November Book

posted Oct 17, 2016, 6:44 PM by Tri-Valley Community Library   [ updated Oct 17, 2016, 6:44 PM ]
Hi all, 

Our next book club meeting is Monday, November 7, at 7:30pm. We'll be discussing In Harm's Way: The Sinking of the U.S.S. Indianapolis and the Extraordinary Story of Its Survivors by Doug Stanton.  We several copies available at the library.   Larem will bring book suggestions and a snack.  

December's book is The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie and Ellen Forney, selected from a short list of banned/challenged books.

From BookList:   Arnold Spirit, a goofy-looking dork with a decent jumpshot, spends his time lamenting life on the "poor-ass" Spokane Indian reservation, drawing cartoons (which accompany, and often provide more insight than, the narrative), and, along with his aptly named pal Rowdy, laughing those laughs over anything and nothing that affix best friends so intricately together. When a teacher pleads with Arnold to want more, to escape the hopelessness of the rez, Arnold switches to a rich white school and immediately becomes as much an outcast in his own community as he is a curiosity in his new one. He weathers the typical teenage indignations and triumphs like a champ but soon faces far more trying ordeals as his home life begins to crumble and decay amidst the suffocating mire of alcoholism on the reservation. Alexie's humor and prose are easygoing and well suited to his young audience, and he doesn't pull many punches as he levels his eye at stereotypes both warranted and inapt. A few of the plotlines fade to gray by the end, but this ultimately affirms the incredible power of best friends to hurt and heal in equal measure. Younger teens looking for the strength to lift themselves out of rough situations would do well to start here. Ian Chipman.

Read on!  Amanda