Interested in learning about political organizing? Check out these new books at OPL.
This past week citizens in the Bay Area and throughout the world expressed their opinions by participating in marches and protests. Resistance movements have been a way for people to voice their dissent throughout history. If you want to read about social movements and political organizing look no further than OPL. We have many new books on the topic.
If you're interested in learning about a local movement in which civic engagement resulted in positive change, join Steve Early at the Piedmont Branch Library on Tuesday evening, February 28th at 6:30 PM for a discussion of his book about Richmond, California -- Refinery Town: Big Oil, Big Money and the Remaking of an American City.
How about reading Moby Dick this winter?
Call me Ishmael.
You just read one of the most recognizable first lines in all literature opening one of the most immersive and rewarding reads there is. But what’s the big deal? Why read it? Here’s why. Moby Dick sprawls across the pages, from New Bedford to the South Seas and from a hopeful beginning to a disastrous end. Its language is monumental, springing from the biblical and Shakespearean texts that were Herman Melville’s cultural foundation. Its characters, Ahab, Ishmael, Starbuck, Queequeg, Tashtego, Pip, are fully alive and compelling and, to use an anachronistic word, diverse. The discursive chapters on whales and whaling draw you into
world and way of life that’s lost. The whale itself is a force of nature, both aggressor and aggressed against.
First published in 1851, Herman Melville created Moby Dick out of his own experiences as a sailor in
OPL staff look back on their favorite books of 2016.
As it draws to a close, some have declared 2016 the worst year ever. Whether or not we all agree with that sentiment, we can look back fondly on at least one thing: the books! Here are some of our favorite books from the past twelve months.
Please share your favorite books of 2016 in the comments.
Cozy up to a mystery this winter.
"A party without cake is just a meeting." -- Julia Child
December is here and the winter holidays are at our heels. The Winter Solstice, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa all call for desserts. I don't know about you, but I'm in the mood to bake.
Though the internet is a fine place to start, the volume of material to sort through can be, well, overwhelming. When you've got a spare minute or two, Google "cookies" and work your way through 2 1/2 billion entries. Me? I love a good cookbook, and the library is just full of cookbooks to get you baking. Read on for a few suggestions and some jacket photos from our wide selection. If you're browsing the shelves go to 641.815 for most baking books. Our ebook platforms also boast an ample supply of baking and dessert cookbooks.
Two terrific go-to bakers with cookbooks in collection are Dorie Greenspan and David Lebovitz. Greenspan has a new title out this fall, Dorie's Cookies,
Books that shed light on race and class dynamics in the U.S.
In the past, and especially during this election cycle, I've been committed to reading books that help me better understand race and class dynamics in this country. One of the books on my reading list is The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks About Race, edited by Jesmyn Ward. Ward uses James Baldwin's 1963 book The Fire Next Time as a starting point to discuss current questions of race in the U.S. Contributors such Carol Anderson, Edwidge Danticat and Isabel Wilkerson speak to their concerns about race through essays and poems.
What's the best gift to give or receive? In our opinion: a book!
If we do it two years in a row, can we call it a holiday tradition? Either way, we're glad to help you once again with your seasonal gifting duties. Our second ever Holiday Gift Guide features some of our favorite books from the past year, with a list of local indie bookstores where you can buy these gems. (Call ahead to confirm availability!)