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  • 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

  • Sweet Home Cafe cookbook : a celebration of African American cooking

    by Lukas, Albert, 1968-

    February 20, 2019

    Call Number: 641.5973 L9535

    September 24, 2016 was the dedication and opening day for the National Museum of African American History and Culture, which included the Sweet Home Cafe.This cookbook has the cafe's recipes, which represent the extensive diaspora of African Americans and encompass culinary traditions from Africa, the Caribbean, Native Americans, Europeans, Latinos, plus influences from recent African immigrants.  There is a historical introduction and overview of African American cooking, cooks, eateries, The Green Book, and information about permanent exhibits at the museum which... Read Full Review

  • An elderly lady is up to no good : stories

    by Tursten, Helene, 1954-

    January 23, 2019

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    An appropriate subtitle for this book might be: don’t mess with Maude, all she wants is peace and quiet. Mystery writer Helene Tursten, best known for the Detective Inspector Huss series,  was asked to write a short story for Christmas, and so she did: “An Elderly Lady Seeks Peace at Christmastime”.88-year-old Maude is a combination of Charles Bronson’s character in the movie,... Read Full Review

  • The white darkness

    by Grann, David,

    January 16, 2019

    Call Number: 998.5 G759

    Antarctica, which contains the South Pole, is a large land mass (5,400,000 square miles) located in the Southern Hemisphere. It is, " ...  on average, the coldest, driest, and windiest continent, and has the highest average elevation of all the continents," and has a limited amount of animal and vegetative life. It is a place that has evoked rich hypothetical and mythological ideas about its origins.  For those who want to journey on foot between certain geographical spots, there are seemingly limitless areas of white glacial plains, peaks and creavasses.Henry Worsley was... Read Full Review

  • Proud : my fight for an unlikely American dream

    by Muhammad, Ibtihaj, 1985-

    December 11, 2018

    Call Number: 796.34092 M952

    The headline read, "the first U.S. athlete to compete in the Olympic Games wearing hijab."Fencing is both an individual and team sport. Fencers duel in a one-on-one bout, but are members of a team. Very much like boxing and numerous martial arts, fencing has its origins in combat and/or preparation for combat. There are three categories, with different weapons and rules for each of them:  foil, épée and saber.Until recently fencing was very much an elitist sport, with predominantly white athletes who were members of private clubs. It was and still is a costly sport because of... Read Full Review

  • Don't stop the presses! : truth, justice, and the American newspaper

    by Morrison, Patt, 1957-

    October 24, 2018

    Call Number: 071.09 M881

    “Like any other reader, presidents tend to like newspapers when they think they side with them, and fume when they don’t. They may hate the press, but they know they need the press--and then they hate the fact that they do," states Patt Morrison in her new book. She knows what she is talking about, having an unassailable knowledge about newspapers and journalism, and as an experienced journalist for several decades.Some 20 years ago newspapers struggled economically to survive, and re-examined assignments for journalists and photojournalists, especially those who covered overseas... Read Full Review

  • No Time to Spare: Thinking About What Matters

    by Le Guin, Ursula K., 1929-

    June 4, 2018

    Call Number: 814 L521

    Ursula Le Guin was an inventive writer best known for her novels (fantasy, science fiction, speculative fiction), and who also wrote poetry, critical non-fiction, books for children, and numerous essays. She began a blog, from which these selected essays are collected. In so many of these pieces she is dazzling in her clearly stated analyses, because in no way could Le Guin be led astray or beguiled by flattery or easy charm. Having lived fully engaged in the present world provides insight as to how she imagined other worlds that became reflective of this one. She is candid, unabashed, direct... Read Full Review

  • The book of Emma Reyes

    by Reyes, Emma, 1919-2003,

    March 28, 2018

    Call Number: 759.184 R457

    For all of her adult life, Emma Reyes was known as an artist who painted and sketched, and as storyteller in the world of other artists in Europe and South America. The historian Germán Arciniegas urged her to write down her memoirs, but she begged off, claiming not to have any literary talents. He suggested that she write him letters about her childhood, which eventually became this memoir in epistolary format. Arciniegas showed some of the letters to Gabriel Garcia Marquez, who expressed his great enthusiasm to Reyes. She, in turn, felt betrayed by Arciniegas, believing that he had violated... Read Full Review

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