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Sheryn Morris


  • Disturbance: surviving Charlie Hebdo

    by Lançon, Philippe

    May 26, 2020

    Call Number: 363.3259074436 L251

    On January 7, 2015, two gunmen forced their way into the Paris offices of the French newspaper Charlie Hebdo, and killed 12 people and injured 11 others. The newspaper was known for its criticism of individuals, organizations, governments and countries. The staff were egalitarian about whom and what they stridently satirized in images and writing, and because of this drew the attention and anger from many religious, political and ethnic groups. Their office had been attacked before, and was relocated to an unmarked building, with armed guards. With guns firing, the two male attackers... Read Full Review

  • Slouching Towards Bethlehem: Essays

    by Didion, Joan.

    May 5, 2020

    Call Number: 973.92 D556 2008

    During this century, Joan Didion has become somewhat better known for personal tragedies, which she wrote about in The Year of Magical Thinking.  When it was published, I could not finish reading it, and still have not. Long ago, in the last century, the first book of hers that I read was Slouching Towards Bethlehem, a collection of essays. It may have been assigned in a high school English class, or I found it in a small local... Read Full Review

  • The widow Clicquot : the story of a champagne empire and the woman who ruled it

    by Mazzeo, Tilar J.

    March 16, 2020

    Call Number: 663.2092 C636Ma

    This biography of a woman and a wine, takes place in the early 1800s, in France, at a time when women did not conduct business, let alone take over their husband's business. However Barbe-Nicole Clicquot Ponsardin was no oridnary woman. She had witnessed the French Revolution, lived through the Napoleonic Wars, national banking disasters, and the death of her husband, possibly from typhus or by suicide. Monsieur Clicquot had a dream of making a superior champagne, which his young widow was determined to make a reality. With determination, innate savviness, and advice from her own family... Read Full Review

  • Incidental inventions

    by Ferrante, Elena,

    March 2, 2020

    Call Number: 858 F373

    Over the past few years Elena Ferrante has become very well known for her Neapolitan Novel Series, and for the recent television dramatization of the books, which LAPL owns:  part one.  Season two begins March 16 on HBO.  She has written other novels which can be found... Read Full Review

  • The American story : conversations with master historians

    by Rubenstein, David M.,

    February 24, 2020

    Call Number: 907 R895

    These conversations with master historians were the result of a “spur of the moment” idea that came to philanthropist David M. Rubenstein, who is a major supporter of The Library of Congress and The National Book Festival, as well as supporting other projects which preserve our national heritage. This would be, “ A series of interviews with accomplished American historians about their books, in front of an audience principally comprising members of Congress."... Read Full Review

  • Anthony Bourdain remembered.

    February 10, 2020

    Call Number: 641.092 B768An

    Anthony Bourdain was a charmer, armed with wit and brilliance, and a mischievous smile, and probably broke many female hearts with his passion for everything in life.  On television, his walk was a joy to watch, with long arms and legs striding along, venturing forth to get somewhere, to see, to experience, and enticing and encouraging us to come along. With his decision to cut out early (Anthony Bourdain died in early June, 2018, an apparent suicide), he has broken all of our hearts, for those of us who watched his television programs and read his books, and delighted in what he... Read Full Review

  • Mighty justice : my life in civil rights

    by Roundtree, Dovey Johnson, 1914-2018,

    February 3, 2020

    Call Number: 347.092 R859

    Dovey Johnson Roundtree was an African American civil rights leader and activist, an attorney and an ordained minister. Her life and contributions are not that well known.  Born in 1914, she came of age in a time when African Americans could take nothing for granted about their personal safety, and had no expectations at all about fair and equitable treatment in their personal or professional lives. Roundtree's life is a reminder of how things were, and what it took for her to endure and persist to bring about change. This is Roundtree's autobiography, a life that was rich with courage,... Read Full Review

  • How to raise a reader

    by Paul, Pamela,

    December 9, 2019

    Call Number: 372.4 P324

    Pamela Paul and Maria Russo provide helpful advice and guidance about how parents can raise children to be readers, and how to keep those children reading. They lay out methods, guidelines, book lists and positive motivational techniques for parents to follow. In the introduction they present two different reading situations that children and parents face:                                                               "School is... Read Full Review

  • Midnight chicken : (& other recipes worth living for)

    by Risbridger, Ella,

    November 26, 2019

    Call Number: 641.59 R595

    Even though this book has recipes with good directions, it is not exactly a cookbook.  It is part memoir with an appreciation about having a family made of friends who are reliably there for the good and bad times--no matter what. The book is wholeheartedly a paean to life and the love that makes it jubilant when things are going well, and bearable when things are not going so well.  It is noticeably British; the recipes are written with a mix of metric and centigrade measurements; and there are Britishisms throughout the text which readers will be able to figure out. The book... Read Full Review

  • Mexican American baseball on the Westside of Los Angeles

    by Santillan, Richard,

    October 15, 2019

    Call Number: 796.231 S235-5

    This book is part of a series of books that document Mexican American baseball. They are photographic essays which include meticulously researched information.  The focus is baseball, but the books are more than a history of the sport as organized and played by Mexican Americans. The text and photographs present a cultural history of prejudice and exclusion of Mexican American players from all-white leagues. The books also document the participation of women in ... Read Full Review

  • Feels Like Home: Reflections on Central Library

    October 1, 2019

    Call Number: 027.47949 L881Fe

    One year ago, on September 13, 2018, the Los Angeles Public Library celebrated Central@25.  This event commemorated the 25th anniversary of the reopening of Central Library. The day of appreciation, celebration and honors was the idea of Christina Rice, Senior Librarian, LAPL Photo Collection. Preliminary planning began approximately six months before the event. There were many staff suggestions to make the day grand and wonderful, but Ms. Rice suggested a book. At the time, I thought it was an impossible dream that a book of any value... Read Full Review

  • Happiness is Baking: Cakes, Pies, Tarts, Muffins, Brownies, Cookies: Favorite Desserts From the Queen of Cake

    by Heatter, Maida

    August 26, 2019

    Call Number: 641.71 H442-2

    This is the most recent cookbook from the Queen of Cake, Maida Heatter, which is a collection of her favorite recipes.  In the introduction she writes about how determined a baker can be to get a recipe, and how much satisfaction there is in baking and giving desserts to others. This cookbook is different from her other works only in its new format that has a very bright colorful layout and illustrations by Alice Oehr. Everything else is the same as in her other cookbooks:  table of contents, complete index, meticulous easy-to-follow directions and an opening chapter, "Before you... Read Full Review