerson, focus on the concept and technique of picture making, the study of art generally, and on art appreciation. This edition includes an introduction by Forbes Watson and sixteen pictures by Robert Henri.



Bobbie recommends “The Art of Racing in the Rain” by Garth Stein.
If you love dogs (and maybe even if you don’t!), you’ll love this book told from Enzo the dog’s perspective. We follow Enzo’s life as he dotes on and supports his “master” Denny, as Denny goes through tough times in his family and profession. Be sure to have tissues handy!

Heather recommends “The Little Friend” by Donna Tartt.
Do you like a mystery that’s neatly wrapped-up at the end? Then DON’T read this book. It’s as complex, heartbreaking, lovely, and confusing as life itself.

Curiosity piqued? Come see what else is on the second floor. And always, always, feel free to ask us what we’re reading!

Posted on Nov. 8, 2012 by Heather Terrell