Next Month's Book

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📖July/August Book

posted Jul 3, 2020, 1:21 PM by Tri-Valley Community Library

Hello Book Club! 

Our next book club meeting will be on Monday, August 3rd at 7:30pm -- we will discuss Unfollow: A Memoir of Loving and Leaving the Westboro Baptist Church; A Journey from Hatred to Hope by Megan Phelps-Roper.  There are ILL copies available at the library or the librarian can provide copies via amazon and kindle.  Please contact Ticee at tvcl.director@gmail.com
 
Because the library is now open, anyone who wishes can meet in the building, but we will also set up a virtual login so anyone can login from home (or from wherever you might be)! 

You are invited to a scheduled Zoom meeting: 
Topic: Book Club - Unfollow 
Time: Aug 3, 2020 07:30 PM Alaska 
Meeting ID: 870 6529 2412 (no password) 

Our next book in August/September will be Denali's Howl: The Deadliest Climbing Disaster on America's Wildest Peak by Andy Hall -- " In the summer of 1967, twelve young men ascended Alaska’s Mount McKinley—known to the locals as Denali. Engulfed by a once-in-a-lifetime blizzard, only five made it back down . . . " ~Amazon.com 

Summary of Unfollow from goodreads.com

As featured on the BBC documentary, 'The Most Hated Family in America' it was an upbringing in many ways normal. A loving home, shared with squabbling siblings, overseen by devoted parents. Yet in other ways it was the precise opposite: a revolving door of TV camera crews and documentary makers, a world of extreme discipline, of siblings vanishing in the night. 

Megan Phelps-Roper was raised in the Westboro Baptist Church - the fire-and-brimstone religious sect at once aggressively homophobic and anti-Semitic, rejoiceful for AIDS and natural disasters, and notorious for its picketing the funerals of American soldiers. From her first public protest, aged five, to her instrumental role in spreading the church's invective via social media, her formative years brought their difficulties. But being reviled was not one of them. She was preaching God's truth. She was, in her words, 'all in'. 

In November 2012, at the age of twenty-six, she left the church, her family, and her life behind. Unfollow is a story about the rarest thing of all: a person changing their mind. It is a fascinating insight into a closed world of extreme belief, a biography of a complex family, and a hope-inspiring memoir of a young woman finding the courage to find compassion for others, as well as herself.  

Kindle Edition, 304 pages 
Hardcover, 290 pages   
Published October 8th 2019 by Riverrun 
ISBN0374275831 (ISBN13: 9780374275839) 

Read on! 
~ Vanessa Stone 
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📖 May/June Book

posted May 15, 2020, 3:15 PM by Tri-Valley Community Library   [ updated Jun 15, 2020, 2:36 PM ]

Hello Book Club! 

Our next book club meeting will be Monday, June 22nd at 7:30pm -- we will finally be able to discuss Uprooted by Naomi Novik, and Annette will bring book suggestions. Because the library is now open, anyone who wishes can meet in the building, but we will also set up a virtual login so anyone can login from home (or from wherever you might be)!

You are invited to a scheduled Zoom meeting:
Topic: Book Club - Uprooted
Time: Jun 22, 2020 07:30 PM Alaska
Meeting ID: 870 6529 2412 (no password)

 If you still need copies of Uprooted, the library can provide copies via amazon and kindle.  Please contact Ticee at tvcl.director@gmail.com.  There are also copies of our next book, Unfollow, available at the library.  If you still have a copy of Happiness Hypothesis or White Dawn, make sure to return it to the library drop box.  There are a few ILL copies floating around.

Our next book in July will be Unfollow: A Memoir of Loving and Leaving the Westboro Baptist Church by Megan Phelps-Roper -- "A gripping memoir of escaping extremism and falling in love, Unfollow relates Phelps-Roper’s moral awakening, her departure from the church, and how she exchanged the absolutes she grew up with for new forms of warmth and community. Rich with suspense and thoughtful reflection, Phelps-Roper’s life story exposes the dangers of black-and-white thinking and the need for true humility in a time of angry polarization." ~Amazon.com

Summary of Uprooted from goodreads.com:

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.

Her people rely on the cold, driven wizard known only as the Dragon to keep its powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman handed over to serve him for ten years, a fate almost as terrible as falling to the Wood.

The next choosing is fast approaching, and Agnieszka is afraid. She knows - everyone knows - that the Dragon will take Kasia: beautiful, graceful, brave Kasia, all the things Agnieszka isn't, and her dearest friend in the world. And there is no way to save her.

But Agnieszka fears the wrong things. For when the Dragon comes, it is not Kasia he will choose.
From the author of the Temeraire series comes this hugely imaginative, engrossing and vivid fantasy novel, inspired by folk and fairy tales.

Hardcover, 435 pages
Published May 19th 2015 by Del Rey
ISBN  0804179034 (ISBN13: 9780804179034)

Literary Awards
Hugo Award Nominee for Best Novel (2016)
Nebula Award for Best Novel (2015)
Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel (2016)
World Fantasy Award Nominee for Best Novel (2016)
Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature (2016)
British Fantasy Award for Best Fantasy Novel (the Robert Holdstock Award) (2016)
Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction (2015)

Read on!
~ Vanessa Stone
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📖 April Book - Virtual Meeting

posted Feb 24, 2020, 3:56 PM by Tri-Valley Community Library   [ updated Apr 13, 2020, 5:27 PM ]

Image result for the white dawn: an eskimo sagaHello Book Club!  

Our virtual meeting will be next week on Monday, April 20th at 7:30pm.

Tri-Valley Library is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting:
You do not need a Zoom account to join, simply click on the link below!

Topic: Book Club: White Dawn
Time: Apr 20, 2020 07:20 PM Alaska

Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88950704436

Meeting ID: 889 5070 4436


We will discuss The White Dawn: An Eskimo Saga by James Houston, and Vanessa will bring book suggestions.    

Our next book in May 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 Dawn: An Eskimo Saga 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   [ updated Nov 3, 2019, 10:09 PM ]

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   [ updated Sep 30, 2019, 1:33 PM ]

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   [ updated Jun 27, 2019, 1:32 PM ]

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   [ updated Jun 5, 2019, 6:19 PM ]

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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