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by
Steven Dunlap

The Moomin books, that is.

Moomins are white, hippopotamus-like creatures that live in the snowy lands of the Moomin Valley. A creation of a Finnish writer, Tove Jansson, published originally in Swedish, these books have proven very popular with children (and adults) for decades. I first learned of these beloved books when I read a semi-autobiographical book by Stephen Johnson. In a deeply personal account of his troubles overcoming abuse and trauma, he wrote: "As a child, I loved Tove Jansson's Moomintroll books; more recently, as an adult, I've had the pleasure of returning to them and discovering how full of wisdom, compassion, and psychological insight they are." (From Stephen Johnson, How Shostakovich changed my mind, p. 81. 781.1 J630 

Finding these in English translation has proven a bit challenging, but we have some well-regarded adaptations in our collection now.

For a belated Christmas: Christmas comes to Moomin Valley

And in keeping with the season: Moomin and the Ice Festival

And others, such as:

Moomin and the Wishing Star 

Moomin and the Spring Surprise 

We also have a volume of the comic strips:

Moomin: the complete Tove Jansson comic strip 

And for very small children, a book that teaches numbers:

Moomin's Little Book of Numbers 

You can browse the Moomin books under the call number U Jansson in the Universal section on the 2nd floor (formerly called "Children's" we renamed this part of our collection because people of all ages can enjoy many of the books it contains, not just children).

The Moomin books, that is.

Moomins are white, hippopotamus-like creatures that live in the snowy lands of the Moomin Valley. A creation of a Finnish writer, Tove Jansson, published originally in Swedish, these books have proven very popular with children (and adults) for decades. I first learned of these beloved books when I read a semi-autobiographical book by Stephen Johnson. In a deeply personal account of his troubles overcoming abuse and trauma, he wrote: "As a child, I loved Tove Jansson's Moomintroll books; more recently, as an adult, I've had the pleasure of returning to them and discovering how full of wisdom, compassion, and psychological insight they are." (From Stephen Johnson, How Shostakovich changed my mind, p. 81. 781.1 J630 

Finding these in English translation has proven a bit challenging, but we have some well-regarded adaptations in our collection now.

For a belated Christmas: Christmas...

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FICTION

Jonathan Carroll Mr. Breakfast Fic Carroll
Roger Rapoport Searching for Patty Hearst : a novel Fic Rapoport
Helen DeWitt The English understand wool Fic DeWitt
Jen Beagin Big Swiss : a novel Fic Beagin
Benjamín Labatut The maniac Fic Labatut
Rebekah Bergman The museum of human history : a novel Fic Bergman
Sarah Rose Etter Ripe : a novel Fic Etter
Jill Santopolo Stars in an Italian sky Fic Santopolo
Michael O'Donnell Above the fire Fic O'Donnell
Shawn Wong Homebase Fic Wong
Ramona Ausubel The last animal Fic Ausubel
Mark Helprin The oceans and the stars : a sea story, a war story, a love story : the seven battles and mutiny of Athena, Patrol Coastal Ship 15 Fic Helprin
Sebastian Barry Old God's time Fic Barry
Justin Torres Blackouts : a novel Fic Torres
Emily Hauser For the winner : a novel of Jason and the Argonauts Fic Hauser
Lydia Davis Our strangers : stories Fic Davis
Kelly Link White cat, black dog : stories Fic Link
Jamel Brinkley Witness : stories Fic Brinkley

Historical Fiction

Éric Vuillard An honorable exit Fic Vuillard
David Diop Beyond the door of no return Fic Diop
Tom Crewe The new life : a novel Fic Crewe
Tania James Loot Fic James
Elly Griffiths The lantern men : a Ruth
Galloway mystery
Fic Griffiths

Mystery, Suspense, Thrillers, Espionage & Intrigue

Christianna Brand Green for danger Fic Brand
Stuart Woods Desperate measures Fic Woods
Joe R. Lansdale The donut legion Fic Lansdale
Christopher Bollen The lost Americans : a novel Fic Bollen
Kōtarō Isaka The Mantis : a novel Fic Isaka
Stephen Spotswood Murder crossed her mind Fic Spotswood

Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror

Martha Wells System collapse Fic Wells
Daniel Abraham Blade of dream Fic Abraham

Westerns

John Rollin Ridge The life and adventures of Joaquín Murieta, the celebrated California bandit Fic Ridge
Claudia Cravens Lucky Red : a novel Fic Cravens

Comic Books, Graphic Novels & Comic Strips

Keith Knight Dances with sheep : a K chronicles compendium 741.5 K692d Comics
Keith Knight What a long strange strip it's been : yet another K chronicles compendium 741.5 K692 Comics
George Herriman Krazy Kat : the comic art of George Herriman 741.5 H56kr Comics

Short Stories

The best American short stories 2023 SS B56
San Francisco Noir 2 : the classics SS S193

FICTION

Jonathan Carroll Mr. Breakfast Fic Carroll
Roger Rapoport Searching for Patty Hearst : a novel Fic Rapoport
Helen DeWitt The English understand wool Fic DeWitt
Jen Beagin Big Swiss : a novel Fic Beagin
Benjamín Labatut The maniac Fic Labatut
Rebekah Bergman The museum of human history : a novel Fic Bergman
Sarah Rose Etter Ripe : a novel Fic Etter
Jill Santopolo Stars in an Italian sky Fic Santopolo
Michael O'Donnell Above the fire Fic O'Donnell
Shawn Wong Homebase Fic Wong
Ramona Ausubel...

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Applied Sciences

Kelly Weinersmith A city on Mars : can we settle space, should we settle space, and have we really thought this through? 629.4 W423
Encyclopedia of the horse 636.1 E563

Arts, Architecture & Crafts

Wolfgang Tillmans Wolfgang Tillmans : four books ; Wolfgang Tillmans 1995 ; Burg 1998 ; Truth Study Center 2005 ; Neue Welt 2012 779.092 T577
William Eggleston : mystery of the ordinary 770.92 E297
Roy Strong The artist & the garden 758 S92
Todd Alden The essential René Magritte 750.92 M21a
Pacita Abad 709.2 A116
Picturing Hong Kong : photography 1855-1910. 779.99 P6119

Biography & Genealogy

The Old Gays guide to the good life : lessons learned about love and death, sex and sin, and saving the best for last 792.092 O441
Safiya Sinclair How to say Babylon : a memoir 811.6 S616
Richard E. Grant A pocketful of happiness : a memoir 792.092 G761
Arnold T. Grisham Making a way out of no way : my African American life 332.092 G869
Martha Hodes My hijacking : a personal history of forgetting and remembering 364.154 H687
Anderson Cooper Astor : the rise and fall of an American fortune 974.71 A8599
Mildred Crowl Martin Chinatown's angry angel : the story of Donaldina Cameron 979.461 C182ch
Werner Herzog Every man for himself and God against all : a memoir 792.092 H582e
Merilee Grindle In the shadow of Quetzalcoatl : Zelia Nuttall and the search for Mexico's ancient civilizations 972.01 N979

Business & Economics

J.K. Lasser's your income tax 2024 336.24 J11

Chess

Aleksandr Naftalʹevich Koblent͡s Mikhail Tal : the street-fighting years 794.15 T13ko
Jacob Aagaard A Matter of Endgame Technique 794.124 A112
Herman Grooten Attacking chess for club players : improve your skills to overpower your opponents 794.12 G876
M. I. Dvoret͡skiĭ Studies for practical players : improving calculation and resourcefulness in the endgame 794.124 D98s
M. M. Botvinnik Match for the World Chess Championship, Mikhail Botvinnik - David Bronstein, Moscow 1951 794.159 B75m
Sam Shankland Theoretical rook endgames 794.124 S528

Health

Myatt Murphy The Men's health gym bible 613.7 M978
Arline T. Geronimus Weathering : the extraordinary stress of ordinary life in an unjust society 362.1 G377

History

Gregory Wallance Into Siberia : George Kennan's epic journey through the brutal, frozen heart of Russia 957 W195
Malcolm Margolin The Ohlone way : Indian life in the San Francisco-Monterey Bay Area 970.494 M32
Yahad-In Unum 2010 : broad daylight : testimony extracts 940.5318 Y13b
Peter W. Schroeder Six million paper clips : the making of a children's Holocaust memorial 940.5318 S381
Ussama Samir Makdisi Age of coexistence : the ecumenical frame and the making of the modern Arab world 956 M235
Dennis Carlyle Darling Borrowed time : survivors of Nazi Terezín remember 940.5318 D221

Literature & Writing

James Ijames Fat ham 812.6 I258
Annie Ernaux I remain in darkness 848 E71i
James Tate Hell, I love everybody : the essential James Tate : poems 811 T217h
Alice Walker In search of our mothers' gardens : womanist prose 813 W177i
Timmy Straw The Thomas Salto 811.6 S913
Homer The Iliad 881 H76wil
The best American poetry 2023 811.08 B56
Richard Andersen Powerful writing skills 808 A544
Jean Cocteau Les parents terribles (Indiscretions) 842 C66p
Joanna Biggs A life of one's own : nine women writers begin again 809.8 B592
Lee Gutkind The fine art of literary fist-fighting : how a bunch of rabble-rousers, outsiders, and ne'er-do-wells concocted creative nonfiction 809 G98f

Performing Arts & Music

Caseen Gaines Footnotes : the Black artists who rewrote the rules of the Great White Way 792.089 G142
Karlheinz Stockhausen Stockhausen on music 780.1 S864

Philosophy, Psychology & Religion

Oren Jay Sofer Your heart was made for this : contemplative practices for meeting a world in crisis with courage, integrity, and love 158.12 S681
James C. Zimring Partial truths : how fractions distort our thinking 153.42 Z76

Politics

Gary Gerstle The rise and fall of the neoliberal order : America and the world in the free market era 320.51 G383r
Robert D. Kaplan The tragic mind : fear, fate, and the burden of power 320.01 K17t

Social Sciences & Current Events

Azam Ahmed Fear is just a word 364.152 A286
Max Marshall Among the bros : a fraternity crime story 362.29 M367
Michael E. Mann Our fragile moment : how lessons from Earth's past can help us survive the climate crisis 363.738 M315
Tim Schwab The Bill Gates problem : reckoning with the myth of the good billionaire 361.7 S398
Harry N. MacLean Starkweather : the untold story of the killing spree that changed America 364.152 M163
Alexander Stille The Sullivanians : sex, psychotherapy, and the wild life of an American commune 307.77 S857
Marcus Du Sautoy Around the world in eighty games : from tarot to tic-tac-toe, Catan to Snakes and Ladders, a mathematician unlocks the secrets of the world's greatest games 793 D81

Travel & Geography

Fodor's San Diego. 917.9498 F653
Fiji. 919.61 L847
Jamaica. 917.292 L847
Lonely Planet Mallorca. 914.675
L847
Moon Croatia & Slovenia. 914.97 M818
Rick Steves' Budapest. 914.3912 S848
Thomas H. Hunt Ghost trails to California : with selected excerpts from emigrant journals 917.8 H94

Universal (Children's)

Charlie Mendoza The Ohlone U 979.4 M539

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Attacking chess for club players: improve your skills to overpower your opponents / Herman Grooten. 794.12 G876 

Another generous gift from the estate of Jeremy Silman. In this book, Grooten presents techniques for experienced club players to enhance their game. He uses an analysis of middle game positions to explain advanced concepts (or rather, explain the greater complexities of concepts you already know). Grooten includes 106 exercises with additional analysis in the solutions. Not intended for beginners.

Studies for practical players: improving calculation and resourcefulness in the endgame / Mark Dvoretsky & Oleg Pervakov; foreword by Jan Timman. 794.124 D98s

Dvortetsky's books are a favorite with Mechanics Institute Chess players. This one, co-written with Oleg Pervakov, is his latest to come out in English translation. (Book 2 of this set, with the subtitle "improving important endgame concepts," is due out in February.) These studies allow players to practice the lessons taught in his previous books. 

Match for the World Chess Championship, Mikhail Botvinnik - David Bronstein, Moscow 1951 / Mikhail Botvinnik. 794.159 B75m

Botvinnik retained his world championship status by drawing Bronstein in this match. Behind at the end of the 22nd game, he won the 23rd, then with his draw in the 24th, he retained his title. In this now-out-of-print book, Botvinnik provides detailed commentary and analysis of his games. We are fortunate to have been given such a fine copy of this book. Thank you Kenneth Hills!   

Winning chess openings / Yasser Seirawan. 794.122 S46

Seirawan has received high praise from club members who feel that reading his books has resulted in a noticeable improvement in their games. Written for beginners, this book will help those trying to pick out an opening that best suits their style of play.

Mikhail Tal: the street-fighting years / Alexander Koblenz; translated from Russian by Alexei Zakharov. 794.15 T13ko

To say "street-fighting" regarding a chess champion is curious, but the title of this classic (first published in 1963) refers to Tal's early games. The book includes 77 of these games annotated by Koblenz, who served as Tal's long-term coach and second.  

Perpetual chess improvement: practical chess advice from world-class players and dedicated amateurs / Ben Johnson; forward by GM Ben Finegold. 794.1 J661

Perpetual Chess Podcast host, USCF Master Ben Johnson has compiled some of his favorite stories told by a wide variety of guests to his show. Along with advice on how to approach and study different aspects of the game including openings, endgames, tournament games, and speed chess, he also includes information on finding a chess coach and a like-minded chess community. Additionally, he also recommends the best ways to use the powerful chess study tools available today.

The world's most instructive amateur game book / Dan Heisman. 794.1 H473w

Here’s a book for the intermediate players. Heisman analyzes 30 games by intermediate players and offers guidance on improvement. The positions you find in this book will likely resemble the positions you will encounter in the under 1600 tier of a tournament. The study of the brilliant games of grandmasters of yesteryear is always helpful, but it’s also beneficial to learn from the mistakes of players at the same level as you.

Theoretical rook endgames / Sam Shankland; edited by Jeremy Hart. 794.124 S528

In January 2024, the Mechanics Institute had the good fortune to host one of our members, Sam Shankland, for a book signing and chess presentation. Sam is well known in the chess community and we had a strong turnout for the event. All copies of Sam's books sold out. That's not surprising given he has proven to be a brilliant teacher as shown on his DVD (also in the MI library) The Shankland Method. DVD 794.1 S528 


 

Attacking chess for club players: improve your skills to overpower your opponents / Herman Grooten. 794.12 G876 

Another generous gift from the estate of Jeremy Silman. In this book, Grooten presents techniques for experienced club players to enhance their game. He uses an analysis of middle game positions to explain advanced concepts (or rather, explain the greater complexities of concepts you already know). Grooten includes 106 exercises with additional analysis in the solutions. Not intended for beginners.

Studies for practical players: improving calculation and resourcefulness in the endgame / Mark Dvoretsky & Oleg Pervakov; foreword by Jan Timman. 794.124 D98s

Dvortetsky's books are a favorite with Mechanics Institute Chess players. This one, co-written with Oleg Pervakov, is his latest to come out in English translation. (Book 2 of this set, with the subtitle "improving important endgame...

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Myles Cooper

We invite you to celebrate the Lunar New Year with Mechanics’ Institute Library! Our 3rd-floor display offers a curated selection of books honoring the cultures that observe this joyous tradition.

Explore Fashion and Identity:
Chinatown Pretty: Fashion and wisdom from Chinatown’s Most Stylish Seniors: Join Mechanics' Institute members Andria Lo and Valerie Luu on a visual journey through North American Chinatowns. Their book, filled with stunningly colorful photos, showcases the unique street style of Asian elders, offering a glimpse into their lives and cultural expressions. Visit their Instagram account [@chinalowtownpretty] for further inspiration.

Embrace Family Traditions
Bringing in the New Year: Immerse yourself in the warmth of family traditions with Grace Lin's beautifully illustrated book. Though geared towards young readers, this Universal collection gem is perfect for all ages. Discover how a Chinese family prepares for the Lunar New Year and share their cultural experiences.

Savor Culinary Delights
Mister Jiu's In Chinatown: Recipes and Stories from the Birthplace of Chinese American Food: Calling all fans of the renowned San Francisco restaurant! Delve into the elevated flavors of their California-inspired Chinese cuisine with this enticing cookbook. Recreate signature dishes at home and impress your loved ones with authentic tastes.

Dive into Literature
Interior Chinatown: This captivating novel, a favorite among Mechanics' Institute members and staff, explores themes of assimilation, immigration, and identity. Don't miss out on the upcoming Hulu series based on this thought-provoking book.

Journey Through History
Tomb Treasures - New Discoveries from China's Han Dynasty: Art enthusiasts, rejoice! This full-color exhibition catalog, courtesy of the San Francisco Asian Art Museum, unveils recently unearthed treasures from the Western Han Dynasty. Explore the rich history and artistic legacy of this period.

Embrace Language and Community
Luli and the Language of Tea: Based on author Andrea Wang's childhood experiences, this charming book celebrates the transformative power of language and cultural exchange. Join Luli on her heartwarming journey as she fosters connection and understanding through a tea party with fellow students.

All books featured in this display are available for checkout on the 3rd Floor. Happy Lunar New Year and happy reading!

We invite you to celebrate the Lunar New Year with Mechanics’ Institute Library! Our 3rd-floor display offers a curated selection of books honoring the cultures that observe this joyous tradition.

Explore Fashion and Identity:
Chinatown Pretty: Fashion and wisdom from Chinatown’s Most Stylish Seniors: Join Mechanics' Institute members Andria Lo and Valerie Luu on a visual journey through North American Chinatowns. Their book, filled with stunningly colorful photos, showcases the unique street style of Asian elders, offering a glimpse into their lives and cultural expressions. Visit their Instagram account [@chinalowtownpretty] for further inspiration.

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Myles Cooper

February is Black History Month, and the Mechanics' Institute Library is proud to celebrate with a curated display brimming with captivating reads. Located on the 3rd Floor, this showcase highlights diverse voices and experiences, inviting you to dive into the rich tapestry of Black history and culture.

Flip through and discover:

Black Panther Party: A Graphic Novel History—Delve into the powerful history of this revolutionary movement, which started in the Bay Area, through the engaging medium of graphic storytelling.

Shout Sister, Shout—Uncover the electrifying life and influence of this pioneering musician who paved the way for rock and roll.

Those Who Saw the Sun: African American History from the Jim Crow South—Witness the resilience and resistance of Black communities through firsthand accounts gathered in this poignant collection.

Troublemaker for Justice: The Story Bayard Rustin, the Man behind the March on Washington—Shine a light on the history of this openly gay Civil Rights leader and his pivotal role in the fight for equality, published by City Lights for readers in middle grades and up.

And that's just the beginning! Our display expands in the month of February with recent publications exploring various aspects of Black history. So, visit the 3rd Floor and embark on a journey of discovery. Remember, like any book you encounter on display in the 3rd Floor, these treasures are yours to borrow and bring home!

Let's celebrate Black History Month together, one insightful page at a time.

Bonus Tip: Looking for more recommendations? Ask our friendly Library staff members—they're happy to guide you towards enriching reads that spark your curiosity.

—Myles Cooper, Library Manager

February is Black History Month, and the Mechanics' Institute Library is proud to celebrate with a curated display brimming with captivating reads. Located on the 3rd Floor, this showcase highlights diverse voices and experiences, inviting you to dive into the rich tapestry of Black history and culture.

Flip through and discover:

Black Panther Party: A Graphic Novel History—Delve into the powerful history of this revolutionary movement, which started in the Bay Area, through the engaging medium of graphic...

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Heather Miles

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Natalie Haynes The children of Jocasta Fic Haynes
Madeline Miller Galatea : a short story Fic Miller
James Baldwin Giovanni's room Fic Baldwin
Claire North Ithaca Fic North
Mohamed Mbougar Sarr The most secret memory of men Fic Sarr
Pat Barker The silence of the girls : a novel Fic Barker
H. T. Tsiang The hanging on Union Square : an American epic Fic Tsiang
Don Gillmor Breaking and entering Fic Gillmor
Fabio Morábito Home reading service Fic Morábito
Madison Smartt Bell The witch of Matongé : a novel Fic Bell
Costanza Casati Clytemnestra Fic Casati
Naoise Dolan The happy couple Fic Dolan
Esther Yi Y/N: a novel Fic Yi

Historical Fiction

Madeline Martin The librarian spy : a novel of World War II Fic Martin
Hanna Pylväinen The end of drum-time : a novel Fic Pylvainen
Nora Roberts Inheritance Fic Roberts

Mystery, Suspense, Thrillers, Espionage & Intrigue

Tess Gerritsen The spy coast : a thriller Fic Gerritsen
Michael Connelly Resurrection walk Fic Connelly
Mike Omer Please tell me Fic Omer

Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror

Francesca Lia Block Love in the time of global warming Fic Block
Sandra Newman Julia : a novel Fic Newman
Tomihiko Morimi The Tatami time machine blues : a novel Fic Morimi

Short Stories

Palestine + 100 SS P157
Joyce Carol Oates Extenuating circumstances : stories of crime and suspense Fic Oates
The best short stories 2023 : the O. Henry Prize winners SS S67
Thomas A. Dodson No use pretending : stories Fic Dodson

Comic Books, Graphic Novels & Comic Strips

Gord Hill The 500 years of Indigenous resistance comic book 970.004 H550 Comics
Kabi Nagata My pancreas broke but my life got better 741.5 N147 Comics
Karina Shor Silence, full stop : a memoir 362.76 S559 Comics
Simon Elliot Hockney : a graphic life 750.92 H68e Comics

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Natalie Haynes The children of Jocasta Fic Haynes
Madeline Miller Galatea : a short story Fic Miller
James Baldwin Giovanni's room Fic Baldwin
Claire North Ithaca Fic North
Mohamed Mbougar Sarr The most secret memory of men Fic Sarr
Pat Barker The silence of the girls : a novel Fic Barker
H. T. Tsiang The hanging on Union Square : an American epic Fic Tsiang
Don Gillmor Breaking and entering Fic Gillmor
Fabio Morábito Home reading service Fic Morábito
Madison Smartt Bell The witch of...

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Arts, Architecture & Crafts

Murakami : unfamiliar people, swelling of monsterized human ego 709.2 M972
Ken Grossinger Art works : how organizers and artists are creating a better world together 700.1 G878
Aperture. 251, summer 2023 770 A641
Robert B. Kozma Make the world a better place : design with passion, purpose, and values 745.2 K889
Scott Powell Frances Elkins : visionary American designer 747.092 E438
Karen Nepacena Midcentury modern style : an approachable guide to inspired rooms 747 N439
Deborah Turbeville : photocollage 779.092 T93
Knitting for Olive Knitting for Olive : classic, timeless knitting patterns 746.43 K719kn
The grain of the present. 779 G743
This land : June 1, 2018-March 31, 2019, Pier 24 Photography. 779 T448
Fraenkel Gallery The plot thickens 779 P729
J. F. Turner Create and be recognized : photography on the edge 779 T944
Diane Arbus Diane Arbus : in the beginning, 1956-1962 770.92 A66i
Jim Goggin The great jazz revival : a pictorial celebration of traditional jazz 781.65 G613

Biography & Genealogy

Jack Kelly God save Benedict Arnold : the true story of America's most hated man 973.3 A752

Business & Economics

Jordan Belfort The wolf of investing : my insider's playbook for making a fortune on Wall Street 332.62 B428w
Ed Conway Material world : the six raw materials that shape modern civilization 333.7 C767
William F. Meehan Engine of impact : essentials of strategic leadership in the nonprofit sector 658.048 M494
Dave Kerpen The art of people : 11 simple people skills that will get you everything you want 650.13 K399
Thomas J. Neff You're in charge, now what? : the 8 point plan 658.4 N383
Christine. Comaford-Lynch Smarttribes : how teams become brilliant together 658.4 C728
Achieving excellence in fundraising 658.152 A178
Marcus Buckingham Nine lies about work : a freethinking leader's guide to the real world 658.4 B923ni

Food & Drink

Joseph Geha Kitchen Arabic : how my family came to America and the recipes we brought with us 641.5929 G311
Angela Dimayuga Filipinx : heritage recipes from the diaspora 641.5959 D582
Viola Buitoni Italy by ingredient : artisanal foods, modern recipes 641.5945 B932

History

Iván de la Nuez Cubanthropy : between the Cold War's socialist promise and a capitalist future 972.91 N964
Daniel Finkelstein Two roads home : Hitler, Stalin, and the miraculous survival of my family 940.5318 F499
A republic of scoundrels : the schemers, intriguers & adventurers who created a new American nation 973.3 R426
The making of the West : peoples and cultures : a concise history 909.0982 M235
Medea Isphording Bern San Francisco jazz 979.461 B5171s
Charles Freeman The children of Athena : Greek Intellectuals in the Age of Rome: 150 BC-400 AD 938 F855c
Rebecca Clarren The cost of free land : Jews, Lakota, and an American inheritance 978.3 C613
Scott Martelle 1932 : FDR, Hoover and the dawn of a New America 973.917 M376
Edward L. Ayers American visions : the United States, 1800-1860 973.5 A977

Literature & Writing

Tongo Eisen-Martin Blood on the fog 811.6 E361b
Tim Z. Hernandez Some of the light : new and selected poems 811.6 H557s
Joshua Bennett Spoken word : a cultural history 808.545 B471
Jed Munson Commentary on the birds 814 M969
Craig Santos Perez From unincorporated territory [åmot] 811.6 S237
Pathetic literature : an anthology 808.8 P297
Gabrielle Octavia Rucker Dereliction 811 R911
Sunjata : Gambian versions of the Mande epic by Bamba Suso and Banna Kanute 896 S958
Melissa Crowe Lo : poems 811.6 C953
Georgia Douglas Johnson After a thousand tears : poems 811 J661
Brandon Som Tripas : poems 811.6 S693
Julia Kolchinsky Dasbach 40 weeks : poems 811.6 D229
Leah Nieboer Soft apocalypse 811.6 N665
Ru Freeman Bon courage : essays on inheritance, citizenship, and a creative life 814.6 F855
Jay Wright Soul and substance : a poet's examination papers 814 W947

Natural Sciences & Mathematics

Cornell University Laboratory of Ornithology All about birds : California 598.0979 A416
Kevin Hobbs Edible : 70 sustainable plants that are changing how we eat 581.632 H682

Performing Arts & Music

Makana Eyre Sing, memory : the remarkable story of the man who saved the music of the Nazi camps 780.89 K962
Louis Niebur Menergy : San Francisco's gay disco sound 781.648 N665

Philosophy, Psychology & Religion

Julie Ingersoll Building God's kingdom : inside the world of Christian reconstruction 230 I47
Empty the pews : stories of leaving the church 277.3 E558
Ludwig Wittgenstein Über Gewissheit = On certainty 121.6 W83
Carlos M. N. Eire They flew : a history of the impossible 133.8 E359

Social Sciences & Current Events

Alex Espinoza Cruising : an intimate history of a radical pastime 306.76 E776
David Pietrusza Gangsterland : a tour through the dark heart of jazz-age New York City 364.106 P626
Geoff White The Lazarus heist : from Hollywood to high finance : inside North Korea's global cyber war 364.168 W582
Grace E. Lavery Pleasure and efficacy : of pen names, cover versions, and other trans techniques 306.76 L399
Michael Gross Flight of the WASP : the rise, fall, and future of America's original ruling class 305.8 G87
Schuyler Bailar He 306.76 B153
Yascha Mounk The identity trap : a story of ideas and power in our time 305 M928
Jeremy Heimans New power : how power works in our hyperconnected world --and how to make it work for you 303.48 H467
Robert F. Dalzell The good rich and what they cost us 305.52 D153
Dana Brakman Reiser For-profit philanthropy : elite power and the threat of limited liability companies, donor-advised funds, and strategic corporate giving 361.74 R375
Rob Reich Just giving : why philanthropy is failing democracy and how it can do better 361.7 R34j
Equal Justice Initiative The National Memorial for Peace and Justice. 305.896 E647
Danny. Lyon Like a thief's dream 365.6 L991
Shanterra McBride Courageous discomfort : how to have important, brave, life-changing conversations about race and racism : 20 questions about race and racism answered 305.8 M1191
Maribel Morey White philanthropy : Carnegie Corporation's An American dilemma and the making of a white world order 305.8 M845

Travel & Geography

Lonely planet Vietnam. 915.97 L847
Tom Lutz The kindness of strangers 910.4 L975k
Scotland. 914.11 L847
Las Vegas. 917.931 F653

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