Book of the Month December 2017-Uncommon Type by Tom Hanks

Each month we recommend a book from our library stock for adults. Please let us know your thoughts about the book via Facebook or Twitter.

Uncommon Type By Tom Hanks9781785151514

This is a collection of seventeen short stories by two times Oscar winner Tom Hanks. A hectic, funny sexual affair between two best friends. A World War II veteran dealing with his emotional and physical scars. A second-rate actor plunged into sudden stardom and a whirlwind press junket. A small-town newspaper columnist with old-fashioned views of the modern world. A woman adjusting to life in a new neighbourhood after her divorce. Four friends going to the moon and back in a rocket ship constructed in the backyard. A teenage surfer stumbling into his father’s secret life.These are just some of the people and situations that Tom Hanks explores in his first work of fiction, a collection of stories that dissects, with great affection, humour and insight, the human condition and all its foibles. The stories are linked by one thing: in each of them, a typewriter plays a part, sometimes minor, sometimes central. To many, typewriters represent a level of craftsmanship, beauty and individuality that is harder and harder to find in the modern world. This collection establishes him as a welcome  new voice in contemporary fiction, a voice that perceptively delves beneath the surface of friendships, families, love and normal, everyday behaviour.

You can borrow or reserve the book at your local Wokingham Borough Library http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/library-services/search-renew-and-reserve-items/

 

 

 

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Lower Earley Library 30th Birthday Coffee Morning Celebration

Staff and customers enjoyed a special coffee morning today to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the library opening in Lower Earley. The opening was on this day, November 23 in 1987. Customers were invited to join with staff to enjoy home made cakes and coffee in aid of the Children in Need Appeal.

Local author Christine Dodsworth also came along the library to launch her new book “Shandy on Sunday” which describes life in Yorkshire in the 1950s and 1960s and is of special interest to baby boomers!

Cllr Michael Firmager, the Mayor of Earley  and deputy executive member for Wokingham Borough Council visited the library  to cut the 30th Birthday Cake which was made for the library celebration by our star baker Claire Groves. Susan Brickell, who was one of the library’s original customers on our opening day in 1987 also visited the library today-pictured below with Sue Hawkins who was a library supervisor at Lower Earley for many years.

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Book of the Month November 2017-Winter by Ali Smith

Each month we choose a book to recommend for adults from our library stock. if you have any views on the book please let us know via Facebook or Twitter.Winter

Winter by Ali Smith

The is the second novel in Ali Smith’s essential Seasonal Quartet – Winter
Bleak. Frosty wind, earth as iron, water as stone, so the old song
goes. The shortest days,
the longest nights. The trees are bare and shivering. The
summer’s leaves? Dead litter.
The world shrinks; the sap sinks. But winter makes things
visible. And if there’s ice,
there’ll be fire. In Ali Smith’s Winter, lifeforce matches up to the toughest of the seasons.
In this second novel in her acclaimed Seasonal cycle, the follow-up to her sensational
Autumn, Smith’s shape-shifting quartet of novels casts a merry eye over a bleak post-
truth era with a story rooted in history, memory and warmth, its taproot deep in the
evergreens: art, love, laughter. It’s the season that teaches us survival. Here comes
Winter.
Ali Smith is the author of Free Love and Other Stories, Like, Other Stories and Other
Stories, Hotel World, The Whole Story and Other Stories, The Accidental, Girl Meets Boy,
The First Person and Other Stories, There but for the, Artful, How to be both, Public
library and other stories and Autumn. Hotel World was shortlisted for the Booker Prize
and the Orange Prize and The Accidental was shortlisted for the Man Booker and the
Orange Prize. How to be both won the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction, the Goldsmiths
Prize and the Costa Novel Award and was shortlisted for the Man Booker and the Folio
Prize.
Winter can be borrowed or reserved at your local Wokingham Borough Library http://bit.ly/2yEgU1u

Events for Adults at Wokingham Library November 2017

Gibraltar- An illustrated talk by Roy and Lesley Adkins about the greatest siege in British History.

Wednesday November 8 2pm to 3pm   £5 charge

Roy and Lesley Adkins’s bestselling books include Trafalgar and Jack Tar. Their new book is Gibraltar: The Greatest Siege in British History. From 1779 to 1783 Gibraltar was besieged and blockaded, on land and at sea, by massive forces from Spain and France. Thousands of soldiers, civilians and their families withstood terrifying bombardments, starvation and disease, with very ordinary people enduring extraordinary events. The action includes an attempted invasion of England, naval battles, shipwrecks, fantastic floating batteries and the creation of Gibraltar’s first tunnels. This is military, naval and social history woven together, with soldiers, sailors and civilians, royalty and rank-and-file, workmen and engineers, deserters and spies, all caught up in an epic struggle.

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Book Chat- Join us for book recommendations and coffee, just drop-in.Thursday November 16 10.30am to 11.30am

Printmaking Workshop- Have fun learning printmaking techniques from artist Karen Greville-Smith in a relaxed session of creative fun using Fireworks and Bonfire Night as inspiration. £5 charge

Saturday November 4     1pm to 3pm

Thames Crossings- A talk with Tony Weston. From a ford to a flight – 2000 years of getting to the other side across, under and over the River Thames.  £5 charge

Thursday November 9  5.45pm to 7pm

Festive Origami- Learn origami techniques to make Christmas decorations. £2 charge

Tuesday November 21 10.30am to 12noon

Festive Wireworking – Decorations Workshop with Rachel Freegard. Learn beading and wirework techniques to make beautiful, individual creations for Christmas.

Saturday November 25 10am to 1pm

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Book of the Month October 2017- House of Fiction: from Pemberley to Brideshead, great British Houses in Literature and Life by Phyllis Richardson

Each month we choose a book  that we would like to recommend for adults. if you have any views on the title please let us know via our Facebook or Twitter sites.

Discover how authors’ personal experiences in their homes shaped the iconic imaginative dwellings of English literature: Virginia Woolf’s love of Talland House is palpable in To the Lighthouse, just as London’s Bloomsbury is ever-present in Mrs. Dalloway. E.M. Forster’s childhood home at Rook’s Nest mirrors the idyllic charm of Howards End. And Horace Walpole’s “little Gothic castle” in Twickenham inspired him to write the first English Gothic novel, The Castle of Otranto. The English country house is also viewed through a modern lens-Kazuo Ishiguro’s Darlington Hall, Ian McEwan’s Tallis House, and Alan Hollinghurst’s Two Acres. Using historic sources, biographies, letters, and the novels themselves, this book presents some of the most influential houses in Britain through the stories they inspired.

The book can be borrowed or reserved from your Wokingham Borough Library http://bit.ly/2zAQ46X

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Gibraltar: the Greatest Siege in British History

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An illustrated talk with Roy and Lesley Adkins at Wokingham Library, Wednesday November 8, 2pm

Roy and Lesley Adkins are husband-and-wife historians, whose bestselling books include Trafalgar and Jack Tar. Their new book is Gibraltar: The Greatest Siege in British History. From 1779 to 1783 Gibraltar was besieged and blockaded, on land and at sea, by massive forces from Spain and France. It became the longest siege in British history. Thousands of soldiers, civilians and their families withstood terrifying bombardments, starvation and disease, with very ordinary people enduring extraordinary events. Rich in dramatic human detail, the action included an attempted invasion of England, naval battles, shipwrecks, fantastic floating batteries and the creation of Gibraltar’s first tunnels. This is military, naval and social history woven together, with soldiers, sailors and civilians, royalty and rank-and-file, workmen and engineers, deserters, prisoners-of-war, spies and surgeons, all caught up in an epic struggle.

The talk will take place at Wokingham Library on Wednesday November 8, 2pm to 3pm, £5 charge. To book a place call the library on (0118) 9781368

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Storytime with Steve Antony on Tuesday September 19 at 4pm

Storytime with Steve Antony

Come and meet author Steve Antony and hear his stories Monster in the Hood, Please Mr Panda and more.

At Wokingham Library on Tuesday September 19 from 4pm to 4.30pm

Books will be available to purchase, cash only.  For children aged 8 and under.bettyplease mr panda

Free to attend, just drop in!  Contact details:  Wokingham Library 0118 978 1368

Storytime with Steve Antony at Wokingham Library on Tuesday September 19

Storytime with Steve Antony

Come and meet author Steve Antony and hear his stories Monster in the Hood, Please Mr Panda and more.

At Wokingham Library on Tuesday September 19 from 4pm to 4.30pm

Books will be available to purchase, cash only.  For children aged 8 and under.bettyplease mr panda

Free to attend, just drop in!  Contact details:  Wokingham Library 0118 978 1368

Book of the Month September 2017 -Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Each month we choose a book that we would would like to recommend to adults. Please let us know if you have enjoyed the book via Facebook or Twitter.

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Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend. Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything. One simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself. Now she must learn how to navigate the world that everyone else seems to take for granted – while searching for the courage to face the dark corners she’s avoided all her life.

This is a very entertaining debut novel but it has an underlying message about loneliness in our society. As the story progresses we come to learn the terrible story of how Eleanor has ended up living in such isolation and how she finds her way back into the world.

Recommended for book groups too as there are many issues to discuss here.

Book of the Month August 2017- Greatest Hits by Laura Barnett

Each month we choose a book for adults that we would like to recommend. Please let us know if you have enjoyed the book via Facebook or Twitter.

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Cass Wheeler – a British singer-songwriter, hugely successful since the early 70s, whose sudden disappearance from the music world three decades later has been the subject of intense speculation among her fans – is in the studio that adjoins her home, taking a journey back into her past. Her task is to choose 16 from among the hundreds she has written since her early teens, for a uniquely personal Greatest Hits record, describing the arc of her life through song. It has been over a decade since Cass last put out an album; ten years since a tragedy catapulted her into a breakdown. In the course of this one day – both ordinary and extraordinary – each song Cass plays sets off a chain of memories, leading us deep into her past, and into the creative impulse that has underpinned her work.

Fans of Laura Barnett’s debut novel “The Versions of Us” will  welcome her second novel which is a very enjoyable read. However I did feel there are too many characters  in the book which leads to the narrative feeling a bit muddled in places, particularly as it hops backwards and forward in time.

An audio book read by Imogen Church will also be available shortly and this features  extracts from the album Songs from the Novel Greatest Hits by Kathryn Williams. Songs from the Novel Greatest Hits is available from One Little Indian Records.