“Learning to See: A Novel of Dorothea Lange, the Woman Who Revealed the Real America” by Elise Hooper

“Learning to See” by Elise Hooper is an historical fiction based on the life of Dorothea Lange, an American documentary photographer. The photojournalist work of Lange covers the Great Depression, the resettlement of farm families and migrant workers, and the 1940’s Japanese internment. I decided to read this book because of my interest for photography. Besides […]

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Curl Up With These Highly Anticipated Fall Reads!

The weather is starting to cool off and fall is just around the corner—that means there’s no better time than the present to get cozy with a warm blanket, a big ol’ mug of cider and a good book! Take a look at these upcoming releases and find your next fall read:   The Testaments […]

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“This Is How It Always Is” by Laurie Frankel

In her novel “This is how it always is”, Laurie Frankel addresses a controversial topic in a loving and compassionate way.  This is the story of Rosie and Penn, parents of 5 sons: Roo, Ben, Rigel, Orion, and Claude.  However, Claude is not like his older brothers.  Instead of GI Joes, he prefers Barbie dolls.  […]

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The Ties That Bind

The photograph above, from our Special Collections Department, is inscribed on the back as follows:   “Fannie Haseltine/ Died Sept. 10 1872 / Minnie Negley / Mrs. Sculley / Minnie Patterson / Mrs. Ritter.”   The library’s collection also includes a carefully preserved portrait of Fannie by herself as well as an intriguing photo of […]

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“Leonardo Da Vinci” by Walter Isaacson

Leonardo Da Vinci (1452-1519) is a man that I knew well as an artist, architect and engineer, but his life was little known to me.  In this biography by Walter Isaacson, I discovered a man of the renaissance before his time, a curious mind who laid down the foundations of many areas of science, and who’s […]

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