Jul 9, 2018

Zazen - Vanessa Veselka

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""Zazen" is brilliant and beautiful, a quasi-dystopian story of a revolutionary that subtly dismantles the romantic tropes of revolutions themselves. Fun fact: Zazen came out of a publishing experiment by Soft Skull Press founder Richard Nash. 'Red Lemonade' (sadly no longer around) was a test of collaborative/crowd-sourced editing that published the most favorably viewed works of its members. Vanessa has since scooped up a goodly number of awards, including the PEN/Robert W. Bingham prize."

House of Leaves - Mark Z. Danielewski

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"I'd be shocked if nobody's recommended this before now, but here 'tis, nonetheless. A layered meta-narrative that's as boldly experimental with its typography as the story, House of Leaves was the book that pushed me back to writing again after a long time away from my notebook."

Our Ecstatic Days - Steve Erickson

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"I'd love to recommend "Rubicon Beach," his second novel, which literally left me with no air in my lungs when I closed the last page. Alas, neither it nor my second choice, "Tours of the Black Clock" are available through Black Gold. His most recent, "Shadowbahn" (on our New shelves) has been hailed by no less than Jonathan Lethem as the best book of 2017. As for what's available on in our system, "Our Ecstatic Days" is my favorite."


If on a winter's night a traveler - Italo Calvino

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"This one was a game-changer for me, way back when. Calvino completely overturned my understanding of what was possible with fiction." - Craig

Dirty Computer - Janelle Monáe (2018)

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Jul 8, 2018

Bryter Layter - Nick Drake (1971)

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Witch Boy - Molly Knox Ostertag​

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Anne of Green Gables: A Graphic Novel - Mariah Marsden


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Trust No Aunty - Maria Qamar

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The Eyre Affair - Jasper Fforde

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Jul 7, 2018

Slouching Towards Bethlehem - Joan Didion

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Educated - Tara Westover

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Pops: Fatherhood in Pieces - Michael Chabon

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Cloth Lullaby: The Woven Life of Louise Bourgeois - Amy Novesky

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Bates Motel (TV Series)

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Jul 6, 2018

The Taking Tree: A Selfish Parody - Shrill Travesty



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American Gods (TV Show)

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Exit, Pursued by a Bear - E.K Johnston

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Exit Music - Ian Rankin

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That is Not a Good Idea - Mo Willems

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Jul 5, 2018

The Night Diary - Veera Hiranandani

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Everybody Works - Jay Som (2017)

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No Como Todos - Rob Biddulph

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Un gran día de nada - Beatrice Alemagna

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Someone Farted - Bruce Kaplan

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Jul 4, 2018

Old Man's War - John Scalzi

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As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride - Carey Elwes

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A Queer and Pleasant Danger: The True Story of a Nice Jewish Boy Who Joins the Church of Scientology and Leaves Twelve Years Later to Become the Lovely Lady She is Today - Kate Bornstein

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The Jungle - Upton Sinclair

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Jul 3, 2018

The Samurai's Garden - Gail Tsukiyama

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Lady Bird (2017)

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The Mars Room - Rachel Kushner

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A Baby's Bones - Rebecca Alexander

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My Best Friend's Exorcism - Grady Hendrix

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Jul 1, 2018

A Wizard of Earthsea - Ursula K. LeGuin

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Jun 27, 2018

SBPL Coffee Break - Blanca Ramirez (Episode 5)



This week we were joined by Blanca Ramirez, Branch Librarian at the Carpinteria Branch of the Santa Barbara Public Library System.


Mentioned in this Episode:

Anime Club - http://santabarbaraca.evanced.info/signup/EventDetails?EventId=13232&backTo=Calendar&startDate=2018/06/22 

Reptile Family (Carpinteria) - http://santabarbaraca.evanced.info/signup/EventDetails?EventId=12926&backTo=Calendar&startDate=2018/06/22 

Leather Stamping - http://santabarbaraca.evanced.info/signup/EventDetails?EventId=9737&backTo=Calendar&startDate=2018/06/22 

BYO Book - http://santabarbaraca.evanced.info/signup/EventDetails?EventId=11876&backTo=Calendar&startDate=2018/06/22 
and 
https://www.meetup.com/SBPL-BYOBook/

Shannon in Nashville - https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/12145347 

Coathangers Live Album - https://thecoathangers.bandcamp.com/album/live 

Magic Gone - https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/12152224 

King Princess EP - https://open.spotify.com/album/6VnoKML5dWRxOOEbMAPfG5 

You Think It, I'll Say It - http://www.blackgold.org/polaris/search/title.aspx?ctx=1.1033.0.0.1&pos=1 

Eligible - http://www.blackgold.org/polaris/search/title.aspx?ctx=1.1033.0.0.1&pos=1 

Austen Project - https://www.waterstones.com/booklist/286811/the-austen-project

SBPL Coffee Break - Molly Wetta (Episode 4)




This week we were joined by Molly Wetta, Senior Librarian of Youth and Family Services at the Santa Barbara Public Library System.


Mentioned in this Episode:

Tech Tasting: http://santabarbaraca.evanced.info/signup/EventDetails?EventId=13521&backTo=Calendar&startDate=2018/07/01 


Chess Club: http://santabarbaraca.evanced.info/signup/EventDetails?EventId=13565&backTo=Calendar&startDate=2018/06/01 

Art Adventures: http://santabarbaraca.evanced.info/signup/EventDetails?EventId=13489&backTo=Calendar&startDate=2018/06/01 

Music Academy of the West Concerts: http://santabarbaraca.evanced.info/signup/EventDetails?EventId=13101&backTo=Calendar&startDate=2018/06/01 

World Refugee Day: http://santabarbaraca.evanced.info/signup/EventDetails?EventId=11710&backTo=Calendar&startDate=2018/06/01 

Social Justice Book Club: http://santabarbaraca.evanced.info/signup/EventDetails?EventId=13514&backTo=Calendar&startDate=2018/06/01 

Hard Love: http://www.blackgold.org/polaris/search/title.aspx?ctx=1.1033.0.0.1&pos=1 

The Miseducation of Cameron Post: http://www.blackgold.org/polaris/search/title.aspx?ctx=1.1033.0.0.1&pos=1 

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe: http://www.blackgold.org/polaris/search/title.aspx?ctx=1.1033.0.0.1&pos=1 

Locas: http://www.blackgold.org/polaris/search/title.aspx?ctx=1.1033.0.0.1&pos=2 

Locas II: http://www.blackgold.org/polaris/search/title.aspx?ctx=1.1033.0.0.1&pos=3 

Love and Rockets on Hoopla: https://www.hoopladigital.com/search?page=1&q=love+and+rockets&scope=everything 

Fun Home: http://www.blackgold.org/polaris/search/title.aspx?ctx=1.1033.0.0.1&pos=1 

Fun Home (Soundtrack): http://www.blackgold.org/polaris/search/title.aspx?ctx=1.1033.0.0.1&pos=5 

Lumberjanes: http://www.blackgold.org/polaris/search/title.aspx?ctx=1.1033.0.0.1&pos=1
ALA Stonewall Awards: http://www.ala.org/rt/glbtrt/award/stonewall/honored

SBPL Coffee Break - Dominic Keen (Episode 3)





This week we were joined by Dominic Keen, Youth Services Library Technician at the Santa Barbara Public Library System

Mentioned In This Episode:

Summer Reading Program 2018 - https://www.santabarbaraca.gov/gov/depts/lib/events/summerreading.asp 

makeSB - https://www.santabarbaraca.gov/gov/depts/lib/getinvolved/sbplsystem/details.asp?NewsID=1466&TargetID=31 

Dead Wake - 
http://www.blackgold.org/polaris/search/title.aspx?ctx=1.1033.0.0.1&pos=1 

Boys in the Boat - 
http://www.blackgold.org/polaris/search/title.aspx?ctx=1.1033.0.0.1&pos=1 

Boys in the Boat (Young Reader's Edition) - http://www.blackgold.org/polaris/search/title.aspx?ctx=1.1033.0.0.1&pos=4

Toms River - 
http://www.blackgold.org/polaris/search/title.aspx?ctx=1.1033.0.0.1&pos=2 

Soft Sounds From Another Planet - 
https://michellezauner.bandcamp.com/album/soft-sounds-from-another-planet 

Santa Barbara Spot Prawns - 
http://www.latimes.com/style/la-fo-prawn04-2008jun04-story.html 

Barnes & Barnes - Fish Heads (NOT Tiny Tim! My mistake) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H-K2DZojWi0 

Pronunciator - 
http://learning.pronunciator.com/getstarted.php?library_id=18095

Jun 1, 2018

You Think It, I’ll Say it - Curtis Sittenfeld

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The Monk of Mokha - Dave Eggers

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The End We Start From - Megan Hunter

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Beneath a Ruthless Sun: a True Story of Violence, Race, and Justice lost and found - Gilbert King

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Little Women (2018)

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Viceroy's House (2017)

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History of Bees - Maja Lunde

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Before the Fall - Noah Hawley

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You Think It, I’ll Say it - Curtis Sittenfeld

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All of This is True - Lygia Day Peñaflor

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Toms River - Dan Fagin

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Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino - Arctic Monkeys (2018)

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