OPL staff looks back on their favorite books of 2014.
You’ve seen them everywhere—end of the year Best Books lists in The New York Times, Time Magazine, Amazon, to name just a few—now it’s time for us to weigh in. Here are a few of our favorite books published in 2014.
We’d love to hear from you, too! Please tell us about your favorite books of 2014 in the comments.
The SUN Magazine: "PERSONAL. POLITICAL. PROVOCATIVE. AD-FREE."
Have you seen The Sun? It is a magazine for writers and, also, it is a magazine for readers. Specifically, it is a magazine for readers looking for “emerging and established artists who are striving to be thoughtful and authentic.”
Need last minute gifts? It's not too late to make something unique!
Are you struggling with last minute gifts? Tired of spending your time at the mall? Oakland Public Library can help you create something unique to give this season. Here are some suggestions for making your own gifts. Enjoy!
Lakeview Book Club Report on the discussion of Heartburn by Nora Ephron and Leaving Mother Lake by Yang Erche Namu.
Eight of us met to discuss these two quickly read books. Heartburn had been on our list for a long time, but we added Leaving Mother Lake, because we wanted to discuss another book with a strong woman. Heartburn was fiction based on fact and Leaving Mother Lake was a memoir, "as told to" anthropologist, Christine Mathieu. Christine Mathieu also added her anthropological analysis of Yang Erche Namu's community in Yunan Province. Our discussion leader for Leaving Mother Lake shared very thorough notes, which brought us all up on the major details.
Yang Erche Namu was born in 1966 in a very remote village in the mountains of Yunnan Province, China. Her isolated community developed a "matrilineal" society over hundreds of years. Anthropologist, Christine Mathieu, conjectures that this evolved from a feudal society
Nanowrimo may be ending, but these books will help you to develop your novel throughout the year.
National Novel Writing Month may be coming to an end, but work on your novel is only just beginning. These books will help you develop your craft and provide ideas and support for your existing and future projects.
All summaries are from the publisher's descriptions.
ZINIO. JUST. GOT. BETTER.
“Do you carry the New Yorker digitally?" "When are you going to get Wired online?” FINALLY, we can respond “YES!”, “and “NOW”! With Zinio, our popular e-magazine platform highlighted in a blog post last June by Magazine & Newspaper Librarian Kirsten Baldock, Oakland Library cardholders can download and keep digital editions of the current issues of popular magazine titles, now including Condé Nast magazines! Since OPL began subscribing to Zinio over a year ago, patrons have been asking for many of these formerly-not-available-to-libraries titles. Condé Nast and Zinio struck a deal this fall, and our patrons now have access to (drum roll):
Going Clear by Lawrence Wright tells you more than you'd ever thought you'd learn about the pseudo-science beliefs of Scientology and the enforcement of its secrets by its creepy hierarchy. Stranger than Science Fiction!