Castro Valley Library

Reader Recommendations for August 12 by crselig2014
Wednesday, August 12, 2015, 2:50 pm
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Our summer reading game drew to a close this past weekend. More than 80 people participated and entered book reviews for the prize drawing. Here are a few more recommendations from our patrons. Enjoy the waning days of summer and keep reading!

Debra recommends The Forgotten Room by Lincoln Child. “Quite a thriller!” she writes, “Thought it was going to be a ghost story, but it was much more complex. Very interesting read!”

Jim found This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate by Naomi Klein very informative and writes that the book, “presents the various ways individuals and groups are fighting the fossil fuel companies on many fronts, including fracking, tar sands, and coal.”

Rebecca gave high marks to Excellent Sheep by William Deresiewicz. She called it “an enlightening book about how colleges have strayed off the path of teaching students to think for themselves and how colleges can find their way back to the true goals of education.”

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Reader Recommendations for August 5 by crselig2014
Wednesday, August 5, 2015, 11:11 am
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This is the last week to join our special prize drawing for the adult summer reading program. Please stop by and fill out a review card. You’ll be entered in a drawing for a Trader Joe’s gift card!

Last week’s entrants had some good recommendations:

Cathy liked Agatha Christie’s The Body in the Library writing “Wonderful book! Nice plot, several twists, and really funny.” Christie is always great, but really! That’s a bit of an unfortunate title for us here at the Castro Valley Library ;)

Regina gave an excellent review to Wonder by R.J. Palacio. She writes the book is a “well-written and inspiring story of perseverance and ‘not judging a book by its cover.’ The strength of character is amazing and truly shows love conquers all.” Wonder was written for children but many adult readers love this book!

Natasha is recommending Song of the Exile by Kiana Davenport and shares that is a “well-written descriptive book depicting family and romantic relationships before, during, and after World War II in Hawaii. There are grim and graphic descriptions of the horrors of being a ‘comfort girl’ abused by troops.”

Debra gave a good review to Left Neglected by Lisa Genova. The book is about a woman who has a traumatic brain injury. Debra says it’s an “interesting and engaging story about a little known condition and how it affected the character and her family. There are some good lessons to learn.”

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Reader Recommendations for July 29 by crselig2014
Wednesday, July 29, 2015, 4:30 pm
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Murder mysteries were popular this week among the contestants in our prize drawing. Check out these recommendations!

Don’t forget: there is still a week and a half left to win gift cards from local merchants in our special summer prize drawing. All you have to do to enter is give us a brief review on one of our special review cards available at the information desk.

Cathy gave a good rating to The Nitrogen Murder by Castro Valley author Camille Minichino. “I bought this book at the library’s local author fair. It was really good and I was able to get it signed. Nice twists!”

The Skeleton Road by Val McDermid was reviewed by Debra who writes the book is “part history lesson, part love story, and part mystery with a shocking ending! Good read!”


Reader Recommendations for July 22 by crselig2014
Wednesday, July 22, 2015, 1:09 pm
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Read on Castro Valley Library patrons!

Debra gave an excellent rating to Natchez Burning by Greg Iles. She writes the book is “hugely disturbing but an absolute must read. This story engages you in a heartfelt saga of the very horrific times during the 1960s in the deepest South. Graphic and highly charged, it is a chilling and complex story.”

Ann recommends The Private Patient by P.D. James, a prolific writer who passed away in 2014. The Private Patient was the last book in James’ popular series starring detective Adam Dalgliesh. Of the novel Ann writes, “it is complicated enough that I had to keep a list of suspects handy, but not as complicated as a spy or conspiracy novel where you have to follow the twists of the plot so closely. Beautifully written in the British style but set in the present. Satisfying for the detective-story lover.”

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Reader Recommendations for July 15 by crselig2014
Wednesday, July 15, 2015, 12:10 pm
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Our patrons have been busily reading away this summer! We have reviews of four more books that may spark your interest.

Kelly enjoyed Tony Danza’s book about his year as a rookie teacher I’d Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had. She appreciated Danza’s honesty and his insights into the struggles and rewards of teaching and wrote, “teachers will nod their heads” while reading this one.

Mother of Pearl by Melinda Haynes is beautifully written and should be savored like a rich dessert, according to Natasha. She writes, “It’s lyrical and poetic with characters you will fall in love with.”

Jim gave No Ordinary Disruption by Richard Dobbs, James Manyika, and Jonathan Woetzel an excellent rating. He writes, “the book discusses the major trends which are causing the economic changes happening in the world at such a fast pace. Lots of examples reinforce the trends and factors described.”

The Moor’s Account by Laila Lalami was enjoyed by Silvia. She writes, “This historical fiction provides a viewpoint of an unwilling passenger. It’s tale of unfulfilled aspirations and physical and psychological survival.”
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Reader Recommendations for July 7 by crselig2014
Monday, July 6, 2015, 4:30 pm
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Here’s our next installment of reader recommendations! These folks have been entering our Read to the Rhythm prize drawing, part of the summer reading program for adults. Enjoy and keep reading!

Helestoryofhappymarriageeight-hundred-grapesstevejobsn is a new member of our book club that meets on the last Tuesday night of the month at 6:30 pm. Here’s what she had to say about the club’s recent selection This is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett: “Soon after I started reading this book I knew I had stepped into literary excellence. [Patchett] holds your attention with vignettes about her life and thoughts. It made me want to read her novels.”

Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave was reviewed by Sherri who says the book contains a nice description of Sebastopol. She writes,”It’s nice to read about a local place with a hint of romance tied in.”

I, Steve: Steve Jobs in His Own Words edited by George Beahm contains more than 200 insightful quotes from the late co-founder of Apple. Library patron Jamie recommends it and calls it “an homage to a great man who wanted to change the world.”

Reader Recommendations for June 30 by crselig2014
Tuesday, June 30, 2015, 4:29 pm
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MrsPoeart-of-racing-in-the-rainthe-count-of-monte-cristoHere are a few more recommendations from our library patrons who have joined our Summer Reading Prize Drawing. Click on the tiles for more information.

Jennifer is a fan of Mrs. Poe by Lynn Cullen. She says this story of Frances Osgood’s ill-fated relationship with Edgar Allen Poe is rich in detail and full of suspense.

Melissa loved The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein so much, she bought it after checking it out from the library!

Margaret went back to the classics and reviewed The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. She appreciated the way Dumas intertwined the characters’ lives and how the plot kept her hooked. “This is a great book,” she wrote, “much better than the movie.”


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