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Ebooks for Thanksgiving Break!

Ebooks for Thanksgiving Break!

Thanksgiving break is next week! Obviously you should come to the library and stock up on books this week, but we also have a huge selection of ebooks and audiobooks on Overdrive. So if you

  • need some entertainment for a roadtrip
  • want a distraction for the hours while the turkey cooks
  • want something to do while you’re staying up ’til 1 am just because you can
  • are trying to avoid your siblings and/or elderly relatives

Casti library’s got you covered. Click here to see what’s new on our Overdrive!

 

 

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Magazine Review: Riposte

Magazine Review: Riposte

Library TA Emmeline S. ’19 tells you all about one of the new magazines we picked up:

Self-described as the “smart magazine for women” and a decided (and welcome) respite from mainstream media coverage of rumored Kardashian pregnancies and other mundane celebrity “news,” London-based Riposte magazine offers short stories, articles and interviews on topics aimed at educated women.  

Issue 8 of Riposte

Started in 2013 by London-based art gallery curator Danielle Pender, Riposte is a bit of a publishing anomaly.  While many other magazines and media houses are increasingly moving more content online, Riposte’s website features single topic photos and brief teasers for in-depth articles that can be accessed only via the printed bi-annual magazine (Issue 8 is currently available in the Castilleja Espinosa Library).

Riposte is not light reading, nor is it appropriate for the modest reader.  Issue 8 contributors address heavy topics including racism, failures of science education on gender, motherhood, fashion and innovation. This particular issue also features semi-nude and powerfully untouched photos of breast cancer survivor Erika Hart, accompanying a candid article on real-life information gaps she encountered while being treated by her team of medical professionals.  The discussion of sexuality and sexual matters are more European in their openness; however, there are no advertisements or photos of young, photoshopped models in provocative poses.

The visual aesthetic of the magazine is somewhat chaotic with varying typefaces, full page borderless photos immediately followed by distinctly bordered images, and jarring discontinuities of layout. Surprisingly, the former art-gallery curator has not stamped the magazine with a readily identifiable look-and-feel nor has she established a consistent tone or language usage embodied by some of the most prominent magazines in circulation in North America (e.g. The New Yorker).  There are some well-written creative pieces–Adventure (essays) on pages 15-19–a few beautiful photos such as pages 50, 94, and 120-121, and some interesting articles–a the feature on architect/designer Farshid Moussavi on page 20 for example. However, there is a lack of flow across the issue, and the quality of the written and photographic content is inconsistent.  

Lastly, while many of the women covered in the magazine are role models, many of the topics–e.g., motherhood, balancing work/life–are aimed at women at different stages of life than the average Castilleja student.  

While Riposte has yet to fully mature into a consistent, high-quality publication, it is well worth scanning twice a year for insights as well as an introduction to interesting topics and women role models.  

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Four to Read More: Stories Retold From the Villain’s Perspective

Four to Read More: Stories Retold From the Villain’s Perspective

As we gear up for Halloween, why not try some stories retold from the antagonist’s point of view?

 

 

Heartless by Marissa Meyer
Before becoming a ruthless monarch, the Queen of Hearts was a no more than a young girl who dreamed of becoming the best baker in the Land of Hearts and marrying the handsome court joker. But her dreams were cut short by the expectations of her mother, the expectations that drove her to pursue romance in secret, and nothing good can ever come from that.

 

 

Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire
Is the Witch of the West truly as wicked as we think? Maguire’s retelling of the Wizard of Oz sheds light on Elphaba’s rough childhood growing up with alcoholic and endlessly jealous parents. In this version of the story, Elphaba’s hometown is controlled by a totalitarian dictator known as the Wizard of Oz and is one of the only people in her town to advocate against the mistreatment of animals.

 

 

 

Dark Shimmer by Donna Jo Napoli
In this unconventional retelling of Snow White, Dolce, a young girl living on an island of dwarves, is seen as a freak and a giant by everyone in her hometown, hated by everyone besides her mother. One day, she escapes her island and travels to a foreign land where she is welcomed and her height is no longer uncommon.  In this new land, she falls in love with a widower and becomes a mirror-maker. However, her love of mirrors soon stirs trouble deep within her soul and she begins to see herself transform into the evil stepmother we know her as today.
 

 

 


Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys cover of The Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
Do you remember Bertha Mason, the madwoman locked in Rochester’s attic in Jane Eyre? Do you ever wonder what drove her to snarl, walk on all fours, and set Thornfield on fire? Wide Sargasso Sea tells the story of Antoinette Cosway, the young Jamaican girl forced to marry Rochester and confined to the attic of Thornfield for the rest of her life.

By Sophia N. ’19

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September Bay Area Literary and Author Events

September Bay Area Literary and Author Events

Adam Silvera in conversation with Sabaa Tahir
Thursday, September 7, 2017 – 7:00 p.m.
Kepler’s Books
1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park, CA 94025
Alex Bracken and Tamara Ireland Stone 
Friday, September 8, 2017 – 7:00 p.m.
Kepler’s Books
1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park, CA 94025
Inaugural Teen Advisory Board Meeting in Santa Clara
Saturday, September 9, 2017 – 3:00 p.m.
Books Inc.
2712 Augustine Drive
Santa ClaraCA
Salman Rushdie in conversation with Michael Chabon
Monday, September 11, 2017 – 7:30 p.m.
Nourse Theatre
275 Hayes St
San FranciscoCA
Laurie Halse Anderson
Wednesday, September 13, 2017 – 7:00 p.m.
Kepler’s Books
1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park, CA 94025
The Craft of Building Other Worlds
Featuring Andy Weir (The Martian); Marie Brennan (A Natural History of Dragons: A Memoir by Lady Trent); Anne Nesbet (The Wrinkled Crown and The Cabinet of Earths); Gail Carriger (The Parasol Protectorate series; The Finishing School series; The Custard Protocol series); and Scott Reintgen (Nyxia).
Wednesday, September 20, 2017 – 7:00 p.m.
Books Inc.
74 Town & Country Village
Palo AltoCA
Soman Chainani
Wednesday, September 20, 2017 – 7:00 p.m.
Kepler’s Books
1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park, CA 94025
Marie Lu
Thursday, September 21, 2017 – 7:00 p.m.
Kepler’s Books
1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park, CA 94025
Scott Reintgen and his YA sci-fi debut, Nyxia
Thursday, September 21, 2017 – 7:00 p.m.
Books Inc.
74 Town & Country Village
Palo AltoCA
Jessica Cluess with Stephanie Garber
Tuesday, September 26, 2017 – 7:00 p.m.
Kepler’s Books
1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park, CA 94025
Stephanie Perkins with Nina LaCour
Saturday, September 30, 2017 – 3:00 p.m.
Kepler’s Books
1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park, CA 94025

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Introducing Statista

Introducing Statista

The library has a new database!

Statista is one of the world’s leading online statistics portals, with statistics & studies from 18,000 sources. It provides access to several fields of study including marketing, business, politics, social sciences, law, and finance.

Some points of interest:

  • Fast and comprehensive starting point for research
  • Daily infographics on global issues
  • Insight into the digital economies of 50 countries worldwide
  • Awarded 2012 Best Statistics Portal 2014 by Library Journal

Go check it out on our databases page!

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Remember the Ladies

Remember the Ladies

“…in the new code of laws which I suppose it will be necessary for you to make, I desire you would remember the ladies and be more generous and favorable to them than your ancestors […] If particular care and attention is not paid to the ladies, we are determined to foment a rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any laws in which we have no voice or representation.”

-Abigail Adams, March 31, 1776 in a letter to John Adams, her husband

 

In 1987, Congress passed a resolution to declare March as National Women’s History Month. Since we’re the library at a girl’s school, it seems best to celebrate with books! Here’s a few of our favorite new things about women.

Rejected Princesses cover

Rejected Princesses: Tales of History’s Boldest Heroines, Hellions & Heretics by Jason Porath

Based on the viral tumblr sensation Rejected Princesses, these are the princesses you won’t find in a Disney movie.

Headstrong cover

Headstrong: 52 Women Who Changed Science and the World by Rachel Swaby

How many female scientists can you name off the top of your head? Read this and you’ll know at least 52!

Who Cooked Adam Smith's Dinner? cover

Who Cooked Adam Smith’s Dinner? A Story of Women and Economics by Katrine Marçal

A book looking at the ignored labor women do, and how much it actually contributes to making society function.

Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World cover

Here We Are: 44 Voices Write, Draw and Speak About Feminism for the Real World, edited by Kelly Jensen

Want to know what top minds have to say about the state of feminism today? Read this!

 

Learn more about Women’s History Month here!

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