"Emma Woodhouse, handsome, clever, and rich."
December marked the 200 anniversary of the publication of Jane Austen's Emma. The title page of the John Murray first edition reads "1816" but the book was actually released on December 23, 1815, making this brief tribute both timely and belated.
Emma Woodhouse, the heroine that Austen declared, "no one but myself will much like," is the headstrong and indulged younger daughter of a Henry Woodhouse, a country gentleman. Unlike Austen's other heroines Elizabeth Bennet and Elinor Dashwood, Emma is rich and therefore not in need of a husband to provide her with financial security. Her entitled position in the little town of Highbury has set Emma up at the age of twenty as an unchecked meddler in the lives of her neighbors, especially in their love lives. Complications ensue, some painful. All is resolved happily in the end.
OPL staff look back on their favorite books of 2015.
It's that time of year when everyone publishes their best of the year lists. I look forward to seeing what the New York Times has to say on this matter, but I think my colleagues at Oakland Public Library always come up with the best reading suggestions! Here are some of our favorites from 2015.
We'd love to hear from you, too--please share your favorites of 2015 in the comments.
What can you do about global warming? Check out some of OPL's books on the topic.
During the past few weeks you've probably heard and read about the United Nations Conference on Climate Change held in Paris earlier this month. At the close of the conference, the Paris Agreement was adopted. If you're interested in reading more about climate change, OPL has many new titles on the topic. The books listed below cover the current issues while also offering solutions for a more sustainable future.
Here are five terrific books from 2015 that are still on my bulging, ever-growing to-read list.
Too many books, not enough time… does this sound familiar? Here are five books I had on my hold lists this year that I never got around to reading. I guess they’ll be moving to the top of my 2016 list.
Looking for the right gift? These books offer creative DIY ideas.
With the holidays fast approaching you may be looking for creative gift ideas. Why not make something? We have many new books in our collection to help you with canning, sewing, crocheting, candlemaking, baking, candy making and even creating your own wrapping paper. Take a look and happy crafting!