Throughout the summer Oakland Public Library is hosting food related programs and events for adults as part of our Reading is So Delicious Summer Reading Program. In keeping with this theme, I've highlighted memoirs written by chefs and food writers. The chef memoirs explore the writer's relationship to food, their journey to the kitchen, and what food represents to them. Other writers, such as Michael Pollan, write about food awareness and the history of food. I hope you enjoy exploring some of these titles and have a few of your own to recommend.
Geek out! The 44th annual Comic-Con International is underway in San Diego. The winners for the Will Eisner awards, considered the Oscars of the comics industry, will be announced today.
The 44th annual Comic-Con International is underway in San Diego. The winners for the Will Eisner awards, considered the Oscars of the comics industry, will be announced today. Nominees for titles published in 2012 are truly exceptional.
Titles with the most nominations are:
Building stories by Chris Ware with nominations for Best Graphic Album–New, Best Writer/artist, Best Coloring, Best Lettering, and Best Publication Design.
This work, made of many small books, posters and cards, and encased in a box the size of a large board game, tells the story of the residents
The classic, The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford,has nothing to do with war, but everything to do with love, deception, manipulation, glamour, gentility and death. Prepare to be haunted by the four well-mannered Victorians in beautiful Europe, politely destroying each others' lives!
Learn to make tasty summer treats including ice cream sandwiches, paletas, gelato, and sorbetto.
For many of us, summer brings memories of rushing to greet the ice cream truck or enjoying a dripping cone at the beach. My favorite childhood summer treat was the ice cream sandwich, vanilla ice cream wedged between two chocolately cookies, so I was delighted to discover Jennie Schacht's new book i scream SANDWICH!
The recipes include classics such as S'mores and the Better-Than-It, Ms. Schacht's version of the famous San Francisco It's It Ice Cream Sandwich first sold at Playland at the Beach in 1928. The author also explores flavors of the world with treats such as Latin Love, which is Dulce de Leche ice cream on Brown
The winners for the Street Lit Book Award Medal (SLBAM) have been announced for 2012 titles. If you're a K'wan Foye fan, you'll be pleased.
A letter from Mary Farrell, Branch Manager of Lakeview, to the Lakeview Book Club about The Season of the Witch by David Talbot. It's one we all REALLY liked!
We started out discussing the writing style of David Talbot. Three of us mentioned it was difficult to track at times and maybe more editing could have helped that. One pointed out that most of it was based on interviews Talbot had done with participants and observers of these events. The rest thought there was no problem with the writing at all and that the book was gripping and the
Looking for a book to take on vacation with you this summer? Check out our list of suggestions.
Each year, as summer approaches, I find myself thinking about vacation even if I’m not taking one. When I do travel, I like to read fiction set in the places to which I’m traveling. And if there’s no vacation on the horizon, I still love to get carried away with a good book set in a location I’d like to visit.
I know many library patrons also enjoy reading fiction set in other locales. Listed below are some titles I’ve recommended to patrons and other that that have been recommended to me.
Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea
A contemporary story set in a small Mexican village. After most of the men in her village have moved North for work, nineteen-year old Natalia,
Three Bay Area authors give thier take on your expanding waistline.
Go "Wild" with Cheryl Strayed in her memoir of her 1,000 mile hike of the Pacific Coast Trail!!! You will feel like you walked beside her!
When is nonfiction better than fiction?
When the writer makes you feel like you lived it alongside her...When you are happily exhausted and you did none of the work....When you "Can't-Put-It-Down."
The name "Cheryl Strayed," is a chosen name which captures the reality and the spirit of the story. At 23, Cheryl was on the verge of the abyss emotionally and literally when she hikes, ALONE, 1,000 miles on the Pacific Coast Trail from Mojave to Oregon. She