Next Month's Book

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📖 January Book

posted Dec 7, 2019, 3:25 PM by Tri-Valley Community Library   [ updated Dec 7, 2019, 3:28 PM ]

Hello Book Club!  

We will take a short break over the Holidays and skip our meeting in December, so our next meeting is scheduled on Monday, January 6th at 7:30pm in the Library.  Nicole will bring book suggestions and a snack.  We will discuss The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier, there are copies available at the library!

Our next book in February will be The Happiness Hypothesis by Jonathan Hiadt -- Haidt examines the ideas of famous ancient thinkers in light of modern knowledge and uses scientific findings to answer the question, “What makes a person happy?”

Review of The Last Runaway from GoodReads.com:
New York Times bestselling author of Girl With a Pearl Earring Tracy Chevalier makes her first fictional foray into the American past in The Last Runaway, bringing to life the Underground Railroad and illuminating the principles, passions and realities that fueled this extraordinary freedom movement.

Hardcover, 305 pages
Published January 8th 2013 by E.P. Dutton
ISBN0525952993 (ISBN13: 9780525952992)
Setting: Faithwell, Ohio, 1850 (United States)
Literary Awards: Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Historical Fiction (2013)

Read on!
~ Vanessa Stone

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📖November Book

posted Nov 3, 2019, 10:09 PM by Tri-Valley Community Library

Image result for the giver lois lowryHello Book Club! 

Our next meeting will be Monday, November 18th at 7:30pm in the Library, Ann will bring book suggestions and a snack.  We will discuss The Giver by Lois Lowry, there are copies available at the library or ask the librarian for a link to a digital copy.

Our next book in December will be The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier -- "New York Times bestselling author of Girl With a Pearl Earring and At the Edge of the Orchard Tracy Chevalier makes her first fictional foray into the American past in The Last Runaway, bringing to life the Underground Railroad and illuminating the principles, passions and realities that fueled this extraordinary freedom movement." ~ Amazon.com 

Review of The Giver from GoodReads.com:
Twelve-year-old Jonas lives in a seemingly ideal world. Not until he is given his life assignment as the Receiver does he begin to understand the dark secrets behind this fragile community.
Paperback, 208 pages
Published April 26th 1993
ISBN0385732554 (ISBN13: 9780385732550)
Literary Awards  -  Newbery Medal (1994), Mythopoeic Fantasy Award Nominee for Children's Literature (1994), Golden Duck Award for Young Adult (Hal Clement Award) (1994), Garden State Book Award for Teen Fiction Grades 6-8 (1996), Buckeye Children's Book Award for Grade 6-8 (1997)
Grand Canyon Reader Award for Teen Book (1995), Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Book Award for Grade 6-9 (1995), Golden Sower Award for Young Adult (1995), Pennsylvania Young Readers' Choice Award for Grades 3-8 (1995), Soaring Eagle Book Award Nominee (1996), Pacific Northwest Library Association Young Reader's Choice Award for Senior (1996), Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Nominee for Fiction (1993), New Mexico Land of Enchantment Award (1997), Eliot Rosewater Indiana High School Book Award (1997), William Allen White Children's Book Award (1996), Wyoming Indian Paintbrush Nominee (1996), NSK Neustadt Prize for Children's Literature Nominee (2013), Oklahoma Sequoyah Award for YA (1996), Rebecca Caudill Young Readers' Book Award (1996), Hea Lasteraamat (2010)
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~ Vanessa Stone

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📖 October Book

posted Sep 30, 2019, 1:33 PM by Tri-Valley Community Library

Hello Book Club! 

Our next meeting will be Monday, October 21st at 7:30pm in the Library, Amanda will bring book suggestions and a snack.  We will discuss Crocodile on the Sandbank by Elizabeth Peters, there are copies available at the library!

Our next book in November will be The Giver by Lois Lowry -- The Giver, winner of the 1994 Newbery Medal, is an American young adult novel set in a society which at first appears to be utopian but is revealed to be dystopian as the story progresses. The novel follows a 12-year-old boy named Jonas as he struggles with concepts of all the new emotions and things introduced to him: whether they are inherently good, evil, or in between, and whether it is even possible to have one without the other. 

Review of Crocodile on the Sandbank from GoodReads.com:
Set in 1884, this is the first installment in what has become a beloved bestselling series. At thirty-two, strong-willed Amelia Peabody, a self-proclaimed spinster, decides to use her ample inheritance to indulge her passion, Egyptology. On her way to Egypt, Amelia encounters a young woman named Evelyn Barton-Forbes. The two become fast friends and travel on together, encountering mysteries, missing mummies, and Radcliffe Emerson, a dashing and opinionated archaeologist who doesn't need a woman's help -- or so he thinks.
Kindle Edition: 262 pages
Published: March 1st 2010 by Mysterious Press (first published 1975)
ASIN: B00351DSA0
Setting: Egypt, 1884

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~ Vanessa Stone
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📖 August/September Book

posted Jul 23, 2019, 11:50 AM by Tri-Valley Community Library   [ updated Jul 23, 2019, 11:53 AM ]

Image result for the windfall diksha basuHello Book Club! 

We had a small book club of two last night, Laren and Vanessa.  Many of us will also be away in August (I will be gone for most of the month).  If you want to meet sometime during August, please email with a proposed date.  Otherwise our next meeting will be Monday, September 16th at 7:30pm in the Library, Linda will bring book suggestions and a snack.  We will finish our discussion of The Time in Between by María Dueñas and also discuss The Windfall by Diksha Basu.  There are copies available at the library!

Our next book in September/October will be The Crocodile on the Sandbank by Elizabeth Peters -- In this first Egyptian mystery, our headstrong heroine, a thoroughly Victorian feminist who takes the stuffy world of archaeology by storm with her shocking men's pants and no-nonsense attitude, decides to use her substantial inheritance to see the world. On her travel, she rescues a gentlewoman in distress and the two companions continue to Egypt where they face mysteries, mummies and an outspoken archaeologist who doesn't need women to help him solve mysteries -- or at least that's what he thinks!

Review of The Windfall from Amazon.com:
The Jhas are moving up. For the past thirty years, their lives have been defined by cramped spaces and gossipy neighbors. But when Mr. Jha comes into an enormous sum of money—the result of an unexpectedly successful internet venture—he moves his reluctant wife from their housing complex in East Delhi to the super-rich side of town, ultimately forcing them, and their son, to reckon with who they are and what really matters to them.  Hilarious and wise, The Windfall illuminates with warmth and heart the precariousness of social status, the fragility of pride, and, above all, the human drive to build and share a home. Even the rich, it turns out, need to belong somewhere.
People Pick
One of Esquire's Best Books of the Year
Entertainment Weekly's Must-List
TIME Magazine Pick
Rolling Stone's Culture Index Pick
Publisher's Weekly Pick of the Week

“It’s haves and have-mores in this hilarious yet heartfelt novel about an Indian family struggling to acclimate to their newfound wealth, while also competing with their wealthier neighbors.”
--Entertainment Weekly

“[A] charming satire…What Kevin Kwan did for rich people problems, Diksha Basu does for trying-to-be-rich-people problems.” 
--People
 
“…The right sort of summer refreshment.” 
--New York Times 

"A delightful comedy of manners."
--NPR
Print Length: 298 pages
ISBN: 140888903X
Publisher: Broadway Books; Reprint edition (June 27, 2017)
Publication Date: June 27, 2017
Sold by: Random House LLC
Language: English

Read on!
~ Vanessa Stone

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📖 July Book

posted Jun 27, 2019, 1:32 PM by Tri-Valley Community Library

Hello Book Club! 

Our next meeting will be Monday, July 22nd at 7:30pm in the Library, Linda & Becky will bring book suggestions and a snack.  We will discuss The Time in Between by María Dueñas.  Our August book will be The Windfall by Diksha Basu -- When Mr. Jha comes into an enormous and unexpected sum of money, and moves his wife from their housing complex in East Delhi to the super-rich side of town, where he becomes eager to fit in as a man of status: skinny ties, hired guards, shoe-polishing machines, and all.   “Charming . . . What Kevin Kwan did for rich-people problems, Diksha Basu does for trying-to-be-rich-people problems.”—People

Review of The Time in Between from GoodReads.com:
The Time In Between is a word-of-mouth phenomenon that catapulted María Dueñas, a debut author, to the top of Spain's bestseller lists.
This sweeping novel, which combines the storytelling power of The Shadow of the Wind with the irresistible romance of Casablanca, moves at an unstoppable pace. Suddenly left abandoned and penniless in Morocco by her lover, Sira Quiroga forges a new identity. Against all odds she becomes the most sought-after couture designer for the socialite wives of German Nazi officers. But she is soon embroiled in a dangerous political conspiracy as she passes information to the British Secret Service through a code stitched into the hems of her dresses. 
Hardcover, 615 pages
Published November 8th 2011 by Atria Books (first published June 2009)
Original Title: El tiempo entre costuras
ISBN 1451616880 (ISBN13: 9781451616880)

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~ Vanessa Stone

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📖 June Book

posted Jun 5, 2019, 6:19 PM by Tri-Valley Community Library

Fun Home GN, Signed and Sketched by Alison Bechdel!Hello Book Club! 

Our next meeting will be Monday, June 24th at 7:30pm in the Library, Vanessa will bring book suggestions and a snack.  We will discuss Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel.  Our July book will be The Time in Between by María Dueñas -- a seemingly ordinary woman uses her talent and courage to transform herself first into a prestigious couturier and then into an undercover agent for the Allies during World War II.

Review of Fun Home from Amazon.com:
A fresh and brilliantly told memoir from a cult favorite comic artist, marked by gothic twists, a family funeral home, sexual angst, and great books.
This breakout book by Alison Bechdel is a darkly funny family tale, pitch-perfectly illustrated with Bechdel's sweetly gothic drawings. Like Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis, it's a story exhilaratingly suited to graphic memoir form.
Meet Alison's father, a historic preservation expert and obsessive restorer of the family's Victorian home, a third-generation funeral home director, a high school English teacher, an icily distant parent, and a closeted homosexual who, as it turns out, is involved with his male students and a family babysitter. Through narrative that is alternately heartbreaking and fiercely funny, we are drawn into a daughter's complex yearning for her father. And yet, apart from assigned stints dusting caskets at the family-owned "fun home," as Alison and her brothers call it, the relationship achieves its most intimate expression through the shared code of books. When Alison comes out as homosexual herself in late adolescence , the denouement is swift, graphic -- and redemptive.  
Read on!
~ Vanessa Stone

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📖May Book

posted May 25, 2019, 9:37 PM by Tri-Valley Community Library

Hello Book Club! 
Our next meeting will be Tuesday, May 28th at 7:30pm in the Library, Molly will bring book suggestions and a snack.  We will discuss Ballad of the Whiskey Robber: A True Story of Bank Heists, Ice Hockey, Transylvanian Pelt Smuggling, Moonlighting Detectives, and Broken Hearts by Julian Rubinstein.  Our June book will be Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel - In this graphic memoir, Alison Bechdel charts her fraught relationship with her late father, Bruce Bechdel who was an English teacher and director of the town funeral home, which Alison and her family referred to as the "Fun Home."

Review of Ballad of the Whiskey Robber from GoodReads.com:
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 and was a terrible professional hockey goalkeeper. During the 1990s, while playing for the biggest hockey team in Budapest, Ambrus took up bank robbery to make ends meet. Arrayed against him was perhaps the most incompetent team of crime investigators the Eastern Bloc had ever seen: a robbery chief who had learned how to be a detective by watching dubbed Columbo episodes; a forensics man who wore top hat and tails on the job; and a driver so inept he was known only by a Hungarian word that translates to Mound of Ass-Head.

Ballad of the Whiskey Robber is the completely bizarre and hysterical story of the crime spree that made a nobody into a somebody, and told a forlorn nation that sometimes the brightest stars come from the blackest holes. Julian Rubinstein's bizarre crime story is so odd and so compelling that it is completely irresistible.
Paperback, 352 pages
Published September 13th 2005 by Back Bay Books (first published 2004)
Original Title
Ballad of the Whiskey Robber: A True Story of Bank Heists, Ice Hockey, Transylvanian Pelt Smuggling, Moonlighting Detectives, and Broken Hearts
ISBN
0316010731 (ISBN13: 9780316010733)
Edition Language
English

📖 April Book

posted Apr 6, 2019, 10:29 PM by Tri-Valley Community Library   [ updated Apr 6, 2019, 10:32 PM ]

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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📖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)

Read On!

-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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