It's always interesting to learn what books in our subjects have the greatest current appeal to our readers. The most striking thing about this list of most borrowed books is the high percentage are the high number of memoirs by women - 12 out of 20 titles.
Perhaps the most unexpected title here is The Art of The Con, which brings the true crime genre to the fine art marketplace. Bohemian Modern is new book on interior design, a genre that always circulates well. The list is rounded out with Barbarian Days, a surfing memoir partially set in San Francisco.
At its peak, the Federal Music
Project (FMP) employed nearly 16,000 people who reached millions of Americans
through performances, composing, teaching, and folksong collection and
transcription. In Sounds of the New Deal, Peter Gough explores how the FMP’s
activities in the West shaped a new national appreciation for the diversity of
American musical expression. From the onset, administrators and artists debated
whether to represent highbrow, popular, or folk music in FMP activities. Though
the administration privileged using “good” music to educate the public, in the
West local preferences regularly trumped national priorities and allowed
diverse vernacular musics to be heard. African American and Hispanic music
found unprecedented popularity while the cultural mosaic illuminated by
American folksong exemplified the spirit of the Popular Front movement. These
new musical expressions combined the radical sensibilities of an invigorated
Left with nationalistic impulses. At the same time, they blended traditional
patriotic themes with an awareness of the country’s varied ethnic musical
heritage and vast—but endangered—store of grassroots music.
Presentation will be held in the
Latino/Hispanic Community Room, Lower Level of the Main San Francisco Public