All You Need is Love

The Summer of Love. All summer long.

Unless you've been living in a San Francisco fog the last few months, you know that 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love. In January the Human Be-In at the Polo Grounds in Golden Gate Park ushered in the year and made the Haight-Ashbury district the counterculture's epicenter. Among other observances, the de Young Museum's current show provides an overview for those who don't, or can't, remember it.

The library is an excellent resource to know more. Books, music, films, and more, we've got it. A simple search of the library catalog using the phrase "summer of love" can get you started. One good book to begin with is the de Young exhibition's colorful catalog,

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10 Great Reasons to Read Fiction in July 2017

Wondering what's coming out this month? Here are my 10 fiction picks for July.

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New Books By Queer Authors

After celebrating Pride, relax with a book.

Looking for new books by LGBTQI authors? OPL has them! These fiction and nonfiction titles were all released in the past year. Happy reading! Happy Pride!

New Titles in Graphic Format

 A Graphic History     Love is Love

Queer : a graphic history / Meg-

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Dorothea Lange: Pictures and Words

A new show at the Oakland Museum looks at Lange's life and career.

"Through the lens of her camera, Lange documented American life with riveting, intimate photographs that showed the major issues of the times. This spring, view the emotional and political impact of her works in this major exhibition, which coincides with the 50th anniversary of the artist’s gift of her personal archive to the Oakland Museum of California."

A new show opened in May at the Oakland Museum of California chronicling the career of photographer Dorothea Lange. The exhibition, Dorothea Lange: Politics of Seeingwill run through August 13. 2017. 

You won't want to miss it. 

Lange's iconic photos have shaped

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10 Great Reasons to Read Fiction in June 2017

Looking for your next favorite book? Here are 10 terrific fiction picks for June!

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What's New in Nonfiction

Looking for new nonfiction titles? Here's what OPL has to offer.

I'm always on the lookout for new nonfiction titles -- books that teach me something new and help me expand my world view. Here are some new releases that I'm excited about and have added to my ever-expanding list of books to read next. I hope you enjoy them, too!

     You Don't Have to Say You Love Me     

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The Oakland Book Festival: A One-day Literary Extravaganza

The Oakland Book Festival happens 11am to 6pm, Sunday, May 21st 2017 at City Hall; the theme is "Equality and Inequality."

The Oakland Book Festival is a free one-day whirlwind of readings, panels, conversations and literary events.  2017’s theme is “Equality & Inequality.” This uniquely Oaklandish celebration happens 11am to 6pm, this Sunday, May 21st at City Hall and surrounding venues (events kick off on Saturday night).  Check out http://www.oaklandbookfestival.org/ for more details.  Here’s a small selection of recent works by some of the over 60 authors appearing at the Festival. Click on the title to read more about it.

  

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10 Great Reasons to Read Fiction in May 2017

Wondering what great books are arriving in May? Here are ten of them.

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Building Community with Gifts from the Garden

Delicious garden recipes to share with friends.

As part of our New Year intentions, last January my partner and I made a commitment to foster community by hosting garden grown meals in our home throughout the year. Winter was a bit sparse, but we managed fresh squeezed juice from our fruit trees and some greens from the garden. Not enough to host a meal, but as with all good intentions, we're still working on it!  

I've been looking through OPL's collection of gardening and cookbooks to help with recipes and gardening tips. I've listed a few of my favorites to share with you. You don't need to have a garden to enjoy these recipes. You can use ingredients purchased from farmer's markets or the supermarket. Whether you're cooking for yourself, your family, your friends or your community, you're sure to find many delicious recipes between these pages.

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The Name is Yuknavitch

Lidia Yuknavitch has a new book: The Book of Joan. Get in line.

Lidia Yuknavitch.  That’s her name. 

I was racking my brain yesterday to recall the author of an emotionally intense memoir to recommend to someone, and tried every variation from Yanowitz to Yonavich. I tried to do a search on “amazing women authors from Oregon with Ken Kesey as writing teacher” but Google failed me.  I finally had to look in my list of books read since 2011. (Yes, I keep a list- I’m a librarian.) The title is The Chronology of Water: A memoir.  It was captivating, unforgettable, as was my impression of the author.

 

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