On The Shelf by Paul 5/10/17

Issue 2017 – 5
Book Share & Review Group
Four people gathered on April 25 to share books they had read. Here are some of them:
Sing for Your Life, by Daniel Bergner: this biography of Ryan Speedo Green tell of his journey from time spent in solitary confinement in a juvenile facility to the Metropolitan Opera stage, and beyond. The book details how he overcame all the disadvantages of growing up as an African-American male in the United States to end up in a place of which he had never even heard. (Soon to be on the shelf of the Downieville Library.)
The Hornet’s Nest, by Jimmy Carter: a novel by the former president and Nobel Peace Prize winner, — and the first work of fiction by a U.S. president — this is the story of the Revolutionary War as fought in the Deep South. The book’s characters, some of whom are based on the author’s own ancestors, are found on both sides of the conflict, which is fought with increasing ferocity. (Not currently in the Downieville Library.)
The Black Stallion and Satan, by Walter Farley: the fifth of twenty books in the Black Stallion series, this young adult novel sets up the opportunity for the racing world to discover which is the faster horse, the Black or his son, Satan, who has just won the triple crown. However, due to unexpected events the two horses must end up racing for their lives from a raging forest fire. (Not currently in the Downieville Library.)
99 Poems: New & Selected, by Dana Gioia: this most recent book of poems by California’s Poet Laureate is organized under the headings of “Mystery”, “Place”, “Remembrance”, “Imagination”, “Stories”, “Songs”, and “Love”. (On the shelf at the Downieville Library.)
The Nightingale, by Kristin Hannah: a work of historical fiction, this is the story of two French sisters during the WWII Nazi occupation of France. One sister, whose husband was sent to the front before the occupation, must deal with a Nazi officer who requisitions her home, while the other sister joins the Resistance. (On the shelf at the Downieville Library.)
Frustrated by Hearing Loss?: 5 Keys to Communication Success, by Dusty Ann Jessen: the author, an audiologist, details issues relative to hearing loss, as well as the responsibilities of both speaker and listener to overcome the difficulties. (On the shelf at the Downieville Library.)
The End of Manners, by Francesca Marciano: in this novel two women, a journalist and a photographer, are on assignment in Afghanistan to interview girls who have attempted suicide to avoid forced marriage to older men. However, in a country where suicide is a grave taboo, to photograph these women places everyone in danger. (On the shelf at the Downieville Library.)
Missing Person, by Patrick Modriano: in the year it was published, 1978, the book was awarded the Prix Concourt, France’s prize for “the best and most imaginative prose work of the year”; in 2014, the author was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. The novel tells the attempts of an amnesiac private detective, who lost his memory ten years before, to discover who he really is. (On the shelf at the Downieville Library.)
The Last Lecture, by Randy Pausch: when the author, a computer scientist, was asked to give a “last lecture” (considering his own demise and what mattered most to him), he didn’t have to look far for inspiration, since he has just recently been diagnosed with terminal cancer. But, his lecture, entitled “Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams”, wasn’t about dying. (Not currently in the Downieville Library.)
Girl Waits with Gun, by Amy Stewart: set in 1914, this novel, based on the real-life Kopp sisters, tells of the sisters defending their family farm against a corporate bully. At the center of the story is Constance Kopp who, in real life, became one of the first female deputy sheriff’s in U.S. history. (Not currently in the Downieville Library.)
Almost a Foreign Country: A Personal Geography in Columns and Aphorisms, by Manfred Wolf: a compilation of writings by the retired S.F. State University professor of history and philosophy. (Not currently in the Downieville Library.)
Stolen Continents: The Americas Through Indian Eyes Since 1492, by Ronald Wright: the author explores the subject through the medium of the invasion, resistance, and rebirth of five indigenous nations: Aztec, Maya, Inca, Cherokee, and Iroquois. (On the shelf at the Downieville Library.)

The next gathering of the group will be on Tuesday, June 27, 1:00 PM at the Downieville Library.