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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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📖 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)

Read On!

-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) 

Read On!

-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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