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August 2018

Volume 8, Issue 8

A Newsletter of the Blue Mountain Community Library

 August 11
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Our special summer reading programs for children, young adults, and adults ends August 11.  Turn in your bingo sheets now!
Mark your calendar for a fundraiser at Emmy Lou’s Ice Cream Café at 492 E. Main Street, Pen Argyl on August 21 from 5-9PM.

Also mark your calendar for a Wendy’s fundraiser on September 26 (5-8PM)!  Dine in or take out.
Children are invited to the last Nature Adventure Program!
It will be held at Waste Management Environmental Education Center at 891 Grand Central Road, Pen Argyl.
10:00 AM-12:00 PM.
Recycling – August 17
See for more information.
The public is invited to the next board meeting on August 15 at 6:30 PM.
Adult book discussion group selections:
August 21 – The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn
September 18 – Never Caught by Erica Armstrong Dunbar
October 16 – The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah
November 20 – Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann

Book group meetings begin at 6:30 PM.
Books are available for checkout.
Meet a junior volunteer!
Name:  Michael Freda
Job:  will be a sophomore student at Pen Argyl High School
How long I’ve been a junior volunteer:  a month and a half
What I like about volunteering:  I can find new books.
Why I read:  for entertainment and after a test to relax
How I fell in love with reading:  My elementary school teachers would read out loud to the class.
My favorite book series:  The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Why I like it:  It has action.
My favorite author:  none in particular
My favorite genre:  action
Why I like it:  It entertains.
Favorite place to read:  at home
Words of wisdom:  Don’t force yourself to read something that you don’t like.
Other things to know about me:  I play three sports year-round (soccer, basketball, and track-and-field).

Thank you
to recent book sale workers and shoppers!
to Mike and Linda Cascario for the donation of a fiction book about Chincoteague and a nonfiction book about the wild horses of Assateague!
to Pies in the Park bakers and servers Katy Albanese, Dana Apgar, Vicki Black, Brooke Bowie, Nancy Chuss, Mary Lou Cole, Lisa Farnan, Judy Hahn, Priscilla Harvey, Elizabeth Meehan, Joanne Pavan, Judy Piper, Cheryl Reesman, and Linda Woerner!
Book review:
book by Ian McEwan
review by Jill Silvius
Much contemporary fiction is populated by unusual and compelling voices; toddler Jack in Emma Donoghue’s Room and beloved dog Enzo in Garth Stein’s The Art of Racing in the Rain spring to mind.  Nutshell’s narrator, however, might be even stranger.  The title of British author McEwan’s latest slim volume refers to a mother’s womb, and the narrator is its unnamed occupant as he nears birth.
The fetus faces an awkward situation:  his mother Trudy and uncle Claude are conspiring to poison his father John.  Hunched in the womb, the baby overhears their conversations and expresses his love/hate relationship toward his mother and his own precarious future.  (Will they want him when he’s born?  What if they’re caught red-handed?)  And because he is unborn, he presents a unique view of his/the world.  For instance, he imagines various colors but admits that he really doesn’t know what any look like.  He describes endless podcasts that his mother listens to.  When Trudy drinks wine to get through rough days (and overly poetic conversations with John and his student [lover?] Elodie), he expresses the way the alcohol softens his demeanor.  To get his mother’s attention or distract her, he kicks.  He also waxes philosophical, painting highly unflattering portraits of other countries (he resides in New Zealand) and the state of the world, for instance.
The end leaves the reader hanging, sort-of, as the narrator pokes his finger through the membrane holding him, causing Trudy’s water to break at a critical juncture in their murder plot.  But there are enough clues to hint of plausible endings beyond the final page.
Nutshell presents a strange, unusual voice’s view of the world.  You won’t soon forget it.
Book review:
The Voice Inside
book by Brian Freeman
review by Jill Silvius
Freeman’s second book starring Frost Easton (and his furry feline sidekick Shack) is a whydunit? rather than a whodunit?  Serial killer Rudy Cutter, who killed Frost’s sister Katie and has now been freed from prison due to evidence tempering, is the “bad guy.”  But Frost wants to know why Rudy chose his sister, plus his other female victims.  The book interestingly alternates between Frost’s and Rudy’s activities and thoughts.
The hunt is on to (re)catch Rudy!  Along the way, Frost tangles with romance in the forms of criminal victim and writer Eden Shay, brother Duane’s chef girlfriend Tabby, and tough former colleague Jess.
In the end, Rudy’s motive is somewhat weak, in my opinion, but the book is fast-paced and plot-driven with an ethical and heroic central character whom the reader can cheer for.  (Shack’s pretty amazing, too!)
Book review:
book by Ayaan Hirsi Ali
review by Katy Albanese
Ayaan Hirsi Ali was born in 1969 in Mogadishu, Somalia.  And so began her life as a little girl in a Muslim society.  Her autobiography recounts the many ways that girls and women are subjugated by men who follow the teachings of Muhammad and the religion of Islam.
In an Islamic society, females are valuable only in their ability to bear children and to be of service to their husbands.  They are circumcised when they are little girls, beaten by husbands, brothers, or any other men in the community, for any infraction.  They cannot go outside the house without completely covering themselves with a hijab.  They have no voice, no vote, no rights.
Ayaan was a faithful follower of Islam, following all the rules.  She was an avid reader and began to have doubts about what was written in the Koran.  When the attacks of 9-11 occurred, she saw the cracks in the philosophy supported by the Muslim Brotherhood.
When her father arranged a marriage with a man she had never met, Ayaan sought a way of escape.  En route to meet her new husband, she made a plan to hide from her family and start a new life.  She took a flight to Germany, then sought asylum in Holland.  There she attended got a job, attended college, wrote books on the evils of Islam and was elected to Parliament.  Now, Ayaan lives with her husband and son in the United States, surrounded by bodyguards because of her outspoken criticism of the oppression suffered by Muslim women.
This book opened my eyes to the true nature of Islam, told by one who understands the religion.  Read this account and become informed.
The newsletter writer is always looking for book reviews!