We are sorry to report that the library is out of eclipse safety glasses!
We do, however, have some great information about viewing the eclipse safely, reading material about the eclipse, and an eclipse viewing event. Information availabe here.
5 Books I'm looking forward to reading this summer
My name is Christy Thomas and I am the librarian in charge of the fiction collections at the Main Library. I'd love to hear about what you're excited about reading this summer (including non-fiction) in the comments. Also, I encourage you to participate in our Adult Summer Reading Program here where you can share thoughts about what you've read this summer and have the chance to win a prize.
While I enjoy some of Oakland's fabulous summer weather, I plan on cracking open the following novels:
The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln Stephen L. Carter Stephen Carter's new novel imagines that Abraham Lincoln survives his assassination, only to face the threat of impeachment. His defense team includes a determined young African-American woman pursuing the law and a lead lawyer who has just been found brutally murdered. It sounds like an exciting mix of alternate history and legal thriller from a bestselling author who is also a distinguished Yale Law Professor.
From the Memoirs of a Non-Enemy Combatant Alex Gilvarry A fashion school graduate from the Philippines moves to New York City to become the next big thing, only to be accused of terrorism and sent to Guantanamo Bay. A dark satire touching on post 9-11 immigration issues as well as the world of haute couture. I am expecting a smart, humorous story with some style.
Wichita Thad Ziolkowsky Wichita is a dysfunctional family drama featuring a recent Ivy League grad who, running from the pressures of academia and the heartbreak of a recent breakup, returns home to live with his New Age mom and bipolar brother. Publishers Weekly called it "Solidly captivating, and subtly twisted." Wichita is published by the offbeat Tonga Books imprint, which also recently gave us the excellent Treasure Island!!! by Sara Levine. This stunning review from the New York Times clinched it for me.
Office Girl Joe Meno Meno's latest chronicles a romance between two slacker creative types. Booklist called it a "wistful, provacative, off-kilter love story" that is "shaped by tender empathy, buoyant imagination, and bittersweet wit."
The Age of Miracles Karen Thompson Walker I can't stop hearing about this novel. Reviews are everywhere, from the New York Times to NPR to just about every magazine. In this apocalyptically themed novel, the earth's spin slows down, shifting life as we know it and causing environmental catastrophes. The book focuses on how this event plays out in the life of an eleven year old girl. Right now I'm number 27 on the hold list so I know I'm not the only one who wants to read this. (Don't worry, we'll be buying more copies.)