Next Month's Book

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📖 **POSTPONED** Next Book

posted Feb 24, 2020, 3:56 PM by Tri-Valley Community Library   [ updated Mar 17, 2020, 3:32 PM ]

Image result for the white dawn: an eskimo sagaHello Book Club! 
Because the Library will be closed next week, we will reschedule our next book club meeting until some time later in April, date to be announced.  If you have a preferred date in April, please send an email to TVCL.bookclub@gmail.com.  Once a date is determined, another announcement will be posted.  
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Our next meeting will be Monday, March 23rd at 7:30pm in the Library, Vanessa will bring book suggestions and a snack.  We will discuss The White Dawn: An Eskimo Saga by James Houston, there are copies available at the library! 

Our next book in April will be Uprooted by Naomi Novik -- " Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted Wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life."  WINNER OF THE NEBULA AWARD FOR BEST NOVEL • Naomi Novik, author of the New York Times bestselling and critically acclaimed Temeraire novels, introduces a bold new world rooted in folk stories and legends, as elemental as a Grimm fairy tale. ~ Amazon.com  



The White Sawn: An Eskimo Sago from goodreads.com

"In 1896, three survivors from a whaling misadventure are nursed back to health by Eskimo villagers who share their food, women, and way of life with the strangers. In return, the foreigners introduce to the villagers the spirit of competitiveness that rules the white man's world. Map and drawings by the Author." 

About the Author 

JAMES HOUSTON, Canadian author and artist, made his first journey to the Canadian Arctic in 1948 in search of a new land to paint. There he found a warm, friendly people living in a vast, cold, and hauntingly beautiful world. He lived with the Inuit and Indian people in the Arctic for twelve years and grew to understand them and their way of life. He has since traveled widely in the Arctic region, from Iceland to Alaska, as well as in Scandinavia, Russia, Mexico, and Europe. 

Mr. Houston is the award-winning author and illustrator of many successful children's books that vividly portray the striking landscape of the Arctic and its strong and independent people. 


Paperback, 288 pages 
Published April 20th 1989 by Mariner Books (first published 1971)  
ISBN 015696256X (ISBN13: 9780156962568)  
Read on! 
~ Vanessa Stone 

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📖 February Book

posted Jan 13, 2020, 4:52 PM by Tri-Valley Community Library   [ updated Jan 13, 2020, 4:53 PM ]

Hello Book Club! 

Our next meeting will be Monday, February 10th at 7:30pm in the Library, Vanessa will bring book suggestions and a snack.  We will discuss The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom by Jonathan Haidt, there are copies available at the library!

Our next book in March will be The White Dawn: An Eskimo Saga by James Houston -- "In 1896, three survivors from a whaling misadventure are nursed back to health by Eskimo villagers who share their food, women, and way of life with the strangers." ~goodreads.com

The Happiness Hypothesis from https://www.happinesshypothesis.com/:
"This is a book about ten Great Ideas. Each chapter is an attempt to savor one idea that has been discovered by several of the world’s civilizations -­ to question it in light of what we now know from scientific research, and to extract from it the lessons that still apply to our modern lives. It is a book about how to construct a life of virtue, happiness, fulfillment, and meaning." 
Paperback, 297 pages
Published December 26th 2006 by Basic Books (first published December 26th 2005)
Original Title The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom
ISBN 0465028020 (ISBN13: 9780465028023)

Read on!
~ Vanessa Stone

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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)
Read on!
~ 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

Read on!
~ 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)

Read on!
~ 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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