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I grew up in a family of storytellers and so have always had a penchant for a good yarn. Over dinner, my father would tell yarns about our family, about his childhood in Viet Nam, about the War; these were heartfelt and true stories. These stories are meaningful to me and also serve as a document of the past that I will not get to experience firsthand.

No changes to the top spots in the both the Hardcover Fiction and Nonfiction Best Seller Lists this week.  The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt is the number one book on the Los Angeles Times Hardcover Fiction Bestseller List this week as it has been for 17 of its 18 weeks on the list.  Malcolm Gladwell's David and Goliath, which has been on the list for 21 weeks is on top of the Hardcover List.

I can’t quite put my finger on it.  Maybe it’s because of my love for all things 1960’s or because I treasured my family’s Friday nights at Lamppost Pizza as a kid.  It might be the simultaneous bombardment of lights and sounds, compounded with the tactile quality of the flippers and the shock waves the careening ball would send up and down the machine.  It certainly doesn’t hurt that almost anyone can find the perfect machine for them.

After a few weeks of being out of the number one spot on the on the Los Angeles Times Hardcover Nonfiction list, David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell is back in the top spot in its 20th week of release.  The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt is the number one book on the Los Angeles Times Hardcover Fiction or Nonfiction Bestseller List this week as it has been for much of its 17 weeks on the list.

The Los Angeles Public Library is a finalist for the nation’s highest honor given to a library or museum: the National Medal awarded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The award is given to institutions in recognition of service to the community and for making a difference in the lives of individuals, families and communities.

Railroadiana refers to an avid interest in railroad history and the collection of railroad artifacts (maps, schedules, lanterns, dinnerware, etc.).  Railway enthusiasts looking for reference and information sources to help augment a collection or pursue personal interests will find in the Business & Economics Department a significant research collection on railway history.  Our department’s collection covers international, American, Californian, and local railroads, as well as, books and other resources on railroad companies, trains (i.e.

 
Freedom Riders map
A map of the route of the Freedom Riders. Image. Library of Congress. The American Mosaic: The African American Experience. ABC-CLIO, 2014. Web. 19 Feb.

Eugen BoussevainThanks for sticking with me all month long.  I hope you liked the poems.  Last but not least is an entry from Miss Edna St.

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