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  • The hunting gun

    by Inoue, Yasushi, 1907-1991, author.

    May 6, 2015

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    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

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    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

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    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

  • The world in the curl : an unconventional history of surfing

    by Westwick, Peter J, author.

    February 3, 2015

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    Call Number: 797.6 W538

    While surfing on a warm day near Santa Barbara, two senior surfers, each having surfed over thirty years, and who were also scholars and historians, thought it would be fun and informative to teach a class on the history of surfing to students at U.C. Santa Barbara, known for its easy access to good surfing sites. The class was "inundated" with students and most of them were non-surfers. This book evolved from the class and covers the modern history of surfing as it originated in Hawaii.  There are other parts of the world (Peru, West Africa, and Polynesia) where people surfed, but... Read Full Review

  • Memos : the Vogue years, 1962-1971

    by Vreeland, Diana.

    December 8, 2014

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    Call Number: 746.52 V979-1

    I cannot imagine how anyone going through College would use me as someone to make a report on.” p.196Yes, Mrs. Vreeland, aka Dee-a-ahna, for those in college and beyond, you and your way of doing business are of interest and warrant some attention. Diana Vreeland, truly the empress of fashion, who did not go to college, but whose memos as editor-in-chief at... Read Full Review

  • A year in the life of Downton Abbey

    by Fellowes, Jessica, author.

    December 2, 2014

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    Call Number: 809.2954 D751Fe-2

    Downton Abbey enthusiasts will be more than a bit chuffed over the latest book on their favorite PBS television series. They probably will cheer with joy! Not that avid fans need any enticement, but the book is a stunning prelude to next year’s season. In addition there will be another season after that, which will start production next year.  This book is set in post-World War I England. Jessica Fellowes interweaves the story of the upstairs and downstairs characters and daily life at the fictional estate.... Read Full Review

  • The Sultan of Byzantium

    by Altun, Selçuk, 1950-

    November 10, 2014

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    Halâs is a professor, book collector, poetry lover, inquisitive reader of history, with a well-ordered but lackluster life.  All of this changes when he is approached by several men from the mysterious Nomo organization who offer him a challenge that will verify if he is the heir apparent to the ancient Byzantine Empire. Initially dismissive, his interest grows as he seeks to unravel the answers to a set of questions. Each individual answer has a clue that leads to the next question, with the story taking on a whirlwind pace and tour through districts in Istanbul, cities and regions in... Read Full Review

  • Mexican American baseball in Los Angeles

    by Balderrama, Francisco E.

    October 12, 2014

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    Call Number: 796.231 B176

    In 2004 at California State University, Los Angeles, an exhibit was organized by Terry Cannon, Executive Director of the Baseball Reliquary and Cesar Caballero, Associate Library Dean at California State Library, Los Angeles.  The purpose was to educate students on the history of Latino baseball in Los Angeles, and its importance to the greater community.  Students, faculty, and the community responded with great enthusiasm.  Former players came forward with oral histories and ... Read Full Review

  • My Mexico : a culinary odyssey with recipes

    by Kennedy, Diana.

    September 24, 2014

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    Call Number: 641.5972 K35-4 2013

    Yes, I do read cookbooks, but not always sequentially the way fiction and other non-fiction books are read.  Sometimes when reading them I skip around looking for an author’s take on a particular type of recipe or ingredient. Well-written cookbooks provide a history and insight into the world, and this particular one can be read by anyone besides those who like to cook.  Diana Kennedy is the doyenne and world renowned authority for the foods and recipes of Mexico. A highly unlikely expert with no formal training as a cook, British by birth,... Read Full Review

  • Chasing the rose : an adventure in the Venetian countryside

    by Di Robilant, Andrea, 1957-

    September 9, 2014

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    Call Number: 716.21 D599

     “. . . in the springtime a beautiful white and pink rose blossoms randomly in the sunnier parts of the wood.  The gardeners do not know its provenance and call it the Rosa moceniga; but it is probably a variety of the Rosa multiflora that Lucia brought from Paris, and now grows wild in the gardens of Alvisopoli.” So ends the biography, ... Read Full Review

  • 1914 : a novel

    by Echenoz, Jean.

    August 19, 2014

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    2014 is the beginning of the First World War Centenary. Many fine novels, short stories and poems have been written about the Great War and Jean Echenoz’s 1914: a novel joins the list.  The novel has a relatively simple plot with five young men leaving their French village to join the war and one young woman left behind. The novel opens with a cinematic description of the lovely countryside as seen, from an elevated area, by young Anthime who has taken a bicycle ride on a sunny, calm August day. Without warning a strong wind whips up out of... Read Full Review

  • French cooking in ten minutes : or, Adapting to the rhythm of modern life (1930)

    by Pomiane, Edouard de, 1875-1964.

    July 1, 2014

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    Call Number: 641.5944 P786-1 1986

    Ten minutes to cook a French meal? Sacre bleu is what some purists might scream, and a few of them did just that in 1930s’ Paris.  Edouard de Pomiane’s little book, with its very practical advice about cooking and eating well with the least amount of fuss, was a big hit, as were his other books and radio programs.  He was not a trained cook or chef, but a scientist at the Louis Pasteur Institute in Paris, with cooking as a hobby and a second-act career.  De Pomiane was born in Paris, a first generation Frenchman with familial... Read Full Review

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