10 Great Reasons to Read Fiction in September 2017

Presenting our monthly fiction picks, with great new books from some of our favorite authors!

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Building Community: Flavors of Oakland

What makes your community stronger?

What makes your community stronger? We recently posed that question to our patrons after the violence in Charlottesville and posted their responses in our branch. It's also a question I've been pondering for a while.

A few weeks ago we hosted Anya Ku and Elazar Sontag at the Dimond Branch for a discussion about the making of their book Flavors of Oakland and shared some of the recipes. After listening to the authors talk it became clear to me that projects like these make our communities stronger.

Anya, a photographer, and Elazar, a writer, began their collaborative project when they were 16 and 18 years old. As part of the project the two shared meals with home cooks throughout Oakland and learned their personal histories. Many of the

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A Suitable Novel

August is a great month to read contemporary novels from the Indian sub-continent.

August 15 marks the 70th anniversary of India’s independence from Great Britain. Indian partition happened at the same time, creating an independent India and an independent Pakistan. Pakistan celebrates its independence one day before, August 14. Modern India, modern Pakistan, and the diaspora from the sub-continent has enriched the literature of the English language immeasurably.

This August we’re going to immerse ourselves in that literature. Where to begin? Here’s a short list to get you reading.

You can start with Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children. Though better known for other books, like the still-controversial Satanic Verses,

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10 Great Reasons to Read Fiction in August 2017

Hope you have room on your holds list! Here are 10 great titles arriving this month.

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We All Scream for Ice Cream!

Ice cream recipes to keep you cool.

As a child, one of my favorite things about summer was ice cream. Not much has changed in that area. I recently started looking for books to help me make my own ice cream. Here are some of my favorites. If you're looking for something less labor intensive, several of these books contain recipes for ice cream sandwiches and desserts that use store bought ice cream.

Happy summer!

Ice Cream and Friends     Mexican Ice Cream 

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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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