Our Favorite Books of 2018

OPL staff look back on their favorite books of 2018.

I asked my colleagues to share their some of their favorite books from the last twelve months and here they are! We'd love to hear from you too--please share your favorite books of 2018 in the comments.

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North of the Border

When you think of good things from Canada, what do you think of? Maple syrup? Hockey? Tim Hortons doughnuts? Justin Trudeau?

Do you ever think about Canadian authors? It’s time you did. Here’s a very incomplete sample for you.

Let’s start with Margaret Atwood: novelist, poet, short story writer. Ever since her 1969 debut novel, The Edible Woman, Atwood has been ravishing readers with her prose. Besides her many works of speculative and dystopian fiction, she has published short fiction, non-fiction, fiction for children and teens, two dozen volumes of poetry, and a graphic novel, Angel Catbird. Her 1996 novel, Alias Grace (made into a 2017 Netflix mini-series) won the

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5 Great Reasons to Read Fiction in December 2018

A few of this December's best fiction offerings.

Go figure, this month is turning out to be a slightly slow month for fiction. But if you’re like me, you're still catching up on all of your 2018 reads anyway. Here’s a shorter list of new books so you can join me in a last-ditch effort to catch up with our holds lists. Happy reading!

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Feeling Crafty?

Make your own gifts!

Are you interested in making your own gifts for the holidays? Oakland Public Library can help! We have a broad assortment of craft and baking books for you. From soap making to jewelry making, paper crafts and gifts you can eat there's something for everyone -- even the cats! And if you don't celebrate any particular holiday you'll find plenty of projects to keep you busy during the winter months. 

Skin Care and Candlemaking

101 Homemade ProductsNatural Soap Making for Beginners

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The Great War

"In Flanders fields the poppies blow between the crosses, row on row."

Sunday, November 11, marks the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, the War to End All War. The armistice that ended the fighting was signed at 11 a.m., Paris time, “the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.” The Great War decimated a generation in England and on the continent. More than 100,000 Americans also died of injuries or illness after we joined the conflict in April of 1917.

Readers know that the Great War’s trauma produced a legacy of great books. Many fall in the category of well-known classics; others will be less familiar to American readers. We’ll look at a handful of them here.

One of the great histories of World War I is Barbara Tuchman’s 1962  The Guns of August. She begins her story with the funeral of Edward VII in 1910 and covers the full sweep of the war.

Two memoirs of the war are worth your

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10 Great Reasons to Read Fiction in November 2018

Any room on your holds list? Here are some of the most tempting novels and story collections coming out this November.

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Books by Trans and Gender Variant Authors

Looking for poetry, fiction, and non-fiction reads by trans, non-binary, and gender non-conforming authors? Look no further!

Listed below are some new and not-so-new books written by trangender and gender variant authors available at Oakland Public Library. For a description of each book, just click on the title link.

 Fiction and Poetry

 All the Birds in the Sky            
Asegi Stories     

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New Books By Indigenous North American Writers

Exciting new fiction, poetry and nonfiction by indigenous authors.

November is Native American Heritage Month and OPL has new books by Indigenous North American authors to keep you reading throughout the month and year. Fiction, poetry, memoir, biography, and cookbooks are among the the new books we recently added to our collection.

Happy reading!

Fiction and Poetry

Where the Dead Sit Talking     Mapping the Interior     There There

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Scare Your Socks Off

In which we load you up with enough scary books to hold you until NEXT Halloween.

October ends with Halloween, favorite dress-up holiday for the young and not-so-young, season of scary movies and frights big and small. Yes, yes, for you purists, Halloween has its roots in the Celtic observance of Samhain, marking the halfway point between the autumnal equinox and the winter solstice, a liminal time when the unquiet souls of the dead must be appeased. A person could go on and on in this vein. But we’re here today to talk about scary books. At the library, we get asked for them a lot. All year long, but especially right around now.

Are you ready for a scary, scary read? Here’s help.

You could start chronologically. There’s agreement among scholars that Horace Walpole’s 1764 novel The Castle of Otranto was the first gothic novel, precursor to horror, with its exploration of fear and the supernatural.

As gothic morphed

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Happy Black Speculative Fiction Month

Celebrate Black Speculative Fiction month with these books at OPL!

October is Black Speculative Fiction month. Oakland Public Library has books to keep you engaged throughout the month and beyond. Highlighed below are  some of the authors, titles and series that you can find on our shelves. 

All descriptions are provided by the publishers.

Octavia Butler: Earthseed Saga

Parable of the Sower               Parable of the Talents

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