Lakeview Book Club highly recommends Typical American or any other of Gish Jen's beautifully written, humorous and bittersweet tales of Chinese Americans jumping into the "melting cauldron."
Looking for tips to conserve water? Check out these books at OPL.
Living in California, we all know about the need to conserve water. Are you wondering how to limit your water footprint? The following books give tips and suggestions to help you reduce and reuse water in your home and garden.
In honor of Record Store Day, Susy Moorhead recommends some books and documentaries that will rock you!
It’s almost Record Store Day! Per their website: “This is a day for the people who make up the world of the record store—the staff, the customers, and the artists—to come together and celebrate the unique culture of a record store and the special role these independently owned stores play in their communities.” In the spirit of Record Store Day this coming April 18, I am sharing some of my favorite music memoirs as well as a few documentaries.
Notes from the Lakeview Book Club Discussion of Jane Smiley's novel, Private Life.
Eleven of us had a lively discussion of the 2010 novel, Private Life by Jane Smiley.
Jane Smiley is in her mid-sixties and won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1992 for her novel, A Thousand Acres, which is based on King Lear. She was raised in Missouri and obtained a B.A. from Vassar and her M.A. and M.F.A from the University of Iowa. She had a Fulbright scholarship to Iceland while working on her Doctorate.
None of our group had ever read one of her novels. We learned that Smiley is noted for writing books about families. Our novel, Private Life, is loosely based on the lives of her great-uncle and great-aunt. Her great-uncle was an eccentric scientist and her great-aunt a long suffering wife. In this book those characters were Andrew and Martha.
Almost all of us liked this book. One really did not like it and would not recommend it to others. Those who liked it would only recommend it to certain
April is National Poetry Month!
April is National Poetry Month. What better way to celebrate than by reading a poem and what better place to find a poem than Oakland Public Library! We have a vast selection from which to choose starting with the collections listed below, all published during the past year.
Here’s a guest post from fellow librarian Susy Moorhead, Science Fiction enthusiast and climate change believer.
I am tired of looking at the weather and only seeing clear sunny days of high 60s. I am so over gloating to my friends in other parts of the country about not having to wear a jacket while sitting in the park on endless sunny days.
Feeling the dark side of no rain reminds me of great books and movies that portray a future where some sort of climatic catastrophe has irreparably changed life as we know it. Most of these books fall in to the science fiction or dystopia genre. But now that this subgenre is growing a new term has been coined - “climatic fiction” or cli-fi. Here are some books and movies that I have enjoyed:
This is the Lakeview Book Club Review of A Paradise Built in Hell by Rebecca Solnit.