Jessica Chung

Reading Interests: 
fiction, history, mysteries, cookbooks, eaudiobooks

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CD cover for "Leonard Bernstein Essentials"
Leonard Bernstein at 100 As the year draws to a close, I wanted to write about a couple things that happened in 2018 but didn't get around to writing about them at the time. The first is that August 25 was what would have been composer Leonard Bernstein's 100th birthday. Various events around the world celebrated this centennial starting in September 2017 and will continue into August 2019. Bernstein is well-known for composing for the movie musical West Side Story . He also conducted classical works with the New York Philharmonic. Check out some of his music with the Essential...Read more...
Cover image for "The American Plate" eAudiobook
For the month of Thanksgiving, here are some items about American food that dive into its history. A Sweet Taste of History: More Than 100 Elegant Dessert Recipes from America's Earliest Days by Walter Staib This cookbook includes recipes dating back to 18th-century America along with the history behind the dishes, why they were important, and more. The American Plate: A Culinary History in 100 Bites by Libby H. O'Connell Beginning with foods from the Native Americans, such as corn, beans,and squash, this book showcases 100 items in short sections or "bites" including blueberries, salmon, and tobacco. Also available as...Read more...
"My Neighbor Totoro" DVD cover
Studio Ghibli has made some well-known and beloved films over the years. GKids and Fathom Events are presenting "Studio Ghibli Fest" at various movie theaters. If you can't make it to the movies or want to save money on movie tickets, then try borrowing Studio Ghibli films for free with your San Jose Public Library card. Festival Titles Here is a list of movies in our catalog that are also being screened as part of Studio Ghibli Fest 2018. Castle in the Sky The Cat Returns Grave of the Fireflies My Neighbor Totoro Pom Poko Ponyo Porco Rosso Princess Mononoke...Read more...
cover image for "The Hamilton Affair: A Novel" by Elizabeth Cobbs
Like most musicals, Hamilton has produced an original Broadway cast soundtrack . However, the show's influence and creative output has continued since 2015--drawing a parallel to the musical's subject, the hardworking Alexander Hamilton. The latest instance of the musical's influence appears to be Hamildrops , a website featuring a new song to be released each month in 2018. (The first track, "Ben Franklin's Song" by The Decemberists , fittingly debuted in December 2017.) January's track is "Wrote My Way Out Remix" featuring Royce Da 5'9" , Joyner Lucas, Black Thought, and Aloe Blacc . Another recent addition to the Hamilton...Read more...
Best. State. Ever. by Dave Barry
As the weather turns colder, staying indoors becomes more appealing, but you can still travel without leaving your home by getting lost in a book! Check out these items that take place in different parts of the U.S. and/or international locations. Best. State. Ever: A Florida Man Defends His Homeland by Dave Barry Author Dave Barry takes readers to various sights in the state of Florida, where he has lived for years, and gives us his first-hand impressions and views of the state as written in his humorous style. The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino (translated by Alexander...Read more...
Book cover image for "Could It Be Forever?: My Story" by David Cassidy
Recommended titles in honor of the life of singer and actor David Cassidy who died November 21, 2017.Read more...
Jodie Whitaker portrait
Catch up on Jodie Whittaker's past work. Whittaker will be the new Doctor in Doctor Who.Read more...
Cover image for "Hoot" by Carl Hiaasen
After I wrote my first post about authors who write for children and adults , fellow librarian Rory Dougan very kindly recommended some more authors to me. Thank you, Rory! Check out his suggestions below. Judy Blume Prolific children's author Judy Blume has written a book for adults too! . For Adults For Children Michael Chabon Among his works, Chabon is the author of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay . Try requesting his recent book Moonglow: A Novel for free through LINK+ with your San Jose Public Library card if we don't have a copy available. For Adults...Read more...
Album cover for "The Very Best of The Beach Boys: Sounds of Summer"
Every summer vacation needs a soundtrack. Search our catalog for CDs you can borrow from your local library or listen to music on-the-go by streaming albums with Hoopla . Whether on the road or in the air, on a staycation or a destination abroad, try these tunes for your summer activities! Song of the Summer and More "Despacito" by Luis Fonsi , Daddy Yankee , and Justin Bieber According to Mashable , "Despacito" has been named 2017's song of the summer by being in the top spot on the charts and setting a record for most-streamed song. Find it on...Read more...
Cover image for "The Misadventures of Adam West Omnibus"
Adam West passed away on June 9, 2017. Perhaps best known for his role as "Batman" in the television series of the 1960s, West also had an extensive career in film and voiceover work that can be seen on his official website and on . Here are a few items from the San Jose Public Library's catalog that feature the actor as well. Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders is an animated movie featuring West as the voice of Batman with Burt Ward, his co-star in the live-action series from the '60s, voicing Robin. The two heroes face off...Read more...