Sarah Kishler

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Bronte sisters
Over the centuries, many women writers have published under male or gender-ambiguous pen names because their gender was seen as an obstacle to attracting readers. We highlight a few.Read more...
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Silicon Valley Reads 2017 - "...and justice for all"
How can we reduce bias in our legal system and our daily lives? Join this community conversation with a Silicon Valley Reads event.Read more...
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Watership Down Cover
Richard Adams On Christmas Eve, Richard Adams, author of the beloved fantasy classic Watership Down , passed away at 96. After telling stories about rabbits to his young daughters on long car rides, Watership Down began life when the girls insisted he write the rabbit stories down. It was rejected by several publishers before it was finally published by Rex Collings in 1972. Richard Adams was 52 at the time his debut novel was published. It turns out it is not that uncommon for an author to have their “first break” in publishing after they have lived the first half-century...Read more...
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Holiday Clock
It’s extremely normal to feel pressed for time throughout the calendar year, but the holiday season can exacerbate the dreadful feeling of not being able to get everything (or anything) done, whether it needs to get done at work, at home, or in the community. So much has been written on the topic that it can be a time management feat in itself to find the best time management book for you. Here are a variety of resources from the library that generally earn soild reviews from readers and users. Different approaches may work for different people. Eat That Frog!:...Read more...
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Edgar Allan Poe
Bibliophiles know what a thrill it is to get their books signed by their favorite authors, but what if your favorite author is long dead? Not to fear, there are places where you might still be able to ask for their autographs! (IF YOU DARE!) Ernest Hemingway The home in Key West, Florida where Hemingway resided from 1931 to 1939 is now known as the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum. Visitors have reported seeing Hemingway’s ghost all over the house and the grounds, sometimes accompanied by the sound of a typewriter. Benjamin Franklin The ghost of the founding father/inventor/author/polymath is...Read more...
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Banned Books Week September 25 - October 1
Banned Books Week 2016 is finally here (September 25 - October 1). Since the 1982, the national campaign celebrates the First Amendment and freedom to read every final week of September. Attempting to ban a book often ends up being good for its success (see: Streisand effect ). It also often gives a golden chance to an author to say something memorably sarcastic. Here's a brief timeline of some witty authors responding to challenges to their books: Mark Twain In 1902, the Ohama Public Library removed The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn off of its shelves, claiming “criticisms of the book...Read more...
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Solo Traveler (cover from book)
It’s little known among the nation’s observances, but the third week in September is Unmarried and Single Americans Week (September 18 -24). Founded in the 1980s by the Buckeye Singles Council in Ohio, National Singles Week was later renamed to include unmarried people who did not identify with the term “single” (because they are parents, have partners, or are widowed, etc.). The purpose of the week is to recognize single people and the contributions they make to society, which can often feel “designed” for married couples and families. There are more unmarried American adults than ever before (45 percent of...Read more...
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Single Cover: The Beatles Paperback Writer Rain
Two things I am to my core are a librarian and a Beatles fan. This decade, it seems as if we Beatles fans are always celebrating the 50th anniversary of a major milestone. In 2014, we commemorated their arrival in the United States and first appearance on the Ed Sullivan show. In 2017, we'll mark the 50th anniversary of Sgt. Pepper . This month, we are looking back at the release of Revolver and The Beatles’ final concert tour, which ended right here in the Bay Area (Candlestick Park, August 29, 1966). Because of who I am, I don’t actually...Read more...
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Book cover: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Countless Harry Potter fans are eagerly awaiting tonight’s midnight release of the published script of the new Harry Potter play, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts I and II . There are currently 178 holds on the book in the San Jose Public Library catalog. It will soon join the ranks of the previous seven Harry Potter works on the library’s fictions shelves, but plenty of books inspired by the boy wizard can be found on our non-fiction shelves as well. It seems the characters and events at Hogwarts have an infinite number of real-world applications. Here are a...Read more...
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The Good Fairies of New York Book Cover
So, you might know you’re in the mood to read a thriller, a romance, a good science fiction novel, or a mystery. But what kind of thriller (medical? political? ecothriller?) What brand of romance (contemporary? regency? paranormal?) What type of science fiction (cyberpunk? space opera? apocalyptic?) What kind of mystery (hard-boiled? caper? cat detective?) Just how far can you narrow it down? Here are some existing genres that have it pretty neatly pegged to a very particular market. Baking Mysteries There are many subgenres of the mystery cozy – including crossword puzzle mysteries, knitting mysteries, and the aforementioned cat cozies...Read more...
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