Book Club

 


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The community book club meets monthly at the library to discuss the current book they are reading. 
The club is open to all community members who are interested in reading. 
At each meeting, one person is nominated to bring a snack and select three books for the club to vote on. 
Each book is chosen two months in advance, so there is plenty of time to find the book and to read it before each meeting. 



 
 

Next Month's Book:

  • 📖 April Book
    Hello Book Club! 

    Our next meeting will be Monday, April 29th at 7:30pm in the Library, Amanda will bring book suggestions and a snack.  We will discuss Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly.  Our May book will be Ballad of the Whiskey Robber: A True Story of Bank Heists, Ice Hockey, Transylvanian Pelt Smuggling, Moonlighting Detectives, and Broken Hearts by Julian Rubinstein -  Elmore Leonard meets Franz Kafka in the wild, improbably true story of the legendary outlaw of Budapest. Attila Ambrus was a gentleman thief, a sort of Cary Grant--if only Grant came from Transylvania, was a terrible professional hockey goalkeeper, and preferred women in leopard-skin hot pants. 

    Review of Hidden Figures from GoodReads.com:

    The uplifting, amazing true story—a New York Times bestseller.  This is the powerful story of four African-American female mathematicians at NASA who helped achieve some of the greatest moments in our space program. Now a major motion picture starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae, Kirsten Dunst, and Kevin Costner.  

    Before John Glenn orbited the earth, or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of dedicated female mathematicians known as “human computers” used pencils, slide rules, and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space.

    This book brings to life the stories of Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Christine Darden, who lived through the Civil Rights era, the Space Race, the Cold War, and the movement for gender equality, and whose work forever changed the face of NASA and the country.
      
     
    368 pages
    ISBN 0062363603 (ISBN13: 9780062363602)
    Setting: Hampton, Virginia (United States) 
    Literary Awards: Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for Nonfiction (2017), Andrew Carnegie Medal Nominee for Nonfiction (2017), Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for History & Biography (2016)

    Read On!

    -Vanessa W. Stone

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    Posted Apr 6, 2019, 10:32 PM by Tri-Valley Community Library
  • 📖February / March Book
    Hello Book Club! 

    Our next meeting will be Monday, March 18th at 7:30pm in the Library, Linda will bring book suggestions and a snack.  We will discuss The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski.  Because this is a longer book, we decided to take all of February to read it, which is why our next meeting will be in March.  Our April book will be Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly -- Set amid the civil rights movement, the never-before-told true story of NASA’s African-American female mathematicians who played a crucial role in America’s space program. Before Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of professionals worked as ‘Human Computers’, calculating the flight paths that would enable these historic achievements.

    Review of The Story of Edgar Sawtelle from GoodReads.com:

    Born mute, speaking only in sign, Edgar Sawtelle leads an idyllic life with his parents on their farm in remote northern Wisconsin. For generations, the Sawtelles have raised and trained a fictional breed of dog whose thoughtful companionship is epitomized by Almondine, Edgar's lifelong friend and ally. But with the unexpected return of Claude, Edgar's paternal uncle, turmoil consumes the Sawtelles' once peaceful home. When Edgar's father dies suddenly, Claude insinuates himself into the life of the farm—and into Edgar's mother's affections. 

    Grief-stricken and bewildered, Edgar tries to prove Claude played a role in his father's death, but his plan backfires—spectacularly. Forced to flee into the vast wilderness lying beyond the farm, Edgar comes of age in the wild, fighting for his survival and that of the three yearling dogs who follow him. But his need to face his father's murderer and his devotion to the Sawtelle dogs turn Edgar ever homeward. 

    David Wroblewski is a master storyteller, and his breathtaking scenes—the elemental north woods, the sweep of seasons, an iconic American barn, a fateful vision rendered in the falling rain—create a riveting family saga, a brilliant exploration of the limits of language, and a compulsively readable modern classic. 

    Hardcover, 566 pages
    Published June 1st 2008 by Ecco
    ISBN 0061374229 (ISBN13: 9780061374227)
    Literary Awards: John Sargent, Sr. First Novel Prize (2008), Colorado Book Award for Literary Fiction (2009), Sakura Medal Nominee for High School Book (2010), Indies Choice Book Award for Best Author Discovery (2009), Puddly Award for Fiction (2009)
    The Center for Fiction First Novel Prize Nominee (2008)

    Read On!

    -Vanessa W. Stone

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    Posted Feb 2, 2019, 6:44 PM by Tri-Valley Community Library
  • 📖 January Book
    Hello Book Club! 
    We took a break in December to enjoy the Holidays!  Our next meeting will be Thursday, January 17th at 7:30pm, WE ARE MEETING AT THE DENALI CHAMBER OF COMMERCE BUILDING instead of the library because of a school board meeting.  We will discuss  Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng.  Vanessa will bring book suggestions and a snack.  Our February book will be The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski -  "It's gutsy for a debut novelist to offer a modern take on Hamlet set in rural Wisconsin--particularly one in which the young hero, born mute, communicates with people, dogs, and the occasional ghost through his own mix of sign and body language. But David Wroblewski's extraordinary way with language in The Story of Edgar Sawtelle immerses readers in a living, breathing world that is both fantastic and utterly believable." (Amazon.com Reviews)

    Review of Little Fires Everywhere from GoodReads.com:

    Everyone in Shaker Heights was talking about it that summer: how Isabelle, the last of the Richardson children, had finally gone around the bend and burned the house down.

    In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is meticulously planned – from the layout of the winding roads, to the colours of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules.

    Enter Mia Warren – an enigmatic artist and single mother – who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenage daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than just tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the alluring mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past, and a disregard for the rules that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community.

    When the Richardsons' friends attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town and puts Mia and Mrs. Richardson on opposing sides. Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Mrs. Richardson becomes determined to uncover the secrets in Mia's past. But her obsession will come at unexpected and devastating costs to her own family – and Mia's.

    Little Fires Everywhere explores the weight of long-held secrets and the ferocious pull of motherhood-and the danger of believing that planning and following the rules can avert disaster, or heartbreak.

    Hardcover, 338 pages
    Published September 12th 2017 by Penguin Press
    ISBN 0735224293 (ISBN13: 9780735224292)
    Setting: Cleveland, Ohio (United States) & Shaker Heights, Ohio (United States) 
    Literary Awards: Goodreads Choice Award for Fiction (2017) and Nominee for Best of the Best (2018), NAACP Image Award Nominee for Fiction (2018), Book of the Month Book of the Year Award Nominee (2017)

    Read On!

    -Vanessa W. Stone

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    Posted Jan 13, 2019, 4:20 PM by Tri-Valley Community Library
  • 📖 November Book
    📖 Next Book Club Meeting - Thursday, November 29th @ 7:30pm 

    Hello Book Club! 

    There will be no book club meeting in October. Instead we will be preparing for the Library's Mystery Theater Event!  Our next meeting will be Thursday, November 29th at 7:30pm.  We will discuss Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover.  Our December Book will be Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng -  "Little Fires Everywhere explores the weight of secrets, the nature of art and identity, and the ferocious pull of motherhood – and the danger of believing that following the rules can avert disaster..."

    Review of Educated: A Memoir from GoodReads.com:

    An unforgettable memoir in the tradition of The Glass Castle about a young girl who, kept out of school, leaves her survivalist family and goes on to earn a PhD from Cambridge University

    Tara Westover was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches and sleeping with her "head-for-the-hills bag". In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her father's junkyard.

    Her father forbade hospitals, so Tara never saw a doctor or nurse. Gashes and concussions, even burns from explosions, were all treated at home with herbalism. The family was so isolated from mainstream society that there was no one to ensure the children received an education and no one to intervene when one of Tara's older brothers became violent.

    Then, lacking any formal education, Tara began to educate herself. She taught herself enough mathematics and grammar to be admitted to Brigham Young University, where she studied history, learning for the first time about important world events like the Holocaust and the civil rights movement. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge. Only then would she wonder if she'd traveled too far, if there was still a way home.

    Educated is an account of the struggle for self-invention. It is a tale of fierce family loyalty and of the grief that comes with severing the closest of ties. With the acute insight that distinguishes all great writers, Westover has crafted a universal coming-of-age story that gets to the heart of what an education is and what it offers: the perspective to see one's life through new eyes and the will to change it.

    Hardcover, 334 pages
    Published February 20th 2018 by Random House
    ISBN 0399590501 (ISBN13: 9780399590504)

    Read On!

    -Vanessa W. Stone

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    Posted Sep 28, 2018, 10:37 AM by Tri-Valley Community Library
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