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  • Book cover for Piecing Together Los Angeles: An Esther McCoy Reader

    Piecing Together Los Angeles: An Esther McCoy Reader

    by McCoy, Esther

    July 18, 2023

    Call Number: 720.910941 M131

    For the most part, Los Angeles architecture has made its mark and numerous international and domestic architects will compete for an opportunity to design a residence, a public, or a commercial building. This was not always the case. There was someone who recognized the value, quality, originality and importance of the West and its architecture, at a time when it was not considered worth evaluating, predominantly by those in the East. In an interview Esther McCoy said, “ … Los Angeles has always been open to new ideas. Los Angeles is not rigid at all. It’s a plunger city. San Francisco... Read Full Review

  • Book cover of Sex, death, and God in L.A.

    Sex, death, and God in L.A.

    by

    July 12, 2023

    Call Number: 979.41 L881Sex 1994

    This essay collection about Los Angeles includes the works of Eve Babitz, Alexander Cockburn, Mike Davis, Lynell George, Thomas S. Hines, Jeremy Larner, Rubén Martínez, David Reid, Carolyn See and David Thomson.This is an updated version (1994) of the previous edition (1992). The preface to this edition by David Reid offers a substantial analysis of Los Angeles. The preface and the essays are not at all dated and provide insights that are still wise and relevant. David Reid's comments state, “The plan of this book is to consider the character and customs of Los Angeles in relation to the... Read Full Review

  • Book cover of Paradise now : the extraordinary life of Karl Lagerfeld

    Paradise now : the extraordinary life of Karl Lagerfeld

    by Middleton, William, 1802-

    June 13, 2023

    Call Number: 746.52 L174Mi

    It is not necessary to be interested in the world of haute couture to find this biography of Karl Largerfeld compelling and engrossing. The creative genius of Karl Lagerfeld is the magnetic star that will captivate you. His childhood interests were drawing and painting until a fateful December, 1949 when, "The house of Christian Dior traveled from Paris to the still-destroyed city of Hamburg to stage a series of fashion shows," and the teenage Karl declared, "I am leaving to become a fashion designer in Paris." So began his career as a fashion designer, but that was not the only passionate... Read Full Review

  • Book cover of Empress of the Nile : the daredevil archaeologist who saved Egypt's ancient temples from destruction

    Empress of the Nile : the daredevil archaeologist who saved Egypt's ancient temples from destruction

    by Olson, Lynne

    May 30, 2023

    Call Number: 932 O51

    Christiane Desroches-Noblecourt was born in Paris, France, November 17, 1913, and her lifelong passion for Egypt began as a toddler when her grandfather took her to see the Luxor Obelisk in the Place de la Concorde. He told her about its history and connection with France. As a child the history did not interest her as much as the hieroglyphs. “Those images spoke to me.” A few years later, she became fascinated with the Egyptian antiquities at the Louvre.  Eventually she became the world’s leading expert on ancient Egypt; a trained, experienced archaeologist; and also, during... Read Full Review

  • Book cover of Mayumu: Filipino American desserts remixed

    Mayumu: Filipino American Desserts Remixed

    by Balingit, Abi

    May 24, 2023

    Call Number: 641.8 B186

    According to Abi Balingit, “From my childhood to my mid-twenties, one thing has remained the same: my insatiable desire for new combinations of sweet, salty, savory, sour and umami in desserts.”  In her cookbook/memoir she writes about, “what it means to be a Filipino American baker in New York, and to make sweets that taste like home in a tiny kitchen.” She never considered writing a cookbook until contacted by Emmy, who later became her agent.  And Emmy discovered Abi because of her blog, The Dusky Kitchen - Baking Adventures... Read Full Review

  • Book cover of On the curry trail : chasing the flavor that seduced the world : in 50 recipes

    On the Curry Trail: Chasing the Flavor That Seduced the World: In 50 Recipes

    by Iyer, Raghavan

    May 10, 2023

    Call Number: 641.6384 I97

    According to Raghavan Iyer, “The sophistication of Indian cuisine, balancing six taste elements: hot, sour, sweet, bitter, salty, and astringent (umami was a much later discovery), is deeply embedded in the annals of ayurvedic medicine, from around the first century BCE, a science that dictated the role of spices, herbs, and other flavorings to regulate various body types for a sense of equilibrium. Temperature contrasts, colors, aromas, and textures were under consideration as well, as practitioners of ayurveda combined seemingly disparate ingredients with highly nuanced results,... Read Full Review

  • Book cover for Catching the light

    Catching the light

    by Harjo, Joy

    April 18, 2023

    Call Number: 811 H2816H-3

    From 2019 to 2022 Joy Harjo was the 23rd Poet Laureate of the United States, and was the first Native American in that position. She is a member of the Muscogee Creek Nation that is geographically located in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Harjo is clear in affirming that the Muscogee Creek Nation Reservation is “at the border of three Native nations that also include the Osage and Cherokee. We honor and acknowledge those original keepers, past, present, and future, who care for these lands. We acknowledge the source of the gifts of... Read Full Review

  • Book cover for Visual thinking : the hidden gifts of people who think in pictures, patterns, and abstractions

    Visual thinking : the hidden gifts of people who think in pictures, patterns, and abstractions

    by Grandin, Temple

    April 5, 2023

    Call Number: 152.1 G753

    Temple Grandin did not start to speak until she was two years old and was diagnosed with brain damage. Her parents were advised to place her in an institution.  She was born in 1947 and Temple says, “I was exhibiting most of the behaviors now fully associated with autism, including lack of eye contact, temper tantrums, lack of social contact, sensitivity to touch, and the appearance of deafness ... the medical profession had not started applying an autism diagnosis to children like me."  However at the time Temple was diagnosed with brain damage it was her mother’s... Read Full Review

  • Book cover for The exceptions : Nancy Hopkins, MIT, and the fight for women in science

    The exceptions : Nancy Hopkins, MIT, and the fight for women in science

    by Zernike, Kate

    March 29, 2023

    Call Number: 509.73 Z58

    When she was a reporter for the Boston Globe Kate Zernike wrote the breaking story that the esteemed Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) had discriminated against women faculty, at all levels.  Based on meticulous research this book is an in-depth analysis of what took place and how sixteen women, each of whom thought they were the exception to unfair treatment, came together to realize that each of them had been treated unfairly. Over four years Zernike conducted interviews, used archival material that included letters, university reports, oral histories,... Read Full Review

  • Book cover for I'll build a stairway to paradise : a life of Bunny Mellon

    I'll build a stairway to paradise : a life of Bunny Mellon

    by Griswold, Mac K.

    March 20, 2023

    Call Number: 712.092 M527Gr

    When she died in 2014, 103 years old, it could be said that Rachel Lambert Mellon had lived a very full life, not only for her longevity but for all that she accomplished. She was born into a family of wealth and property, and she twice married men of wealth and property. Her husband Paul Mellon was one of the richest men in the United States  For a woman of her time, born in 1910, not much was expected of her other than to marry well, produce children, and take care of her husband, their family, and home. However, there was a great deal more to this woman who was known as Bunny.Most... Read Full Review

  • Book cover for Superspy Science: Science, Death and Tech in the World of James Bond

    Superspy Science: Science, Death and Tech in the World of James Bond

    by Harkup, Kathryn

    March 6, 2023

    Call Number: 823 F597Ha

    "Bond's the name, Jame Bond," is how he introduces himself. In the books and films we learn that he has a license to kill, which he uses to get any number of baddies who stand in his way of eliminating super villains. He is helped in this endeavor with an arsenal of quirky, powerful weapons, gadgets, cars, planes and other paraphernalia that are beyond belief. Over the years the franchise, both book and film, has expanded and readers and viewers know they will be in for lots of thrills with Bond always the cool, calm hero. Ian Fleming, the creator of James Bond, said that in some ways the... Read Full Review

  • Book cover for The essential Dick Gregory

    The essential Dick Gregory

    by Gregory, Dick

    February 28, 2023

    Call Number: 812.092 G822-3

    According to producer and director Andrew Gaines (The One and Only Dick Gregory), “For me, the personal experiences of Dick Gregory were like listening to a walking history lesson. It took only a few hours into my journey to make this film for me to realize that Dick Gregory was one of a kind, and I became totally consumed.” According to Christian Claxton Gregory, editor of his father's thoughts, “What a life, what a blessing. Dick Gregory was many... Read Full Review

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