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Readers Nook

by
Cherilyn Banson

BOOKS

FICTION
Fredrik Backman Britt-Marie was here
Fredrik Backman My grandmother asked me to tell you she's sorry
Paula Cocozza How to be human
Mary Gordon There your heart lies
Lisa Ko The leavers
Dennis Lehane Since we fell
Édouard Louis The end of Eddy
Benjamin Ludwig Ginny Moon
Julie Murphy Ramona blue
Jill Santopolo The light we lost
Rakesh Satyal No one can pronounce my name
Doree Shafrir Startup
Graeme Simsion The best of Adam Sharp
Paul Theroux Mother Land
Colm Tóibín House of names
Darcie Wilder Literally show me a healthy person
Gail Honeyman Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine

Historical Fiction
Yves Jégo The Sun King conspiracy

Mystery, Suspense, Espionage & Intrigue
Brian Freeman Marathon
Paula Hawkins Into the water
Abir Mukherjee A rising man
Jo Nesbø The thirst
Anthony Rolls Family matters

Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror
M.R. Carey The boy on the bridge

Short Stories
Haruki Murakami Men without women

Comic Books, Graphic Novels & Comic Strips
Guy Delisle Hostage 741.5 D354 comics
Juan Díaz Canales Blacksad. A silent hell 741.5 D539 comics
Brian K. Vaughan Saga. Volume seven 741.5 S1289 comics

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NONFICTION
Applied Sciences
Lee Alan Dugatkin How to tame a fox (and build a dog): visionary scientists & a Siberian tale of jump-started evolution 636.977 D866

Arts, Architecture & Crafts
Kitty Bartholomew Designer knitting with Kitty Bartholomew 746.43 B287
Kitty Bartholomew Kitty Bartholomew's decorating style: a hands-on approach to creating affordable, beautiful & comfortable rooms 747 B287
Nina Freudenberger Surf shack: laid-back living by the water 747.88 F889
Surendran Nair Itinerant mythologies 759.954 N158

Business & Economics
Noam Chomsky Requiem for the American dream: the 10 principles of concentration of wealth & power 339.22 C548

Chess
Yuri Razuvaev Key concepts of gambit play 794.1 R279

Food & Drink
Alison Cayne The Haven's Kitchen cooking school: recipes & inspiration to build a lifetime of confidence in the kitchen 641.564 C385
Joshua McFadden Six seasons: a new way with vegetables 641.564 M143
Leela Punyaratabandhu Bangkok: stories & recipes from the heart of Thailand 641.5959 P984

Health & Medicine
Eric A. Newman (editor) The beautiful brain: the drawings of Santiago Ramón y Cajal 612.82 R175

History
Nir Baram A land without borders: my journey around East Jerusalem & the West Bank 956.94 B224
China Miéville October: the story of the Russian Revolution 947.084 M632

Home & Family Management
Jennifer Jones The three p's of parenting 649.1 J762

Literature & Writing
Footsteps: from Ferrante's Naples to Hammett's San Francisco, literary pilgrimages around the world 808.8 N567
Jeffrey Alan Melton Mark Twain, travel books & tourism: the tide of a great popular movement 818.4 M528

Performing Arts & Music
Lucy Chase Williams The complete films of Vincent Price 791.43 W721

Philosophy, Psychology & Religion
Rod Dreher The Benedict option: a strategy for Christians in a post-Christian nation 261 D771

Politics & Government
Jonathan Allen Shattered: inside Hillary Clinton's doomed campaign 324.973 A425

Social Sciences & Current Events
Richard Rothstein The color of law: a forgotten history of how our government segregated America 305.8 R847

Sports & Games
Jay Atkinson Memoirs of a rugby-playing man: guts, glory & blood in the world's greatest game 796.333 A875
Martin Gitlin Powerful moments in sports: the most significant sporting events in American history 796.0973 G536

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CHILDREN'S COLLECTION
AUDIOBOOKS
Fiction
Judy Blume It's not the end of the world CD Fic Blume
Gennifer Choldenko Chasing secrets CD Fic Choldenko
Dr. Seuss What pet should I get? ; & One fish two fish red fish blue fish CD Fic Seuss
Laurence Yep A dragon's guide to the care & feeding of humans CD Fic Yep
Kimberly Newton Fusco Beholding Bee CD Fic Fusco

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AUDIOBOOKS
Nonfiction
H.W. Brands Reagan: the life CD 92 R287br
Tom Brokaw A lucky life interrupted CD 92 B867
Kenneth C. Davis Don't know much about geography: everything you need to know about the world but never learned CD 910 D262
Frederick Forsyth The outsider: a life in intrigue CD 92 F735
Arianna Huffington Thrive CD 650.1 H889
Chrissie Hynde Reckless: my life as a Pretender CD 780.92 H997
Diane Keaton Let's just say it wasn't pretty CD 792.092 K254
Harold S. Kushner Nine essential things I've learned about life CD 296.7 K97n
Jon Meacham Thomas Jefferson: the art of power CD 92 J45m
Joan Rivers Diary of a mad diva CD 792.092 R622d
Brent Schlender Becoming Steve Jobs: the evolution of a reckless upstart into a visionary leader CD 92 J629s
Neil Shubin The universe within: [discovering the common history of rocks, planets & people] CD 550 S56
Betty White If you ask me: [(and of course you won't)] CD 792.092 W58i
Rainn Wilson The bassoon king: my life in art, faith & idiocy CD 792.092 W746
Neil Young Special deluxe: a memoir of life & cars CD 782.421 Y681
Michael Moss Salt, sugar, fat: how the food giants hooked us CD 613.2 M913

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DVDs
Musicals
Funny lady

Nonfiction
Back to Space-Con DVD 791.45 B126

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BLURAYs
Action & Adventure
Dirty Harry collection

Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror
The lord of the rings: the fellowship of the ring
The lord of the rings: the return of the king
The lord of the rings: the two towers

BOOKS

FICTION
Fredrik Backman Britt-Marie was here
Fredrik Backman My grandmother asked me to tell you she's sorry
Paula Cocozza How to be human
Mary Gordon There your heart lies
Lisa Ko The leavers
Dennis Lehane Since we fell
Édouard Louis The end of Eddy
Benjamin Ludwig Ginny Moon
Julie Murphy Ramona blue
Jill Santopolo The light we lost
Rakesh Satyal No one can pronounce my name
Doree Shafrir...

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In celebration of Asian Pacific Heritage Month, this May’s audio book selections feature works by authors with roots from countries all over Asia.

Mr. Muo's Travelling Couch by Dai Sijie (CD Fic Dai)

Dai Sijie, a Chinese-French author, tells the tale of inept psychology scholar Mr. Muo who returns to China after studying in France for 11 years to search for his lost sweetheart. Originally titled Le Complexe de Di, a play on the "le complexe d'Oedipe" or the complex of Oedipus, this novel was translated from French and is the second novel written by Sijie after Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress.

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and his years of pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami (CD Fic Murakami)

Bestselling Japanese author Haruki Murakami’s 13th book follows Tsukuru Tazaki as he searches for his best friends from high school and the answer to why they suddenly cut ties with him 16 years ago. 

Sea of poppies by Amitav Ghosh (CD Fic Ghosh)

Indian novelist Amitav Ghosh takes us aboard the ship Ibis which transports a penniless Raja, a widowed tribeswoman, a mulatto American man and a French orphan from the Ganges to Canton in this nineteenth century saga set during the time of the Opium Wars.

Shalimar the Clown by Salman Rushdie (CD Fic Rushdie)

British Indian Salman Rushdie sets his novel against the backdrop of the political unrest of the beautiful Kashmir region, bordering Pakistan and India, and the people whose lives are affected by the unrest.  The story of Shalimar, once known as Shalimar the clown, and simple Kashmiri villager turned assassin, Maximillian, American ambassador to India and lover of Shalimar’s fiancé, Boonyi, and his illegitimate daughter, India, spans decades and continents.

The kite runner by Khaled Hosseini (CD Fic Hosseini) 

The Kite Runner, Afghan-American author Khaled Hosseini’s first novel, spent more than two years on the New York Times bestseller list and follows Amir and Hassan from their childhood as friends in Kabul, Afghanistan to twenty six years later. Though they eventually go separate ways, their lives remain entangled and meet again in this tale of redemption and the relationship between fathers and sons.

Never let me go: a novel by Kazuo Ishiguro (CD Fic Ishiguro) 

In Never Let Me Go, Japanese British author Kazuo Ishiguro writes of a school in England named Hailsham with special students. This dystopian science fiction novel is a parable of morality and man’s greed for immortality.

 

In celebration of Asian Pacific Heritage Month, this May’s audio book selections feature works by authors with roots from countries all over Asia.

Mr. Muo's Travelling Couch by Dai Sijie (CD Fic Dai)

Dai Sijie, a Chinese-French author, tells the tale of inept psychology scholar Mr. Muo who returns to China after studying in France for 11 years to search for his lost sweetheart. Originally titled Le Complexe de Di, a play on the "le complexe d'Oedipe" or the complex of Oedipus, this novel was translated from French and is the second novel written by Sijie after Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress.

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and his years of pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami (CD Fic Murakami)

Bestselling Japanese author Haruki Murakami’s 13th book follows Tsukuru Tazaki as he searches for his best friends from high school and the answer to why they suddenly cut ties with him 16 years ago. 

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by
Cherilyn Banson

BOOKS

FICTION
C.D. Payne Frisco pigeon mambo

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NONFICTION

Arts, Architecture & Crafts
John O'Brian (editor) Camera atomica 779.074 O132
Sandra S. Phillips (editor) Exposed: voyeurism, surveillance & the camera since 1870 779.074 E968
Jackie Simmonds You can sketch: a step-by-step guide for absolute beginners 741.2 S592

Business & Economics
Tom Rath StrengthsFinder 2.0 658.4 R234
Scott Wintrip High velocity hiring: how to hire top talent in an instant 658.311 W794

Chess
Gary Lane Prepare to attack 794.1 L265
Vlastimil Hort: meine Partien gegen die Weltmeister 794.1 V867

Computer Science
Louis Davidson Pro SQL Server relational database design & implementation 005.7585 D252

Food & Drink
Timothy Ferriss The 4-hour chef: the simple path to cooking like a pro, learning anything & living the good life 641.5 F394
Debby Maugans Small-batch baking for chocolate lovers 641.6374 N163

History
Expat Women Bloggers Dutched up!: rocking the clogs expat style 949.2 E964
Jeanine Michna-Bales Through darkness to light: photographs along the underground railroad: a photographic essay 973.711 M624
Jane Bingham The Cotswolds: a cultural history 942.4 B613
Elizabeth Carney Olympias: mother of Alexander the Great 938.07 C289
Andrew Carroll My fellow soldiers: General John Pershing & the Americans who helped win the Great War 940.412 C319
Carl Chinn (editor) Birmingham: the workshop of the world 942.496 C539
A.K. Gundy Richard II & the rebel earl 942.03 G975
Dawn M. Hadley (editor) The archaeology of the 11th century: continuities & transformations 942.01 H131
Flint F. Johnson The British heroic age: a history, 367-664 942.01 J661
Andrew J. Lawson Painted caves: palaeolithic rock art in western Europe 936 L425
Donna A. Lowery Women Vietnam Veterans: our untold stories 959.7 L917
Philip Matyszak Chronicle of the Roman Republic: the rulers of ancient Rome from Romulus to Augustus: with 293 illustrations, 98 in color 937 M446c
David Rollason Northumbria, 500-1100: creation & destruction of a kingdom 942.88 R749
Catherine Fleetwood Around the Channel Islands 942.34 R848

Home & Family Management
Margaret Willes The making of the English gardener 712.0942 W713

Law
Anthony Mancuso How to form a nonprofit corporation in California 346.064 M269

Literature & Writing
Thomas Dilworth David Jones in the Great War 821.9 D581
Christopher Prendergast (editor) A history of modern French literature: from the sixteenth century to the twentieth century 840.9 P926

Performing Arts & Music
Ken Browar The art of movement 792.8 B878
Meirion Hughes The English musical renaissance, 1840-1940: constructing a national music 780.942 H893

Philosophy, Psychology & Religion
Ranchor Prime Ramayana: a journey 294.59 P953

Politics & Government
Eleanor Roosevelt The moral basis of democracy 321.8 R781

Social Sciences & Current Events
Jeffrey L. Seglin The simple art of business etiquette: how to rise to the top by playing nice 395.52 S454

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MAGAZINES
Little white lies: truth & movies

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AUDIOBOOKS
Fiction
Neil Gaiman Norse mythology CD Fic Gaiman
Donna Leon Earthly remains CD Fic Leon

Nonfiction
Joan Didion South & West CD 813.54 D556
Thomas Sowell Black rednecks & white liberals CD 305.8 S731

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DVDs
Action & Adventure
The Matrix experience

Foreign Language
Werckmeister harmóniák [videorecording] = Werckmeister harmonies DVD European

Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror
The animatrix

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CDs

Jazz & Blues
Ahmad Jamal The legendary Okeh & Epic recordings CD Jazz Jamal

Popular
Roy Orbison 16 biggest hits CD Pop Orbison
Elvis Presley Elvis Presley CD Pop Presley
Elvis, a legendary performer. Volume 1 CD Pop Presley

BOOKS

FICTION
C.D. Payne Frisco pigeon mambo

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NONFICTION

Arts, Architecture & Crafts
John O'Brian (editor) Camera atomica 779.074 O132
Sandra S. Phillips (editor) Exposed: voyeurism, surveillance & the camera since 1870 779.074 E968
Jackie Simmonds You can sketch: a step-by-step guide for absolute beginners 741.2 S592

Business & Economics
Tom Rath StrengthsFinder 2.0 658.4 R234
Scott Wintrip High velocity hiring: how to hire top talent in an instant 658.311 W794

Chess
Gary Lane Prepare to attack 794.1 L265
Vlastimil...

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by
Cherilyn Banson

BOOKS

FICTION
Fredrik Backman Beartown
William Christie A single spy
Brittany Newell Oola
Elizabeth Strout Anything is possible
Deepak Unnikrishnan Temporary people

Mystery, Suspense, Espionage & Intrigue
Ross Armstrong The watcher
Sandrone Dazieri Kill the father
Mavis Doriel Hay Death on the Cherwell
Mavis Doriel Hay Murder underground
Lisa Jewell I found you
Jennifer McMahon Burntown
Fuminori Nakamura The boy in the earth
James Naughtie Paris spring
John Sandford Golden prey
Lisa Unger The red hunter
M.J. Carter The infidel stain
Oliver Harris The house of fame

Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror
Maurice Broaddus Buffalo soldier
Cory Doctorow Walkaway
Cixin Liu Death's end
Cixin Liu The dark forest
Zachary Mason Void star
Jeff VanderMeer Borne

Short Stories
Osama Alomar The teeth of the comb & other stories

Comic Books, Graphic Novels & Comic Strips
Peter Bagge Fire!!: the Zora Neale Hurston story 741.5 B144f comics
Ed Brubaker Kill or be killed. Volume 1 741.5 B886k comics
Santiago García Beowulf 741.5 G216 comics
Carmine Infantino The Flash chronicles. Vol. 2 741.5 F585 comics
Jeff Lemire Roughneck 741.5 L554 comics
Scott Snyder All star Batman. Vol. 1, My own worst enemy 741.5 B333a comics

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NONFICTION
Applied Sciences
Tim Richardson The New English garden 635 R521

Arts, Architecture & Crafts
Janet Bishop (editor) Matisse/Diebenkorn 709.22 M433
Liesbeth M. Helmus (editor) Pieter Saenredam, the Utrecht work: paintings & drawings by the 17th-century master of perspective 750.92 S127p
Maggie L. Popkin The architecture of the Roman triumph: monuments, memory & identity 722.7 P828
Pat Sloan The splendid sampler: 100 spectacular blocks from a community of quilters 746.46 S634
John North Hopkins The genesis of Roman architecture 722.7 H793
Donald King The Victoria & Albert Museum's textile collection: embroidery in Britain from 1200 to 1750 746.0941 V645

Biography & Genealogy
Bengt Jangfeldt Mayakovsky: a biography 92 M467
Morgan Ring So high a blood: the story of Margaret Douglas, the Tudor that time forgot 92 D7331
B. Alexandra Szerlip The man who designed the future: Norman Bel Geddes & the invention of twentieth-century America 92 G295

Books, Reading, Publishing, Journalism, Library & Information Science
Ben Handicott 50 museums to blow your mind 069 L847
J.P. Romney Printer's error: irreverent stories from book history 002.09 R766

Business & Economics
Kate Raworth Doughnut economics: seven ways to think like a 21st century economist 330 R261
Robert Bruce Shaw Extreme teams: why Pixar, Netflix, AirBnB & other cutting-edge companies succeed where most fail 658.4 S534

Food & Drink
Elisabeth Prueitt Tartine all day: modern recipes for the home cook 641.5979 P971

History
Kate Brown Dispatches from dystopia: histories of places not yet forgotten 907.2 B877
Eduardo A. Mayone Dias The Portuguese presence in California 979.4 D541
David Grann Killers of the Flower Moon: the Osage murders & the birth of the FBI 976.6 G759
Richard Reeves President Nixon: alone in the White House 973.924 R332
Kathleen E. Smith Moscow 1956: the silenced spring 947.085 S642
Paul Starobin Madness rules the hour: Charleston, 1860 & the mania for war 975.7 S795
Richard van Emden Tommy's war: the Western Front in soldiers' words & photographs 940.48 V252
Richard S. Faulkner Pershing's Crusaders: the American soldier in World War I 940.4 F263
Robin Fleming Britain after Rome: the fall & rise, 400-1070 941.01 F597
Edward N. Luttwak The grand strategy of the Roman Empire: from the first century CE to the third 937 L974
Ian Mortimer The time traveler's guide to Restoration Britain: a handbook for visitors to the seventeenth century: 1660-1700 942.06 M888
Laurence Rees The Holocaust: a new history 940.53 R328
Andrew Wallace-Hadrill Houses & society in Pompeii & Herculaneum 937.7 W189

Law
Floyd Abrams The soul of the first amendment 342.7308 A161
Michael Schudson The rise of the right to know: politics & the culture of transparency, 1945-1975 342.73 S384

Performing Arts & Music
Jason Zinoman Letterman: the last giant of late night 791.45 L651

Philosophy, Psychology & Religion
Sheryl Sandberg Option B: facing adversity, building resilience & finding joy 155.93 S213
Regina M. Schwartz The curse of Cain: the violent legacy of monotheism 221.83 S399

Politics & Government
Peter Conradi Who lost Russia?: how the world entered a new Cold War 327.47 C754
John Robert Greene I like Ike: the presidential election of 1952 324.973 G799
Brian Klass The despot's accomplice: how the West is aiding & abetting the decline of democracy 321.8 K631
Timothy Snyder On tyranny: twenty lessons from the twentieth century 321.9 S675

Social Sciences & Current Events
Jonathan C. Brown Cuba's revolutionary world 303.6 B877
James Forman, Jr. Locking up our own: crime & punishment in Black America 364.973 F724
Nathaniel Frank Awakening: how gays & lesbians brought marriage equality to America 306.76 F828
Daniel Lerner U thrive: how to succeed in college & life 370.15 L616
Jonathan Taplin Move fast & break things: how Facebook, Google & Amazon cornered culture & undermined democracy 303.48 T173
Elizabeth Warren This fight is our fight: the battle to save America's middle class 305.55 W286
James Q. Whitman Hitler's American model: the United States & the making of Nazi race law 342.43 W614

Travel & Geography
Petru Popescu The encounter: Amazon beaming 918.1 P826
The rough guide to Australia 919.404 R856

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LARGE PRINT
Fiction
Donna Leon Earthly remains Large Print Leon

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CHILDREN'S COLLECTION

BOOKS

Nonfiction
Laura Atkins Fred Korematsu speaks up Child 341.6 A873

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DVDs
Action & Adventure
A fistful of dollars
For a few dollars more

Drama
Hacksaw Ridge

Foreign Language
Adventures of Zatoichi DVD Japanese
New tale of Zatoichi DVD Japanese
Samaritan Zatoichi DVD Japanese
The tale of Zatoichi DVD Japanese
Zatoichi & the chess expert DVD Japanese
Zatoichi & the chest of gold DVD Japanese
Zatoichi challenged DVD Japanese
Zatoichi goes to the fire festival DVD Japanese
Zatoichi in desperation DVD Japanese
Zatoichi meets the one-armed swordsman DVD Japanese
Zatoichi the fugitive DVD Japanese
Zatoichi the outlaw DVD Japanese
Zatoichi, the blind swordsman: supplements DVD Japanese
Zatoichi's cane sword DVD Japanese
Zatoichi's conspiracy DVD Japanese
Zatoichi's flashing sword DVD Japanese
Zatoichi's revenge DVD Japanese
Zatoichi's vengeance DVD Japanese

BOOKS

FICTION
Fredrik Backman Beartown
William Christie A single spy
Brittany Newell Oola
Elizabeth Strout Anything is possible
Deepak Unnikrishnan Temporary people

Mystery, Suspense, Espionage & Intrigue
Ross Armstrong The watcher
Sandrone Dazieri Kill the father
Mavis Doriel Hay Death on the Cherwell
Mavis Doriel Hay Murder underground
Lisa Jewell I found you
Jennifer McMahon Burntown
Fuminori Nakamura...

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by
Cherilyn Banson

BOOKS

FICTION
Sara Baume A line made by walking
Yasmine El Rashidi Chronicle of a last summer
John Daniel Gifted
Pajtim Statovci My cat Yugoslavia
Brian Van Reet Spoils
Nadeem Aslam The golden legend
Donia Bijan The last days of Café Leila
Anita Shreve The stars are fire

Historical Fiction
Richard Grant Cave dwellers
Andrea Camilleri The revolution of the moon

Mystery, Suspense, Espionage & Intrigue
Karo Hämäläinen Cruel is the night
Stuart Woods Fast & loose
Jeffery Deaver The burial hour
David Baldacci The fix

Short Stories
Siel Ju Cake time
F. Scott Fitgerald I'd die for you: & other lost stories
Samrat Upadhyay Mad country

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NONFICTION
Applied Sciences
Autumn Stanley Mothers & daughters of invention: notes for a revised history of technology 604 S787
Vint Virga Soul of all living creatures: what animals can teach us about being human 636.089 V816

Arts, Architecture & Crafts
John Zukowsky Building Chicago: the architectural masterworks 720.9773 Z946

Biography & Genealogy
Lauren Marks A stitch of time: the year a brain injury changed my language & life 92 M346
Stuart Jeffries Grand Hotel Abyss: the lives of the Frankfurt School 920 F829
Alec Baldwin Nevertheless 92 B1811
Ludmilla Petrushevskaya The girl from the Metropol Hotel: growing up in communist Russia 92 P498
Tatiana de Rosnay Manderley forever 92 D885

Computer Science
Kirupa Chinnathambi Learning react 006.76 C539

Health & Medicine
Joseph Alton The survival medicine handbook: the essential guide for when help is not on the way 616.02 A469

History
Paul Watson Ice ghosts: the epic hunt for the lost Franklin Expedition 917.19 W337
Michael Savage Trump's war: his battle for America 973.93 S263
Paul Gething & Edoardo Albert Northumbria: the lost kingdom 942.88 G394
Chris Peers Offa & the Mercian Wars: the rise & fall of the first Great English Kingdom 942.01 P375
David Ride The ancient symbolic landscape of Wessex 942.3 R544
Paul Hill The Anglo-Saxons at war, 800-1066 941.01 H645
Barry Coward The Stuart age: England, 1603-1714 942.06 C874
Elizabeth Donnelly Carney Women & monarchy in Macedonia 938.1 C289

Philosophy, Psychology & Religion
The Jewish Study Bible 221.5 B582
Daniel P. Keating Born anxious: the lifelong impact of early life adversity-- & how to break the cycle 155.92 K251
Ian Johnson The souls of China: the return of religion after Mao 200.951 J661

Social Sciences & Current Events
Thomas Sowell Black rednecks & white liberals 305.8 S731
Demet Güzey Food on foot: a history of eating on trails or in the wild 394.1 G993
Ariel Levy The rules do not apply 305.3 L668
Margie Jenkins You only die once: preparing for the end of life with grace & gusto 306.9 J521
Victor Hassine Life without parole: living & dying in prison today 365.6 H355
Duff McDonald The golden passport: Harvard Business School, the limits of capitalism & the moral failure of the MBA elite 378.744 M135

Travel & Geography
Tsh Oxenreider At home in the world: reflections on belonging while wandering the globe: an adventure across 4 continents with 3 kids, 1 husband & 5 backpacks 910.4 O981
Alex Shoumatoff The wasting of Borneo: dispatches from a vanishing world 915.98 S559

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AUDIOBOOKS
Fiction
George Saunders Lincoln in the bardo CD Fic Saunders

Nonfiction
Douglas Preston The Lost City of the Monkey God: a true story CD 972.85 P937
Brad Stone The Upstarts: how Uber, Airbnb & the killer companies of the new Silicon Valley are changing the world CD 658.11 S877

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EAUDIOBOOKS
Chris Matthews Kennedy & nixon: the rivalry that shaped postwar America
Linda Mitchelmore Red is for rubies
Philip Kerr Research
Sarah Tranter Romancing the soul
Jane Fallon Skeletons
Kirsty Ferry Some veil did fall
Jackie Moggridge Spitfire girl
Jules Wake Talk to me
Jonathan Powell Talking to terrorists
Kerry Hudson Thirst
Maureen Carter Working girls

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DVDs
Action & Adventure
Afro samurai
Robocop

Comedy
Funny girl
Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead
The Goodbye girl

Drama
Beaches
Dancer in the dark
Naked lunch
On the road
The book thief
This sporting life
Torch song trilogy

Foreign Language
Der junge Törless DVD German
Le Million DVD French
Passion DVD French
Sophie Scholl: die letzten tage = the final days DVD German
Yūkoku = Patriotism, or the rite of love & death DVD Japanese

Musicals
Damn Yankees
Jolson sings again

Mystery, Suspense, Espionage & Intrigue
Mr. Wong, detective: the complete collection
The element of crime

Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror
Underworld trilogy

Nonfiction

Advanced yoga DVD 613.7 Y42a
Blackbeard: terror at sea DVD 92 B628
Nefertiti resurrected DVD 932 N383
Robin Williams: live on Broadway DVD 792.23 W721
T'ai chi: beginning practice DVD 613.7 T129
The Doors collection DVD 782.421 D691c
The last voices of WWI: a generation lost DVD 940.48 R888
The royal wedding: William & Catherine, April 29, 2011 DVD 941.085 R888
When you're strange: afilm about The Doors DVD 782.421 D691w
Une education manquée: operette en un acte DVD 782.1 C429
Acapulco, Ixtapa, Zihuatanejo & inland to Taxco DVD 917.2 A379

BOOKS

FICTION
Sara Baume A line made by walking
Yasmine El Rashidi Chronicle of a last summer
John Daniel Gifted
Pajtim Statovci My cat Yugoslavia
Brian Van Reet Spoils
Nadeem Aslam The golden legend
Donia Bijan The last days of Café Leila
Anita Shreve The stars are fire

Historical Fiction
Richard Grant Cave dwellers
Andrea Camilleri The revolution of the moon

Mystery, Suspense, Espionage & Intrigue
Karo Hämäläinen...

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by
Cherilyn Banson

BOOKS

FICTION
Elizabeth Kostova The shadow land
Roland Merullo The delight of being ordinary: a road trip with the Pope & the Dalai Lama
Vaddey Ratner Music of the ghosts
M.L. Rio If we were villains
Jesse Ruddock Shot-blue
Eleanor Wasserberg Foxlowe

Mystery, Suspense, Espionage & Intrigue
Jennifer Finney Boylan Long black veil
Oscar de Muriel A fever of the blood
Stephen Dobyns Saratoga payback
Nir Hezroni Three envelopes
Jeff Johnson Lucky supreme
Malcolm Mackay Every night I dream of hell
Lisa Scottoline One perfect lie
Robin Yocum A welcome murder

Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror
Reza Negarestani Cyclonopedia: complicity with anonymous materials
Cherie Priest Brimstone
Kim Stanley Robinson New York 2140
Terry Pratchett Equal rites
Terry Pratchett Sourcery
Terry Pratchett The light fantastic
Terry Pratchett Wyrd sisters

Short Stories
Jim Shepard The world to come
Jerry Thompson (editor) Oakland noir SS O117
Jerry White (editor) London stories SS L847

Comic Books, Graphic Novels & Comic Strips
Alan Moore The league of extraordinary gentlemen. Vol. 2 741.5 M82 comics
Mark Waid Daredevil. Volume 4 741.5 D217w comics

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NONFICTION

Biography & Genealogy
Uri Bar-Joseph The angel: the Egyptian spy who saved Israel 92 M3911
Alexandra Popoff Tolstoy's false disciple: the untold story of Leo Tolstoy & Vladimir Chertkov 920 T654
Sally Bedell Smith Prince Charles: the passions & paradoxes of an improbable life 92 C4762s

Books, Reading, Publishing, Journalism, Library & Information Science
Leah Price How to do things with books in Victorian Britain 028.9 P945

Business & Economics
Michael Bungay Stanier The coaching habit: say less, ask more & change the way you lead forever 658.3124 B942
Charles R. Geisst Loan sharks: the birth of predatory lending 332.8 G313
Ilana Gershon Down & out in the new economy: how people find (or don't find) work today 650.14 G381

Food & Drink
Randall Heskett Divine vintage: following the wine trail from Genesis to the modern age 641.22 H584
Hubert Keller Burger Bar: build your own ultimate burgers 641.84 K291
Robyn Stone Add a pinch: easier, faster, fresher Southern classics 641.5975 S877
Jenn Louis The book of greens: a cook's compendium of 40 varieties, from arugula to watercress, with more than 175 recipes 641.65 L888
Deborah Madison In my kitchen: a collection of new & favorite vegetarian recipes 641.5636 M182

Health & Medicine
Alanna Mitchell Malignant metaphor: confronting cancer myths 616.994 M681

History
Mark Ellman (editor) Practice aloha: secrets to living life Hawaiian style: stories, recipes & lyrics from Hawai'i's favorite folks 996.9 E478
Greg Girard City of darkness revisited 951.25 G517
John Julius Norwich Four princes: Henry VIII, Francis I, Charles V, Suleiman the Magnificent & the obsessions that forged modern Europe 940.23 N892
Les Standiford Water to the angels: William Mulholland, his monumental aqueduct & the rise of Los Angeles 979.494 S785
Chris Whipple The gatekeepers: how the White House Chiefs of Staff define every presidency 973.92 W573
J. Rasmus Brandt (editor) Life & death in Asia Minor in Hellenistic, Roman & Byzantine times: studies in archaeology & bioarchaeology 939.2 B821
Robert Gildea Fighters in the shadows: a new history of the French resistance 940.5344 G468f
Philip Nord France 1940: defending the republic 940.54 N828

Home & Family Management
Michele McKee-Orsini Handmade birdhouses & feeders: 35 projects to attract birds into your garden 690.8927 M154

Literature & Writing
Anselm Berrigan (editor) What is poetry? (just kidding, I know you know): interviews from the Poetry Project Newsletter, 1983-2009 811.54 B533
Mai Der Vang Afterland 811.6 V253
Peter Brooks Flaubert in the ruins of Paris: the story of a friendship, a novel & a terrible year 843.8 B873
David Wallace (editor) The Cambridge history of medieval English literature 820.9 C178

Natural Sciences & Mathematics
Gregory S. Paul The Princeton field guide to dinosaurs 567.9 P324

Performing Arts & Music
Glenn Frankel High noon: the Hollywood blacklist & the making of an American classic 791.43 F829h
Ben Greenman Dig if you will the picture: funk, sex, God & genius in the music of Prince 780.92 P954g
Michael Wood Alfred Hitchcock: the man who knew too much 791.43 W873

Philosophy, Psychology & Religion
Ravi M. Gupta (editor) The Bhāgavata Purāṇa: sacred text & living tradition 294.59 G977
Ravi M. Gupta (editor) The Bhāgavata Purāṇa: selected translations 294.59 G977b
Robert A. Orsi History & presence 234 O76
Morihei Ueshiba The art of peace 796.8 U22

Politics & Government
Malcolm Nance The plot to hack America: how Putin's cyberspies & WikiLeaks tried to steal the 2016 election 324.973 N176

Social Sciences & Current Events
David Callahan The givers: wealth, power & philanthropy in a new gilded age 361.74 C156
Richard Florida The new urban crisis: how our cities are increasing inequality, deepening segregation & failing the middle class-- & what we can do about it 307.76 F636
Mike Hoefflinger Becoming Facebook: the 10 challenges that defined the company that's disrupting the world 302.3 H693
Joshua Reeves Citizen spies: the long rise of America's surveillance society 364.4 R332
Peter Tinti Migrant, refugee, smuggler, savior 364.137 T593

Travel & Geography
1001 amazing places you must see before you die 910.202 C379
Michelin French Atlantic coast 914.4 M623a
Moon Seattle 917.977 M818
NFT Not for tourists guide to San Francisco 917.9461 N899
Rolf Potts Marco Polo didn't go there: stories & revelations from one decade as a postmodern travel writer 910.4 P871
Rudolph Wurlitzer Hard travel to sacred places 915.9 W967
Ashley Baynton-Williams The curious map book 912.074 B361

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CHILDREN'S COLLECTION

DVDs
Cinderella

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AUDIOBOOKS
Fiction
Anthony Doerr About Grace CD Fic Doerr

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DVDs
Action & Adventure
Jack Ryan: shadow recruit

Comedy
The front
The interview

Drama
Double indemnity
Genius
Hidden figures
Lion

Foreign Language
Détective DVD French
Hélas pour moi DVD French
Passion DVD French
Prénom Carmen DVD French
Senso DVD Italian

Mystery, Suspense, Espionage & Intrigue
And then there were none
Our kind of traitor

Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror
Elysium

Nonfiction
Gasland: Can you light your water on fire? DVD 622 G248
The age of consequences DVD 632 A265
The Doors R-evolution DVD 782.421 D691
Love's labour's lost DVD 822 S521Lve
Eugene Onegin DVD 782.5 T251
King Roger DVD 782.5 S999

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CDs
Classical
Adolph von Henselt Piano works = Klavierwerke CD Classical Henselt

Jazz & Blues
Billy Childs Rebirth CD Jazz Childs
Jazz loves Disney CD Jazz Disney
Robert Randolph & the Family Band Got soul CD Jazz Randolph

BOOKS

FICTION
Elizabeth Kostova The shadow land
Roland Merullo The delight of being ordinary: a road trip with the Pope & the Dalai Lama
Vaddey Ratner Music of the ghosts
M.L. Rio If we were villains
Jesse Ruddock Shot-blue
Eleanor Wasserberg Foxlowe

Mystery, Suspense, Espionage & Intrigue
Jennifer Finney Boylan Long black veil
Oscar de Muriel A fever of the blood
Stephen Dobyns Saratoga payback
Nir Hezroni Three envelopes
Jeff Johnson...

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Cherilyn Banson

BOOKS

FICTION
Julie Buntin Marlena
Omar El Akkad American war
David Samuel Levinson Tell me how this ends well
Alexander McCall Smith My Italian bulldozer
Michel Stone Border child
Angie Thomas The hate u give
Stephanie Powell Watts No one is coming to save us

Mystery, Suspense, Espionage & Intrigue
Steve Berry The Lost Order
Mary Higgins Clark All by myself, alone
David Hagerty They tell me you are crooked
C.S. Harris Where the dead lie
Philip Kerr Prussian blue
Donna Leon Earthly remains
M.L. Longworth The curse of La Fontaine
Anthony Rolls Scarweather
Daniel Cole Ragdoll

Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror
Jim Butcher Summer knight
Indra Das The devourers
Ira Levin The Stepford wives
Nnedi Okorafor Akata witch
Terry Pratchett Mort
Lilith Saintcrow Roadside magic

Short Stories
Lesley Nneka Arimah What it means when a man falls from the sky

Comic Books, Graphic Novels & Comic Strips
Noah Van Sciver Fante Bukowski 741.5 V278f comics

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NONFICTION

Arts, Architecture & Crafts
Richard Longstreth Road trip: roadside America from Custard's Last Stand to the Wigwam Restaurant 725.2 L857
Elizabeth Rynecki Chasing portraits: a great-granddaughter's quest for her lost art legacy 700.92 R995
Clare Browne (editor) English medieval embroidery: Opus Anglicanum 746.44 V645
Marc Morris Castles: their history & evolution in medieval Britain 728.81 M875c

Biography & Genealogy
Michael Finkel The stranger in the woods: the extraordinary story of the last true hermit 92 K692
John A. Farrell Richard Nixon: the life 92 N718f
Gareth Russell Young & damned & fair: the life of Catherine Howard, fifth wife of King Henry VIII 92 C359r

Books, Reading, Publishing, Journalism, Library & Information Science
Melissa Adler Cruising the library: perversities in the organization of knowledge 025.4 A237

Business & Economics
Paul David Blanc Fake silk: the lethal history of viscose rayon 338.4767 B638
Richard N. Bolles What color is your parachute? 2017 edition: a practical manual for job-hunters & career-changers 650.14 B69
Jean Chatzky Ageproof: living longer without running out of money or breaking a hip 650.1 C495
Jody Foster The schmuck in my office: how to deal effectively with difficult people at work 658.3 F754
Susan Wharton Gates Days of slaughter: inside the fall of Freddie Mac & why it could happen again 332.72 G259
T. R. Reid A fine mess: a global quest for a simpler, fairer & more efficient tax system 336.24 R353
Wendy Sachs Fearless & free: how smart women pivot & re-launch their careers 650.1 S121
Miya Tokumitsu Do what you love: & other lies about success & happiness 650.1 T646

Casey Reas Processing: a programming handbook for visual designers & artists 006.6 R288

Food & Drink
Chitra Agrawal Vibrant India: fresh vegetarian recipes from Bangalore to Brooklyn 641.5954 A277
Joan Nathan King Solomon's table: a culinary exploration of Jewish cooking from around the world 641.5676 N274

Health & Medicine
John Abraham How to get the death you want: a practical & moral guide 616.029 A159

History
Susan Bordo The destruction of Hillary Clinton 973.932 B729
Tony Brenton (editor) Was revolution inevitable?: turning points of the Russian Revolution 947.084 B839
Masha Gessen Where the Jews aren't: the sad & absurd story of Birobidzhan, Russia's Jewish autonomous region 957 G392
Gideon Rachman Easternization: Asia's rise & America's decline from Obama to Trump & beyond 355.033 R119
Steven J. Ramold Slaves, sailors, citizens: African Americans in the Union navy 973.7 R175
Dennis Showalter Frederick the Great: a military history 943 S559
Geoffrey R. Stone Sex & the constitution: sex, religion & law from America's origins to the twenty-first century 345.7302 S877
Jennifer T. Roberts The plague of war: Athens, Sparta & the struggle for ancient Greece 938.05 R643
Trevor Bryce Atlas of the ancient Near East: from prehistoric times to the Roman imperial period 939.4 B916
Marc Aronson Sugar changed the world: a story of magic, spice, slavery, freedom & science 664.1 A769

Home & Family Management
Barbara Eisenstein Wild suburbia: learning to garden with native plants 635.9 E364

Law
Erwin Chemerinsky Closing the courthouse door: how your constitutional rights became unenforceable 347.732 C517c
Emily Doskow Neighbor law: fences, trees, boundaries & noise 346.0432 J82

Literature & Writing
Kathy Chamberlain Jane Welsh Carlyle & her Victorian world: a story of love, work, marriage & friendship 824.8 C443
Joshua Edwards Castles & islands 811.6 E261
Anne H. Janzer The writer's process: getting your brain in gear 808.02 J355
Christopher Marlowe Doctor Faustus: a 1604 version edition 822 M34d

Performing Arts & Music
Blair Davis Movie comics: page to screen/screen to page 791.43 D261m

Philosophy, Psychology & Religion
Frances FitzGerald The Evangelicals: the struggle to shape America 277.3 F553
Steve Richards Invisibility: mastering the art of vanishing 133 R514
Alec Ryrie Protestants: the faith that made the modern world 280.4 R995
Brenda Salgado (editor) Real world mindfulness for beginners: navigate daily life one practice at a time 158.1 S164
Brad Warner Don't be a jerk & other practical advice from Dōgen, Japan's greatest Zen master: a radical but reverent paraphrasing of Dōgen's Treasury of the true dharma eye 294.3 W279d

Politics & Government
James Baldwin I am not your Negro 323.1196 B181
Torkel Brekke Faithonomics: religion & the free market 322.1 B835
Basharat Peer A question of order: India, Turkey & the return of strongmen 320.4 P375

Reference
Famous first facts: a record of first happenings, discoveries & inventions in American history 031.02 K16

Social Sciences & Current Events
Nigel Brennan Price of life 364.154 B838
Lauren Smith Brody The fifth trimester: the working mom's guide to style, sanity & big success after baby 306.36 B864

Sports & Games
Jeff Passan The arm: inside the billion-dollar mystery of the most valuable commody in sports 796.357 P286

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CHILDREN'S COLLECTION

BOOKS

Nonfiction
Ellen Levine If you lived at the time of the great San Francisco earthquake Child 979.461 L665

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EBOOKS
The zookeeper's wife: a war story Diane Ackerman
The new allergy solution: supercharge resistance, slash medication, stop suffering Clifford W. Bassett
The novel of the century: the extraordinary adventure of Les Misérables David Bellos
The Gulf: the making of an American sea Jack E. Davis
South & West: from a notebook Joan Didion
Captain Fantastic: Elton John's stellar trip through the '70s Tom Doyle
March 1917: on the brink of war & revolution Will Englund
Her little majesty: the life of Queen Victoria Carolly Erickson
Richard Nixon: the life John A. Farrell
The stranger in the woods: the extraordinary story of the North Pond hermit Michael Finkel
From silk to silicon: the story of globalization through ten extraordinary lives Jeffrey E. Garten
A Colony in a Nation Chris Hayes
When breath becomes air Paul Kalanithi
The Rules Do Not Apply: A Memoir Levy, Ariel
The world remade: America in World War I G.J. Meyer
Ike & McCarthy: Dwight Eisenhower's secret campaign against Joseph McCarthy David A. Nichols
How the hell did this happen?: the election of 2016 P.J. O'Rourke
Year of no clutter: a memoir Eve Schaub
Word by word: the secret life of dictionaries Kory Stamper
Aging gracefully: portraits of people over 100 Karsten Thormaehlen
Dynastic, bombastic, fantastic: Reggie, Rollie, Catfish & Charlie Finley's swingin' A's Jason Turbow
Marilyn in Manhattan: her year of joy Elizabeth Winder

BOOKS

FICTION
Julie Buntin Marlena
Omar El Akkad American war
David Samuel Levinson Tell me how this ends well
Alexander McCall Smith My Italian bulldozer
Michel Stone Border child
Angie Thomas The hate u give
Stephanie Powell Watts No one is coming to save us

Mystery, Suspense, Espionage & Intrigue
Steve Berry The Lost Order
Mary Higgins Clark All by myself, alone
David Hagerty They tell me you are crooked
C.S. Harris ...

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Sou Phetsomphou

This month, National Poetry Month, we celebrate poets and their work. Some might say that this craft is more difficult than longer forms of writing, such as novels and essays, because poetry usually has a shorter format and cadence.  The audio book selections for this month, which are displayed in the 2nd floor Library, feature well known poets whose work is music to the ears.

The Voices of Love   (CD 808.81 V889)

This collection of poems about love and the range of emotions it inspires--longing, despair, joy—are performed by ten actors and include timeless works from poets such as Robert Burns, John Keats and E.E. Cummings.

From Shakespeare with Love   (CD 821.3 S527)

The Bard of Avon, as Shakespeare was often styled, was the author of some of the most well known love poetry ever written. This collection includes 80 of his best sonnets and is performed by top actors, with David Tennant (of British TV series Doctor Who) leading.

A  Midsummer Night’s Dream   (CD 822 S521mia)

One of Shakespeare’s lighter plays, this lively comedy about four lovers’ romp in a midsummer wood and the ensuing chaos brought by meddling fairies is brought to life in this fully dramatized performance. “The course of true love never did run smooth.”

Poetry for the Beat Generation   (CD 818 K39 v.1)

Jack Kerouac performs to Steve Allen’s piano accompaniment in this album originally released in 1959.

The Voice of the Poet: Adrienne Rich   (CD 811 R498c)

Adrienne Rich’s work was first published in the 1950’s but the subject matter--politics, identity, feminism—remains relevant to this day. Read by Adrienne Rich herself and accompanied with a text.

The Voice of the Poet: Langston Hughes   (CD 811 H889vc)

Langston Hughes’ work spanned a wide range, from fiction to plays to essays, but his poetry is what he is most well known for.  Read by Langston Hughes himself and accompanied with a text.

The Caedmon poetry collection   (CD 808.81 C12)

Featuring 35 authors, this collection of poems are read by the authors themselves with rare recordings by William Butler Yeats.

This month, National Poetry Month, we celebrate poets and their work. Some might say that this craft is more difficult than longer forms of writing, such as novels and essays, because poetry usually has a shorter format and cadence.  The audio book selections for this month, which are displayed in the 2nd floor Library, feature well known poets whose work is music to the ears.

The Voices of Love   (CD 808.81 V889)

This collection of poems about love and the range of emotions it inspires--longing, despair, joy—are performed by ten actors and include timeless works from poets such as Robert Burns, John Keats and E.E. Cummings.

From Shakespeare with Love   (CD 821.3 S527)

The Bard of Avon, as Shakespeare was often styled, was the author of some of the most well known love poetry ever written. This collection includes 80 of his best sonnets and is performed by top actors, with David Tennant (of British TV series Doctor Who) leading.

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Myles Cooper

Mechanics’ Library staff members are among those who value programming the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) has provided for our local public television stations. As a reminder of the quality programming that has enriched our lives, we have a display on the 2nd floor of our favorites available on DVD from our collection.

Joel recommends:

California's Gold #144, Farallon Islands – Huell Howser. What a guy. His enthusiasm was remarkable. In this episode we get to watch him venture out to the Farallon Islands, and very excitedly explore the islands and its wildlife. A classic episode. R.I.P. Huell!

Hoop Dreams directed by Steve James – Funded by PBS and the National Endowment for the Arts this documentary was originally planned as a 30 minutes PBS short. It ended up turning into a 3-hour theatrical film, and (in my opinion) one of the best documentaries ever made.

The National Parks: America's Best Idea a film by Ken Burns – I agree!  No other country boasts the diversity and beauty of our landscapes, and the fact that we've decided to protect and preserve them is something we should not take for granted and must remain diligent about continuing. Watch this wonderful 12-hour documentary to learn about the history and evolution of our national parks...and then go visit some of them!

Sou loves watching The Great British Baking Show and is a fan of cooking shows and musicals that are shown on PBS. Sou recommends Broadway, the American Musical.

Kristin says "Rick Steves taught me how to travel like a queen within my budget and Cook's Country how to cook like a pro! Without PBS I would not have access to these shows and my life would be less enriched."

Rhonda says “I grew up on PBS, such a wealth of thought-provoking programming, amazing specials, Nova, and all the great comedy series like  Are You Being Served".

Taryn recommends:

The Cultivated Life: Thomas Jefferson and Wine - A fascinating look at the multi-talented Thomas Jefferson and his efforts to cultivate wine!

And Frederick Law Olmsted : Designing America - America's finest park designer and early environmental warrior.

Deb recommends: Downton AbbeyFoyle's WarInspector LewisThe Inspector Lynley MysteriesInspector Morse and Nova.

Heather says “Whether indulging in a mystery solved by the soigné Hercule Poirot, traveling off the beaten path with Rick Steves, understanding the world via the reportage of the inimitable Gwen Ifill (1955 – 2016) on PBS NewsHour, or taking a deep dive into history Ken-Burns-style, I am a bit of a fangirl of the Public Broadcasting Service. I have a long list of favorites produced or distributed by PBS. Here are a few in our collection: Art:21The Central Park FiveTypefaceJazzThe Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution, and  No Direction Home: Bob Dylan.”

Lia recommends The French Chef  “I absolutely love Julia Child.  I love her down-to-earth attitude and her sense of humor.  Watching her shows has inspired me to cook things I never thought I could make on my own.  One time she was making a flourless chocolate roulade with Jacques Pepin – a dessert I was utterly afraid of baking.  She treated it as if it were no big fuss, and she was right.  I followed her recipe and mine came out perfectly!”

Myles says “I love Keeping Up Appearances because it reminds me of my grandmother – it was her favorite show. PBS has been a great source for British comedies like the recent Vicious where Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi play an older gay couple. I am a nut for American Experience documentaries - I recommend Ric Burns’ The Donner Party  and the heartwarming My Life as a Turkey.

 

Mechanics’ Library staff members are among those who value programming the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) has provided for our local public television stations. As a reminder of the quality programming that has enriched our lives, we have a display on the 2nd floor of our favorites available on DVD from our collection.

Joel recommends:

California's Gold #144, Farallon Islands – Huell Howser. What a guy. His enthusiasm was remarkable. In this episode we get to watch him venture out to the Farallon Islands, and very excitedly explore the islands and its wildlife. A classic episode. R.I.P. Huell!

Hoop Dreams directed by Steve James – Funded by PBS and the National Endowment for the Arts this documentary was originally planned as a 30 minutes PBS short. It ended up turning into a 3-hour theatrical film, and (in my opinion) one of the best documentaries ever made.

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Kristin McCarthy

Don’t you wish you could be spending springtime in Paris?  I do!!  Unfortunately, the closest I can get to Paris this year will be through books and my imagination. Therefore, the current selection of Staff Picks will feature titles set in Paris. As Audrey Hepburn once said “Paris is always a good idea”, and it seems like the staff at the Mechanics’ Institute agrees with her because there are lots of great suggestions this month. Pick up a title or two from the 2nd floor display and transport yourself to The City of Light. If you are lucky enough to be going there yourself this year..... Please Take Me With You!!

Kristin recommends:

(700.92 L265)  Paris portraits : stories of Picasso, Matisse, Gertrude Stein, and their circle by Harriet Lane Levy  -  What fun it must have been to attend one of Gertrude Stein’s salons and to have cocktails with Hemmingway while admiring a Matisse painting or trying to figure out what it was about Picasso’s art that made it unsightly yet alluring at the same time. The stories in this book give us an insider’s look into that salon.

(641.01 L525) The sweet life in Paris : delicious adventures in the world's most glorious - and perplexing - city by David Lebovitz  - Pastry chef and cookbook author, David Lebovitz’s trials and tribulations about moving to Paris and learning how to cook in a foreign kitchen. If you enjoy his often humorous adventures in the Parisian kitchen, be sure to check out his blog.

 

And to quote Heather, “Please don’t ask me to tell you what my favorite thing about Paris is (it’s the multitude of carousels, mais oui). There are so many things to love, from the fashion to the food, to the language itself. Here are a few of my picks to transport you to la belle ville this Spring: 

(810.8 A513)  Americans in Paris : a literary anthology by Adam Gopnik  -  This anthology distills 300 years of writings by Americans about a city that captures our imagination, has, in the past, embodied our revolutionary spirit, and continues to influence our ideas about art, fashion, and culture. From Thomas Jefferson to Cole Porter, this mosaic of impressions attempts to show Americans’ strong reactions to the city of light.

(641.865 P232)  Paris patisseries : history, shops, recipes  photography by Christian Sarramon ; foreword by Pierre Hermé  - Ladurée is my personal favorite pastry shop in Paris, but you might also consider the delectations of La Pâtisserie des Rêves, Des Gâteaux et du Pain, or Café Pouchkine. Pictures pretty enough to eat!

(391 M334)  Queen of fashion : what Marie Antoinette wore to the Revolution by Caroline Weber  -  Okay, this one’s not strictly about Paris, since Mme. Antoinette lived at Versailles, but her avante-garde sartorial selections would influence not only the Paris fashion scene of her own era – but, I would argue, established Paris as the fashion capital of the world. This is an unusual biography – a biography of clothing, and how the young Dauphine used her wardrobe to cement her political position in an era of upheaval.

(920.72 L769)  Paris and her remarkable women  by Lorraine Liscio  -  Learn about sixteen exceptional women whose lives intersected with Paris in remarkable ways and whose eventual fame depended on the city itself.

(447 J787)  Parisienne French : chic phrases, slang and style  by Rhianna Jones  -  From the publisher: “Parisienne French will have you cultured, chic and, most importantly, casually chatting with locals as if you were raised in the City of Lights. With refined phrases to express yourself at the Musée d’Orsay, posh vocabulary for catching up on this season’s couture fashion and hip slang for flirting at the hottest nightclub, you’ll effortlessly navigate the social scenes of Paris. Your new eloquent French will win over any vrai patriote, who will warmly welcome you to la vie parisienne.” I couldn’t agree more.

(305.4 B491)   How to be Parisian wherever you are : love, style, and bad habits  by Anne Berest, Audrey Diwan, Sophie Mas, Caroline De Maigret  -  This book is full of high comedy – showing how the ability to take oneself unseriously is a hallmark of the French je ne sais quoi.

Taryn recommends:

(944.36 D326)  How Paris became Paris : the invention of the modern city  by Joan E. DeJean  -   What makes Paris so wonderful? Smart urban planning!

(944.36 R631)  Parisians an adventure history  by Graham Robb  -  An interesting collection of historical vignettes about the world's favorite city.

(FIC)  The Belly of Paris by Émile Zola  -  Another extraordinary installment in Zola's Rougon-Macquart series series.  This one hits you square in the stomach!

Paris is also one of Diane’s favorite cities and some of her favorite fiction books set in that beautiful city are:

Les Misérables by Victor Hugo
The Paris Wife by Paula McClain
The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay

Sou is hoping to find the time to read  The Hundred Foot Journey  by Richard Morias

Erik’s Graphic Novel suggestions are:

(741.5 M214)  750 years in Paris by Vincent Mahe  and

(741.5 P971)  Cruising through the Louvre  by David Prudhomme

Erik also suggests some music to go with your reading:

Cafe de Paris [sound recording] : 75 grands succes francais  (CD Pop Cafe)

Rendezvous à Paris [sound recording]  (CD Jazz Rendezvous)

Chet Baker in Paris [sound recording] : a selection from the legendary Barclay sessions, 1955-1956  (CD Jazz Baker)

And in case you were wondering, in Paris in 2015 there were:

  • 1,784 bakeries
  • 1,124 bars and
  • 9,054 open terraces (of a bar, café, or restaurant)
  • If you were to spend each day of your life visiting a different one it would take 30 years to see them all!

Au Revoir!

 

Don’t you wish you could be spending springtime in Paris?  I do!!  Unfortunately, the closest I can get to Paris this year will be through books and my imagination. Therefore, the current selection of Staff Picks will feature titles set in Paris. As Audrey Hepburn once said “Paris is always a good idea”, and it seems like the staff at the Mechanics’ Institute agrees with her because there are lots of great suggestions this month. Pick up a title or two from the 2nd floor display and transport yourself to The City of Light. If you are lucky enough to be going there yourself this year..... Please Take Me With You!!

Kristin recommends:

(700.92 L265)  Paris portraits : stories of Picasso, Matisse, Gertrude Stein, and their circle by Harriet Lane Levy  -  What fun it must have been to attend one of Gertrude Stein’s salons and to have cocktails with Hemmingway while admiring a Matisse painting or trying to figure out what it was about Picasso’s art that made it unsightly yet alluring at the same time. The stories in this book give us an...

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