Next Month's Book

📖February / March Book

posted Feb 2, 2019, 6:43 PM by Tri-Valley Community Library   [ updated Feb 2, 2019, 6:44 PM ]

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)

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-Vanessa W. Stone

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📖 January Book

posted Jan 6, 2019, 9:47 PM by Tri-Valley Community Library   [ updated Jan 13, 2019, 4:20 PM ]

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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📖 November Book

posted Sep 28, 2018, 10:36 AM by Tri-Valley Community Library   [ updated Sep 28, 2018, 10:37 AM ]

📖 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)

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-Vanessa W. Stone

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📖 September Book

posted Sep 11, 2018, 6:05 PM by Tri-Valley Community Library

Hello Book Club! 
Our next meeting will be Thursday, September 27th at 7:30pm.  
We will discuss  Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi.  Our October Book will be Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover - 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...
Amanda will bring book suggestions and a snack.

Review of  Boy, Snow, Bird   from GoodReads.com:

BOY Novak turns twenty and decides to try for a brand-new life. Flax Hill, Massachusetts, isn’t exactly a welcoming town, but it does have the virtue of being the last stop on the bus route she took from New York. Flax Hill is also the hometown of Arturo Whitman –- craftsman, widower, and father of Snow. SNOW is mild-mannered, radiant and deeply cherished –- exactly the sort of little girl Boy never was, and Boy is utterly beguiled by her. If Snow displays a certain inscrutability at times, that’s simply a characteristic she shares with her father, harmless until Boy gives birth to Snow’s sister, Bird. When BIRD is born Boy is forced to re-evaluate the image Arturo’s family have presented to her, and Boy, Snow and Bird are broken apart. Sparkling with wit and vibrancy, Boy, Snow, Bird is a deeply moving novel about three women and the strange connection between them. It confirms Helen Oyeyemi’s place as one of the most original and dynamic literary voices of her generation.  

Hardcover, 308 pages
Published March 6th 2014 by Riverhead Books (first published August 27th 2013)
ISBN 1594631395 (ISBN13: 9781594631399)
Edition Language: English
Setting: Massachusetts (United States) 

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-Vanessa W. Stone

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📖 August Book

posted Aug 13, 2018, 2:26 PM by Tri-Valley Community Library

Hello Book Club!  Our next meeting will be Thursday, August 30th at 7:30pm.  We will discuss The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan.  Our September Book will be Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi - A completely unique and critical retelling of the Snow White fair tale, Helen Oyeyemi's Boy, Snow, Bird is a remarkable work of literature about race, identity, and family. Poignant and thoughtful, Boy, Snow, Bird is the beautifully written retelling you've never imagined...

Review of The Death and Life of the Great Lakes from GoodReads.com:

The Great Lakes—Erie, Huron, Michigan, Ontario, and Superior—hold 20 percent of the world’s supply of surface fresh water and provide sustenance, work, and recreation for tens of millions of Americans. But they are under threat as never before, and their problems are spreading across the continent. The Death and Life of the Great Lakes is prize-winning reporter Dan Egan’s compulsively readable portrait of an ecological catastrophe happening right before our eyes, blending the epic story of the lakes with an examination of the perils they face and the ways we can restore and preserve them for generations to come.

Paperback, 364 pages
Published April 10th 2018 by W. W. Norton Company (first published March 7th 2017)
ISBN 0393355551 (ISBN13: 9780393355550)
Literary Awards: Helen Bernstein Book Award Nominee for Excellence in Journalism (2018), Los Angeles Times Book Prize Nominee for History (2017), Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Science & Technology (2017), J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award (2015)

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-Vanessa W. Stone
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📖 July Book

posted Jul 9, 2018, 4:50 PM by Tri-Valley Community Library

Hello Book Club! 
Our next meeting will be Thursday, July 26th at 7:30pm.  We will discuss Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg.  (For More Info: https://leanin.org/book/)
Our August book will be The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan. Amanda will bring our next book suggestions and a snack. 

Review of Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead from GoodReads.com:

Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In is a massive cultural phenomenon and its title has become an instant catchphrase for empowering women. The book soared to the top of bestseller lists internationally, igniting global conversations about women and ambition. Sandberg packed theatres, dominated opinion pages, appeared on every major television show and on the cover of Time magazine, and sparked ferocious debate about women and leadership.

Ask most women whether they have the right to equality at work and the answer will be a resounding yes, but ask the same women whether they'd feel confident asking for a raise, a promotion, or equal pay, and some reticence creeps in.

The statistics, although an improvement on previous decades, are certainly not in women's favour – of 197 heads of state, only twenty-two are women. Women hold just 20 percent of seats in parliaments globally, and in the world of big business, a meagre eighteen of the Fortune 500 CEOs are women.

In Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg – Facebook COO and one of Fortune magazine's Most Powerful Women in Business – draws on her own experience of working in some of the world's most successful businesses and looks at what women can do to help themselves, and make the small changes in their life that can effect change on a more universal scale.
    
Hardcover, 217 pages
Published March 11th 2013 by Knopf
ISBN; 0385349947 (ISBN13: 9780385349949)
Language: English
Literary Awards:

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-Vanessa W. Stone
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June Book

posted Jun 5, 2018, 2:04 PM by Tri-Valley Community Library   [ updated Jun 5, 2018, 2:07 PM ]

Hello Book Club! Our next meeting will be Thursday, June 28th at 7:30pm. We will discuss Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers.  Linda will bring our next book suggestions and a snack.

Our July book will be Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg.  From https://leanin.org/book/:
In response to Sheryl’s 2010 TEDTalk on the ways women are held back—and the way we hold ourselves back—viewers around the world shared their own stories of struggle and success. This overwhelming response inspired Sheryl to write this book. In Lean In, she shares her personal stories, uses research to shine a light on gender differences, and offers practical advice to help women achieve their goals. The book challenges us to change the conversation from what women can’t do to what we can do, and serves as a rallying cry for us to work together to create a more equal world.

Read On!

-Vanessa W. Stone

May Book

posted May 12, 2018, 2:27 PM by Tri-Valley Community Library   [ updated May 12, 2018, 2:32 PM ]

Hello Book Club!
Our next meeting will be Monday, May 21st at 7:30pm. We'll be reading and discussing Moonglow by Michael Chabon. Molly will bring our next book suggestions and a snack. Our June book will be Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers.  

Find our more about Moonglow and author Michael Chabon here:
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26795307-moonglow

A Review of Mary Poppins from www.GoodReads.com:

Mary Poppins (Mary Poppins #1) by P.L. Travers,  Mary Shepard (Illustrator)

By P.L. Travers, the author featured in the major motion picture, Saving Mr. Banks. From the moment Mary Poppins arrives at Number Seventeen Cherry-Tree Lane, everyday life at the Banks house is forever changed.  It all starts when Mary Poppins is blown by the east wind onto the doorstep of the Banks house. She becomes a most unusual nanny to Jane, Michael, and the twins. Who else but Mary Poppins can slide up banisters, pull an entire armchair out of an empty carpetbag, and make a dose of medicine taste like delicious lime-juice cordial? A day with Mary Poppins is a day of magic and make-believe come to life!

Read On!

-Vanessa Stone

April Book

posted Apr 15, 2018, 8:00 PM by Tri-Valley Community Library

Hello Book Club!  We are switching to Tuesdays for awhile to accommodate various schedules.  So our next meeting will be Tuesday, April 24th at 7:30pm.   

We'll be reading and discussing H is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald. Vanessa will bring our next book suggestions and a snack.  Our May book will be Moonglow by Michael Chabon.

A Review of Moonglow From GoodReads.com:

"Following on the heels of his New York Times bestselling novel Telegraph Avenue, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon delivers another literary masterpiece: a novel of truth and lies, family legends, and existential adventure—and the forces that work to destroy us

In 1989, fresh from the publication of his first novel, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, Michael Chabon traveled to his mother’s home in Oakland, California to visit his terminally ill grandfather. Tongue loosened by powerful painkillers, memory stirred by the imminence of death, Chabon’s grandfather shared recollections and told stories the younger man had never heard before, uncovering bits and pieces of a history long buried and forgotten. That dreamlike week of revelations forms the basis for the novel Moonglow, the latest feat of legerdemain in the ongoing magic act that is the art of Michael Chabon. 

Moonglow unfolds as the deathbed confession, made to his grandson, of a man the narrator refers to only as “my grandfather.” It is a tale of madness, of war and adventure, of sex and desire and ordinary love, of existential doubt and model rocketry, of the shining aspirations and demonic underpinnings of American technological accomplishment at mid-century and, above all, of the destructive impact—and the creative power—of the keeping of secrets and the telling of lies. A gripping, poignant, tragicomic, scrupulously researched and wholly imaginary transcript of a life that spanned the dark heart of the twentieth century, Moonglow is also a tour de force of speculative history in which Chabon attempts to reconstruct the mysterious origins and fate of Chabon Scientific, Co., an authentic mail-order novelty company whose ads for scale models of human skeletons, combustion engines and space rockets were once a fixture in the back pages of Esquire, Popular Mechanics, and Boy’s Life. Along the way Chabon devises and reveals, in bits and pieces whose hallucinatory intensity is matched only by their comic vigor and the radiant moonglow of his prose, a secret history of his own imagination.

From the Jewish slums of prewar South Philadelphia to the invasion of Germany, from a Florida retirement village to the penal utopia of New York’s Wallkill Prison, from the heyday of the space program to the twilight of “the American Century,” Moonglow collapses an era into a single life and a lifetime into a single week. A lie that tells the truth, a work of fictional non-fiction, an autobiography wrapped in a novel disguised as a memoir, Moonglow is Chabon at his most daring, his most moving, his most Chabonesque. "

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-Vanessa Stone

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*POSTPONED* February Book

posted Feb 15, 2018, 6:22 PM by Tri-Valley Community Library   [ updated Feb 26, 2018, 7:56 PM ]

Our book club meeting on Monday, February 26th at 7:30pm has been postponed. We'll be reading and discussing H is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald at a later date in March that will be announced soon. Vanessa will bring our next book suggestions and a snack.  March's book will be Moonglow by Michael Chabon.

A Review of Moonglow From GoodReads.com:

"Following on the heels of his New York Times bestselling novel Telegraph Avenue, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon delivers another literary masterpiece: a novel of truth and lies, family legends, and existential adventure—and the forces that work to destroy us

In 1989, fresh from the publication of his first novel, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, Michael Chabon traveled to his mother’s home in Oakland, California to visit his terminally ill grandfather. Tongue loosened by powerful painkillers, memory stirred by the imminence of death, Chabon’s grandfather shared recollections and told stories the younger man had never heard before, uncovering bits and pieces of a history long buried and forgotten. That dreamlike week of revelations forms the basis for the novel Moonglow, the latest feat of legerdemain in the ongoing magic act that is the art of Michael Chabon. 

Moonglow unfolds as the deathbed confession, made to his grandson, of a man the narrator refers to only as “my grandfather.” It is a tale of madness, of war and adventure, of sex and desire and ordinary love, of existential doubt and model rocketry, of the shining aspirations and demonic underpinnings of American technological accomplishment at mid-century and, above all, of the destructive impact—and the creative power—of the keeping of secrets and the telling of lies. A gripping, poignant, tragicomic, scrupulously researched and wholly imaginary transcript of a life that spanned the dark heart of the twentieth century, Moonglow is also a tour de force of speculative history in which Chabon attempts to reconstruct the mysterious origins and fate of Chabon Scientific, Co., an authentic mail-order novelty company whose ads for scale models of human skeletons, combustion engines and space rockets were once a fixture in the back pages of Esquire, Popular Mechanics, and Boy’s Life. Along the way Chabon devises and reveals, in bits and pieces whose hallucinatory intensity is matched only by their comic vigor and the radiant moonglow of his prose, a secret history of his own imagination.

From the Jewish slums of prewar South Philadelphia to the invasion of Germany, from a Florida retirement village to the penal utopia of New York’s Wallkill Prison, from the heyday of the space program to the twilight of “the American Century,” Moonglow collapses an era into a single life and a lifetime into a single week. A lie that tells the truth, a work of fictional non-fiction, an autobiography wrapped in a novel disguised as a memoir, Moonglow is Chabon at his most daring, his most moving, his most Chabonesque. "

Read On!

-Vanessa Stone

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