Menlo Park Library Summer Reading 2014
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Reviews
Title
Strangers from a Different Shore
Author
Ronald Takaki
Genre
History
Review
This account of the Asian-American immigrant experience is history at its best -- personal investment, deep care and passion, colorful anecdote, and sound analysis. The author's personal connection to the stories he is telling enliven the book and make it a compelling read.
Rating
5
Title
Across a Star-Swept Sea
Author
Diana Peterfreund
Review
Features beautiful world-building with original elements, and tackles tough moral questions about the mentally disabled and the nature of their condition. Pace is good, plot enjoyable. Light on character development. A fun read.
Rating
0
Title
San Francisco - The Bay and Its Cities
Author
Workers of the Writers' Program of the WPA in Northern Caliornia
Genre
Travel/History
Review
I recently learned about the WPA project and have been eager to find this book - luckily, it's in our library. When I worked at Montalvo Arts Center, a visitor had the book in hand and was eager to learn more about the Villa and its history... so began my hunt for the book. First written in 1940, with a second edition in 1947, the book is a fully annotated 1940's era travel guide for San Francisco and the Bay Area. The geography and history of our region is extensive. I especially enjoyed reading about San Francisco's explosive growth during the gold rush and its effect on local society and the economy. And it is fun reading about historic buildings and sites (some now gone) throughout the region. Some anachronisms and now non-politically correct ideas but a great resource on the history of our region by local writers.
Rating
5