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Books that transport you

By Heather Pisani-Kristl | La Mesa Reads

I often joke that the library performs miracles, evidenced by the constant supply of forgotten canes and walking sticks in our lost-and-found department.

The library doesn’t actually make readers stride unaided into the next chapter of their lives, but we do provide such funny and absorbing books that customers often forget the troubles they arrived with. Below are some titles that will transport you to another time, place, and life.

Connecting with the people of North Korea

Posted: August 25th, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Featured, La Mesa Reads | No Comments

By Heather Pisani-Kristl | La Mesa Reads

This summer, it’s been impossible to avoid media coverage of North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un and his country’s nuclear capability. We read far more about the 33-year-old Kim — characterized in the news as an unstable, unseasoned dictator spoiled by a life of privilege — than we read about the people who live under him.

Because several generations have passed since the Kim family took power, there are few North Koreans who remember life before dictatorship. The majority of North Korean citizens were born into an all-encompassing public fealty to a godlike ruler, having no perspective to challenge this. What are their hopes and motivations?

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.