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The art of the memoir

Posted: April 28th, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Featured, La Mesa Reads | No Comments

By Heather Pisani-Kristl | La Mesa Reads On the surface, reading memoirs is a curious pastime. We latch on to someone we know superficially — from a movie role, political office, historical event, etc. — and eagerly follow their first-person progress through college, careers, marriages, dalliances, and maybe even rehab. Sometimes the writer is as […]

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 […]