Politics and Campaigning

New titles on the history of presidential campaigns and voting rights.

It's impossible to turn on the television or radio, log on to a computer or open a newspaper without hearing or reading about the presidential campaign. If you want to learn more about the history of presidential campaigns, the struggles for voting rights in the U.S., and even how comedians engage with political life, check out these new titles at OPL.

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Give us the Ballot    

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Remembering Harper Lee

"Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing."

Readers around the world were saddened Friday to learn about the death of author Harper Lee, beloved author of To Kill a Mockingbird. Miss Lee died in her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama, at the age of 89.

The fame that came her way after Mockingbird’s publication in 1960 took her completely by surprise, as did the Pulitzer Prize that followed, and the iconic film that came along in 1962. Miss Lee was never comfortable with the attention that came her way. She valued her privacy, rarely granting interviews.  She became, as New

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My Undead Valentine

Is romance dead?

Spend this Valentine’s Day with some star-crossed lovers, bridging the divide between this world and the next. These six classic paranormal romances will give you chills and set your heart racing.

 

Dracula by Bram Stoker (1897)This terrifying, suave monster

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10 Great Reasons to Read Fiction in February

Wondering what to read next? How about one of these great novels coming out in February.

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Maybe Eat a Vegetable?

Did you resolve to cram in more carrots? These titles might make it a little easier.

Any Vegans in the house? Even if you’re not, research points to the benefits of a plant-based diet. Get your healthy (and yummy) on with these titles.

 

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What's New in Nonfiction

New nonfiction titles on OPL shelves.

If you're looking for fresh nonfiction titles, check out OPL's new collection of essays, memoir, biography and general nonfiction. Just click on the book cover to learn more about each title and to place a hold.

Drawing Blood     Democracy in Black    

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Emma turns 200

"Emma Woodhouse, handsome, clever, and rich."

December marked the 200 anniversary of the publication of Jane Austen's EmmaThe title page of the John Murray first edition reads "1816" but the book was actually released on December 23, 1815, making this brief tribute both timely and belated. 

Emma Woodhouse, the heroine that Austen declared, "no one but myself will much like," is the headstrong and indulged younger daughter of a Henry Woodhouse, a country gentleman. Unlike Austen's other heroines Elizabeth Bennet and Elinor Dashwood, Emma is rich and therefore not in need of a husband to provide her with financial security. Her entitled position in the little town of Highbury has set Emma up at the age of twenty as an unchecked meddler in the lives of her neighbors, especially in their love lives. Complications ensue, some painful. All is resolved happily in the end.

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10 Great Reasons to Read Fiction in January 2016

Start the year out right with one of these fantastic books. Your hold list will thank you!

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Oakland Public Library Staff’s Favorite Books of 2015

OPL staff look back on their favorite books of 2015.

It's that time of year when everyone publishes their best of the year lists. I look forward to seeing what the New York Times has to say on this matter, but I think my colleagues at Oakland Public Library always come up with the best reading suggestions! Here are some of our favorites from 2015. 

We'd love to hear from you, too--please share your favorites of 2015 in the comments. 

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Moving Toward a Sustainable Future

What can you do about global warming? Check out some of OPL's books on the topic.

During the past few weeks you've probably heard and read about the United Nations Conference on Climate Change held in Paris earlier this month. At the close of the conference, the Paris Agreement was adopted. If you're interested in reading more about climate change, OPL has many new titles on the topic. The books listed below cover the current issues while also offering solutions for a more sustainable future.

This Changes Everything     

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