Category Archives: Books Worth Reading!

One Moment, One Morning by Sarah Rayner

Sarah Rayner’s One Moment, One Morning is a poignant novel about friendship and its power to transcend life’s worst moments. The three women who journey in their shared tragedies are authentically crafted characters whom I found achingly believable. Although this story is emotionally charged, a very capable author avoids slipping into the … Continue reading

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California Eliminates All State Funding to Libraries

I have a disappointing update to provide to readers. This week, Governor Jerry Brown announced devastating spending cuts that will be felt acutely throughout California starting January 1. These cuts include the elimination of all state funding to public libraries. … Continue reading

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Farewell to Anne McCaffrey

Science fiction matriarch, Anne McCaffrey, passed away last week in Ireland at the age of 85. Of all the authors I have loved in my lifetime, I loved Anne McCaffrey the most. As I sit and reflect upon the decades that … Continue reading

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Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague by Geraldine Brooks

In September 1665, a box of cloth travelled 160 miles north from plague-infested London, to the tiny village of Eyam (pronounced EEM), Derbyshire. It brought Black Death within its folds. In less than a year, 259 of Eyam’s estimated 350 villagers were dead. In the middle of their suffering, convinced … Continue reading

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Update on the California Budget Crisis and Library Funding

In July I wrote an update regarding the 2011-2012 California State budget crisis and how it is affecting state funding of critical library programs that serve our state’s most vulnerable citizens (http://wp.me/p1w9Ey-7Q).  This update shows where things stand as of November. At … Continue reading

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On Canaan’s Side by Sebastian Barry

On Canaan’s Side is a eulogy, a confession, and a letter of gratitude. It is told by 89-year old Lilly Bere, who is in the throes of grief over the sudden death of her grandson, Bill, a recent veteran of the first Gulf War. Written over seventeen … Continue reading

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Pigeon English by Stephen Kelman

Pigeon English is an almost cinematic portrayal of immigration, of the sacrifices families make to obtain a better quality of life in first-world countries like England, and of the harsh circumstances that await the poorest upon arrival.  Stephen Kelman’s writing is so imaginative that the words themselves seemed … Continue reading

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