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The 2014 Livermore Summer Reading Program begins on June 1, 2014 and ends at 5:00pm on August 16, 2014.
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Title
Flunking Sainthood
Author
Jana Riess
Review
Flunking Sainthood: A Year of Breaking the Sabbath, Forgetting to Pray, and Still Loving My Neighbor is a one-year memoir about the author's attempt to take up a variety of spiritual practices based on the writings other authors, both classical and present-day. Riess has a great style to her prose, which is pithy, self-deprecating, funny, and irreverent. Each month she attempts something different, from fasting to keeping the Sabbath in a strict Orthodox manner, to practicing the Centering Prayer, a form of Christian meditation. And each month she fails to live up to her own expectations, but seems to learn something, as each experience is designed to get her a little out of her comfort zone. It's a quick read, and the down-to-earth style keeps the subject matter accessible. When I first heard of the book I expected that it would include subjects outside the Judeo-Christian canon, but even though it didn't, overall I found that I empathized with her quest for a personal connection to her spirituality. I would recommend this book, a sometimes light-hearted, yet serious exploration of what it means to put one's beliefs into daily life.  Find this book
ISBN
9781557256607
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Title
Good-Bye, Chunky Rice
Author
Craig Thompson
Review
Good-Bye, Chunky Rice is the first graphic novel by Craig Thompson. Thompson is also the author of Blankets, which is a stunning work for the medium, similar in personal vulnerability and emotional depth as Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis. While also motivated by emotion, Good-Bye, Chunky Rice is much more abstract, and holds the reader at a distance with its quirky characters: a laconic turtle, his best friend (a mouse), an unkind shipboat captain, and a mismatched pair of siamese twins. Like Blankets, the illustrations are incredible, even when they are strange, and the interplay between the text and drawing is very creative. Unlike Blankets, this work is much shorter, less of a personal history and more of a musing on the author's feelings about leaving his home state of Michigan. I would recommend this book to fans of graphic novels and illustration, as this is clearly a quality work, albiet not as accessible as its successor.  Find this book
ISBN
0-375-71476-6
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Title
Sonoma Rose
Author
Jennifer Chiaverini
Review
I am not sure how this is considered to be an Elm Creek Quilt book but I enjoyed it all the same. Enjoyed reading about how Prohibition affected the wine growing and making in the Sonoma and Napa area.