This week we're highlighting some of the new books in our collection that feature Oakland and/or were written by Oakland authors. The books below were all written in the past few years. Any of these books can be placed on hold and picked up at our sidewalk pick up locations.
Fiction and Poetry
Black joy : an anthology of black boy poems
This compilation of poems by black boys from Oakland is an elaborate and heartwarming guide through the intricacies of what it means to be young, black, and undoubtedly alive in today’s day and age.
Cryptopedia / Andrew Demcak
Written by OPL librarian Andrew Demcak, Cryptopedia speaks directly to the secret sides of our beings, to our shadow-selves. It is the oldest story we have, and it wants to be told. This collection comes from a place where children go missing, where monsters roam freely, and urban myths transform into realities.
Chimerica : a novel / Anita Felicelli
Down-and-out Tamil American trial lawyer Maya Ramesh fights to save a painted lemur come to life, and in settings that range from Oakland, California, to a Malagasy rain forest, becomes a champion for them both. In magical realist tradition, Anita Felicelli's satiric novel, CHIMERICA, looks at the inherent absurdities that drive systems of culture, power, and law.
Party of two / Jasmine Guillory
Dating is the last thing on Olivia Monroe's mind when she moves to LA to start her own law firm. But when she meets a gorgeous man at a hotel bar and they spend the entire night flirting, she discovers too late that he is none other than hotshot junior senator Max Powell. Olivia has zero interest in dating a politician, but when a cake arrives at her office with the cutest message, she can't resist-it is chocolate cake, after all. Olivia is surprised to find that Max is sweet, funny, and noble-not just some privileged white politician she assumed him to be. Because of Max's high-profile job, they start seeing each other secretly, which leads to clandestine dates and silly disguises. But when they finally go public, the intense media scrutiny means people are now digging up her rocky past and criticizing her job, even her suitability as a trophy girlfriend. Olivia knows what she has with Max is something special, but is it strong enough to survive the heat of the spotlight?
Tonguebreaker : poems and performance texts / Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha
Tonguebreaker is about surviving the unsurvivable: living through hate crimes, the suicides of queer kin, and the rise of fascism while falling in love and walking through your beloved’s neighbourhood in Queens. Building on her groundbreaking work in Bodymap, Tonguebreaker is an unmitigated force of disabled queer-of-colour nature, narrating disabled femme-of-colour moments on the pulloff of the 80 in West Oakland, the street, and the bed.
Wildfires I-XVI / Will Vincent
"Will Vincent's WILDFIRES is both an incandescent love letter and molotov cocktail to California. His poetry is a slow-burning Anthropocene modernist epic, packed with uncanny prefabbed nostalgia foisted upon evacuated shrubland. While the landscape is contemporary, Vincent's obsession is entirely timeless as he questions whether or not evil is innate. Will Vincent is a glorious new talent."—Cathy Park Hong
Dragon hoops / Gene Luen Yang ; color by Lark Pien ; art assists by Rianne Meyers and Kolbe Yang
Gene understands stories - comic book stories, in particular. Big action. Bigger thrills. And the hero always wins. But Gene doesn't get sports. As a kid, his friends called him "Stick" and every basketball game he played ended in pain. He lost interest in basketball long ago, but at the high school where he now teaches, it's all anyone can talk about. The men's varsity team, the Dragons, is having a phenomenal season that's been decades in the making. Each victory brings them closer to their ultimate goal: the California State Championships. Once Gene gets to know these young all-stars, he realizes that their story is just as thrilling as anything he's seen on a comic book page. He knows he has to follow this epic to its end. What he doesn't know yet is that this season is not only going to change the Dragons's lives, but his own life as well.
The iron will of Genie Lo / by F. C. Yee
Genie Lo thought she was busy last year, juggling her academic career with protecting the Bay Area from demons. But now, as the Heaven-appointed Guardian of California, she's responsible for the well-being of all yaoguai and spirits on Earth. Even the ones who interrupt her long-weekend visit to a prestigious college, bearing terrible news about a cosmos-threatening force of destruction in a nearby alternate dimension. The goddess Guanyin and Genie's boyfriend, Quentin Sun Wukong, do their best to help, but it's really the Jade Emperor who's supposed to handle crises of this magnitude. Unfortunately for Genie and the rest of existence, he's gone AWOL. Fed up with the Jade Emperor's negligence, Genie spots an opportunity to change the system for the better by undertaking a quest that spans multiple planes of reality along with an adventuring party of quarrelsome Chinese gods. But when faced with true danger, Genie and her friends realize that what will save the universe this time isn't strength, but sacrifice.
Kansas City vs. Oakland : the bitter sports rivalry that defined an era / Matthew C. Ehrlich
KC and Oakland landed competing teams in the upstart American Football League in 1960, and the cities' sports rivalry intensified in 1967 when Oakland lured away KC's major league baseball team and KC received an expansion franchise as consolation. Over the decade that followed, football's Chiefs and Raiders and baseball's A's and Royals fought fierce battles. At the same time, their home cities experienced bitter divisions over race and labor relations during one of the most tumultuous periods in US history. Local newspapers joined business and political leaders in their respective cities in actively recruiting sports franchises and advocating construction of expensive new sports facilities. At the same time, they and other media reported on the many challenges to the prevailing social order during the '60s and '70s.
The revolution will be publicized / by Joy Elan
A collection of articles written by Joy Elan from July 2016 until October 2018. The articles reflect what was happening during those two years that Joy Elan had to document, especially as a native of Oakland, California. Joy Elan was the first reporter to write about BBQing While Black at Lake Merritt before the story went viral. There were other topics that she wrote about such as navigating the public school system, fighting gentrification, and community members/activists who were making an impact in the Oakland community.
Redbone diaries : the soundtrack of my life / written by Erika F. Emery
From Oakland to LA and back to the Bay, this compilation of true stories utilizes music and history to highlight the life experiences of one light-skinned Black woman, born in America.
If these walls could talk : Oakland A's : stories from the Oakland A's dugout, locker room, and press box / Ken Korach and Susan Slusser ; foreword by Dennis Eckersley
As the longtime radio voice of the A's, Ken Korach has called countless improbable, unforgettable moments. As the San Francisco Chronicle's veteran beat reporter, Susan Slusser has become the preeminent scribe of the A's modern era. Both have witnessed more than their share of team history up close and personal. In If These Walls Could Talk: Oakland A's, Korach and Slusser provide insight into the A's inner sanctum as only they can.
Past is present. Vol. II : a collection of origin & migration stories by Oakland Youth / written by students from MetWest High School ; illustrated by Angel Aguilar & Nicole Sayre
Chapter 510's oral history project is a collection of origin and migration stories written by tenth-graders at MetWest High School. We worked closely with these students to turn conversations and interviews with their families into beautiful narratives that commemorate the many places we come from and the sacrifices made by those before us. This project invokes the generational practice of oral history in order to honor and celebrate the differences that enrich our experience of the world.
KD : Kevin Durant's relentless pursuit to be the greatest / Marcus Thompson II
After an incredible first season with Golden State, Kevin Durant earned the coveted NBA Finals MVP award: he was the Warriors' top scorer in every game of the 2017 Finals, helping the team snatch the title from LeBron James and the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers. As a sports columnist for The Athletic Bay Area, and longtime beat reporter covering the Golden State Warriors, Marcus Thompson is perfectly positioned to trace Durant's inspirational journey. KD follows Durant's underdog story from his childhood spent in poverty outside DC; to his rise playing on AAU teams with future NBA players; to becoming a star and hometown hero for the Oklahoma Thunder; to his controversial decision to play for the NBA rival Golden State Warriors.
CHINATOWN PRETTY : FASHION AND WISDOM FROM CHINATOWN'S MOST STYLISH SENIORS / Andria Lo and Valerie Luu
Features the portraits and stories of fashionable seniors across Chinatowns in San Francisco, Oakland, Los Angeles, Chicago, New York City, and Vancouver, in a celebration of aging gracefully and Asian-American culture.
The new Huey P. Newton reader / edited by David Hilliard and Donald Weise ; foreword by Fredrika Newton ; introduction by David Hilliard
Combines now-classic texts from Newton's books, ranging in topic from the formation of the Black Panthers, African Americans and armed self-defense, Eldridge Cleaver's controversial expulsion from the Party, FBI infiltration of civil rights groups, the Vietnam War, and the burgeoning feminist movement. Editors Hilliard and Weise also include never-before-published writings from the Black Panther Party archives and Newton's private collection, including articles on President Nixon, prison martyr George Jackson, Pan-Africanism, affirmative action, and the author's only written account of his political exile in Cuba in the mid-1970s.
The names of all the flowers / Melissa Valentine
This debut memoir by Melissa Valentine recounts how the author lost her older brother Junior-first to a system that criminalizes black boys and men, and then to an act of gun violence in 1990s Oakland"
Taking it to the streets : lessons from a life of urban ministry / Harry Louis Williams, II
Known around Oakland, California, as "OG Rev.," Reverend Harry Williams's calling is to the streets: to the hungry, homeless, addicted, incarcerated, and vulnerable. In Taking It to the Streets, he invites us into his world, bringing us face-to-face with both the injustices that plague our cities and the gospel of compassion that offers hope to the downtrodden.
East Bay cooks : signature recipes from the best restaurants, bars, and bakeries / Carolyn Jung
East Bay Cooks is an impressive collection of eighty signature dishes from forty of the city's leading restaurants. It's a region that's got you covered, no matter what the craving.
All descriptions provided by the publisher unless otherwise noted.