The best books of the year, as selected by LAPL librarians. Perfect for holiday gift-giving!
The book is set in an alternate universe where witches, vampires, and some otherworldly types uneasily coexist. When a powerful but non-practicing witch finds a manuscript that has been hidden for hundreds of years and falls in love with a vampire, that coexistence is threatened in a major way.
In Oasis, one can escape the wasteland that we have made of the earth. This all immersive virtual reality began as a multi-player role-playing game but has grown to encompass most all of our interaction with the world. Oasis is where we work, learn, love and live. And it holds the possibility to change one person's life forever. When James Halliday, co-creator of this world, passes away with no family he leaves the entirety of his fortune to anyone who can solve his final game. But in thirty years since passing, no one has even deciphered the first riddle. Until now.
A monument of theater and film scholarship that more than justifies its length. The life of a regional theater actor in the 1920s, the inner workings of the Hollywood Studio system from the beginning of sound until its disintegration in the sixties, the techniques of the greatest pre-method actor and the stormy yet grand relationship with Katharine Hepburn are covered with thoroughness and insight. A must read for acting students and film buffs.
Spencer Tracy—Best Actor, 1938 (Captains Courageous) and 1939 (Boys Town)