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  • Soup for Syria : recipes to celebrate our shared humanity

    by Massaad, Barbara Abdeni, compiler, photographer.

    May 23, 2016

    Call Number: 641.71 M414

    This book evolved out of trips made by writer and photographer Barbara Abdeni Massaad to Syrian refugee camps forty-five minutes from her apartment in the Bekka Valley, Lebanon. At least once a week, during the winter of 2014-2015, she put food in the trunk of her car for numerous refugee camps in Lebanon. There were many who shared her dismay and concern for 3.8 million people who have been displaced throughout the region and live in temporary camps, in need of food and shelter. She enlisted the help of world food writers, chefs and others who love to cook. Everyone contributed... Read Full Review

  • Los Angeles Central Library : a history of its art and architecture

    by Gee, Stephen, author.

    May 4, 2016

    Call Number: 027.47949 L881Ge

    Last Friday, April 29, 2016 was the 30th anniversary of the fire at Central Library. The remembrance of that day, and its significance in the history of the library, was admirably covered by the Library Docents, and by Christina Rice, Senior Librarian, Photo Collection.  Last week also marked the arrival of a significant new book about the Central Library’s history... Read Full Review

  • In memory's kitchen : a legacy from the women of Terezin

    March 12, 2016

    Call Number: 940.5472437 I355

    This book is of special interest for Women’s Heritage Month, and in reference to the exhibit at Central Library, State of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda.The subject matter of this book does not directly or completely address Nazi propaganda, but does so partially and in an oblique way.The setting was Terezin, a concentration camp which also was a transit center, with one section created as "a paradise ghetto" for propaganda, and at the very end as a death factory. From... Read Full Review

  • Voracious : a hungry reader cooks her way through great books

    by Nicoletti, Cara, author.

    January 13, 2016

    Call Number: 641.5 N643

    A recurring dream, shared by generations of immigrant parents and grandparents, is that they their offspring get an education, a good job and not have to earn a living doing manual labor. According to Cara Nicoletti her grandfather,  “ . . . always said he wanted us to ‘sit at a desk and have clean hands.’ “  She and her female relatives all worked in the family butcher shop, and Cara attended New York University, earning a degree in English literature.  However, the very job her grandfather would not have wished her to have was the one she loved.  Coming from a long line... Read Full Review

  • Flash fiction international : very short stories from around the world

    November 9, 2015

    Call Number: SS

    The short story is different from a novel in length and in plot content.  Flash fiction is a variation with very, very, very short stories.  They are popular throughout the world and offer writers a creative chance to experiment, to compress and still express some type of story which can leave a reader room for speculation and even some puzzle solving.  As with regular short stories, because they are short, these works can be read quickly, however they often require more than one repeat reading, and will elicit questions, speculation and probably more rereading.  This... Read Full Review

  • Free spirit : a climber's life

    by Messner, Reinhold, 1944-

    November 1, 2015

    Call Number: 796.012 M585-4 2014

    Reinhold Messner is the king of the world's mountains. Now half-retired to his Sigmundskron Castle near Bolzano in the South Tyrol, he is most famous for having made the first successful summit of Mount Everest, minus additional oxygen supply. He is the author of numerous books about mountain climbing, biographies about other famous mountaineers, and a book about his quest for the yeti or abominable snowman. Messner has been a businessman, an elected MEP (Member of the European Parliament) for the Italian Green Party, and established the Messner Mountain Museum.... Read Full Review

  • Our souls at night

    by Haruf, Kent.

    September 21, 2015

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    Addie Moore and Louis Waters are senior citizens, and neighbors on adjacent streets in the small town of Holt, Colorado, set against the flat and fruitful farm plains of central Colorado. Both have lost their spouses, and one evening Addie visits Louis to ask an unexpected question, "I wonder if you would consider coming to my house sometimes to sleep with me. ... And talk." Louis is surprised more than shocked, but Addie is very clear, "I am talking about getting through the night." As she talks and explains, Louis worries about what people will say, but Addie has thought of all the... Read Full Review

  • My brilliant friend

    by Ferrante, Elena.

    June 30, 2015

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    My brilliant friend is the first in the Neapolitan Novels series by Italian author Elena Ferrante. (My brilliant friend; T... Read Full Review

  • Call me Debbie : true confessions of a down-to-earth diva

    by Voigt, Deborah, author.

    June 1, 2015

    Call Number: 789.14 V891

    There are so many stereotypes about opera and opera singers which Deborah Voigt debunks through her own autobiography. With a  wonderful sense of humor and playfulness, especially evident when writing about dire situations, she counterbalances anecdotes about her heavy drinking, eating, and live performance mishaps with sharp personal smackdowns.Deborah Voigt loved to sing and her father claims that she sang before she talked.  Brought up in a strictly religious Southern Baptist family, it was fine to sing in church, but anything else was not acceptable, and the family hoped that... Read Full Review

  • The hunting gun

    by Inoue, Yasushi, 1907-1991, author.

    May 6, 2015

    Call Number: Ed.a

    The premise of this novel is a very old one: a man and a woman, each of them married to other people, have an ongoing long affair. However, Yasushi Inoue, a prolific writer of over fifty novels, numerous short stories, poetry and travel writing, has created something different in this very short, enigmatic and bittersweet novel.The form of the novel is unique--with three letters set within the frame of another letter which is sent to a writer who has published a poem depicting a hunter trudging along with a powerful double-barreled shotgun.  The letter writer, Misugi Josuke, thinks the... Read Full Review

  • It's what I do : a photographer's life of love and war

    by Addario, Lynsey.

    March 16, 2015

    Call Number: 770.9 A222

    Lynsey Addario’s autobiography and photographs are clear, direct, candid, and not for the faint of heart, so this is a cautionary warning. Her calling is war photography and with a world rocking off its hinges with conflicts, revolts, and wars, mostly undeclared, she has been steadily employed.Her obsession with photography began when her father casually handed over a Nikon FG to the thirteen-year-old Lynsey. At university she majored in international relations, but never imagined that photography could be a profession. A student year abroad in Italy provided opportunities to earn money from... Read Full Review

  • Ada's algorithm : how Lord Byron's daughter Ada Lovelace launched the digital age

    by Essinger, James, 1957-

    March 3, 2015

    Call Number: 92 L8978Es

    Ada Lovelace was the only legitimate child of Lord Byron, the brilliant and disturbed poet who died at thirty-six after living a life of excessive debauchery.  Her mother came from a wealthy, fairly open-minded family, and for a woman at that time she received a somewhat decent education. The marriage lasted a little over a year, when Lady Byron took the young baby, and ran away from her controlling husband. Because Lord Byron had led a most profligate life, rife with an abuse of drugs and sex, it was one of Lady Byron’s chief goals to protect Ada from her father. It was not only Lord... Read Full Review

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