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  • 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

    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

  • Oriana Fallaci : the journalist, the agitator, the legend

    by De Stefano, Cristina, 1967-

    March 21, 2018

    Call Number: 075.092 F194De 2017

    Long before there was Christiane Amanpour, Arwa Damon, Marie Colvin, Christopher Hitchens, and Hunter Thompson’s Gonzo journalism, there was the Italian journalist Oriana Fallaci. In the 1950s she had broken through the mysogynistic newsrooms in Italy by writing about whatever she was assigned, and with great determination worked her way into reporting serious subjects of her own choosing. Fearless, aggressive and assertive, unrelenting and incapable of being deflected, she fought for and got assignments not available to other female journalists. At the time, "She worked and smoked constantly... Read Full Review

  • Bullets into bells : poets & citizens respond to gun violence

    March 7, 2018

    Call Number: 811.08 B9365

    Through poetry and prose, parents, poets, politicians, social and political activists, and survivors of indiscriminate individual and mass shootings, express their thoughts and feelings about gun violence in the United States. The writing is presented in a call and response format:  first a poem and then a prose commentary.  In the introduction, novelist Colum McCann states why poetry is a good place to begin, "The poems assert the possibility of language rather than bullets to open our veins.” He emphasizes why discussion is invaluable by quoting the Algerian poet and journalist... Read Full Review

  • The Lovings : an intimate portrait

    by Villet, Grey, photographer.

    February 12, 2018

    Call Number: 770.9964 V748

    In real life as well as in novels, plays and movies, there are love stories where two people often have to face obstacles, tragedies and are fortunate to reach a relatively happy ending:  Heloise and Abelard, Elizabeth and Robert Browning, Romeo and Juliet, and others. Modern times are not without problematic love stories, usually not for the two people involved, but for others: family, friends, neighbors and governments. So it was for Richard Loving, who was white, and Mildred Jeter, who was black, and lived in Virginia in the 1950s. They had grown up as neighbors, in a community... Read Full Review

  • Courage is contagious : and other reasons to be grateful for Michelle Obama

    February 6, 2018

    Call Number: 808.35 C8585

    This collection of seventeen essays is not intended to be a biography of Michelle Obama, many of which can be found here in LAPL’s catalog, rather this is an appreciation of who she is as a person, who also happened to be First Lady of the United States. The essays are from students and from working professionals in different fields: fashion, literature, arts and entertainment, social and political activists.There is a commonality to their perceptions and expectations about the First Lady, as some recall... Read Full Review

  • Bravetart : iconic American desserts

    by Parks, Stella,

    December 20, 2017

    Call Number: 641.8 P2524

    It is that time of year when many of us want to serve up homemade sweets for family and friends, but the clock is ticking, and what are you going to do?  Is it too late? No, it is not and you can trust CIA-trained, award-winning pastry chef, Stella Parks, who is Senior Editor at SeriousEats.com.  She loves desserts and is here to help all of us make good tasting ones from scratch, and have fun doing it:  "And that's my deal--I love American dessert, in all its cozy splendor, every messy, unpretentious bite."  She wants us... Read Full Review

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