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La Mesa Reads

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,” […]

Books about games ‘for the win’

By Jake Sexton Our library system will soon start its Summer Reading Challenge, which encourages La Mesans to read more books, and provides special programs and events based on that year’s chosen theme. This yearly tradition benefits younger readers by keeping their minds engaged during summer months, and also serves to entertain and inspire all […]

La Mesa Reads: Dabbling in children’s literature

Posted: January 22nd, 2016 | Arts & Entertainment, Featured, La Mesa Reads | No Comments

By Jake Sexton The world of American novels is increasingly populated by a small number of incredibly popular, incredibly prolific authors. One statistic floating around the internet claims that one in 17 novels bought in the United States is by thrill-merchant James Patterson. But Patterson, as well as a number of other well-known authors of […]

La Mesa Reads: Resources for El Niño preparation at the library

Posted: December 25th, 2015 | Arts & Entertainment, Featured, La Mesa Reads | No Comments

By Heather Pisani-Kristl Many Americans resolve to lose weight, become more physically fit, or learn a skill at the start of the New Year. Have you considered family disaster planning for your new year’s resolution? As I write this, meteorologists and public safety agencies have been warning for several months about a significant El Niño […]

La Mesa Reads – Oct. 23, 2015

Posted: October 23rd, 2015 | Arts & Entertainment, Featured, La Mesa Reads | No Comments

By Heather Pisani-Kristl, Librarian Lifelong learning at the library Join the La Mesa Library Book Club on Wednesday, Nov. 18 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. for a discussion of “The Dressmaker” by Kate Alcott. Novice seamstress Tess Collins accompanies her flamboyant employer Lucile Duff Gordon on the maiden voyage of the Titanic, where she sees […]