Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Thursday June BCB Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

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Sensational, dramatic, packed with rich excitement and filled with the sweep and violence of human passions, LES MISERABLES is not only superb adventure but a powerful social document. The story of how the convict Jean-Valjean struggled to escape his past and reaffirm his humanity, in a world brutalized by poverty and ignorance, became the gospel of the poor and the oppressed.

Monday June BCB Same Kind of Different As Me by Ron Hall

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Meet Denver, a man raised under plantation-style slavery in Louisiana in the 1960s; a man who escaped, hopping a train to wander, homeless, for eighteen years on the streets of Dallas, Texas. No longer a slave, Denver's life was still hopeless-until God moved. First came a godly woman who prayed, listened, and obeyed. And then came her husband, Ron, an international arts dealer at home in a world of Armani-suited millionaires. And then they all came together. But slavery takes many forms. Deborah discovers that she has cancer. In the face of possible death, she charges her husband to rescue Denver. Who will be saved, and who will be lost? What is the future for these unlikely three? What is God doing?
Same Kind of Different As Me is the emotional tale of their story: a telling of pain and laughter, doubt and tears, dug out between the bondages of this earth and the free possibility of heaven. No reader or listener will ever forget it.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

My Sergei - a Love Story

As a former figure skater and avid watcher of all the Olympics since I was a child, this book “My Sergei – a Love Story” was a must for me to read. It is the biography of Ekaterini Grinkov (called “Katia”) and her husband, Sergei Gordeeva. They were Russian pair skaters in 2 Olympics (Calgary and Lillehammer), winning gold in each. They had also won several world championships and skated with “Stars on Ice”. Before they married, they were known as “G & G” (Gordeeva and Grinkov).

Truly remarkable pair figure skaters, they were known around the world. Katia was paired up with Sergei at age 11, and he 17. He was a kind, gentle giant of a man, and Katia was smitten by him at this young age. At her 1st Olympics, she was, as in her own words “na├»ve to things outside of skating”. Sergei, on the other hand, liked to party. She writes a lot about how he helped transform her to the woman she is today. Before I knew it, they fell madly in love and their skating changed drastically after they married. I remember vividly watching their piece in Lillehammer to “Moonlight Sonata”, and the book tells the behind the scenes story of what that experience was like. They skated that for each other – and it showed.

Few books bring tears to my eyes, and when Sergei tragically died in 1995, Katia’s world was crushed. She was left to raise their 3-year daughter on her own. With determination and with the encouragement of her fellow skaters (Scotty Hamilton, Brian Boitano, to name a few), she skated alone at “Celebration of Life” a tribute to Sergei’s life. More tears fell as she recalled what it was like to skate publicly without her Sergei.

I loved this book and in memory of my mother, who encouraged my skating, this is a must read for every figure skating fan, and anyone that likes a good love story.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Book Sale Pictures

We had a wonderful 3 days of book selling down at the Old Andersen Boats Building! Thanks to everyone who came and bought books, coffee mugs, bags and baked goodies! We were able to raise an awesome amount of $1305.26 for the library's expansion fund.

For all those who missed out we are hoping to do another sale in October. We'll be able to give you more details in September, after the Summer Reading Program is over. In the meantime check out our pics!