Virtually Browse Our New Indie Fiction Releases Late Summer/Early Fall 2020

Do you miss browsing the new book section at the library and finding books you wouldn’t have otherwise discovered? Here’s what’s new in fiction on our shelves from smaller presses and lesser known authors.

Some of us love looking over a bestseller list or recent book award announcements for reading ideas (like the recently announced Booker and National Book Award nominations for example). But maybe you’re someone who misses perusing our new book section, searching for a more obscure gem.  Since you can’t browse our stacks in person, here’s a list of new fiction titles available at the library from independent publishers, university presses and books in translation.

Descriptions in italics provided by the publishers. 

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Reasons to Read Non-Fiction: New Poetry and Essays

After a brief diversion into the 9th century, we highlight some recent books of poetry and essays and find our shared humanity regardless of circumstance or century.

When I first found out that I would be writing this week's blogpost on "the 800s," I was definitley intrigued. The years between 800 and 899 CE were a fascinating time in human history, containing threads that stretch into our own time. When you think of the 800s, if you’re like me, you automatically think of 9th Century astronomer and mathematician Al-Khwarizmi, the father of algebra whose name provides the basis for the word algorithm (see: Significant figures : the lives and work of great mathematicians); or the 9th Century Chinese alchemists who

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New Books by Latinx Authors

Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month with these new books by Latinx authors.

It's National Hispanic Heritage Month! Check out these new books by Latinx authors to read throughout the month and beyond.


It is wood it is stone You Had Me at Hola

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10 Great Reasons to Read Fiction in September 2020

September is a busy month for fiction! Here are some great fiction titles arriving this month.

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New Social Justice Books

Books exploring themes of social justice released during 2020.

Now that many Oakland Public Library branches are offering sidewalk pick-up, you can once again place print books on hold. We have many new social justice books that were released in 2020, many during the past few months, that you may have missed during our closure. Highlighted below are some of these new books.

If you'd like help finding more books on social justice, or any other topics, our Book Me Service can help. Just fill out the form and we'll create a list tailored to your reading interests.

       Say it Louder

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Summer 2020 LGBTQ+ Fiction

We don't want you to miss out on any of these summer LGBTQ+ fiction titles.

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Women's Suffrage and Voting Struggles

New books on women's suffrage and the ongoing struggles for voting rights.

This month marks the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution which stated, “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.” However, there were still barriers, including poll taxes and literacy tests among others, that kept many people, including Indigenous and Black women and men, from voting. This year also marks the 55th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, passed in 1965 to address these restrictions of voting rights. Still today, voter ID laws and the purging of voter rolls in some states continue to be a barrier to voting.

OPL has new books on the history of women's suffrage and the ongoing struggles to ensure that all voices are heard and counted in U.S. elections. Here are some books to help you explore the history of voting rights in the United States.

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10 Great Reasons to Read Fiction in August 2020

Are you looking forward to a fresh read? Here are 10 novels coming in August to satisfy your thirst for fiction.

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Cooking from the Garden

Recipes for garden garden fruits and vegetables.

Did you plant a garden in the spring? Looking for new ways to cook all those summer fruits and vegetables? Check out our collection of gardening cookbooks to help you find new recipes. And even if you didn't plant a garden, these cookbooks will still come in handy for summer cooking.

The Vegetable Gardener's Cookbook  The Gardener and the Grill Chinese Vegetable Garden 

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Summer Fun for Adults Week 9: Nature Close at Hand

We're in the ninth week of the library’s Summer Fun for Adults program. This week’s theme is “Nature Close at Hand,” and we have a stack of books for you to help you explore our natural world.

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