Snowflower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See, which has been a popular book lately here at the library and was read by our library book club, has been made into a movie. The film wasn’t released nationwide, but I would expect it to be available on DVD soon.
Lily is haunted by memories–of who she once was, and of a person, long gone, who defined her existence. She has nothing but time now, as she recounts the tale of Snow Flower, and asks the gods for forgiveness.
In nineteenth-century China, when wives and daughters were foot-bound and lived in almost total seclusion, the women in one remote Hunan county developed their own secret code for communication: nu shu (“women’s writing”). Some girls were paired with laotongs, “old sames,” in emotional matches that lasted throughout their lives. They painted letters on fans, embroidered messages on handkerchiefs, and composed stories, thereby reaching out of their isolation to share their hopes, dreams, and accomplishments.
With the arrival of a silk fan on which Snow Flower has composed for Lily a poem of introduction in nu shu, their friendship is sealed and they become “old sames” at the tender age of seven. As the years pass, through famine and rebellion, they reflect upon their arranged marriages, loneliness, and the joys and tragedies of motherhood. The two find solace, developing a bond that keeps their spirits alive. But when a misunderstanding arises, their lifelong friendship suddenly threatens to tear apart.
This Autumn, the Alliance Public Library Community Book Club will be revisiting class literature. The book schedule and meeting times are as follows:
The September book is Jane Erye by Charlotte Bronte. The book will be discussed Tuesday, September 27th at 1:00pm and Thursday, September 29th at 4:00pm. For those of you with e-readers, a free version of the book can be downloaded by clicking here.
The October book is Treasure Island by Robert Louise Stephenson with discussion taking place on Tuesday, October 25th at 1:00pm and Thursday, October 27th at 4:00pm. The book can be dowloaded free by clicking here.
The November/December book is A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens and, due to the holidays, will be discussed on Tuesday, December 6th at 1:00pm and Thursday, December 8th at 4:00pm. The book is available as a free download by clicking here.
All are welcome to attend the book discussions. We have a great group of patrons who would be thrilled to have new members. Copies of the books will be available at circulation. There is a $3 postage fee for all inter library loan books. This helps us cover shipping and refreshment costs.
If you have any questions concerning the book club, please feel free to contact us with the Contact form on this site or directly at the library during regular business hours.
A Place of Yes: 10 rules for getting everything you want out of life by Bethenny Frankel: Draws from her personal experiences of a difficult childhood, failed relationships, and financial struggles to share ten rules she developed for pursuing her goals and creating a successful, happy, healthy life.
You Had Me at Woof: How Dogs Taught Me the Secret to Happiness by Julie Klam: A woman recounts how owning dogs, particularly a Boston terrier named Otto, has taught her valuable life lessons and inspired her to rescue dogs in need.
500 Butterflies: Butterflies from Around the World by Ken Preston-Mafham: Provides information on five hundred species, subspecies, and forms of butterflies, covering their natural history, distribution, habitats, diets, behavior, reproduction, and taxonomy.
The Complete Book of Patchwork Quilting and Applique by Linda Seward: Step-by-step illustrations present the basic craft techniques for quilting, perfect patchwork, and other projects.
175 Best Babycakes Cupcake Maker Recipes by Kathy Moore and Roxanne Wyss: Contains 175 recipes for use with the widely popular Babycakes Cupcake Maker home appliance.
Cinch! Conquer Craving, Drop Pounds and Lose Inches! by Cynthia Sass: Presents a plan designed to help dieters feel full and energized while losing weight quickly, featuring an initial five-day program in which dieters detox from junk food by eating only five foods in various combinations, followed by a twenty-five-day program of eating fat-burning, metabolism-boosting foods. Includes meal plans.
The Miracle of Freedom by Chris and Ted Stewart: Identifies and discusses seven points in history which led to freedom for part of the world’s population, including the defeat of the Assyrians as they tried to destroy the kingdom of Judah, the conversion of Constantine to Christianity, the Mongols’ failure in conquering Europe, and the discovery of the New World.
The 17 Day Diet: a Doctor’s Plan for Rapid Results by Mike Monroe: Outlines a diet that is structured around four seventeen-day cycles and designed to adjust metabolism to flush sugar and fat stores; and includes a list of foods, recipes, and sample meal plans to aid in grocery shopping.
The Greater Journey: American’s in Paris by David McCullough: Tells the stories of American artists, writers, doctors, politicians, architects, and others who spent time in Paris between 1830 and 1900, pursuing knowledge that would help them excel in their careers, including Elizabeth Blackwell, the first female doctor in America, author James Fenimore Cooper, pianist Louis Moreau Gottschalk, medical student Oliver Wendell Holmes, and many others.
A Stolen Life by Jaycee Duggard: Chronicles the eighteen years she spent in captivity, describing what happened after she was kidnapped at age eleven in 1991, the abuse she endured, the birth of her two daughters, the events leading up to her release, and her struggle to adjust to life once she was reunited with her family.
The Aging Myth: unlocking the mysteries of looking and feeling youngby Dr. Joseph Chang: Describes his work in identifying aging-related genes and offers easy-to-follow steps for living and looking younger.
Sucker Punch: Locked away against her will, Babydoll is determined to fight for her freedom and urges four fellow captives to band together and try to escape their would be fate at the hands of their captors
Unknown: Martin Harris returns home after spending three days in a coma, to find that his wife doesn’t recognize him and another man is living in the house under his name. The imposter shares all of Martin’ memories, experiences and knowledge down to the last details, and he must work to discover if it is an elaborate hoax or his own paranoid delusion.
Beastly: A modern retelling of “Beauty and the Beast” from the point of view of the Beast, a vain Manhattan private school student who is turned into a monster and must find true love before he can return to his human form.
The Adjustment Bureau: After catching a glimpse of his future, a man chooses to fight for his own destiny under and through the streets of New York, risking his destined greatness, in order to be with the only woman he’s ever loved.
Changeling: a True Story: In Los Angeles, 1928, a single mother returns from work to find her son missing. When he is returned five months later she is sure this child is not really her son. In her quest for truth, she exposes a world of corruption and changes the city forever.
Into the Deep: A colorful foray into the kelp forests located off California’s Channel Islands.
Survival Island: Follows the return of animals to the sub-Antarctic island of South Georgia, the only land for thousands of square miles suitable for breeding that plays host to a large portion of the world’s population of elephant seals, penguins, albatross and fur seals.
The King’s Speech: When England’s throne is thrust upon him, admidst royal family scandal and impending world war, King George VI must overcome a lifelong, debilitating speech impediment to lead his nation.
Pillars of Freedon: Explains the roles played by the three branches of the U.S. government: Congress, Presidency and the Supreme Court.
Red Riding Hood: When the villagers of Daggerhorn are terrorized by a werewolf who walks among them as a human during the day, a young woman named Valerie learns they share a unique connection that makes her both suspect and bait.
Secret Yellowstone: Travel off-road to reveal as National geographic reaveals the real Yellowstone.
Secret Yosemite: Travel off-road with National Geographic Society to reveal the real Yosemite.
Vanishing of the Bees: Chronicles the innermost thoughts and feelings of beekeepers and scientists as they fight to preserve the honeybee and understand the phenomenon of Colony Collapse Disorder.
America’s Heart & Soul: Take a journey that weaves across the nation, revealing a tapestry of ordinary people living extraordinary lives as they follow their dreams with the freedom of spirit that’s uniquely American.
Please help support the Friends of the Library by attending their semi-annual booksale. Funds raised are used for programming (Summer Reading wouldn’ t be what it is without the Friends) and for special purchases such as the new Christmas Tree, wing back chairs and love seat. Book sale times are as follows:
Now You See Her by James Patterson: An innocent man accused of murder forces Nina Bloom, a successful lawyer and mother, to return to Florida, where she must face a deadly secret she has kept for eighteen years in order to prevent the wrong man from paying for a killer’s crimes.
Chime by Franny Billingsley: In the early twentieth century in the Swampsea, seventeen-year-old Briony, who can see the spirits that haunt the marshes around their town, feels responsible for her twin sister’s horrible injury until a young man enters their lives and exposes secrets that even Briony does not know about.
Edge of Apacolpyse by Tim LaHaye and Craig Parshall: Weapons designer Joshua Jordan, having created a sophisticated missile defense system, finds he is at risk of being sold out by the American government, which wants to avoid an economic catastrophe, and, as he tries to decide what course of action to take, he is faced with biblical prophecies about the apocalypse as well as the personal consequences of trying to save the nation.
Midsummer Nightby Freda Warrington: On a British estate, the veil between two worlds is easily breached, resulting in a local artist’s accidental discovery of the fairy Aethrials.
Betrayal of Trust by J.A. Jance: Seattle private investigator J. P. Beaumont agrees to help the governor of Washington clear his grandson of the murder of a girl that was videotaped and found on the young man’s phone, and soon realizes there might be multiple minors responsible for her death and the crime has much deeper implications than he originally believed.
Escape by Barbara Delinsky: Emily Aulenbach, a thirty-two-year-old lawyer who is married to another lawyer, has a startling moment of self-realization and decides to act on impulse, pack a bag, and embark on a journey to a mountain town in New Hampshire, where Emily suspects she made her first wrong turn in life.
Lion of Babylon by Davis Bunn: Marc Royce is called to war-torn Baghdad to search for missing intelligence agent Alex Baird and while searching for his missing friend, Marc uncovers a kidnapping conspiracy involving American and local officials that could derail peace efforts in the Middle East and get him killed.
Overbite by Meg Cabot: Meena, now using her power to see how anyone she meets will die to work for the Palatine Guard as a vampire hunter, and her partner, demon hunter Alaric Wulf, do not trust Father Henrique, who has joined the fight against a deadly new threat that is endangering the lives of the Palatine as well as Meena’s friends and family.
Silent Girl by Tess Gerritsen: Homicide detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles are called to Boston’s Chinatown to investigate the murder of a young woman who has been nearly decapitated and their only clue leads them back to a cold case from nineteen years earlier that is linked to a mysterious martial arts master and an ancient Chinese legend.
Side Jobs by Jim Butcher: Collects short stories and one novella in which Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard, and his colleagues solve a number of cases in record time.
Song of the Dragon by Tracy Hickman: While the races remain enslaved by the elves of the Rhonas Empire, a determined dwarf teams up with Drakis, a human slave warrior, with aims to change the world.
Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin: Silas Jones ended his friendship with Larry Ott after Larry was suspected in the disappearance of a girl he was dating, and now, twenty-five years later, another woman has disappeared and Larry is once again implicated, leaving Silas, the local constable, questioning what he really knows about his old friend.
A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin: New threats emerge to endanger the future of the Seven Kingdoms, as Daenerys Targaryen, ruling in the East, fights off a multitude of enemies, while Jon Snow, Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch, faces his foes both in the Watch and beyond the great Wall of ice and stone.
Hell is Empty by Craig Johnson: Sheriff Walt Longmire is asked to transport Raynaud Shade, an adopted Crow Indian who has just confessed to murdering a boy ten years ago and burying him in the Bighorn Mountains, and when he recognizes the last name of the victim and learns that the boy’s body is buried in his jurisdiction, Longmire is determined to make sure justice is served.