The Dublin Library is inviting the community to participate in the 6th annual one city, one book program, Dublin Reads, for the month of April, 2013. The book selected for this year is Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table by Ruth Reichl. Dublin Reads offers the entire community the experience of reading and discussing the same book. The program is generously sponsored by the Friends of the Dublin Library and includes book discussions and other special events.
Ruth Reichl’s deliciously crafted memoir, is the story of a life determined, enhanced, and defined in equal measure by a passion for food, unforgettable people, and the love of tales well told. Beginning with Reichl’s mother, the notorious food-poisoner known as the Queen of Mold, Reichl introduces us to the fascinating characters that shaped her world and her tastes. Spiced with infectious humor and sprinkled with her favorite recipes, Tender at the Bone is a witty and compelling chronicle of a culinary sensualist’s coming-of-age.
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 to escape from her abusive boyfriend, ending up in the small town of Culpepper, in the mountains of West Virginia.
Here they meet and make friends with young Macon Dilliard, who dreams of becoming a documentary filmmaker and Miss Charleena, a Hollywood movie star living in seclusion in her hometown of Culpepper. Foster has dreams too – she’d like to have her own cooking show like her idol, 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.
Children’s Librarian Peggy Tollefson comments that “So often these types of programs focus on adult reading, leaving children out. Our program seeks to include children by offering them the chance to read a book similar to the one that their parents are reading.”
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 ofTender 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.
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.
Dublin Library is a branch of the Alameda County Library located at 200 Civic Plaza in Dublin.