There There by Tommy Orange: A Review

Book Review. In There There, gifted author Tommy Orange dances with the book’s main question: what does it mean to be an "Urban Native"?

There There by Tommy Orange:  A Review

Like an unfinished puzzle, There There made me want to start it over again immediately after finishing. 

Protagonists abound; one voice per chapter, characters and families that seem at first unrelated, united only by living in Oakland and by their Native American roots.  Connections are revealed like excavations only partially uncovered, with the

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50 Award-Winning Works of Fiction by Black Authors

A non-exhaustive list of award-winning novels and story collections by authors of African descent from around the world.

If your favorite isn’t included in this list, please include it in the comments! Descriptions in italics provided by the publishers.

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2019 ALA Youth Media Award-Winning Books at Your Library

Last week, The ALA Youth Media Awards were announced at the ALA-Midwinter meeting in Seattle. We put together a list with links to our catalog for easy access to these winning and critically-acclaimed titles with your library card!

Love children and young adult books? Know young people, educators, parents, and caregivers who would appreciate a good read for themselves or those they care for?

Here's the list of the 2019 ALA Youth Media award-winners and finalists for your reading pleasure:

 

Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children's literature

Winner:

Merci Suárez Changes Gears, by Meg Medina

Honor:

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10 Great Reasons to Read Fiction in February 2019

There are tons of great books coming out this month. I hope you have room on your holds list!

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New Nonfiction

Check out new nonfiction titles at OPL.

New year, new books. Take a look at some of the new nonfiction available at OPL. Happy reading!

It Was All a Dream    Deep Creek  Maid 

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Heavy: An American Memoir by Kiese Laymon

Heavy: An American Memoir by Kiese Laymon. This one is not to be missed. A review.

 

The word is out about Heavy. Currently there are 41 Holds on the library’s 15 copies, and we have ordered more. Glowing reviews in the New York Times, LA Times, Entertainment Weekly and on NPR have spread the word. This one is not to be missed.

Heavy is about a young black man growing up mostly in Jackson, Mississippi, shaped by his brilliant yet punitive mother’s powerful presence like a blacksmith shapes a sword. What is it like to be the steel, beaten and heated and tested? Kiese Laymon shapes the readers’ experience with utmost skill, letting us feel both his brilliance

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10 Great Reasons to Read Fiction in January 2019

What will be your first read of the new year? We have ten ideas for you.

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New Beginnings

Setting intentions for the new year? OPL can help.

A new year is fast approaching. For many of us, this is often a time for setting intentions and making changes in our lives. Maybe you want to make more home cooked meals or get rid of clutter. Have you been wanting to visit local museums and attractions around the Bay Area? Or maybe you want life to feel a bit less complicated. OPL can help! 

Cooking
These are cookbooks with fairly simple recipes for people with busy lives.

Eat at Home Tonight     Build a Bowl   

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Our Favorite Books of 2018

OPL staff look back on their favorite books of 2018.

I asked my colleagues to share their some of their favorite books from the last twelve months and here they are! We'd love to hear from you too--please share your favorite books of 2018 in the comments.

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North of the Border

When you think of good things from Canada, what do you think of? Maple syrup? Hockey? Tim Hortons doughnuts? Justin Trudeau?

Do you ever think about Canadian authors? It’s time you did. Here’s a very incomplete sample for you.

Let’s start with Margaret Atwood: novelist, poet, short story writer. Ever since her 1969 debut novel, The Edible Woman, Atwood has been ravishing readers with her prose. Besides her many works of speculative and dystopian fiction, she has published short fiction, non-fiction, fiction for children and teens, two dozen volumes of poetry, and a graphic novel, Angel Catbird. Her 1996 novel, Alias Grace (made into a 2017 Netflix mini-series) won the

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