Heartburn by Nora Ephron and Leaving Mother Lake by Yang Erche Namu, A Lakeview Book Club Report

Lakeview Book Club Report on the discussion of Heartburn by Nora Ephron and Leaving Mother Lake by Yang Erche Namu.

Eight of us met to discuss these two quickly read books. Heartburn had been on our list for a long time, but we added Leaving Mother Lake, because we wanted to discuss another book with a strong woman. Heartburn was fiction based on fact and Leaving Mother Lake was a memoir, "as told to" anthropologist, Christine Mathieu. Christine Mathieu also added her anthropological analysis of Yang Erche Namu's community in Yunan Province. Our discussion leader for Leaving Mother Lake shared very thorough notes, which brought us all up on the major details.

Yang Erche Namu was born in 1966 in a very remote village in the mountains of Yunnan Province, China. Her isolated community developed a "matrilineal" society over hundreds of years. Anthropologist, Christine Mathieu, conjectures that this evolved from a feudal society

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10 Great Reasons to Read Fiction in December 2014

Ready to curl up with some great stories? Here are 10 books to look forward to this December.

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Beyond Nanowrimo

Nanowrimo may be ending, but these books will help you to develop your novel throughout the year.

National Novel Writing Month may be coming to an end, but work on your novel is only just beginning. These books will help you develop your craft and provide ideas and support for your existing and future projects.

All summaries are from the publisher's descriptions.

Writing Open the Mind     Archetypes for Writers     

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Condé Nast Titles Now Available on Zinio

ZINIO. JUST. GOT. BETTER.

“Do you carry the New Yorker digitally?" "When are you going to get Wired online?” FINALLY, we can respond “YES!”, “and “NOW”! With Zinio, our popular e-magazine platform highlighted in a blog post last June by Magazine & Newspaper Librarian Kirsten Baldock, Oakland Library cardholders can download and keep digital editions of the current issues of popular magazine titles, now including Condé Nast magazines!  Since OPL began subscribing to Zinio over a year ago, patrons have been asking for many of these formerly-not-available-to-libraries titles. Condé Nast and Zinio struck a deal this fall, and our patrons now have access to (drum roll): 

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Notes on GOING CLEAR: Scientology, Hollywood and the Prison of Belief by Lawrence Wright

Going Clear by Lawrence Wright tells you more than you'd ever thought you'd learn about the pseudo-science beliefs of Scientology and the enforcement of its secrets by its creepy hierarchy. Stranger than Science Fiction!

What a fascinating topic! There were 8 of us at our Lakeview Book Club Meeting in August to discuss Going Clear by Lawrence Wright. Most had read it all. Some read most parts or didn't quite finish. Two were new to our group. One of the new people came, because of the topic, while not having had the opportunity to read the book.
 
Lawrence Wright, an investigative reporter,  is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American author, screenwriter, staff writer for The New Yorker magazine, and fellow at the Center for Law and Security at the New York University School of Law. He is from Dallas, Texas and is a graduate of Tulane University and English in at the American University in Cairo in Egypt and received his MA in applied linguistics in 1969.
 
Going Clear was based on extensive research and over 200

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10 Great Reasons to Read Fiction in November 2014

Are you a fiction lover? Here are 10 great books coming out in November.

 

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Even Monsters Deserve a Nice Name

Frankenstein was the name of the doctor not the poor nameless creature. I'm gonna call him Creature.

It's Halloween, let's talk monsters!

For Book Club this month, we read Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. Before I get into my book rant, I'll fill you in on a few details of the author's life. Her biography is arguably more scandalous than the book's plot.

Mary Wollstencraft Shelley was the daughter of a famous feminist and a well known author who were too hip to get married. Her mom died shortly after her birth, so Mary grew up with her dad, her mean stepmom, her mom's daughter from a previous relationship (an affair with a soldier), her stepmother's kids from her

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Literary Hauntings

Have you read a good ghost story lately? Check out these haunted tales just in time for Halloween.

As children my friends and I liked to tell scary stories with the goal of eliciting shrieks from one another. I also have fond memories of reading Great Tales of Horror by Edgar Allan Poe before bed. Perhaps this isn't the best reading for a sound sleep, but I loved the suspense as I eagerly anticipated the end of the story and the scare it would bring.    

Have you read a good ghost story lately?  Here are some haunted tales for adults, just in time for Halloween.

 Ghosts of Old Edo    

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Books We Love: The Known World

A book to check out: The Known World, the Pulitzer Prize-winning historical novel about slavery by Edward P. Jones.

Book coverThe 2003 novel The Known World by Edward P. Jones tells a haunting, heartbreaking and complex story of slavery in America. An enslaved African American man saves the money he makes as a carpenter to purchase and free himself, his wife, and later, their son. To the amazed disappointment of his parents, the son maintains a connection with his former master, and then becomes a slave owner himself. And a white sheriff, despite his anti-slavery views, has a job that requires him to apprehend runaway slaves. The sheriff reluctantly accepts a slave girl as a wedding gift, but prefers to treat her as a daughter. These are just two strands of the interwoven stories

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THE PORTRAIT OF A LADY by Henry James: From the Lakeview Book Club

Notes from The Lakeview Branch Library Book Club's discussion of The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James, a gripping psychological novel of kindness, manipulation, betrayal and the strength to deal with this in an American expatriate world in Europe during the last half of the 19th century.

The Portrait of a Lady Henry James's grandfather immigrated to the United States in 1789 and was a successful venture capitalist, who owned a canal and made a fortune. The grandfather had 3 wives and 16 children.

Henry's father inherited wealth and was a philosopher. There were five children in the family. Henry was the second child. His sister was an invalid, who only lived to her early 40s. Henry traveled extensively with his family.

Henry was not the only famous James from that family. His brother William was the very famous psychologist. It is said that William wrote psychology as if it were fiction, and Henry wrote fiction as if it were psychology. Both William and Henry were Calvinists, but we didn't see evidence of a religious point of view in this novel.

Portrait of a Lady is considered to be the best of the novels of Henry James. Henry's insight into the lives and emotions of his

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