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  • Wild LA : explore the amazing nature in and around Los Angeles

    by Higgins, Lila M.,

    July 22, 2019

    Call Number: 570.9794 H636

    Sometimes LA seems like an endless stretch of strip malls and freeways. But LA is more than that! LA is part of the California Floristic Province, a biodiversity hotspot. In its wide range of habitats, from deserts to beaches, there are many wonderful, fascinating plants, animals, and fungi figuring out how to live side by side with us.  The way flora and fauna survive this concrete jungle is a story, in and of itself. Or rather, it’s thousands of different stories. The way everything, from parakeets to western sycamore, lives in LA can be difficult to grasp. But the experts at the... Read Full Review

  • Lands of lost borders : a journey on the Silk Road

    by Harris, Kate, 1982-

    March 26, 2019

    Call Number: 958 H314

    As a child Kate Harris would trace Marco Polo’s path along the Silk Road in books, and dream of exploring Mars. She loved the idea of being outside, in the wilderness, seeing things no one had ever seen. So she decided to become an astronaut to take a shot at exploring Mars. As an adult she realized two important things. The first one was that the science degree she was studying (as part of her quest to become an astronaut) involved less exploration and more time indoors, peering into microscopes. It wasn’t for her. The second thing she realized was that Marco Polo was not the explorer she... Read Full Review

  • On a Sunbeam

    by Walden, Tillie

    January 28, 2019

    Call Number: 740.9999 W162-2

    On a Sunbeam is a tender and surreal graphic novel about growing up, first love, lost love, friendship, finding your family, and about enormous, flying, space fish. On a Sunbeam manages to be both a science fiction romp about a crew of misfits, and a boarding school drama about first love. Both parts of the story involve flying space fish, and the space fish are gorgeous. Everything about the book is gorgeous: the color palette, the line art, the Gothic architecture, and the riotous starscapes.Mia, the main character, is a young woman in transition from childhood to... Read Full Review

  • The Philosopher's Flight

    by Miller, Tom, 1980-

    September 4, 2018

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     Is there any magic power more wished for than flight? Robert “Boober” Weekes dreams of it. Not just of flying, but of being one of the bravest, best flyers in the world; a member of the Rescue and Evacuation Department of the U.S.Sigirly Corps. These flyers use magic sigils (inscribed or painted symbols that may have magical powers) to swoop into dangerous situations and save people. But no man has ever flown with Rescue and Evacuation. Even with a war going on, almost everyone is certain that neither Robert, nor any other man, will ever be strong enough for the job. Only the strongest... Read Full Review

  • Quackery : a brief history of the worst ways to cure everything

    by Kang, Lydia,

    August 20, 2018

    Call Number: 614.26 K163

    The history of medicine is not pretty. However, if you are in the right mood and frame of mind, it can be pretty funny. Over the years people have tried some wild things to make themselves feel better, and Quackery: a brief history of the worst ways to cure everything grants us a closer look at some of those treatments and times, from ancient Greece through the age of disco. This whirlwind tour of medical history includes tapeworm diets, mercury treatments for syphilis, electric brushes for baldness, the starvation diet of ... Read Full Review

  • Ritz & Escoffier : the hotelier, the chef, and the rise of the leisure class

    by Barr, Luke,

    June 25, 2018

    Call Number: 647.94 R615Ba

    There is something wonderfully gossipy about Ritz & Escoffier:  the hotelier, the chef, and the rise of the leisure class. In tracing the rise of the luxurious Savoy Hotel, under the leadership of César Ritz and Auguste Escoffier, Luke Barr grants readers a glimpse into some of the biggest scandals of the Belle Époque, letting us get up close and personal with the celebrities involved. Barr also provides luscious descriptions of extravagant parties held at the hotel. These parties are filled with glitterati living the highlife. But they are also rife with... Read Full Review

  • The Prince and the Dressmaker

    by Wang, Jen.

    June 11, 2018

    Call Number: 740.9999 W246

    Frances is a young, talented, hardworking dressmaker. She wants to make wonderfully glamorous dresses. No one quite gets her art form and design, including her boss and the aristocrats he works for, and neither does the new department store opening up downtown.  At best, they think they can make money off her work. At worst, they are offended and enraged by her work. She loses her job after giving a young woman exactly the dress she wanted. The young woman, Lady Sophia, looks amazing in her new ball gown, and she knows it. But this dress isn’t a typical ball gown:  black with a... Read Full Review

  • Broad Band: The Untold History of Women Who Made the Internet

    by Evans, Claire Lisa,

    April 30, 2018

    Call Number: 510.7809 E924

    Who made the Internet? Popular culture might have you picture a young, white, nerdy man as the architect and designer, the artist and innovator, behind the Internet. Maybe he’s arrogant and standoffish. Maybe he’s shy and brilliant. He probably wears glasses. There are people like him in the story of the Internet, but his story isn't the only one. There are lots of other people who contributed to creating this valuable resource--hundreds of stories behind the making of the Internet. Women also made the Internet, and their stories can help us understand their contributions. It is only if we... Read Full Review

  • Mis(h)adra

    by Ata, Iasmin Omar, author, illustrator.

    February 28, 2018

    Call Number: 740.9999 A862

    Iasmin Omar Ata uses a striking palette and manga art style to tell the story of an Arab-American college student, Isaac, dealing with epilepsy in Mis(h)adra. Because this is a graphic novel, Ata has a chance to develop a new language of symbols and images to convey the physical experience of a chronic illness. Ata can show not just pain, but the frustrating and exhausting battle with illness, with doctors, and with medications in an evocative and visceral way.As Isaac attempts to bargain and placate his relentless illness, strings of beads wind around him, strangling his efforts to... Read Full Review

  • Leviathan wakes

    by Corey, James S. A.

    January 10, 2018

    Call Number: SF

    Leviathan wakes is a science fiction epic novel that includes a monstrous alien threat, a search for a missing heiress by a down-on-his luck detective, zombies, and a scrappy spaceship crew from all over: Earth, Mars, and the Asteroid Belt. The spaceship crew is cursed with a photogenic and noble commanding officer, who has good intentions. If that doesn’t seem like a curse, you’ve never seen how much harder it is to make a living while stuck in the middle of a galactic controversy with a captain who says the worst possible thing every time a camera is pointed at him, even though he... Read Full Review

  • Mr. Penumbra's 24-hour bookstore

    by Sloan, Robin, 1979-

    October 11, 2017

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    There are people who want you to believe that there is a hot, bright line dividing computers from books. “You have to chose one,” they tell you. You can’t love both the feel and smell of an old hardback and a quick boolean search. You have to chose. It’s media or e-media, and never the twain shall meet. But that’s a false dichotomy. That’s choosing between peanut butter and chocolate, when both are good. Let’s have both and mix them together and see what we come up with.Mr. Penumbra’s 24-hour bookstore is a novel that embraces and celebrates both paper books and technology. From the... Read Full Review

  • Get well soon : history's worst plagues and the heroes who fought them

    by Wright, Jennifer Ashley, 1986-

    August 30, 2017

    Call Number: 614.409 W951

    A book of the worst plagues in history could be a nightmare-inducing slog through dark times. Everything, from the suffering of victims to the ‘treatments’ they endured, piles on misery. It would take a deft hand to write about the bubonic plague, or smallpox, or leprosy  in a way that neither sinks into despair, nor loses sight of the humanity shared by readers, sufferers, doctors, and the desperate communities trying to outlast the catastrophe.Luckily, Jennifer Wright writes with just such a deft hand! She mixes a gruesome medical history with a humorous, sympathetic perspective to... Read Full Review

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