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Admit it. You like to read stories about families more dysfunctional than your own. There’s nothing wrong with that.

As holiday family dinners loom over you, we’ve got some titles to remind you that your family is probably not as bad as you think. It’s all relative (sorry).

 

All the Ugly and Wonderful Things, by Bryn Greenwood

Commonwealth, by Ann Patchett

The Corrections, by Jonathan Franzen

Everything I Never Told You, by Celeste Ng

The House We Grew Up In, by Lisa Jewell

In Between Days, by Andrew Porter

The Nest, by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney

This Is Where I Leave You, by Jonathan Tropper

The Turner House, by Angela Flournoy

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, by Karen Joy Fowler

We Were the Mulvaneys, by Joyce Carol Oates

You can find these titles and more in this booklist on our library catalog.

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If you prefer real life stories, then try these memoirs instead:

The Autumn Balloon, by Kenny Porpora

Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant, by Roz Chast

Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight, by Alexandra Fuller

Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal, by Jeanette Winterson

 

And lastly, two books that are also movies available on DVD at the library:

The Glass Castle, by Jeannette Walls

August: Osage County, by Tracy Letts

 

Did we forget your favorite fractious family? Let us know!

 

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The holiday season is almost here! Before you get bogged down in the Thanksgiving and Christmas crunch, join us for an inspiring talk on…

Leading with Kinditude: Experiments in
Grateful Living & Giving

Thursday, November 2nd at 6:30 p.m.

 

Gratitude has been shown to improve our happiness, health, and relationships. Sages and scientists tell us that each act of kindness, no matter how small, helps quiet the mind and foster interconnectedness.

In this talk, ServiceSpace Coordinators Audrey Lin and Anne Veh will dive into the expansive nature of gratitude, share personal and collective experiments in kindness, and ultimately unleash a worldview in which priceless gifts— like gratitude, generosity, and compassion— can be put into greater circulation.

ServiceSpace is an all volunteer-run incubator of generosity-driven projects that works at the intersection of volunteerism, technology and gift-economy. To learn more, visit www.servicespace.org

Can’t make our event? Get inspired by this list of books on kindness, gratitude, and generosity.

First Thursdays are free programs for adults held every first Thursday of the month.

 

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If you are searching for a job, you’ll want to take advantage of free job seeker’s workshops offered at Dublin Library.  Dublin Library will be hosting two job seeker’s workshops in October 2017.

Effective Resumes and Cover Letters will be given on Tuesday, October 24th, from 1:00 – 2:30 PM in the Dublin Library Program Room.    In this workshop, a job search specialist will tell you how to write a resume and cover letter that will get you more interviews and a suitable job faster.

Effective Interview Skills will be given on Tuesday, October 31st, from 1:00 – 2:30 PM in the Dublin Library Program Room. In this workshop, a job search specialist will show you how to prepare for a successful job interview in which you will confidently present your previous job background, education, experience and skills you can bring to your desired position.

These programs will be presented by the Tri-Valley One-Stop Career Center in partnership with the Dublin Library.  No appointment is needed, but please arrive by 1:00 PM.  

Congratulations to George Saunders, this year’s winner of the Man Booker Prize for his novel, Lincoln in the Bardo! Have you read it? What did you think?

Here’s what one of the prize judges had to say about the novel:

“The form and style of this utterly original novel, reveals a witty, intelligent, and deeply moving narrative. This tale of the haunting and haunted souls in the afterlife of Abraham Lincoln’s young son paradoxically creates a vivid and lively evocation of the characters that populate this other world. Lincoln in the Bardo is both rooted in, and plays with history, and explores the meaning and experience of empathy.”

See the Man Booker Prize’s blog for more commentary on the winner.

The Man Booker Prize goes to the best literary fiction written in English, as voted on by a panel of five judges. Originally limited to authors from the United Kingdom & Commonwealth, the Man Booker was recently expanded to include any author writing originally in English and published in the UK. This is the second American in a row to win the prize.

Here are the other titles that were nominated for the Man Booker Prize this year:

Autumn, by Ali Smith

History of Wolves, by Emily Fridlund

Exit West, by Moshin Hamid

4 3 2 1, by Paul Auster

Elmet, by Fiona Mozley (no library copy, sorry)

Also try this list of past award winning books! It includes Man Booker, National Book Award, National Book Critics Circle Award, and more.

 

With our busy lifestyles, sometimes it’s hard to find the time to just sit and read.  If you’ve got a stack of unread books and feel like getting out more, you can take care of both situations with Dublin’s Silent Book Club!

On the third Tuesday of the month, from 3:00 – 4:00 pm, the library hosts an adult quiet reading hour. We’ll be setting up a room with a few comfortable chairs, closing the door, and giving you space to escape into a good book. Even though we call it a book club, we’re not discussing or reading the same book. It’s just a way to schedule some reading time and be around others who appreciate and share a passion for reading.

If you’re feeling social, you can come early and join us for our Readers’ Round Table. From 2:00 – 3:00 pm on the third Tuesday of the month, we spend time talking about the books we’re reading and enjoying. Share your latest find, or find a new author to try! While these two programs happen on the same day, you do not need to attend one to come to the other. Pick what feels right for you.

At last month’s Readers’ Round Table one participant recommended the book The Widow of the South, by Robert Hicks. She admitted it was slow to start, but full of detail about life in the South during the Civil War. The characters come to life as you get into it. You learn some history and get some romance. It’s also about how the main character’s home gets taken over by the Confederacy and turned into a hospital.

This prompted another participant to recommend the PBS television series Mercy Street, a somewhat gritty but captivating show about a family-owned hotel turned into an army hospital in Union-occupied Virginia. There’s a mix of interesting characters and perspectives including the Boston widow newly arrived as a nurse, a free black man with untapped medical skills, and a Southern belle whose entitled world has been utterly shaken. Find the DVDs for both seasons at the library.

What new book or show might you discover next? Join us on October 17 to find out!

Join us this Saturday at 2:00 p.m. for an intimate and informative presentation on genealogy!

Local historian Steve Minniear will talk about the usual steps of tracking down and documenting your ancestors and suggest a little extra effort.  He’ll discuss how he uses online and library resources to take the basic facts about relatives and let your relatives take their places in history.  And he’ll give you examples from his current work on Private Bert Russell and his adventures in France during World War I.

 

Steve Minniear co-wrote Dublin and the Tri-Valley: The World War II Years and is finishing a book on Dublin’s history which should be available next year. Mr. Minniear advised on the new Dublin Camp Parks Military History Center, served eight years on the City of Dublin Heritage and Cultural Arts Commission and is the President of the Dublin Historical Preservation Association. He moved to Dublin in 1987 and he also loves the Dublin Library.

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Friends of Dublin Library’s Fall Book Sale will be held on Saturday, September 30, 2017, at Dublin Library, 200 Civic Plaza, Dublin, CA 94568, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and on Sunday, October 1st, 2017, from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Saturday, September 30th:  Members Only – 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Open to Public – 11:00 AM – 4:00 p.m.

Shop for bargain treasures at the Friends of the Dublin Library fall book sale!  The sale includes gently used hardbacks and paperbacks, children’s books, media such as DVDs, books on CD, and music CDs.   The first two hours of Saturday’s sale is reserved for members only.  New memberships can be purchased at the door starting at 8:30 a.m. Annual memberships are $10 for individuals, 18 & over; $20 for a Family Membership and $100 for a Lifetime Membership.

Sunday, October 1st is  Bag Day.  Fill a bag with books for only $4.00.  Bags are provided.

All proceeds benefit the Dublin Library.

Also check the Friends’ online bookstore at http://fdl.alibrisstore.com
Contact Dublin Library 925-803-7252