10 Great Reasons to Read Fiction in April 2016

We're looking forward to these April fiction releases.

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Let Us Help Your Garden Grow

OPL has new gardening books to help you with spring planting.

Spring is in the air and that means time for spring planting. We've received many new gardening books to help you plan and maintain your garden. If you need seeds to get your garden started, the African American Museum and Library at Oakland and the Chavez and Dimond branches all have seed libraries where you can choose from a selection of free vegetable and flower seeds.

If you need help determining which seeds to plant in the coming months, check out the The Alameda County Master Gardener's Seed Planting Guide.

Happy gardening

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Janet Dawson’s Favorite Crime Novels

Award-winning local author Janet Dawson recommends some of her favorite crime stories.

Janet Dawson is well known to local readers as the author of eleven novels featuring Oakland private investigator Jeri Howard. Jeri first appeared in the novel Kindred Crimes, which won the St. Martin's Press/Private Eye Writers of America contest for best first private eye novel and was been nominated for the Shamus, Macavity and Anthony Awards.

Her newest series takes

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Go Big or Go Home

In praise of the very long novel.

Does a long book intimidate you? Can a high page count fill you with despair? Are you the one who slipped Cryptonomicon back onto the shelf? Read the Spark Notes for Great Expectations but not the book? Fear not! Some of the best fun you can have as a reader is with a long novel. Here's a not-so-long list of some juicy doorstoppers to try. You'll be staying up half the night turning pages in no time!

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10 Great Reasons to Read Fiction in March 2016

Wondering what to read next? Here are 10 great books coming out in March.

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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.

All descriptions are provided by the publishers.

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.

 

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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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