Saturday, May 27, 2017

More Miscellaneous (and apologies for sizing and spacing anomalies - my troubleshooting skills are pretty much nil)

I've got some news and a recap of this past Wednesday's RBC meeting:

1.  The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, which, as you know, I really liked a lot, is going to be a movie with Kate Winslet. 
2.  Kerry Lonsdale's 2nd Book, Everything We Left Behind, the sequel to Everything We Keep, is coming out July 4.  As I've already told you, Kerry will be our RBC author in September.  You can find my review of EWK (because I know you want to read it again!) on February 12.
3.  For those of you who are into ebooks, NetGalley is a good place for you to go.  One of the bloggers that I follow, Nicole Hewitt, of Feed Your Fiction Addiction, has posted an article about this website.  It's called  What You Need to Know Before You Open a NetGalley Account.  You can find it on her May 20 post.

4.  I told you that Ellen Kirschman is launching her next book in the Dot Meyerhof series on July 12 at Books, Inc. in Palo Alto.  She will actually be in conversation with Ann Gelder.  What I didn't tell you is that she will also be appearing at Book Passage in Corte Madera on July 15.  This is a significant event because it's a benefit for the First Responder's Support Network.  As you can tell from the name, these people are the ones who 1st get to emergencies.  We all know someone who has greatly benefitted, maybe even been saved, because of the members of this group.  Ellen is very much involved with the organization.  Try to get there, if you can.  I've been once before and found it very inspirational.

5.  The RBC author for May was Margaret Zhao.  She came to Recycle to discuss her memoir Really Enough: A True Story of Tyranny, Courage and Comedy.  Margaret has an amazing story about growing up in the early years of the Communist takeover of China.  Our members all realized that we didn't learn anything about Communist China in our school years.  Well now we can.  RBC member and author, Ann Bridges, who has intimate knowledge of China, has given us a list of several books that we can read to educate ourselves.  Here they are:

BEST: China Road by Rob Gifford. This was recommended to me by a Chinese native as the most accurate depiction by a Westerner. Gifford was stationed in China as NPR's correspondent for a few years, then took a year off and traveled what I call the equivalent of Route 66 westward. While a few years old, it chronicles the changing shape of China, and includes areas rarely understood, like the Muslim population settling along the old Silk Road.
SILICON VALLEY LINK: China Dawn by David Sheff. This chronicles the major business and cultural shift through an entrepreneur's efforts.
HEARTBREAKING REALITIES: The Corpse Walker by Liao Yiwu. A local writer whose husband was assigned to China for 2 years took her time to learn the culture, and gave me this book. It is filled with mini-memoirs like Margaret's that will stun you.

Ann, with input from another RBC member, Pat Patterson, also gave us links to 2 articles about current news stories in China.  Take a look:

6.  Finally, but not least-ly, here is an article about the two Recycle Bookstore locations.  The article first appeared in the May 17 edition of Content Magazine.


  1. Wow, hadn't heard about a movie of Guernsey. Can't wait!

    1. Kate Winslet definitely seems like a good choice for the lead.

  2. I didn't know that either about Guernsey. Also, good article re netgalley- thanks for posting the link!

  3. Good news about the Guernsey movie! I bet that will be good!