9780545417648_xlgTender to the Bone

The Dublin Library once again invites the community to read, discuss, share and experience the same book by participating in the Library’s annual one city, one book program, Dublin Reads. The book selected for this year is Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table by Ruth Reichl.

Dublin Reads is scheduled for April 2013 and includes book discussions and special events all month. This year Dublin Reads coincides with the Library’s tenth anniversary at its Civic Center location.

Tender at the Bone, Ruth Reichl’s memoir, is the story of a life determined, enhanced, and defined by a passion for food, unforgettable people, and the love of tales well told. Spiced with humor and sprinkled with her favorite recipes, Tender at the Bone is the compelling coming-of-age story of one of our most popular food writers.

In addition to reading Tender at the Bone, Dublin Reads includes a book selected for children. Close to Famous by Joan Bauer is the story of eleven year old Foster McFee and her mother, Rayka, who flee Memphis, escaping from an abusive boyfriend, ending up in the small town of Culpepper in the mountains of West Virginia.

Here they meet some memorable characters with big dreams including Miss Charleena, a Hollywood movie star living in seclusion. Foster has dreams too – she’d like to have her own cooking show like celebrity chef Sonny Kroll. Foster’s specialty is cupcakes and her ambition is no less than making the world a better place…one cupcake at a time. Together these characters aren’t even close to famous until events challenge them, and they come to realize you don’t know the power of a cupcake until your life depends on it.

Both tales feature delicious food writing, quirky characters, good storytelling and a strong dose of humor.

Readers are invited to attend a program or book discussion at the Library to share their experience of these books. Highlights include special guest hosts at community book discussions. Mayor Tim Sbranti will lead a discussion of Close to Famous on Wednesday, April 17 at 6:30 PM. And Dublin High School’s culinary arts instructor, Jackie Lawson, will host a discussion of Tender at the Bone on Tuesday, April 16 at 6:30 PM.

Special events include author Stephanie Lucianovic discussing her book Suffering Succotash : a Picky Eater’s Quest to Understand Why We Hate the Foods We Hate, on April 1 at 6:30 PM and on Saturday, April 13 at 2:00 PM, an appearance by Ying Chang Compestine, author of Secrets of a Healthy Asian Kitchen (2002) and Ying’s Best One-dish Meals : Quick and Healthy Recipes for the Entire Family (2011).

Copies of the books are available at the Dublin Library. Read and release copies of Tender at the Bone are available at the Dublin Heritage Park and Museums, Shannon Community Center and the Dublin Senior Center. Close to Famous is also available at Fallon and Wells Middle School Libraries.

Funding for Dublin Reads is provided by the Friends of the Dublin Library. A full schedule of events is online at http://guides.aclibrary.org/Dublin or you may pick up a schedule of events at the library. For information contact the Library at 925-803-7252.