Green Apple Bookstore # 2 opens in Inner Sunset

July 31st, 2014

 

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Green Apple Bookstore announced it will open bookstore #2 in the Sunset tomorrow, August 1st, on 9th Avenue near Golden Gate Park.  Opening on the first floor of the 2-floor Le Video store while Le Video has moved into the upstairs space, Green Apple Books on the Park will be open seven days a week and plans to host book events at the store.

The Man Booker Prize 2014 – Longlist announced

July 31st, 2014

 

The Man Booker Prize has announced this year’s longlist.  Five Americans are included in this, the first year American writers are eligible.  See the article from the NY Times:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/24/books/man-booker-prize-2014-longlist-announced.html

跑、跳、走到100 嵗! 骨科名醫韓偉私房關節養護術

July 29th, 2014

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《跑、跳, 走到100 嵗!》是一本關於關節疾病及養護的綜合保健書籍。作者韓偉醫師曾是美國加州大學洛杉磯分校助理臨床骨科教授,也是台灣唯一領有美國執照的運動醫學骨科醫師, 現任台北新光骨科運動醫學中心主任。全書分五章。第一章綜合介紹關節健康的重要性及關節受傷的症狀等。第二章作者介紹關節容易受損的高危人群,日常保護關節要點,以及如何養成正確姿勢。第三章介紹關節保健食品、運動,其中包括背部、膝部、足踝、和肩部的運動。第四章作者講解了膝、髖、足踝、肩、肘、腕、頭、腰各部分的多種關節常見問題,包括症狀、成因、好發族群、治療方式。最後一章作者介紹了除了開刀以外的幾種療法,包括冰敷、物理治療、體外震波、高壓氧、減重、歐凱自體細胞生成激素等等療法。

韓偉醫師具有多年資深臨床經驗,書中所包括的關節養護問題也可説是面面俱到。全書通俗易懂、簡潔明要,很多章節使用了問答的形式,並多有實例故事。此外全書附有很多插圖,包括保健運動圖解,加深讀者的理解。

John–Chinatown

 

Bay Area BookFest !

July 28th, 2014

Exciting news coming out of Berkeley -

A well-connected-to-the-literary-world group has announced a Bay Area book festival to be held over the weekend of June 6-7, 2015!  They’ve already partnered with UC Berkeley and have some funding in place.  Here’s their website: http://www.baybookfest.org/

 

More literary news for 2015:  The American Library Association will be held in San Francisco next summer (after Bookfest) – the first time in years!

 

- J at the Branches

Carnegie Medal Award Winners

July 21st, 2014

 

 

Donna Tartt and Doris Kearns Goodwin Win Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction.

 

On June 29, at the American Library Association Annual Conference in Las Vegas, the Andrew Carnegie Medals were awarded to:

FICTION – Donna Tartt for The Goldfinch

I’m about a quarter of the way into this very long novel and it seems a bit of a shaggy dog story to me at this point, but I reserve judgment until I finish (I respect that it has won numerous big-time awards!).

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NONFICTION:  Doris Kearns Goodwin for The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism

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Nadine Gordimer, author and anti-apartheid activist, dies at 90

July 14th, 2014

 

Nadine Gordimer,  South African writer and Nobel Prize-winner, has died at the age of 90.  The author of over two dozen books – fiction and non-fiction – died  yesterday in Johannesburg.   Three of Gordimer’s books were banned in South Africa during the apartheid era.  See here: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/15/books/nadine-gordimer-novelist-and-apartheid-foe-dies-at-90.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&version=LargeMediaHeadlineSum&module=photo-spot-region&region=photo-spot&WT.nav=photo-spot&_r=0

Library Reads – Books recommended by librarians across the country

July 14th, 2014

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梅蘭芳回憶錄

July 3rd, 2014

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梅蘭芳回憶錄》係由梅蘭芳口述,許姬傳與許源來記錄。全書分《舞臺生活四十年》和《東遊記》兩部分。《舞臺生活四十年》在50年代初出版了前兩集,第三集手稿在文革中遺失,後經收集曾經在報刊登載的部分以及梅夫人保存的最後兩章,終於在80年整理出版。與其他梅蘭芳回憶錄版本不同的是,這個版本還在第三集後附有梅蘭芳記錄日本之行的《東遊記》。

第一集記述了梅蘭芳的家庭,學藝過程,初次到上海和囘北京演出的情況。第二集講述了他第二和第三次到上海,以及到武漢時期的演出概況。第三集特別介紹了梅蘭芳演出《奇雙會》、《天女散花》、《童女斬蛇》、和《霸王別姬》的情況,以及和余叔岩、楊小樓合作所演的戲目。最後一部分《東游記》則是梅蘭芳1956年夏應邀訪日演出時的個人見聞隨筆。

梅蘭芳自己認爲他並沒有什麽天生過人之處,起先教他的師傅直接跟他說祖師沒給他飯吃,自己的姑母形容他是“言不出衆,貌不驚人”,他日後的成就則完全可以説是他個人後天努力的結果。回憶錄中處處可見梅蘭芳對排戲過程以及唱念做打極其細緻的講解,有的甚至是逐字逐步推敲,大師、宗師之譽實在恰如其分。他的回憶錄,對於研究中國戲曲史,特別是近代京劇表演藝術及其發展,具有極高的學術和歷史價值。

John–Chinatown

Summer Reading Recommendations

June 23rd, 2014

Your Summer Reading List:

Rashida Jones, Elizabeth Gilbert, Bill and Melinda Gates and many more

share their book recommendations - From The TED Blog

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IMPAC Award goes to Colombian novelist Juan Gabriel Vasquez

June 19th, 2014

Colombian novelist Juan Gabriel Vásquez on Thursday became the first South American writer to win the  International Impac Dublin Literary Award, for “The Sound of Things Falling”.

http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/06/12/juan-gabriel-vasquez-wins-international-impac-dublin-literary-award/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=0