Book Clubs and reviews…

PLEASE NOTE-there are NO book clubs meeting at the library

May’s reading selection is A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy who Helped Win WWII by Sonia Parnell

In 1942, the Gestapo sent out an urgent transmission: “She is the most dangerous of all Allied spies. We must find and destroy her.”

This spy was Virginia Hall, a young American woman–rejected from the foreign service because of her gender and her prosthetic leg–who talked her way into the spy organization deemed Churchill’s “ministry of ungentlemanly warfare,” and, before the United States had even entered the war, became the first woman to deploy to occupied France.

Virginia Hall was one of the greatest spies in American history, yet her story remains untold. Just as she did inย Clementine, Sonia Purnell uncovers the captivating story of a powerful, influential, yet shockingly overlooked heroine of the Second World War. At a time when sending female secret agents into enemy territory was still strictly forbidden, Virginia Hall came to be known as the “Madonna of the Resistance,” coordinating a network of spies to blow up bridges, report on German troop movements, arrange equipment drops for Resistance agents, and recruit and train guerilla fighters. Even as her face covered WANTED posters throughout Europe, Virginia refused order after order to evacuate. She finally escaped with her life in a grueling hike over the Pyrenees into Spain, her cover blown, and her associates all imprisoned or executed. But, adamant that she had “more lives to save,” she dove back in as soon as she could, organizing forces to sabotage enemy lines and back up Allied forces landing on Normandy beaches. Told with Purnell’s signature insight and novelistic flare,ย A Woman of No Importanceย is the breathtaking story of how one woman’s fierce persistence helped win the war. (A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II by Sonia Purnell (

Have you struggled to find a good book or a new author, Goodreads and Washington Post have a great online source for reviews. They just released their summer suggestions.

Read a biography! Not only are biographies informative, theyโ€™re entertaining. Here is a short list of biographies you can get through the library or Libby.

~ ๐™‡๐™š๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™–๐™ง๐™™๐™ค ๐˜ฟ๐™–๐™‘๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™˜๐™ž by Walter Isaacson.
~ ๐˜ผ ๐˜ฝ๐™š๐™–๐™ช๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™›๐™ช๐™ก ๐™ˆ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™™ by Sylvia Nasar – John Nash an acclaimed mathematician who battled schizophrenia. Also a movie.
~ ๐™๐™๐™š ๐™„๐™ข๐™ข๐™ค๐™ง๐™ฉ๐™–๐™ก ๐™‡๐™ž๐™›๐™š ๐™ค๐™› ๐™ƒ๐™š๐™ฃ๐™ง๐™ž๐™š๐™ฉ๐™ฉ๐™– ๐™‡๐™–๐™˜๐™ ๐™จ by Rebecca Skloot – A woman whose cells changed the trajectory of modern medicine. Also a movie.
~ ๐˜ผ๐™ก๐™š๐™ญ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™๐™š๐™ง ๐™ƒ๐™–๐™ข๐™ž๐™ก๐™ฉ๐™ค๐™ฃ by Ron Chernow. Also a major broadway musical.
~ ๐™„๐™ฃ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™’๐™ž๐™ก๐™™ by John Krakauer – Christopher McCandless who traveled to Alaska and disappeared into the Denali wilderness in April 1992. Also a movie.
~ ๐˜ฝ๐™–๐™ง๐™ง๐™–๐™˜๐™ค๐™ค๐™ฃ by Zora Neale Hurston. Based on Hurstonโ€™s interviews with the last remaining survivor of the Middle Passage slave trade, a man named Cudjo Lewis.
~ ๐™๐™๐™š ๐™‡๐™ค๐™จ๐™ฉ ๐˜พ๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ฎ ๐™ค๐™› ๐™• by David Grann. Percy Fawcett, the archaeologist who vanished in the Amazon. Also a movie.
~ ๐™ˆ๐™ค๐™ช๐™ฃ๐™ฉ๐™–๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™จ ๐˜ฝ๐™š๐™ฎ๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™ˆ๐™ค๐™ช๐™ฃ๐™ฉ๐™–๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™จ by Tracy Kidder – Doctor Paul Farmer who worked for decades to eradicate infectious diseases around the globe.
~ ๐™๐™ค๐™จ๐™š๐™ข๐™–๐™ง๐™ฎ by Kate Clifford Larson – Rosemary Kennedyโ€™s life and life after lobotomy.
~ ๐™๐™๐™š ๐™Ž๐™ฉ๐™ง๐™–๐™ฃ๐™œ๐™š๐™ง ๐™ž๐™ฃ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™’๐™ค๐™ค๐™™๐™จ by Michael Finkel – Christopher Knight who lived alone in the Maine woods for almost thirty years.
~ ๐™Ž๐™ฉ๐™š๐™ซ๐™š ๐™…๐™ค๐™—๐™จ by Walter Isaacson. Also a movie.
~ ๐™๐™ฃ๐™—๐™ง๐™ค๐™ ๐™š๐™ฃ by Laura Hillenbrand. Olympic runner Louis Zamperini’s US Army bomber crashed in the Pacific, leaving him and two other men afloat on a raft for forty-seven days and their subsequent capture by the Japanese Navy. Also a movie.

Sally Lee – Fontana Public Library

This nice weather may have you thinking about being outdoors and gardening. The links below have a variety that might be right for you

Sally Lee’s reading suggestions–
๐™‰๐™š๐™ฌ๐™จ ๐™Š๐™› ๐™๐™๐™š ๐™’๐™ค๐™ง๐™ก๐™™ by Paulette Jiles
๐˜ผ ๐™‚๐™š๐™ฃ๐™ฉ๐™ก๐™š๐™ข๐™–๐™ฃ ๐™„๐™ฃ ๐™ˆ๐™ค๐™จ๐™˜๐™ค๐™ฌ by Amor Towles
๐™๐™๐™š ๐™‹๐™ค๐™ž๐™จ๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™ฌ๐™ค๐™ค๐™™ ๐˜ฝ๐™ž๐™—๐™ก๐™š by Barbara Kingsolver
๐™๐™๐™š ๐™‡๐™–๐™จ๐™ฉ ๐™๐™š๐™ฅ๐™ค๐™ง๐™ฉ ๐™Š๐™ฃ ๐™๐™๐™š ๐™ˆ๐™ž๐™ง๐™–๐™˜๐™ก๐™š๐™จ ๐˜ผ๐™ฉ ๐™‡๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ฉ๐™ก๐™š ๐™‰๐™ค ๐™ƒ๐™ค๐™ง๐™จ๐™š by Louise Erdrich
๐™Š๐™ฃ๐™š ๐™‚๐™ค๐™ค๐™™ ๐˜ฟ๐™ค๐™œ by Susan Wilson
๐˜ฝ๐™ž๐™œ ๐™‡๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ฉ๐™ก๐™š ๐™‡๐™ž๐™š๐™จ by Lianne Moriarty
๐™๐™๐™š ๐™Ž๐™ฅ๐™–๐™˜๐™š ๐˜ฝ๐™š๐™ฉ๐™ฌ๐™š๐™š๐™ฃ ๐™๐™จ by Thrity Umrigar

โ€œ… ๐™—๐™ช๐™ฉ ๐™ฃ๐™ค๐™ฌ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™ฃ๐™š๐™ฌ๐™จ ๐™ค๐™› ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™ฌ๐™ค๐™ง๐™ก๐™™ ๐™๐™–๐™™ ๐™–๐™œ๐™š๐™™ ๐™๐™ž๐™ข ๐™š๐™ซ๐™š๐™ฃ ๐™ข๐™ค๐™ง๐™š ๐™ฉ๐™๐™–๐™ฃ ๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ข๐™š ๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™จ๐™š๐™ก๐™›.โ€ — Paulette Jiles, ๐™‰๐™š๐™ฌ๐™จ ๐™ค๐™› ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™’๐™ค๐™ง๐™ก๐™™. This well researched historical fiction novel is set in Texas in 1870. The main character, Captain Jefferson Kidd, gives readings from newspapers to inform and entertain people with news of the world in various towns for a dime per person. After a reading in Wichita Falls, Kidd is approached by a listener he knows, and is asked if he would deliver a little orphaned girl to her relatives in San Antonio. The girl had been abducted by the Kiowa tribe four years earlier after they raided her farm and killed her family. After some consideration, the Captain agrees to do it. This is the story of their perilous 400 mile adventure across Texas. Your heart will break and then be mended in this novel based upon a little known fact of American history.