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  • How to raise a reader

    by Paul, Pamela,

    December 9, 2019

    Call Number: 372.4 P324

    Pamela Paul and Maria Russo provide helpful advice and guidance about how parents can raise children to be readers, and how to keep those children reading. They lay out methods, guidelines, book lists and positive motivational techniques for parents to follow. In the introduction they present two different reading situations that children and parents face:                                                               "School is... Read Full Review

  • Midnight chicken : (& other recipes worth living for)

    by Risbridger, Ella,

    November 26, 2019

    Call Number: 641.59 R595

    Even though this book has recipes with good directions, it is not exactly a cookbook.  It is part memoir with an appreciation about having a family made of friends who are reliably there for the good and bad times--no matter what. The book is wholeheartedly a paean to life and the love that makes it jubilant when things are going well, and bearable when things are not going so well.  It is noticeably British; the recipes are written with a mix of metric and centigrade measurements; and there are Britishisms throughout the text which readers will be able to figure out. The book... Read Full Review

  • Mexican American baseball on the Westside of Los Angeles

    by Santillan, Richard,

    October 15, 2019

    Call Number: 796.231 S235-5

    This book is part of a series of books that document Mexican American baseball. They are photographic essays which include meticulously researched information.  The focus is baseball, but the books are more than a history of the sport as organized and played by Mexican Americans. The text and photographs present a cultural history of prejudice and exclusion of Mexican American players from all-white leagues. The books also document the participation of women in ... Read Full Review

  • Feels Like Home: Reflections on Central Library

    October 1, 2019

    Call Number: 027.47949 L881Fe

    One year ago, on September 13, 2018, the Los Angeles Public Library celebrated Central@25.  This event commemorated the 25th anniversary of the reopening of Central Library. The day of appreciation, celebration and honors was the idea of Christina Rice, Senior Librarian, LAPL Photo Collection. Preliminary planning began approximately six months before the event. There were many staff suggestions to make the day grand and wonderful, but Ms. Rice suggested a book. At the time, I thought it was an impossible dream that a book of any value... Read Full Review

  • Happiness is Baking: Cakes, Pies, Tarts, Muffins, Brownies, Cookies: Favorite Desserts From the Queen of Cake

    by Heatter, Maida

    August 26, 2019

    Call Number: 641.71 H442-2

    This is the most recent cookbook from the Queen of Cake, Maida Heatter, which is a collection of her favorite recipes.  In the introduction she writes about how determined a baker can be to get a recipe, and how much satisfaction there is in baking and giving desserts to others. This cookbook is different from her other works only in its new format that has a very bright colorful layout and illustrations by Alice Oehr. Everything else is the same as in her other cookbooks:  table of contents, complete index, meticulous easy-to-follow directions and an opening chapter, "Before you... Read Full Review

  • What moves at the margin : selected nonfiction

    by Morrison, Toni.

    August 12, 2019

    Call Number: 818 M882

    Toni Morrison possessed and shared with us knowledge about ourselves, through the power of words.The work of the grande dame of Black American Literature has always commanded our attention.  Great fiction writers create stories expressed through characters, plot and language that speak truth to all of us. Their work takes our breath away by making us look at life we never thought about, and even denied existed. Toni Morrison was a great writer who wrote about the lives of Black Americans.The Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution legally abolished slavery, but it did not... Read Full Review

  • Other people's houses

    by Segal, Lore Groszmann.

    June 17, 2019

    Call Number: Ed.a

    Even though this book was published more than 50 years ago, Lore Segal's autobiographical novel is a story about refugee children that still resonates today.  When the United Kingdom took in over 10,000 children, mostly Jewish, from Germany, Austria and other east European countries, and placed them in the care of foster families, Segal was part of the Kindertransport.Speaking through her narrator, this is the story of a 10-year-old girl who, with other children, was put on a train and transported to England to be safe and secure after Hitler annexed Austria in 1938. Seen... Read Full Review

  • The plotters

    by Kim, On-su, 1972-

    May 15, 2019

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    Street orphan Reseng is rescued by nuns, then adopted by Old Raccoon, the owner of a sensational private library. Being in possession of a library, or being a librarian for that matter, is not a measure of respectability, which is the case with Old Raccoon, whose friends are a strange and nefarious group of people.  It is in the Library of Dogs where assassinations are planned. There are syndicates of professionals who organize assassins for hire, and the syndicates are in competition with each other--they are the plotters. From the time he was a child Reseng was  groomed to be one... Read Full Review

  • Voyage of the sable Venus : and other poems

    by Lewis, Robin Coste,

    May 1, 2019

    Call Number: 811 L675

    Poetry is the most intense and concentrated form of writing, using words, metre, rhyme and format to express thoughts, feelings and stories that can be fact or fiction.  Robin Coste Lewis, Los Angeles Poet Laureate, has used all of these characteristics of poetry to examine the artistic representation of black female enslavement through the millenniums. Her poetic technique catalogs art work that often extolled and rhapsodized the sexuality of black females. This is a complex work, which compels and shocks by the very nature of the historical artwork that is referenced. Her poetic... Read Full Review

  • Our only world : ten essays

    by Berry, Wendell, 1934-

    April 22, 2019

    Call Number: 309.73 B534-1

    National Poetry Month is almost over, and today is Earth Day, so there is no better time to consider some of the thoughts and ideas of Wendell Berry.  He is a gifted and prodigious writer of poetry, novels, short stories, and non-fiction. The Los Angeles Public Library's catalog lists numerous works by him (hard copy, audio-visual and e-media), with more of his work to be found in a variety of journals and magazines. His poems are approachable and suggestive; as a cultural critic his work is... Read Full Review

  • The spy and the traitor : the greatest espionage story of the Cold War

    by Macintyre, Ben, 1963-

    April 16, 2019

    Call Number: 351.74 M152-1

    There have been masterfully written entertaining spy novels from Tom Clancy, Robert Ludlum, John Le Carré, and others. Many works are based on the authors' first-hand experiences working for intelligence agencies, not just their exuberant and fanciful imaginations. However, Ben Macintyre’s well-researched account of the Russian double agent, Oleg Gordievsky, and his American counterpart, Aldrich Ames, provides meticulous details about real spies. Gordievsky is the only known Soviet double agent smuggled out of Russia to Great Britain, and is still alive and in protective custody.  ... Read Full Review

  • Barracoon : the story of the last "black cargo"

    by Hurston, Zora Neale,

    February 26, 2019

    Call Number: 326.09 H966

    Zora Neale Hurston is well known for her novels, especially for Their eyes were watching God. Her educational background and training were in cultural anthropology, ethnography and folklore.  A prolific writer of fiction and non-fiction, this book would not be published in her lifetime because there were quesions about her methodology, and possible plagiarism. In the foreword, Alice Walker points out that black scholars and intellectuals also had issues with the... Read Full Review