Save the Date!

The Community Library's Literacy Department will be holding their annual book sale on Saturday, October 18th and Sunday, October 19th.  

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The Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan
Amy Tan’s The Valley of Amazement is a sweeping, evocative epic saga of two women’s intertwined fates and their search for identity, that moves from the lavish parlors of Shanghai courtesans to the fog-shrouded mountains of a remote Chinese village.

Spanning more than forty years and two continents, The Valley of Amazement resurrects pivotal episodes in history: from the collapse of China’s last imperial dynasty, to the rise of the Republic, the explosive growth of lucrative foreign trade and anti-foreign sentiment, to the inner workings of courtesan houses and the lives of the foreign “Shanghailanders” living in the International Settlement, both erased by World War II. (Publisher's Summary)

If you loved The Valley of Amazement, then you may also like the read-alike books listed below. These books are recommended by NoveList, our readers advisory database.

Night in Shanghai by Nicole Mones

Invisible Mountain by Carolina De Robertis

Hanna's Daughters by Marianne Fredriksson

Shanghai Girls by Lisa See

Night in Shanhai by Nicole Mones
Touring Shanghai in 1936 as part of a black jazz orchestra, Thomas Greene meets Song Yuhua, translator for one of Japan's biggest crime bosses, and through friendship and love they weather the Japanese invasion together. (Publisher's Summary)

Invisible Mountain by Carolina De Robertis
Follows the story of the fiercely independent women of the Firielli family as their lives, relationships, and the pursuit of their dreams take them from Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro, Montevideo and the United States. (Publisher's Summary)

Hanna's Daughers by Marianne Fredriksson
A Swedish writer chronicles more than a century in the lives of three extraordinary women against the background of the unforgiving Swedish countryside, in an evocative novel that captures the contributions of women to Scandinavian history. (Publisher's Summary)

Shanghai Girls by Lisa See
Forced to leave Shanghai when their father sells them to California suitors, sisters May and Pearl struggle to adapt to life in 1930s Los Angeles while still bound to old customs, as they face discrimination and confront a life-altering secret.(Publisher's Summary) 

Book to Broadway Alert!

The internationally best-selling novel, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, is coming to Broadway! 

As reported by Early Word, the play will be coming to Broadway this fall, "after a long run in London, where it won the most Olivier Awards (the equivalent of the Tony’s here) for any play in the history of the award." 

Christopher, fifteen years old, stands beside Mrs Shears's dead dog. It has been speared with a garden fork, it is seven minutes after midnight, and Christopher is under suspicion. He records each fact in the book he is writing to solve the mystery of who murdered Wellington. He has an extraordinary brain and is exceptional at maths, but he is ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. He has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road, he detests being touched and he distrusts strangers. But Christopher's detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a frightening journey that turns his world upside-down. (Publishers Summary)

View the official trailer for the show below. 

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September Book Discussion

Bright Lights, Big City by Jay McInerney
Don't forget to register for the book discussion that is being held at the Community Library on September 17th, between 2 and 4pm! 

This month the group will be discussing Bright Lights, Big City by Jay McInerney

The novel follows a young man, living in Manhattan as if he owned it, through nightclubs, fashion shows, editorial offices, and loft parties as he attempts to outstrip mortality and the recurring approach of dawn. With nothing but goodwill, controlled substances, and wit to sustain him in this anti-quest, he runs until he reaches his reckoning point, where he is forced to acknowledge loss and, possibly, to rediscover his better instincts. (Publishers Summary)

Copies of the book are available at the Circulation Desk. Click here to reserve your spot today!

Quick Summer Reads

With less than a week until Labor Day, there is not a lot of time left for reading on the beach..with that, here's a list of quick summer reads! Run to the Community Library to borrow a copy today!
Return to the Beach House by Georgia Bockoven

The Memory Garden by Mary Rickert

One Hundred Names by Cecelia Ahern

The Girls of August by Anne Rivers Siddons

Return to the Beach House by Georgia Bockoven 
Eight people share their lives, loves and secrets at a warm, and welcoming shore cottage, including photographers Matthew and Lindsey and widowed Alison and her college-age grandson in this sequel to Another Summer and The Beach House.

The Memory Garden by Mary Rickert
Bay's mother, Nan, has kept lots of secrets from her, and when Nan meets up with her estranged friends Mavis and Ruthie, the secrets just begin to be revealed.

One Hundred Names by Cecelia Ahern
After her dying mentor leaves her a mysterious list of 100 names, journalist Kitty Logan tries to locate the people and uncover their connections in this new novel from the author of P.S. I Love You.

The Girls of August by Anne Rivers Siddons
Four friends who used to meet for an annual summer beach vacation drift apart after one of their group tragically dies but reconvene years later.