Some of the most interesting books I’ve read have often been those books that were recommended to me by friends and acquaintances.  One of the side benefits of working in a library is hearing about what my colleagues are reading.

Peggy Tollefson has recently read:

Letters to the Valley:  A Harvest of Memories by David Mas Masumoto  B MASUMOTO, D

This is a collection of letters written for the Fresno Bee by our Dublin Reads author.  He muses on various subjects such as memories, higher education and philanthropy. 

The Other Side of the Bridge by Mary Lawson  FICTION LAWSON, M

This is the story of farmer Arthur Dunn and his struggle with his brother Jake.  No two brothers could be more different, and theirs is story that you’ll never forget.

Bill Moore is currently reading:

The Night Visitor: A Shaman Mystery by James D. Doss MYSTERY DOSS, J

This mystery shows some insight into the beliefs of the Utes and other Native American peoples.  The character could be real, whereas the belief system might be somewhat stretched for reality.  This is an easy read and travels well in my daily routine.

Monica Ten Eyck is now reading:

A children’s series called Gideon’s Trilogy by Linda Buckley-Archer, though only Gideon the Cutpurse (J BUCKLEY-ARCHER, L) and the Time Thief (J BUCKLEY-ARCHER, L) are currently in print.  Peter’s father is disappointing him again by being too busy to celebrate his birthday, but his nanny has an idea for some fun, he can join her friends at their farm for a weekend.  A quick trip to a friend’s laboratory turns that weekend into a century or so for Peter, and a nightmare for his folks and for his host family, as they battle the government to get Peter back into the 20th century.  Just as things look like they’ll be solved, the villains use the time machine and they are now gallivanting, creating havoc in Peter’s property century.  I can’t wait for volume 3!

Red Necklace: A Story of the French Revolution by Sally Garnder (J GARDNER, S), involves a magician, a crippled girl, and her cruel marquis father, a gypsy boy who can read minds, a positively Dickensian plot, and a revolution. Will any of them make it out alive?

I, your blogger,  am currently reading:

Renegade for Peace and Justice:  Congresswoman Barbara Lee speaks for me (B LEE, B), which is her autobiography.  Congresswoman Lee represents California’s Ninth Congressional Distict, which stretches from Albany to Oakland and Castro Valley.  She was the only member of Congress to vote against giving President Bush basically unlimited authority to wage war against nations he deemed capable of terrorism.  In this book, Barbara Lee tells of the challenges she overcame to become one of the most progressive and respected members of Congress.