Sheryn Morris


  • Book cover for What Moves at the Margin: Selected Nonfiction

    What Moves at the Margin: Selected Nonfiction

    by Morrison, Toni

    August 12, 2019

    Call Number: 818 M882

    Toni Morrison possessed and shared with us knowledge about ourselves, through the power of words.The work of the grande dame of Black American Literature has always commanded our attention.  Great fiction writers create stories expressed through characters, plot and language that speak truth to all of us. Their work takes our breath away by making us look at life we never thought about, and even denied existed. Toni Morrison was a great writer who wrote about the lives of Black Americans.The Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution legally abolished slavery, but it did not... Read Full Review

  • Book cover for Other people's houses

    Other people's houses

    by Segal, Lore Groszmann.

    June 17, 2019

    Call Number: Ed.a

    Even though this book was published more than 50 years ago, Lore Segal's autobiographical novel is a story about refugee children that still resonates today.  When the United Kingdom took in over 10,000 children, mostly Jewish, from Germany, Austria and other east European countries, and placed them in the care of foster families, Segal was part of the Kindertransport.Speaking through her narrator, this is the story of a 10-year-old girl who, with other children, was put on a train and transported to England to be safe and secure after Hitler annexed Austria in 1938. Seen... Read Full Review

  • Book cover for The plotters

    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

  • Book cover for Voyage of the Sable Venus: And Other Poems

    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

  • Book cover for Our only world : ten essays

    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

  • Book cover for The spy and the traitor : the greatest espionage story of the Cold War

    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

  • Book cover for Barracoon: The Story of the Last “Black Cargo”

    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

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

    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

  • Book cover for An elderly lady is up to no good : stories

    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 Maud, 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 Maud is a combination of Charles Bronson’s character in the movie,... Read Full Review

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    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

  • Book cover for Proud : my fight for an unlikely American dream

    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

  • Book cover for Don't Stop the Presses!: Truth, Justice, and the American Newspaper

    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