10 Great Reasons to Read Fiction in June 2017

Looking for your next favorite book? Here are 10 terrific fiction picks for June!

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What's New in Nonfiction

Looking for new nonfiction titles? Here's what OPL has to offer.

I'm always on the lookout for new nonfiction titles -- books that teach me something new and help me expand my world view. Here are some new releases that I'm excited about and have added to my ever-expanding list of books to read next. I hope you enjoy them, too!

     You Don't Have to Say You Love Me     

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The Oakland Book Festival: A One-day Literary Extravaganza

The Oakland Book Festival happens 11am to 6pm, Sunday, May 21st 2017 at City Hall; the theme is "Equality and Inequality."

The Oakland Book Festival is a free one-day whirlwind of readings, panels, conversations and literary events.  2017’s theme is “Equality & Inequality.” This uniquely Oaklandish celebration happens 11am to 6pm, this Sunday, May 21st at City Hall and surrounding venues (events kick off on Saturday night).  Check out http://www.oaklandbookfestival.org/ for more details.  Here’s a small selection of recent works by some of the over 60 authors appearing at the Festival. Click on the title to read more about it.

  

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That's a Great Question: 44 Girlie Picks

Movies based on books written by women

We get all kinds of excellent questions at the Reference Desk here at the Main library. Recently a caller asked,

I can think of three great movies based on books written by women. They are Giant (Edna Ferber), To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee), and Gone with the Wind (Margaret Mitchell). Can you tell me some other ones?

We librarians love this kind of question and had a wonderful time coming up with answers. These will probably not all meet your definition of "great movies," but we thought of a pretty wide range of titles:  

  1. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath | 1979 film directed by Larry Peerce, starring Marilyn Hassett and Julie Harris

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Exploring the Travel Collection at Main

profile of travel resources and programs at Oakland Main Library

This year the Main Library’s Travel Series marks its eleventh year. In that time we’ve helped people plan vacations, discover new countries and cultures, and travel more efficiently and safely. Photographers, travel guidebook writers, and experienced travelers have generously shared their knowledge and enthusiasm for travel with members of our community. Our virtual journeys have taken us to Greece, Kenya, Brazil, Cuba, Southeast Asia, Mexico, Paris, New York City, South Africa, Italy, Croatia, and many other locales.

This year’s roster of programs will be held, as always, in the Walters Auditorium and include:

California Deserts   Wednesday, May 10; 6 pm

Intrepid traveler Trevor Cralle returns to the Main Library to share tips on exploring Death Valley, Mojave National Preserve, Anza Borrego State Park, and more. 

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The First Anniversary of the Women Bike Book Club: Read and Talk with Us

A booklist and some club history

It’s Bike Month!  Are you riding? And are you reading?  

If you’re looking for literary inspiration, we’ve got a booklist for you!

Last spring Bike East Bay created The Women Bike Book Club as part of an initiative called Women Bike, which aims to “encourage and inspire more women, trans and femme folks to ride bikes.” In January, the library began co-sponsoring this club. Each month we meet at the intersection of bikes, books, and feminism. We discuss experiences and issues, and sometimes we do a little coloring too. While the focus of this group is women and biking, everyone is welcome to join.

We meet on the second Thursday of the month.  This month that day, May 11th, is

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10 Great Reasons to Read Fiction in May 2017

Wondering what great books are arriving in May? Here are ten of them.

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JUST READ PART DEUX: COMIC BOOKS!

I want you and your kids to read comic books. ALL THE COMIC BOOKS. In fact, we librarians at OPL want you to read comic books so badly we are giving them away.

On Saturday May 6th 2017 visit ANY OAKLAND PUBLIC LIBRARY during open hours and get a free comic book. Eastmont and Brookfield branches are closed on Saturday so you can get yours tomorrow: Friday May 5th.

Someone might be asking: is this like giving away candy? They are fun to read but bad for you if you have too much of it? Nope! Actually comic books are more like giving away free homemade carrot cake muffins made with applesauce instead of oil; and you snuck some shredded zucchini in it. All the fun and flavor of a tasty treat, and it’s good for you too. So enjoy. 

What, you don’t believe me? Is it that you don’t believe that I have a really delicious recipe for a healthier carrot cake muffin, or that comic books are a good reading choice? Both are true.  To quote my favorite book referral resource, “but you don’t have to take my word for it.” Check out

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Building Community with Gifts from the Garden

Delicious garden recipes to share with friends.

As part of our New Year intentions, last January my partner and I made a commitment to foster community by hosting garden grown meals in our home throughout the year. Winter was a bit sparse, but we managed fresh squeezed juice from our fruit trees and some greens from the garden. Not enough to host a meal, but as with all good intentions, we're still working on it!  

I've been looking through OPL's collection of gardening and cookbooks to help with recipes and gardening tips. I've listed a few of my favorites to share with you. You don't need to have a garden to enjoy these recipes. You can use ingredients purchased from farmer's markets or the supermarket. Whether you're cooking for yourself, your family, your friends or your community, you're sure to find many delicious recipes between these pages.

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The Name is Yuknavitch

Lidia Yuknavitch has a new book: The Book of Joan. Get in line.

Lidia Yuknavitch.  That’s her name. 

I was racking my brain yesterday to recall the author of an emotionally intense memoir to recommend to someone, and tried every variation from Yanowitz to Yonavich. I tried to do a search on “amazing women authors from Oregon with Ken Kesey as writing teacher” but Google failed me.  I finally had to look in my list of books read since 2011. (Yes, I keep a list- I’m a librarian.) The title is The Chronology of Water: A memoir.  It was captivating, unforgettable, as was my impression of the author.

 

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