Cuba in the News

Curious about Cuba? Check out one of these titles to learn more about the country's history.

Cuba has frequently been in the news this year. Earlier this month the U.S. Embassy reopened after 54 years. Although it may still be a while before you can travel to Cuba, you can journey with a book and learn about the country's history from various perspectives through the titles listed below.

Cuban History

    Listen Yankee!       

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10 Great Reasons to Read Fiction in August 2015

Here are 10 fascinating works of fiction arriving in August. Place your holds now!

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Watchman, Related Reading

Interested in Harper Lee? Read Paul Theroux's Smithsonian article about the bittersweet past and present of Monroeville, Alabama; the real-life setting for Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird.

Unless you've been trying real hard to ignore the literary world these past few weeks, you'll know that Harper Lee has released Go Set a Watchman. Watchman, which The London Evening Standard calls "a very late sequel to  To Kill a Mockingbird," published in 1960, is also described as "a nasty surprise" both for writing and plot (but you can be be judge of that). Pulitzer prize-winning, Mockingbird, if you haven't read it, is set in the fictional town of Maycomb, Alabama, and is

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Travel with a Book

Even if you aren't planning a vacation this summer, you can still travel with a book.

Last month I highlighted travel memoirs. This month I've gathered together fiction titles in which the protagonists embark on journeys and quests. So even if you aren't planning a vacation this summer, you can still travel with a book.

The Country of Ice Cream Star     The Green Road    

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Musician Biographies for Every Taste

Featuring ten of our most highly recommended Musician Biographies and Music Memoirs in celebration of the Adult Summer Reading Program's "Read to the Rhythm" theme.

Have you signed up for the OPL “Read to the Rhythm” Adult Summer Reading Program, yet? All you have to do is:

  1. Pick up a raffle card from any library location.
  2. Either read a book and write a short description/review OR complete three different activities listed on the card.
  3. Turn in your completed card at the library.
  4. Do it again!

Sure, reading is its own reward, but our Summer Reading prizes this year include a variety of gift cards and a Kindle Fire HD, so get those raffle cards in by the program end date of August 8th!

Among the listed activities, in keeping with the musical theme, is to read a book about a musician. To further that goal, here is an annotated list of 10 of the best musician biographies and Music Memoirs we have on our shelves:

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Hidden Histories of the United States

The little known histories of the United States

July 4th is over and we have celebrated the independence of the United States from Britain once again. There are many stories, legends, and myths surrounding the birth and past of our country.They generally tell the story of those in power. The days leading up to Independence Day got me thinking about the stories of those who weren't in power or the stories of the regular folks. Here are a few.

book cover of Strange Fruitbook cover of Lies My Teacher Told Me

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10 Great Reasons to Read Fiction in July 2015

Summer's heating up and so are the books! Place your holds now for these novels arriving in July.

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Let a Book Take You There

Take a journey with a book this summer!

For some of us summer means vacation and travel, but you don't have to go further than OPL to enjoy a trip across the country, an adventure in the Sierras or a journey to the other side of the world. Just take a look at our collection of travel writing. Wherever you'd like to go, let a book take you there.

Better than Fiction     By the Seat of My Pants    

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Happily Ever After?

Bill Willingham's celebrated comic series comes to a close this year. If you've missed Fables for the last 13 years, now's the time to binge.

fables jacket Fairest jacket  Wolf Among Us jacket  1001 nights of snowfall jacket 

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The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson, A Lakeview Branch Book Club Review

A Lakeview Branch Book Club of The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson.

This may have been the best meeting ever! 19 of us were there. There were several new people who came just because of this wonderful book. Not all had finished it, but all planned to do so. A couple had not yet started, but planned to read it. We all LOVED this book and recommend it highly to everyone.
Our group was very diverse and the stories in this extremely well researched history and the personal stories of three different people who left the South and moved to what was hoped to be a better life, affected us all in their universality.
Isabel Wilkerson, is the first Black woman in the history of American journalism to win a Pulitzer Prize and the first African American to win for individual reporting. She has won many, many other awards for her writing and many for The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration.

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