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by
Myles Cooper

The history of American cinema up to today has included the "Western" as a central genre. While inspired by popular literature, Westerns continue to tell stories about the perils settlers experienced during Western expansion. Mechanics' is home to an extensive collection of Western Americana, including many titles from the Western silver screen and television. 'Giddy-up' to the Western film display on the 2nd floor and take home DVD and Blu-ray from our diverse collection ranging back to the 1930s.

Craig recommends Johnny Guitar starring Joan Crawford and Sterling Hayden. "In this drama film, released in 1954, Joan Crawford as Vienna plays a strong-willed saloon owner. She battles the local townspeople headed by Emma, the local sexually repressed, lynch-happy female rancher. She is out to frame Vienna for a string of robberies. Johnny Logan is a guitar-strumming drifter who was once in love with Vienna, and is offered a job in her saloon. This film is often considered one of the most original westerns of all time... and the women in the film are far tougher than the men."

Taryn recommends:

  • Red River -- "Based on the almost brilliant but still pulpy Blazing Guns on the Chisholm Trail"
  • Dances with Wolves -- "Fascinating native scenery and much of the dialogue is spoken in Lakota with English subtitles."
  • Taryn also recommends the True Grit the novel by Charles Portis, along with both film adaptations starring John Wayne and Josh Brolin.

Veronica recommends High Noon calling it "one of my all-time favorite Westerns".

Lisa recommends True Grit and McCabe and Mrs. Miller

Myles recommends Django Unchained -- "Tarantino’s Spaghetti Western, loosely based on the 1966 Italian film Django, is set in the South and follows freed slave Django, played by Jamie Foxx, as he carries out revenge on plantation owners that have kept his wife captive. Embedded in this violent revisionist Western are the familiar themes of frontier justice, but it’s the frank take on race relations that makes this film stand out."

Steven recommends:

  • The Searchers -- "John Ford directed the best known classics of the Western genre. Many consider this his greatest achievement; it features John Wayne and Jeffrey Hunter searching for a girl kidnapped by Comanches. The ending will surprise you."
  • High Noon -- "Gary Cooper won the Oscar, some say for looking at a clock with a worried expression on his face. This 50s classic has the quintessential shootout scene in which we see the gunfight as a spectator sport. Contrast this with Costner’s Open Range (below)."
  • The Frisco Kid -- "A hidden gem from the 70s. Gene Wilder plays a rabbi sent fresh from the yeshiva school in Poland to a congregation in San Francisco. He has to team up with an outlaw (Harrison Ford before the Star Wars movies) in order to make his way across the country."
  • True Grit -- "The Mechanics Institute library has both the original with John Wayne and Kim Darby as well as the 2010 remake with Jeff Bridges and Hailee Steinfeld. Wayne and Bridges both won the Oscar for Best Actor. The remake had additional Oscar-winning performances as well.  A teenage girl seeks justice for her murdered family. Justice proves a bit elusive."
  • Once Upon a Time in the West -- "Of all the spaghetti westerns this is my favorite. The casting of Sergio Leone’s classic stands as one of the most subversive contributions to the genre: he cast actors quite diametrically against type with Henry Fonda as the sociopathic villain and Jason Robards as morally ambiguous outlaw.  Mythic themes such as the hero’s journey and redemption make this more than just another Western."
  • The Outlaw Josey Wales -- "The 1970s saw a revision of the Western genre to include more historically accurate elements. Screen writer Philip Kaufman integrated these into a script that shows, long before his Indiana Jones movies, that he could craft a perfect story arc. The title character’s outlaw career as a consequence of the Civil War and its aftermath along with a sympathetic portrayal of Native Americans frames the Western in a very different manner than the earlier classics."
  • Dead Man -- "Auteur Jim Jarmusch directed Johnny Depp in this strange and dream-like re-imagining of the Western. Picture the classic Shootout at the OK Corral on acid. In black & white with an interesting collection of actors including Iggy Pop, John Hurt, Gabriel Byrne, Crispin Glover and Jared Harris (son of Richard Harris)."
  • Unforgiven -- "Eastwood further deconstructs the Western in this 1992 movie that goes to great lengths to ‘de-romanticize’ and ‘de-mythologize’ the Western. In a key scene Gene Hackman blows apart the mythos of the western gunslinger with an uncomfortable truth. Some younger viewers may like to see a performance by Richard Harris before he was Dumbledore."
  • Open Range -- "Kevin Costner studied of primary sources and photographs from the period in aid of creating this neo-realistic Western. Unlike the stereotypical depiction of the gunfight in a Western (High Noon, for example), the townspeople flee before the final showdown, not wanting to be anywhere near when the bullets start to fly. Set during one of the many ‘range wars’ that displaced the small-scale ranchers on the frontier in the late 19th century, the film dramatizes a little known chapter of the history of the western United States."

The history of American cinema up to today has included the "Western" as a central genre. While inspired by popular literature, Westerns continue to tell stories about the perils settlers experienced during Western expansion. Mechanics' is home to an extensive collection of Western Americana, including many titles from the Western silver screen and television. 'Giddy-up' to the Western film display on the 2nd floor and take home DVD and Blu-ray from our diverse collection ranging back to the 1930s.

Craig recommends Johnny Guitar starring Joan Crawford and Sterling Hayden. "In this drama film, released in 1954, Joan Crawford as Vienna plays a strong-willed saloon owner. She battles the local townspeople headed by Emma, the local sexually repressed, lynch-happy female rancher. She is out to frame Vienna for a string of robberies. Johnny Logan is a guitar-strumming drifter who was once in love with Vienna, and is offered a job in her saloon. This film is often considered one of the most original westerns of all time... and the women in the film are far tougher than the...

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by
Cherilyn Banson

BOOKS

FICTION
Amit Chaudhuri Friend of my youth
Mariana Dimópulos All my goodbyes
Yiyun Li Where reasons end
Elinor Lipman Good riddance
Peter Mendelsund Same same
Katrin Schumann The forgotten hours
Mary Adkins When you read this
Amy Feltman Willa & Hesper
Christobel Kent What we did
Johannes Lichtman Such good work

Historical Fiction
Elizabeth McCracken Bowlaway
Whitney Scharer The age of light

Mystery, Suspense, Espionage & Intrigue
Megan Collins The winter sister
Mike Lawson House arrest
Adele Parks I invited her in
Jane Harper The lost man
Lars Kepler Stalker
C.J. Tudor The hiding place

Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror
Marlon James Black leopard, red wolf

Comic Books, Graphic Novels & Comic Strips
James Sturm Off season 741.5 S971 comics
David F. Walker The life of Frederick Douglass: a graphic narrative of a slave's journey from bondage to freedom 92 D737w comics

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NONFICTION

Arts, Architecture & Crafts
Wendy Bernard Japanese stitches unraveled: 160+ stitch patterns to knit top down, bottom up, back & forth & in the round 746.43 B456
Boogie Moscow 779.2 B644
Search engine art beta: Digital Futures Victoria & Albert Museum 776 S4391

Biography & Genealogy
Tom Clavin Wild Bill: the true story of the American frontier's first gunfighter 92 H62c

Books, Reading, Publishing, Journalism, Library & Information Science
Stephanie Chandler The nonfiction book publishing plan: the professional guide to profitable self-publishing 070.5 C361

Business & Economics
Richard N. Bolles What color is your parachute? 2019: a practical manual for job-hunters & career-changers 650.14 B69
Mark Hunter High-profit prospecting: powerful strategies to find the best leads & drive breakthrough sales results 658.85 H916
Grant Sabatier Financial freedom: a proven path to all the money you will ever need 332.024 S132
Jill Schlesinger The dumb things smart people do with their money: thirteen ways to right your financial wrongs 332.024 S38

Chess
Karsten Müller Man vs machine: challenging human supremacy at chess 794.17 M68

Computer Science
Sergey Grinev Mastering JavaFX 10: build advanced & visually stunning Java applications 005.1 J415g

Food & Drink
Yasmin Khan Zaitoun: recipes from the Palestinian kitchen 641.5956 K527

Health & Medicine
Lucy Inglis Milk of paradise: a history of opium 615.32 I45
Jill Miller The roll model: a step-by-step guide to erase pain, improve mobility & live better in your body 613.7 M612
Esmé Weijun Wang The collected schizophrenias: essays 616.89 W246
Robert M. Kaplan More than medicine: the broken promise of American health 362.1 K141

History
Angelos Chaniotis Age of conquests: the Greek world from Alexander to Hadrian 938.08 C362
Roy Strong The story of Britain: a history of the great ages: from the Romans to the present 941 S92st

Home & Family Management
Denise E. Clifton Tables from the rubble: how the restaurants that arose after the great quake of 1906 still feed San Francisco today 647.9579 C613
Bernhard Roetzel Gentleman: a timeless guide to fashion 646.32 R629

Literature & Writing
Hilton Als (editor) The best American essays 2018 814.8 B56 2018
Frank Cebulski Love songs for a certain age 811 C387e
Children's writer's & illustrator's market 655.52 C53
Dana Gioia (editor) The best American poetry. 2018 811.08 B56
Kim McLarin Womanish: a grown black woman speaks on life & love 814.54 M459

Natural Sciences & Mathematics
Sam Kean (editor) The best American science & nature writing 2018 500 B56n

Performing Arts & Music
Jans B. Wager Jazz & cocktails: rethinking race & the sound of film noir 791.43 W123
Will Ashon Chamber music: Wu-Tang & America (in 36 pieces) 782.421 W950a

Philosophy, Psychology & Religion
Peter H. Dennis Handwriting analysis: an adventure in self-discovery 155.282 D423
René Girard I see Satan fall like lightning 230 G51i
Daniel J. Mahoney The idol of our age: how the religion of humanity subverts Christianity 230 M279

Reference
The Old farmer's almanac 2019 Ref 031.02 O447
Robert Lee Brewer (editor) Poet's market 2019 Ref 655.52 P745
J.K. Lasser's your income tax 2019 Ref 336.24 J11
Robert Lee Brewer (editor) Novel & short story writer's market 2019 Ref 808.02 N937
VideoHound's golden movie retriever 2019 Ref 791.4 V65
Chase's calendar of events 2019: the ultimate go-to guide for special days, weeks & months Ref 394 C48

Social Sciences & Current Events
Darrell Bricker Empty planet: the shock of global population decline 304.6 B762
Steven Brint Two cheers for higher education: why American universities are stronger than ever & how to meet the challenges they face 378.73 B772
Sid Holt (editor) The best American magazine writing 2018 814 B561
Roger McNamee Zucked: waking up to the Facebook catastrophe 302.3 M459
J.J. Mulligan Sepúlveda No human is illegal: an attorney on the front lines of the immigration war 325.73 S63

Sports & Games
Ned Colletti The Big Chair: the smooth hops & bad bounces from the inside world of the acclaimed Los Angeles Dodgers general manager 796.357 C689

Travel & Geography
Frommer's easyguide to London 2019 914.21 F93e
Jeff Maynard Antarctica's lost aviator: the epic adventure to explore the last frontier on Earth 919.8 M454
Cheryl Strayed (editor) The best American travel writing 2018 910 B561

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DVDs
Classics
Macbeth
Trouble in paradise

Comedy
Airheads
Gumshoe

Drama
The bodyguard
The sense of an ending

Musicals
Alexander's ragtime band

Mystery, Suspense, Espionage & Intrigue
The king

BOOKS

FICTION
Amit Chaudhuri Friend of my youth
Mariana Dimópulos All my goodbyes
Yiyun Li Where reasons end
Elinor Lipman Good riddance
Peter Mendelsund Same same
Katrin Schumann The forgotten hours
Mary Adkins When you read this
Amy Feltman Willa & Hesper
Christobel Kent What we did
Johannes Lichtman Such good work

Historical Fiction
Elizabeth McCracken Bowlaway
Whitney Scharer...

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by
Veronica Churchill

This month our audiobook selection honors Black History Month. Listen to and explore works by African American writers of both fiction and nonfiction. From L.A. detectives (Cinnamon Kiss) to U.S. history (We Were Eight Years In Power) – there’s something for everyone!

How Are You Going to Save Yourself by JM Holmes, read by Damien Christopher CD Fic Holmes

Native Son by Richard Wright, read by Peter Francis James CD Fic Wright

Cadillac Orpheus by Solon Timothy Woodward, read by Dion Graham CD Fic Woodward

The Interruption of Everything by Terry McMillan, read by Desiree Taylor CD Fic McMillan

Cinnamon Kiss by Walter Mosley, read by Michael Boatman CD Fic Mosley

A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines, read by Jay Long CD Fic Gaines

We Were Eight Years In Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates, read by Beresford Bennett CD 305.896 C652

The Defender: How the Legendary Black Newspaper Changed America: From the Age of the Pullman Porters to the Age of Obama by Ethan Michaeli, read by William Hughes CD 071.73 M621

A Song Flung Up to Heaven by Maya Angelou, read by the author CD 92 A584soc

This month our audiobook selection honors Black History Month. Listen to and explore works by African American writers of both fiction and nonfiction. From L.A. detectives (Cinnamon Kiss) to U.S. history (We Were Eight Years In Power) – there’s something for everyone!

How Are You Going to Save Yourself by JM Holmes, read by Damien Christopher CD Fic Holmes

Native Son by Richard Wright, read by Peter Francis James CD Fic Wright

Cadillac Orpheus by Solon Timothy Woodward, read by Dion Graham CD Fic Woodward

The Interruption of Everything by Terry McMillan, read by Desiree Taylor CD Fic McMillan

Cinnamon Kiss by Walter Mosley, read by Michael Boatman CD Fic Mosley

A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines, read by Jay Long...

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by
Steven Dunlap

I have always had an amateur's interest in fine art. I never took a course in art appreciation but I have learned as much as I can from books and from a friend with an M.F.A. who acts as my personal docent when we visit museums together. I always wondered about paintings, from medieval times to the present, that included numerous objects for no apparent reason or people making unusual (to me, anyway) gestures. What do they mean? Why did this artist include a broken wheel in this painting? How do we know that baby is Jesus? What's the funny-looking "thing" that looks like a feather duster that you see people holding in old paintings all the time? You can find answers to these and lots more questions in the Colons' book, newly arrived at the Library. The objects in paintings that mystify many of us in the 21st century had symbolic meanings very commonly known centuries ago, in other words: iconography. The authors include helpful lists in the appendices. But the real fun comes in the picture by picture descriptions and explanations that make sense out of scores of paintings included in this book (and by extension, hundreds or thousands of others not inlcuded in the book that contain the same iconography). They limited their selection of the art works to those that have big, high definition graphics on the World Wide Web easily found with a DuckDuckGo or Google image search of the artist's name and title of the painting. This way they kept the size (and cost) of the book small and inexpensive. 

The whimsical writing makes this far from the usual dry academic tome. For example, to explain a painting that includes a man incongruously standing with a hatchet sticking out of his head they write: 

The painting of St. Peter the martyr is a stunner. In fact, he looks quite stunned as well. A 13th century Dominican priest from Verona, he was assassinated -- you guessed it -- with a hatchet through the skull. He was fast tracked to sainthood in only 11 months -- an ecclesiastical record.

Check out this book for more of the same -- plus the answers to my questions above. 

I have always had an amateur's interest in fine art. I never took a course in art appreciation but I have learned as much as I can from books and from a friend with an M.F.A. who acts as my personal docent when we visit museums together. I always wondered about paintings, from medieval times to the present, that included numerous objects for no apparent reason or people making unusual (to me, anyway) gestures. What do they mean? Why did this artist include a broken wheel in this painting? How do we know that baby is Jesus? What's the funny-looking "thing" that looks like a feather duster that you see people holding in old paintings all the time? You can find answers to these and lots more questions in the Colons' book, newly arrived at the Library. The objects in paintings that mystify many of us in the 21st century had symbolic meanings very commonly known centuries ago, in other words: iconography. The authors include helpful lists in the appendices. But the real fun comes in the picture by picture descriptions and explanations that make sense out of scores of paintings included in this book (and by extension, hundreds or thousands of others not inlcuded in the...

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by
Cherilyn Banson

BOOKS

FICTION
Dana Czapnik The falconer
Maurice Carlos Ruffin We cast a shadow
Amanda Sthers Holy lands
Novuyo Rosa Tshuma House of stone

Mystery, Suspense, Espionage & Intrigue
Jane Corry The dead ex

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NONFICTION
Applied Sciences
Will Hunt Underground: a human history of the worlds beneath our feet 624.19 H911
Sonia Shah Crude: the story of oil 665.5 S52c

Arts, Architecture & Crafts
Kathleen A. Foster Thomas Eakins rediscovered: Charles Bregler's Thomas Eakins collection at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts 750.92 E11fo
Jeffreen M. Hayes Augusta Savage: Renaissance woman 730.92 S921
Adrian Locke Mexico: a revolution in art, 1910-1940 709.72 L79
Richard Pérez Seves Eric Stanton & the history of the Bizarre underground 741.6 S262p

Biography & Genealogy
Tracy Borman Henry VIII & the men who made him 920 H522b
Ron Arons Mind maps for genealogy: enhanced research planning, correlation & analysis 929.1 A674m
Ron Arons Wanted! U.S. criminal records: sources & research methodology 929.1 A674

Books, Reading, Publishing, Journalism, Library & Information Science
Dorothy Butler Gilliam Trailblazer: a pioneering journalist's fight to make the media look more like America 070.92 G414

Business & Economics
John C. Bogle Stay the course: the story of Vanguard & the index revolution 332.6327 B675s
Emily Brandon Pensionless: the 10-step solution for a stress-free retirement 332.024 B734
Taylor Larimore The Bogleheads' guide to the three-fund portfolio: how a simple portfolio of three total market index funds outperforms most investors with less risk 332.6 L323b
Mike Weinberg New sales: simplified: the essential handbook for prospecting & new business development 658.85 W430

Chess
Ilia Odessky English defence 794.122 O238

Computer Science
Peter Kim The hacker playbook 3: practical guide to penetration testing 005.8 K493
Johan Vos Pro JavaFX 9: a definitive guide to building desktop, mobile & embedded Java clients 005.1 J415v

Food & Drink
Ali Rosen Bring it!: tried & true recipes for potlucks & casual entertaining 641.5973 R722
Michael Solomonov Israeli soul: easy, essential, delicious 641.5956 S689i
Amy B. Trubek Haute cuisine: how the French invented the culinary profession 641.5944 T761

Health & Medicine
Jessica Nutik Zitter Extreme measures: finding a better path to the end of life 616.029 Z695
Laurel Thatcher Ulrich A midwife's tale: the life of Martha Ballard, based on her diary, 1785-1812 618.2 B212u

History
James M. Longo Hitler & the Habsburgs: the Führer's vendetta against the Austrian royals 943.6 L864
James M. Spitze The Clampers & their hoax(es) 979.4 S494
David Reynolds (editor) The Kremlin letters: Stalin's wartime correspondence with Churchill & Roosevelt 940.532 K881

Literature & Writing
Hala Alyan The twenty-ninth year: poems 811.6 A97
Jessica Brody Save the cat! writes a novel: the last book on novel writing you'll ever need 808.3 B785
Pam Houston Deep Creek: finding hope in the high country 814 H84d
Charles Johnson The way of the writer: reflections on the art & craft of storytelling 808.3 J630
John McPhee The patch 814 M17p
Meghan O'Gieblyn Interior states 814.6 O4i
Denis Roche Eros énergumène = Eros raving: followed by Poem of 29 April 1962 841 R583

Natural Sciences & Mathematics
Sabine Hossenfelder Lost in math: how beauty leads physics astray 530.15 H794
David L. Hu How to walk on water & climb up walls: animal movement & the robots of the future 573.79 H860

Performing Arts & Music
Andrew DeGraff Cinemaps: an atlas of great movies 791.43 D364

Philosophy, Psychology & Religion
Anne Lamott Almost everything: notes on hope 234.2 L23a
Nadia Bolz-Weber Shameless: a sexual reformation 261.83 B694s
The essential Lotus: selections from the Lotus Sutra 294.38 E742

Politics & Government
Ann Coulter Resistance is futile!: how the Trump-hating left lost its collective mind 320.51 C85r
Donna Zuckerberg Not all dead white men: classics & misogyny in the digital age 320.53 Z833
Derek Leebaert Grand improvisation: America confronts the British superpower, 1945-1957 327.73 L483g

Social Sciences & Current Events
Emily Bernard Black is the body: stories from my grandmother's time, my mother's time & mine 305.48 B456
Bridgett M. Davis The world according to Fannie Davis: my mother's life in the Detroit numbers 306.85 D290
Andrew Heben Tent city urbanism: from self-organized camps to tiny house villages 362.583 H353
Laboria Cuboniks The xenofeminist manifesto: a politics for alienation 305.42 C892
Stephanie Land Maid: hard work, low pay & a mother's will to survive 331.4 L229
Deborah E. Lipstadt Antisemitism: here & now 305.892 L76a
Evan Ratliff The mastermind: drugs, empire, murder, betrayal 364.109 R189
Katherine S. Newman Downhill from here: retirement insecurity in the age of inequality 306.38 N55d

Sports & Games
Greg Everett Olympic weightlifting: a complete guide for athletes & coaches 796.41 E26
Steven G. Mandis The Real Madrid way: how values created the most successful sports team on the planet 796.334 M312

Travel & Geography
Frommer's easyguide to New York City 2019 917.471 F93e
Frommer's EasyGuide to Washington, D.C. 2019 917.53 F93e
Frommer's France 914.4 F93
Frommer's Seattle day by day 917.977 F93d

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CHILDREN'S COLLECTION
DVDs
Incredibles 2

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EBOOKS
Jeremy Brown Influenza: the hundred year hunt to cure the deadliest disease in history
Nick Bunker Young Benjamin Franklin: The Birth of Ingenuity
John D. Caldwell Anatomy of Victory: Why the United States Triumphed in World War II, Fought to a Stalemate in Korea, Lost in Vietnam & Failed Iraq
Kara Cooney When Women Ruled the World: Six Queens of Egypt
David Edwards Creating things that matter: the art & science of innovations that last
Tyler Green Carleton Watkins: Making the West American
Edith Hall Aristotle's Way: How Ancient Wisdom Can Change Your Life
J.K. Lasser's your income tax 2019
Charles Krauthammer The point of it all: a lifetime of great loves & endeavors
Robert Lyman Under a Darkening Sky: The American Experience in Nazi Europe: 1939-1941
Don Norman The Design of Everyday Things
Martha C. Nussbaum The monarchy of fear: a philosopher looks at our political crisis
Louise Penny Kingdom of the blind
Deborah L. Plummer Some of my friends are ...: the daunting challenges & untapped benefits of cross-racial friendships
Blythe Roberson How to date men when you hate men
Shashi Tharoor Why I Am a Hindu
Jon Ward Camelot's End: Kennedy Vs. Carter & the Fight That Broke the Democratic Party
Elizabeth White 55, Underemployed & Faking Normal: Your Guide to a Better Life
Helen Zia Last Boat Out of Shanghai: The Epic Story of the Chinese Who Fled Mao's Revolution

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DVDs
Action & Adventure
Alpha

Drama
Blackkklansman
Colette

Foreign Language
1945 DVD European
A bag of marbles = Un Sac De Billes DVD French
Amerika square DVD European
The fencer DVD European
Where do we go now DVD Middle East

Mystery, Suspense, Espionage & Intrigue
Bad times at the El Royale
Sharp objects

Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror
Sorry to bother you

Nonfiction
Long strange trip: the untold story of the Grateful Dead DVD 780.92 G771L
McQueen DVD 746.92 M459
Scotty & the secret history of Hollywood DVD 791.4 B78
A thrilling ride through Kooza: rires et frissons DVD 791.3 C57t
Cruz Reynoso: sowing the seeds of justice DVD 340.9 R338
Kà extreme: Cirque du Soleil DVD 791.3 C57k

BOOKS

FICTION
Dana Czapnik The falconer
Maurice Carlos Ruffin We cast a shadow
Amanda Sthers Holy lands
Novuyo Rosa Tshuma House of stone

Mystery, Suspense, Espionage & Intrigue
Jane Corry The dead ex

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NONFICTION
Applied Sciences
Will Hunt Underground: a human history of the worlds beneath our feet 624.19 H911
Sonia Shah Crude: the story of oil 665.5 S52c

Arts, Architecture & Crafts
Kathleen A. Foster Thomas Eakins rediscovered: Charles Bregler's Thomas Eakins collection at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts...

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by
Cherilyn Banson

BOOKS

FICTION
Chris Cander The weight of a piano

Historical Fiction
Terry Gamble The eulogist
Steph Post Miraculum
Imogen Hermes Gowar The mermaid & Mrs. Hancock: a history in three volumes
Daniel Mason The winter soldier

Mystery, Suspense, Espionage & Intrigue
JoAnn Chaney As long as we both shall live
Tim Johnston The current
John Lescroart The rule of law
Wil Medearis Restoration heights
Ben H. Winters Golden State

Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror
S.A. Chakraborty The kingdom of copper

Comic Books, Graphic Novels & Comic Strips
Laurent Queyssi Philip K. Dick: a comics biography 92 D54q comics

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NONFICTION
Applied Sciences
Lillian Hoddeson The man who saw tomorrow: the life & inventions of Stanford R. Ovshinsky 621.309 O7h

Arts, Architecture & Crafts
Ian Castello-Cortes Desperately seeking Frida 750.92 K12c
Ángel Rafael Colón Iconography: an irreverent introduction 704.946 C718
Peggy Phelan Contact Warhol: photography without end 769.92 W27c
James R. Cothran Grave landscapes: the nineteenth-century rural cemetery movement 718 C826
Amy S. Landau (editor) Pearls on a string: artists, patrons & poets at the great Islamic courts 700.9 P316

Biography & Genealogy
Ha Jin The banished immortal: a life of Li Bai (Li Po) 92 L69h
Wittgenstein's family letters: corresponding with Ludwig 929.2 W831wa
Robert J. Brown You can't go wrong doing right: how a child of poverty rose to the White House & helped change the world 92 B812y
Jackie Hogan Roots quest: inside America's genealogy boom 929.1 H678

Business & Economics
Gary P. Pisano Creative construction: the DNA of sustained innovation 658.4 P672
Steven G. Rogelberg The surprising science of meetings: how you can lead your team to peak performance 658.456 R63
Howard Schultz From the ground up: a journey to reimagine the promise of America 338.766 S387f

Computer Science
Seppe vanden Broucke Practical web scraping for data science: best practices & examples with Python 005.1 P99b
Dimitrios Kouzis-Loukas Learning Scrapy: learn the art of efficient web scraping & crawling with Python 005.1 P99k

Food & Drink
Hervé This Molecular gastronomy: exploring the science of flavor 641.01 T448m
Nik Sharma Season: big flavors, beautiful food 641.63 S233

History
Keith Lowe The fear & the freedom: how the Second World War changed us 940.55 L913f
Tim Mohr Burning down the Haus: punk rock, revolution & the fall of the Berlin Wall 943.155 M726
Tony Perrottet Cuba libre!: Che, Fidel & the improbable revolution that changed world history 972.91 P461c
David Treuer The heartbeat of Wounded Knee: native America from 1890 to the present 970.004 T726
Nick Barratt The restless kings: Henry II, his sons & the wars for the Plantagenet crown 942.03 B273
Gordon Corera Operation Columba: the Secret Pigeon Service: the untold story of World War II resistance in Europe 940.5486 C79o
Robert E. Hannigan The Great War & American foreign policy, 1914-24 940.373 H196
Robert Holland The warm south: how the Mediterranean shaped the British imagination 909.0982 H73w
Richard Huscroft Making England, 796-1042 942.01 H96m

Law
Kelly J. Beard An imperfect rapture 340.092 B380

Literature & Writing
Honoré de Balzac Treatise on modern stimulants 844 B198t
Lucia Berlin Welcome home: a memoir with selected photographs & letters 813.54 B455
Maya Angelou Celebrations: rituals of peace & prayer 811.54 A584ce
Miguel de Cervantes The bagnios of Algiers ; and, the great Sultana: two plays of captivity 862.3 C419b
The collected essays of Elizabeth Hardwick 814 H26c

Natural Sciences & Mathematics
Mohamed A.F. Noor Live long & evolve: what Star Trek can teach us about evolution, genetics & life on other worlds 576 N818

Performing Arts & Music
W.R. Wilkerson III Hollywood godfather: the life & crimes of Billy Wilkerson 791.4 W652w

Philosophy, Psychology & Religion
Jane Brox Silence: a social history of one of the least understood elements of our lives 204.47 B885s
Bhiḳṣu Tenzin Gyatso Samsāra, Nirvāna & Buddha Nature 294.3 B917s
Edith Hall Aristotle's way: how ancient wisdom can change your life 170.44 H174a
Michael Muhammad Knight Muhammad: forty introductions 297.63 K711m
Steven R. Weisman The chosen wars: how Judaism became an American religion 296 W42c

Politics & Government
Kent Blansett A journey to freedom: Richard Oakes, Alcatraz & the Red Power movement 323.1197 O42b
Richard Gergel Unexampled courage: the blinding of Sgt. Isaac Woodard & the awakening of President Harry S. Truman & Judge J. Waties Waring 323.1196 G314
Steven T. Usdin Bureau of spies: the secret connections between espionage & journalism in Washington 327.12 U19
Jon Ward Camelot's end: Kennedy vs. Carter & the fight that broke the Democratic Party 324.973 W210
Keisha N. Blain Set the world on fire: black nationalist women & the global struggle for freedom 320.54 B573
William Blum America's deadliest export: democracy: the truth about US foreign policy & everything else 327.73 B65a

Social Sciences & Current Events
Christopher Burchfield Choose your weapon: the duel in California, 1847-1861 394.8 B893
Susan Crawford Fiber: the coming tech revolution & why America might miss it 384.3 C856
Nora A. Draper The identity trade: selling privacy & reputation online 323.448 D791
Jack Kelly The edge of anarchy: the railroad barons, the Gilded Age & the greatest labor uprising in America 331.89 K29e
Elizabeth Kolbert Field notes from a catastrophe: man, nature & climate change 363.738 K81f
Dan Lyons Lab rats: how Silicon Valley made work miserable for the rest of us 331.0973 L991
Adam Plantinga Police craft: what cops know about crime, community & violence 363.2 P714p
Jason Rezaian Prisoner: my 544 days in an Iranian prison--solitary confinement, a sham trial, high-stakes diplomacy & the extraordinary efforts it took to get me out 365.45 R467
Joel Simon We want to negotiate: the secret world of kidnapping, hostages & ransom 364.154 S531
P.W. Singer Likewar: the weaponization of social media 302.23 S617L
Lynn R. Sykes Silencing the bomb: one scientist's quest to halt nuclear testing 355.02 S44
Shoshana Zuboff The age of surveillance capitalism: the fight for a human future at the new frontier of power 306.3 Z81a
Peter McNeil Pretty gentlemen: macaroni men & the eighteenth-century fashion world 391 M169p

Sports & Games
Catra Corbett Reborn on the run: my journey from addiction to ultramarathons 796.42 C810
The story of baseball in 100 photographs 796.357 S761
Eric B. Forsyth An inexplicable attraction: my fifty years of ocean sailing 797.124 F775

Travel & Geography
Fodor's 2019 essential Spain 914.6 F653
Fodor's 2019 Paris 914.436 F653
Fodor's Chicago 917.731 F653
Fodor's essential Hawaii 919.69 F653
Fodor's New Orleans 917.63 F653
Fodor's Northern California 917.94 F653
Fodor's Scotland 914.11 F653
Fodor's Toronto: with Niagara falls & the Niagara wine region 917.1354 F65
Kate Harris Lands of lost borders: a journey on the Silk Road 915.8 H240
The rough guide to Barcelona 914.672 R856
The Rough Guide to Budapest 914.391 R856
The rough guide to Japan 915.2 R856
The rough guide to Peru 918.5 R856
The rough guide to Portugal 914.69 R856
The rough guide to Shanghai 915.113 R856
The rough guide to Sicily 914.58 R856
The rough guide to the Scottish Highlands & Islands 914.115 R856

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CHILDREN'S COLLECTION

BOOKS
Nonfiction
Karen Leggett Abouraya Malala Yousafzai: warrior with words Child 371.82 Y82a
Emily Arnold McCully She did it!: 21 women who changed the way we think Child 920.72 M459

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AUDIOBOOKS
Nonfiction
Alan I. Abramowitz The great alignment: race, party transformation & the rise of Donald Trump CD 324.273 A161

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DVDs
Action & Adventure
Stalag 17

Drama
Leave no trace
Reversal of fortune

Nonfiction
The secret DVD 158.1 S44

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CDs

Popular
Cat Power Wanderer CD Pop Power

BOOKS

FICTION
Chris Cander The weight of a piano

Historical Fiction
Terry Gamble The eulogist
Steph Post Miraculum
Imogen Hermes Gowar The mermaid & Mrs. Hancock: a history in three volumes
Daniel Mason The winter soldier

Mystery, Suspense, Espionage & Intrigue
JoAnn Chaney As long as we both shall live
Tim Johnston The current
John Lescroart The rule of law
Wil Medearis Restoration heights
Ben H. Winters Golden State

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BOOKS

FICTION
Elizabeth Brooks The orphan of Salt Winds
Susan Conley Elsey come home
Marc Fernandez Mala vida
Tessa Hadley Late in the day
Sarah Moss Ghost wall
Marcel Proust The prisoner
Helen Schulman Come with me
Soniah Kamal Unmarriageable
Linn Ullmann Unquiet

Historical Fiction
Rabeah Ghaffari To keep the sun alive
Jennifer Robson The gown

Mystery, Suspense, Espionage & Intrigue
Adele Fasick Death enters the convent
Amy Gentry Last woman standing
Emma Rous The au pair
C.J. Tudor The chalk man

Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror
Karen Thompson Walker The dreamers
F.T. Lukens The rules & regulations for mediating myths & magic

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NONFICTION

Arts, Architecture & Crafts
Neil Gaiman Art matters 701.15 G141a
Ian Birch Iconic magazine covers: the inside stories told by the people who made them 741.652 B531

Biography & Genealogy
Andrew S. Curran Diderot & the art of thinking freely 92 D555c
Alan Strauss-Schom The shadow emperor: a biography of Napoléon III 92 N2162s
Caroline Weber Proust's duchess: how three celebrated women captured the imagination of fin-de-siècle Paris 920.72 M334p

Business & Economics
Clayton M. Christensen The prosperity paradox 339.2 C554p
Paul A. Volcker Keeping at it: the quest for sound money & good government 330.92 V91k
Kathleen Day Broken bargain: bankers, bailouts & the struggle to tame Wall Street 332.0973 D330
Elizabeth White 55, underemployed & faking normal: your guide to a better life 332.024 W582

Computer Science
Jeremy N. Smith Breaking & entering: the extraordinary story of a hacker called "Alien" 005.8 S511

Food & Drink
America's Test Kitchen Naturally sweet: bake all your favorites with 30% to 50% less sugar 641.86 A512n
Iain Gately Drink: a cultural history of alcohol 641.2 G258d
Dorie Greenspan Everyday Dorie: the way I cook 641.5 G815e

Health & Medicine
Dean Burnett Happy brain: where happiness comes from & why 612.8 B964h
Lydia Kang Quackery: a brief history of the worst ways to cure everything 615.856 K131

History
Brummett Echohawk Drawing fire: a Pawnee, artist & Thunderbird in World War II 940.5403 E45d
Thomas Friedrich Hitler's Berlin: abused city 943.155 F914
Linda Gartz Redlined: a memoir of race, change & fractured community in 1960s Chicago 977.311 G198
Kevin M. Kruse Fault lines: a history of the United States since 1974 973.92 K946f
Sophie Pedder Revolution française: Emmanuel Macron & the quest to reinvent a nation 944.084 M248
Eric Rutkow The longest line on the map: the United States, the Pan-American Highway & the quest to link the Americas 388.1 R977L
Lucy Worsley Queen Victoria: twenty-four days that changed her life 941.081 V645w

Languages & Linguistics
Jack Child Introduction to Spanish translation 468 C436
Sándor Hervey Thinking Italian translation: a course in translation method: Italian into English 428 H578t

Literature & Writing
Abbi Jacobson I might regret this: essays, drawings, vulnerabilities & other stuff 817 J157
Mary Ruefle Madness, rack & honey: collected lectures 809.1 R919m

Natural Sciences & Mathematics
James Kakalios The physics of everyday things: the extraordinary science behind an ordinary day 530 K13p
David Quammen The tangled tree: a radical new history of life 576.8 Q16t

Performing Arts & Music
Vivien Schweitzer A mad love: an introduction to opera 782.1 S974

Philosophy, Psychology & Religion
Ezra Bayda Aging for beginners 294.3 B340
Ralph De la Rosa The monkey is the messenger: meditation & what your busy mind is trying to tell you 158.12 D370
Heather Havrilesky What if this were enough? 152.42 H299
Alan Jacobs The year of our Lord 1943: Christian humanism in an age of crisis 261.5 J17y
Jack Miles God in the Qur'an 297.2 M593
Shiva Naipaul Journey to nowhere: a New World tragedy 289.2 N15j
The Zen teaching of Bodhidharma 294.34 B632

Politics & Government
Peter Gatrell The making of the modern refugee 325.21 G226
Martha C. Nussbaum The monarchy of fear: a philosopher looks at our political crisis 320.01 N975m

Social Sciences & Current Events
Kristen R. Ghodsee Why women have better sex under socialism: & other arguments for economic independence 335.0082 G345w
Dan Healey Russian homophobia from Stalin to Sochi 306.76 H349
John B. Judis The nationalist revival: trade, immigration & the revolt against globalization 320.54 J92n
Emma Marris Rambunctious garden: saving nature in a post-wild world 333.95 M349
An Xiao Mina Memes to movements: how the world's most viral media is changing social protest & power 302.23 M66
Caitlin O'Connor The misinformation age: how false beliefs spread 302.2 O53
Tony Platt Beyond these walls: rethinking crime & punishment in the United States 364.973 P719b
Tal Keinan God is in the crowd: twenty-first-century Judaism 305.892 K267

Travel & Geography
Roger E. Axtell Do's & taboos of humor around the world: stories & tips from business & life 910.014 A78d
Roger E. Axtell Gestures: the do's & taboos of body language around the world 910.014 A78
Lonely Planet San Francisco 917.9461 L847
Lonely Planet Seattle 917.977 L847
Lonely Planet Southern Italy 914.57 L847
John Tauranac Manhattan's little secrets: uncovering mysteries in brick & mortar, glass & stone 917.471 T228m
The Michelin guide San Francisco 917.946 M623

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LARGE PRINT
Fiction
Karen Thompson Walker The dreamers Large Print Walker

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CHILDREN'S COLLECTION
BOOKS

Nonfiction
Kamala Harris Superheroes are everywhere Child 179.9 H240s
James Gladstone Earthrise: Apollo 8 & the photo that changed the world Child 525 G452
Emily Arnold McCully The secret cave: discovering Lascaux Child 944.72 M459

DVDs
I believe in Halloween

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DVDs
Action & Adventure
The Alamo

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CDs

Musicals & Soundtracks
Bryan Kehoe I believe in Halloween: Soundtrack CD Musicals/Soundtracks Kehoe

Sacred
Olivier Messiaen Quartet for the end of time CD Sacred Messiaen

Popular
The Oxford American Southern music issue No. 20, Featuring North Carolina CD Pop Oxford

World
Manuel Cardoso de Menezes O fado II CD World Menezes

BOOKS

FICTION
Elizabeth Brooks The orphan of Salt Winds
Susan Conley Elsey come home
Marc Fernandez Mala vida
Tessa Hadley Late in the day
Sarah Moss Ghost wall
Marcel Proust The prisoner
Helen Schulman Come with me
Soniah Kamal Unmarriageable
Linn Ullmann Unquiet

Historical Fiction
Rabeah Ghaffari To keep the sun alive
Jennifer Robson The gown

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BOOKS

FICTION
Lyndsay Faye The Paragon Hotel
Sarah Léon Wanderer
Mesha Maren Sugar run
Ethel Rohan The weight of him
Nawal El Saadawi Zeina
David Toscana The enlightened army
Hans Christian Andersen The Ice Virgin

Historical Fiction
Marie Benedict The only woman in the room
Georgette Heyer The grand Sophy

Mystery, Suspense, Espionage & Intrigue
Ross Macdonald Black money
Ottessa Moshfegh McGlue
James Lee Burke The New Iberia blues
Jayne Ann Krentz Untouchable
Gytha Lodge She lies in wait
Ragnar Jónasson The darkness

Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror
Katherine Arden The winter of the witch
Robert J. Muller The Great Cat of R'a
Robert J. Muller The Two Kites

Short Stories
Alan DeNiro Tyrannia & other renditions
Susie Moloney Things withered

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NONFICTION
Applied Sciences
Simon Singh The code book: the science of secrecy from ancient Egypt to quantum cryptography 652.8 S61c
David Edwards Creating things that matter: the art & science of innovations that last 600 E26c

Biography & Genealogy
Bill Berkson Since when: a memoir in pieces 92 B455
Nick Bunker Young Benjamin Franklin: the birth of ingenuity 92 F831y
Lauren Hilgers Patriot number one: American dreams in Chinatown 920 H549
Jeffrey C. Stewart The new Negro: the life of Alain Locke 92 L8138n
David Dowling Emerson's Protégés: Mentoring & Marketing Transcendentalism's Future 920 D756
James Pope-Hennessy The quest for Queen Mary 92 M3936po

Books, Reading, Publishing, Journalism, Library & Information Science
Linda Greenhouse Just a journalist: on the press, life & the spaces between 070.92 G838

Chess
Tibor Károlyi Play the Dutch! Part 1 794.122 K1963
Tibor Károlyi Play the Dutch! Part 2 794.122 K1963
Sergey Kasparov A cunning chess opening for black: lure your opponent into the Philidor Swamp 794.122 K192c
Josh Waitzkin Josh Waitzkin's attacking chess: aggressive strategies & inside moves from the U.S. Junior Chess Champion 794.12 W136

Computer Science
David Auerbach Bitwise: a life in code 004 A34

Food & Drink
Bee Wilson First bite: how we learn to eat 641.01 W746f

Health & Medicine
Jeremy Brown Influenza: the hundred-year hunt to cure the deadliest disease in history 614.518 B812
Edward Bullmore The inflamed mind: a radical new approach to depression 616.8527 B876

History
Kamel Daoud Chroniques: selected columns, 2010-2016 965 D238
David Frye Walls: a history of civilization in blood & brick 909 F948
Ethan J. Kytle Denmark Vesey's garden: slavery & memory in the cradle of the Confederacy 975.7 K999
Sigrid Rausing Everything is wonderful: memories of a collective farm in Estonia 947.98 R193
Greg Sargent An uncivil war: taking back our democracy in an age of Trumpian disinformation & thunderdome politics 320.973 S731
Edith Sparks Capital intentions: female proprietors in San Francisco, 1850-1920 979.461 S263c
The Los Angeles Times editorial board Our dishonest president 973.933 O71
Dermot Turing X, Y & Z: the real story of how Enigma was broken 940.5486 T846

Home & Family Management
Jordan Shapiro The new childhood: raising kids to thrive in a connected world 649.1 S5292

Languages & Linguistics
K. David Harrison The last speakers: the quest to save the world's most endangered languages 417 H318L

Law
Tough cases: judges tell the stories of some of the hardest decisions they've ever made 347.73 T643

Literature & Writing
Paula Blank Shakesplish: how we read Shakespeare's language 822.3 B611
Allen Ginsberg Iron Curtain journals: January-May 1965 811 G49i
Ken Jennings Planet funny: how comedy took over our culture 809.7 J54p
Nina Schuyler How to write stunning sentences: 100 simple exercises from beloved authors to improve your writing style 808.04 S89h
Patricia Smith Incendiary art 811 S655i
The world-ending fire: the essential Wendell Berry 814 B534w
Charles Krauthammer The point of it all: a lifetime of great loves & endeavors 814.6 K917p

Performing Arts & Music
Joy Press Stealing the show: how women are revolutionizing television 791.45 P926

Philosophy, Psychology & Religion
Elaine Pagels Why religion?: a personal story 290 P13w
Steven Sloman The knowledge illusion: why we never think alone 153.42 S54
Shashi Tharoor Why I am a Hindu 294.5 T367w
The diamond sūtra & the sūtra of Hui-Neng 294.38 D541

Politics & Government
Kamala Harris The truths we hold: an American journey 328.73 H240
Eli Saslow Rising out of hatred: the awakening of a former white nationalist 320.54 S789
Richard Davenport-Hines Enemies within: communists, the Cambridge spies & the making of modern Britain 327.12 D247e

Reference
Far East 3000 Chinese character dictionary Ref 495.1 Y905
Xinhua dictionary: Chinese-English edition Ref 495.1 S184

Social Sciences & Current Events
Jabari Asim We can't breathe: on black lives, white lies & the art of survival 305.896 A832w
Howard Bryant The heritage: black athletes, a divided America & the politics of patriotism 306.48 B915h
Brad Evans Violence: humans in dark times 303.6 E924v
Paul French City of devils: the two men who ruled the underworld of old Shanghai 364.106 F873c
Jacky Colliss Harvey Red: a history of the redhead 391.5 H262
Gilbert King Beneath a ruthless sun: a true story of violence, race & justice lost & found 364.153 K521
Anastacia Marx de Salcedo Combat-ready kitchen: how the U.S. military shapes the way you eat 363.8 M369
Marion Nestle Unsavory truth: how food companies skew the science of what we eat 363.8 N468u
Rachel Kleinfeld A savage order: how the world's deadliest countries can forge a path to security 363.32 K673
Alexandra Natapoff Punishment without crime: how our massive misdemeanor system traps the innocent & makes America more unequal 364.6 N191
Clarence Taylor Fight the power: African Americans & the long history of police brutality in New York City 363.2 T212

Sports & Games
Peter C. Bjarkman Fidel Castro & baseball: the untold story 796.357 B555
George Howe Colt The game: Harvard, Yale & America in 1968 796.332 C72g
Jackie MacMullan Basketball: a love story 796.3 M229

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CDs
Classical
Richard Rodney Bennett Orchestral works Vol. 2 CD classical Bennett
The virtuoso violin: Paganini, Saint-Saëns, Ysaÿe CD Classical Virtuoso

Jazz & Blues
Ambrose Akinmusire Origami harvest CD Jazz Akinmusire

Musicals & Soundtracks
Thom Yorke Suspiria: music for the Luca Guadagnino film CD Musicals Yorke

Opera
John Adams Doctor Atomic: opera in two acts CD Opera Adams

BOOKS

FICTION
Lyndsay Faye The Paragon Hotel
Sarah Léon Wanderer
Mesha Maren Sugar run
Ethel Rohan The weight of him
Nawal El Saadawi Zeina
David Toscana The enlightened army
Hans Christian Andersen The Ice Virgin

Historical Fiction
Marie Benedict The only woman in the room
Georgette Heyer The grand Sophy

Mystery, Suspense, Espionage & Intrigue
Ross Macdonald Black money
Ottessa Moshfegh McGlue...

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BOOKS

FICTION
Maureen Aitken The patron saint of lost girls
Tomas Gonzalez The storm
Shirley Barrett The bus on Thursday
Esther Gerritsen Craving
Benjamin Parzybok Couch
Mayra Santos-Febres Our lady of the night
Robin Talley Pulp
Lucy Tan What we were promised
Sharlene Teo Ponti
Leonid Yuzefovich Horsemen of the sands

Historical Fiction
Mathias Enard Tell them of battles, kings & elephants
Gloria Goldreich The bridal chair
Ben Schott Jeeves & the king of clubs

Mystery, Suspense, Espionage & Intrigue
Lisa Jewell Watching you
Lee Goldberg Mr. Monk is miserable
Nicolás Obregón Sins as scarlet
Stuart Woods A delicate touch

Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror
Becky Chambers The long way to a small, angry planet
J.G. Ballard The drowned world
Angélica Gorodischer Trafalgar
Kim Harrison The witch with no name
Mercedes Lackey Unnatural issue
Deji Bryce Olukotun Nigerians in space
Martha Wells Artificial condition
Martha Wells Rogue Protocol

Short Stories
Isak Dinesen Anecdotes of destiny & Ehrengard
Ruvanee Pietersz Vilhauer The water diviner & other stories
Steve Rasnic Tem Celestial inventories

Comic Books, Graphic Novels & Comic Strips
Ed Brubaker My heroes have always been junkies 741.5 B886m comics
Hubert Petit 741.5 H863 comics
Noah Van Sciver Fante Bukowski three: a perfect failure 741.5 V278f comics
Nora Krug Belonging: a German reckons with history & home 943.086 K936 comics

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NONFICTION
Applied Sciences
Connor J. Fitzmaurice Organic futures: struggling for sustainability on the small farm 631.584 F58
Peter Laufer Organic: a journalist's quest to discover the truth behind food labeling 664.09 L373o

Arts, Architecture & Crafts
Christopher Bonanos Flash: the making of Weegee the Famous 770.92 W394f
Tyler Green Carleton Watkins: making the West American 770.92 W33g
Christopher Felver The importance of being 779.2 F329i
Gary Greene The ultimate guide to colored pencil: over 35 step-by-step demonstrations for both traditional & watercolor pencils 741.24 G830

Biography & Genealogy
Stephen L. Carter Invisible: the forgotten story of the black woman lawyer who took down America's most powerful mobster 92 C245
Jeffrey Meyers Resurrections: authors, heroes--and a spy 920.02 M576

Books, Reading, Publishing, Journalism, Library & Information Science
Ethan Michaeli The defender: how the legendary black newspaper changed America: from the age of the Pullman porters to the age of Obama 071.73 M621
Pushing the margins: women of color & intersectionality in LIS 020.82 P979

Business & Economics
Jeff Gramm Dear chairman: boardroom battles & the rise of shareholder activism 658.4 G762
Kevin Werbach The blockchain & the new architecture of trust 332.178 W491
Paul Collier The future of capitalism: facing the new anxieties 330.12 C69f

Computer Science
Robert C. Martin The clean coder: a code of conduct for professional programmers 005.1 M363
Brian McCullough How the Internet happened: from Netscape to the iPhone 004.6 M459
Daniel Sipos Drupal 8 module development: build & customize Drupal 8 modules & extensions efficiently 006.78 D795s

Food & Drink
Diane Kochilas My Greek table: authentic flavors & modern home cooking from my kitchen to yours 641.5949 K76m
Anita Lo Solo: a modern cookbook for a party of one 641.561 L780
Kelley Fanto Deetz Bound to the fire: how Virginia's enslaved cooks helped invent American cuisine 641.5929 D360

Health & Medicine
Tamara Duker Freuman The bloated belly whisperer: see results within a week & tame digestive distress once & for all 616.3 F896
Rachel Herz Why you eat what you eat: the science behind our relationship with food 613.2 H58w
Larry Cohen Prevention diaries: the practice & pursuit of health for all 362.1 C660

History
Józef Czapski Inhuman land: searching for the truth in Soviet Russia 940.5472 C994
Monica Munoz Martinez The injustice never leaves you: anti-Mexican violence in Texas 323.11 M366
Reed Bunzel California style: the Joe Koret story 979.4 K841
Kara Cooney When women ruled the world: six queens of Egypt 932 C775w
Valentina D'Efilippo The infographic history of the world 909 D361i
Timothy Egan The big burn: Teddy Roosevelt & the fire that saved America 973.91 E28b
Daniel J. Flynn Cult city: Jim Jones, Harvey Milk & 10 days that shook San Francisco 979.461 F679
Dana Frank The long Honduran night: resistance, terror & the United States in the aftermath of the coup 972.83 F828L
Abraham Lincoln Lincoln on the Civil War: selected speeches 973.7 L73Li
Gene Allen Smith The slaves' gamble: choosing sides in the War of 1812 973.52 S511
Michael Wildt. An uncompromising generation the Nazi leadership of the Reich Security Main Office 943.086 W647

Law
Alan Hirsch Impeaching the president: past, present & future 342.73 H615

Literature & Writing
Eula Biss Notes from no man's land: American essays 814.6 B623n

Performing Arts & Music
Roger Daltrey Thanks a lot, Mr. Kibblewhite: my story 780.92 D175
Eric Idle Always look on the bright side of life: a sortabiography 792.092 I4a
Joseph McBride How did Lubitsch do it? 791.4 L929m

Philosophy, Psychology & Religion
Duane R. Bidwell When one religion isn't enough: the lives of spiritually fluid people 261.2 B475
Robert Cialdini Pre-suasion: a revolutionary way to influence & persuade 153.85 C48
Arahant Daniel M. Ingram Mastering the core teachings of the Buddha: an unusually hardcore dharma book 294.36 I47

Politics & Government
Audra J. Wolfe Freedom's laboratory: the Cold War struggle for the soul of science 327.73 W832
Don Cox Just another nigger: Or use what you got to get what you need 322.42 C839
Van Jackson On the brink: Trump, Kim & the threat of nuclear war 327.17 J132
Robert Kagan The jungle grows back: America & our imperiled world 327.73 K11j

Social Sciences & Current Events
Anna Clark The poisoned city: Flint's water & the American urban tragedy 363.61 C547
Harold Courlander The fourth world of the Hopis: the epic story of the Hopi Indians as preserved in their legends & traditions 398.208 C834
Brad Evans Violence: humans in dark times 303.6 E924v
Lucinda Herring Reimagining death: stories & practical wisdom for home funerals & green burials 393.1 H435
Rebecca Klein-Collins Never too late: the adult student's guide to college 374.973 K672
Sarah Krasnostein The trauma cleaner: one woman's extraordinary life in the business of death, decay & disaster 306.768 K864
George Lakey How we win: a guide to nonviolent direct action campaigning 303.484 L149
DeRay Mckesson On the other side of freedom: the case for hope 323.092 M459
Stephen J. Pyne California: a fire survey 363.37 P995
Alisa Roth Insane: America's criminal treatment of mental illness 364.38 R742
Naben Ruthnum Curry: eating, reading & race 305.8914 R934
Anita Sarkeesian History vs women: the defiant lives that they don't want you to know 305.42 S738h
Laura Wides-Muñoz The making of a dream: how a group of young undocumented immigrants helped change what it means to be American 325.73 W633
Tom Wright Billion dollar whale: the man who fooled Wall Street, Hollywood & the world 364.163 W930
Mary-Kim Arnold Litany for the long moment 362.73 A641
Leslie R. Crutchfield How change happens: why some social movements succeed while others don't 303.4 C95h
Natalia Molina How race is made in America: immigration, citizenship & the historical power of racial scripts 305.868 M733
Nadya Tolokonnikova Read & riot: a Pussy Riot guide to activism 303.484 T585

Sports & Games
Deena Kastor Let your mind run: a memoir of thinking my way to victory 796.42 K155
Mike Stanton Unbeaten: Rocky Marciano's fight for perfection in a crooked world 796.83 M31Yst
Etan Thomas We matter: athletes & activism 796.089 T361
Dave Zirin Jim Brown: last man standing 796.33 B878z
Elaine Sandberg A beginner's guide to American mah jongg: how to play the game & win 795.3 S561
Elaine Sandberg Winning American mah jongg strategies: a guide for the novice player 795.3 S561w

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BOOKS
Fiction
Ruth Behar Lucky broken girl Child Behar
Lisa Jenn Bigelow Drum roll, please Child Bigelow
Pablo Cartaya The epic fail of Arturo Zamora Child Cartaya
Jennifer George Rube Goldberg's simple normal humdrum school day Child George
Celia C. Pérez The first rule of punk Child Perez

Nonfiction
Joan Schoettler Ruth Asawa: a sculpting life Child 730.92 A798s

BOOKS

FICTION
Maureen Aitken The patron saint of lost girls
Tomas Gonzalez The storm
Shirley Barrett The bus on Thursday
Esther Gerritsen Craving
Benjamin Parzybok Couch
Mayra Santos-Febres Our lady of the night
Robin Talley Pulp
Lucy Tan What we were promised
Sharlene Teo Ponti
Leonid Yuzefovich Horsemen of the sands

Historical Fiction
Mathias Enard Tell them of battles, kings & elephants
Gloria Goldreich...

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Myles Cooper

What is a cult film? A cult film maintains a cult-like following long after its release. Its fans don't mind watching the film multiple times. In fact, they often build a community around their favorite films by transforming screenings into special events. In San Francisco, some cult films like The Sound of Music are featured as sing-alongs at the Castro Theatre, while others like The Room are shown as midnight movies at theatres like the Landmark Clay. Please visit our Cult Classics display on the 2nd floor and check out films that are certified fun to watch more than once. Below are staff recommendations from the display.

Craig says “I would highly recommend the movie Valley of the Dolls, the critically eviscerated, anything-but-mellow 1967 drama that has achieved so-bad-it’s-good cult status. The novel tells the story of three young women who become fast friends in the turbulent worlds of Broadway and Hollywood: Anne Welles, a reserved New England beauty who sees New York as the romantic city of her dreams; Neely O'Hara, an ebullient vaudevillian with a talent she doesn't fully understand; and Jennifer North, a sweet-natured showgirl who wants only to be loved. As life becomes difficult, each woman grows increasingly dependent on ‘dolls’, the amphetamines and barbiturates which, for a time, seem to help. Each of the women strives to ascend the Mount Everest of her dreams, only to find herself back in the Valley of the Dolls.”

Diane recommends Night of the Living Dead and Zombieland.

Deb recommends Harold and Maude “While most people avoid talking or thinking about death, young Harold is obsessed with it -- faking suicide, attending funerals and exasperating his mother, who just wants a normal son. Her attempts to ‘cure’ his obsession with therapy and introducing him to young women backfires when he hooks up with Maude, who like Harold, attends strangers’ funerals. Maude is almost 80 and obsessed with life. Together they explore the joy of living in the moment. (The ending is a surprise so I won’t reveal it.)”

Steven says “I consider almost all of Nicolas Cage’s movies in the categories you gave. Mostly ‘so bad, it’s good.’ His performances always go over-the-top over-acting. In particular, the two National Treasure movies we have in the collection, plus the Coen Brothers Raising Arizona and the lesser known (but very wild) Red Rock West (that might have won an Oscar had it not been released on cable before the theaters). The there’s a ‘San Francisco’ movie: The Rock that has the best bad science ever. The very scary deadly nerve gas is stored in very fragile glass balls strung together (why?!?!).”

Steven also recommends “Mister Roberts- one of the early overtly anti-authority movies. This one stars James Cagney in a comic performance, Jack Lemmon’s first appearance on film and it’s the last movie in which William Powell (of The Thin Man movies). Then there’s The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai… that a friend once described as ‘the most sublimely ridiculous movie ever made.’  It stars Peter Weller, John Lithgow, an early performance by Jeff Goldblum and lots of comedic character actors you’ve seen all the time all in one movie.”

Veronica recommends “I don't re-watch it all the time, but I like the cult classic Office Space. My cousin and I refer to it a lot when he's talking about his office life and my old one. I even got him the red stapler.”

Myles recommends “π- Max Cohen believes he’s stumbled across a mathematical pattern so powerful that it can predict the stock market. This gritty late 90s black and white film, shot in a Chinatown apartment in New York City, leads the audience into believing Cohen’s theory, which may just be a paranoid delusion. The excellent soundtrack was my introduction to experimental electronic music of the period from UK artists like Aphex Twin and Autechtre. Π was Darren Aronofsky’s directorial debut, he went on the direct such films as Requiem for a Dream, The Wrestler, and Black Swan.“

Myles also says “This list wouldn’t be complete without someone recommending The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975). In case you haven’t seen it, it’s a strangely contagious musical comedy that mixed the style of glam rock with the themes of horror B movies. Midnight showings of the film became wildly popular in North America after its release, and a cult of fandom followed allowing generations of young people in conservative areas an excuse to dress androgynously and interact as their favorite characters. This funny and liberating film is still screened today- an absolute cult classic.”

What is a cult film? A cult film maintains a cult-like following long after its release. Its fans don't mind watching the film multiple times. In fact, they often build a community around their favorite films by transforming screenings into special events. In San Francisco, some cult films like The Sound of Music are featured as sing-alongs at the Castro Theatre, while others like The Room are shown as midnight movies at theatres like the Landmark Clay. Please visit our Cult Classics display on the 2nd floor and check out films that are certified fun to watch more than once. Below are staff recommendations from the display.

Craig says “I would highly recommend the movie Valley of the Dolls, the critically eviscerated, anything-but-mellow 1967 drama that has achieved so-bad-it’s-good cult status. The novel tells the story of three young women who become fast friends in the turbulent worlds of Broadway and Hollywood: Anne Welles, a reserved New...

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