March 2, 2017

Book Club

Our top 5 picks for great reads from the OMCA Store

By Mike Silverman, Associate Director, Retail and Product Development

Additional Contributions by Claudia Leung

It’s been a few months since we set our New Years’ Resolutions, and some of us may have slid off the wagon a little. Now, it’s time to renew our commitment to self-improvement—and what better way than by reading? March 2 marks annual Read Across America Day, a program of the National Education Association. Now in its 20th year, the event encourages students and adults alike to indulge in the incredible feeling of devouring a great book. Here are some great picks from the OMCA Store to get you started.


Out of the Box: The Rise Of Sneaker Culture
Elizabeth Semmelhack, Senior Curator Bata Shoe Museum
The accompanying catalog to the groundbreaking traveling exhibition, this book showcases sneakers from the mid-nineteenth century to sports performance breakthroughs to present-day cultural icons.
$45, Hardcover, Rizzoli

Of Dogs and Other People: The Art of Roy De Forest
Susan Landauer, Guest Curator
Fresh off the press and published in association with the Oakland Museum of California, this engaging publication presents gorgeous color reproductions of Roy De Forest’s finest artworks, plus a variety of figure illustrations that illuminate the artist’s diverse inspirations and freewheeling social and creative milieu in Northern California.
$49.95, Hardcover, University of California Press

Flavors of Oakland
Anya Ku & Elazar Sontag
Started as a project by two Oakland teenagers, Flavors of Oakland, highlights food as a way to bring people together over a meal and break down the barriers that promote separation and miscommunication in our city. These authors convey in book form what it can be like to sit down to dinner with twenty different Oakland home cooks from twenty different cultures—a portrait of what they think is beautiful about Oakland.
$25, Hardcover, Mornum Time Press

Hip Hop Coloring Book
Mark 563
This is possibly the coolest book in the store... because it is just fun and unexpected. Color it up with Ice T or throw it down with Tupac! These 64 pages are packed with legendary rappers from the East to the West coast, spanning the Golden Era through to today’s rap superstars.
$9.95, Paperback, Dokument Press

Power to the People: The World of the Black Panthers
Bobby Seale & Stephen Shames
Pick up a first edition copy of this top-selling book from our blockbuster exhibition, All Power to the People: Black Panthers at 50. Learn about the Black Panther Party's fight against oppression and why their Ten Point Platform is still relevant today.
$50, Hardcover, Abrams Publishing

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