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Books for children in a troubling time

Posted: February 24th, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Featured, La Mesa Reads | No Comments

By Heather Pisani-Kristl Political demonstrations, refugees detained at airports, city sidewalks lined with tents, and people displaced by far-away wars are common images right now. Adults have some familiarity with these scenes from other points in history, but young children are experiencing the chaos of the world for the first time. Scenes of disruption can […]

African-American achievements celebrated in books

Posted: January 27th, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Featured, La Mesa Reads | No Comments

By Jake Sexton | La Mesa Reads The recent success of the movie “Hidden Figures” is a wonderful companion to this year’s African-American history month. The movie (and the book that inspired it) showcases amazing, yet underreported, achievements by African-Americans who deserve recognition and admiration. So let’s look at some books that continue this work.

Books by and about veterans

By Heather Pisani-Kristl Veterans Day was originally known as Armistice Day for the cessation of fighting between Allied forces and Germany during “the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month” of 1918. Armistice ended “the Great War,” where technological advances had enabled troops to battle each other with previously unknown ferocity. Mortality […]

Books to brush up your politics

Posted: September 23rd, 2016 | Arts & Entertainment, Featured, La Mesa Reads | No Comments

By Jake Sexton Last month, my colleague Heather wrote about a variety of conspiracy theories that have been spread about conservative politicians this year, most of them hilariously ludicrous. I’ll lightly touch on a few for liberal politicians, and give some relevant book recommendations. But then we’ll move onto more educational topics, because the election […]

This is how rumors get started

Posted: August 26th, 2016 | Arts & Entertainment, Featured, La Mesa Reads | No Comments

By Heather Pisani-Kristl | La Mesa Reads Like most political campaigns, the current presidential race has been replete with hilarious but frankly groundless rumors, easily debunked by a visit to your local library. We’ve gathered the craziest rumors about some of the Republican candidates here, along with books from La Mesa Library’s collection that shed […]

New books for your summer reading

By Heather Pisani-Kristl | La Mesa Reads In her June release, “Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War,” nonfiction writer and unlikely Reader’s Digest contributor Mary Roach sends dispatches from the front lines of military research. The human body took center stage in her previous bestsellers “Bonk” (sex), “Gulp” (digestion), and “Stiff” (cadavers). In “Grunt,” […]