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A Reading List on the Subject of War

 As our  Adult Reading Challenge: Books & Bingo program continues over the next 6 months, I’ll be sharing several different reading lists  based on our Bingo card categories. All of the lists were compiled by Mill Valley Public Library staff. So let’s get to it! Below, I present to you, a reading list on war.  [Feel [...]

July 18th, 2013
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One Book One Marin: Oracle of Stamboul Discussion at MVPL!

Hello Folks, The end of One Book One Marin 2012 is closing in! Hopefully you’ve enjoyed this year’s pick and are planning on attending the culmniating event–author Michael David Lukas will converse with none other than KQED’s Michael Krasny on Wednesday April 25th, 7pm at Dominican University’s Angelico Hall. Please come–it’ll be fantastic. Prior to [...]

April 13th, 2012

One Book One Marin: the Oracle of Stamboul

Fellow Readers, I thought it might be interesting to take a peek into the real life Sultan Abdulhamid II, and compare it with Michael David Lukas’ fictional version. According to Caroline Finkel’s Osman’s Dream: The History of the Ottoman Empire, Sultan Abdulhamid II has been “more harshly judged by history than any other sultan”(488). The Sultan [...]

April 5th, 2012
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Lions, Bunnies, and Nerds – New Book for Older Readers

The Lions of Little Rock (2012) by Kristin Levine It’s 1958 in Little Rock, Arkansas and twelve-year old Marlee won’t say a word – she is literally struck dumb in front of her classmates, too shy to speak in anything but one word sentences. When Liz, a pretty, self-confident new girl befriends and draws her [...]

March 21st, 2012

One Book One Marin- The Oracle of Stamboul

We held our first group discussion for The Oracle of Stamboul, and a few questions arose that I’d share with you, gentle reader. First, the title–why does it refer to Stamboul and not Istanbul or Constantinople? According to About.com and the Foundation for the Advancement of Sephardic Studies and Culture, Istanbul went through a number [...]

March 16th, 2012

One Book One Marin: Background Info on the Oracle of Istanbul

Covering roughly pages 51-100, let’s take a look at some historical background for the novel. While reading chapter 8, which starts off from Sultan Abdulhamid II’s point of view, the author mentions the Serbo-Bulgarian war and the conference of Great Powers in Berlin (p.88). Using the Encyclopedia Britannica and two books from our library about [...]

March 8th, 2012
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One Book One Marin–The Oracle of Stamboul, p.1-50

Hello fellow One Book One Marin readers! As you’re reading David Michael Lukas’ The Oracle of Stamboul, what strikes you most about the novel? Is is the language? The characters? The setting? I’m a character fan–well-developed characters usually make or break the story for me. (I’m particularly struck, more than any other character, about the [...]

February 24th, 2012
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Horses, Black History, and Fairy Tales – New Books for Older Readers

The Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm (2011) edited by Noel Daniel, newly translated by Matthew P. Price with Noel Daniel 2012 is the two-hundredth anniversary of the publication of the first of Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm’s famous fairy tales. This extravagant volume celebrates that milestone with 27 newly translated stories decorated by the work [...]

February 8th, 2012