July 4th is over and we have celebrated the independence of the United States from Britain once again. There are many stories, legends, and myths surrounding the birth and past of our country.They generally tell the story of those in power. The days leading up to Independence Day got me thinking about the stories of those who weren't in power or the stories of the regular folks. Here are a few.
Take a journey with a book this summer!
For some of us summer means vacation and travel, but you don't have to go further than OPL to enjoy a trip across the country, an adventure in the Sierras or a journey to the other side of the world. Just take a look at our collection of travel writing. Wherever you'd like to go, let a book take you there.
The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson, A Lakeview Branch Book Club Review
A Lakeview Branch Book Club of The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson.
"What sort of logistic anomalies would you encounter in trying to raise an army of apes?" This question answered, or not in What If?: serious scientific answers to absurd hypothetical questions
What if?: serious scientific answers to absurd hypothetical questions, by Randall Munroe, is a collection of the best and sometimes worst of Mr. Munroe's blog posts on XKCD, an informative and hilarious web comic. Munroe started out as a NASA roboticist but I guess that job wasn't nerdy enough so now he draws stick figure explainers that explore science's quirkier side. He also got famous enough to have a star named for him,"citation needed" (that's an inside joke for after you've read the book). XKCD, by the way, is an unpronounceable (according to the author) word which is neither an acronym nor a word with any meaning.
The questions in the book and on the blog are user-submitted and the answers are researched
Famous, and not-so-famous, people are featured in these new fictional biographies.
During the past few years, biographical fiction featuring historical and literary figures has become increasingly popular. Novels such as Paula McLain's The Paris Wife, which captures the story of Ernest Hemingway's relationship with his first wife Hadley Richardson during their years as expatriates in 1920s Paris and Fever, a retelling of the life of Mary Mallon, also known as "Typhoid Mary," by Mary Beth Keane are just a few examples.
The popularity of biographical fiction continues in 2015. Olympic athletes, artists, architects, inventors, actors, gamblers, and writers are featured in these new novels released this year. These books not only capture the people, but also the time periods and areas in which they lived. From the Ottoman Empire to Belle Èpoque
Always Available Classics is a collection of over 200 Classic eBook titles open to anyone to download at any time.
Attention Classics Readers: In addition to the many Classic eBooks you can browse on our Overdrive platform, we now link from our catalog to Always Available Classics, a collection of over 200 works of classic literature
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."