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September 2014

Free book talk
Tracey M. Hook, author of 
Natural Elements 
Tuesday, September 30 @ 7 pm.
Wheelock Library

Natural Elements"My name is Geeta. I was born in Ville Parle, a suburb of Bombay." So begins the story of Geeta, a teenager home from boarding school for the holidays. Nothing ever seems to happen in her life. If she's not at the New Age Cafe with friends and fellow students Lalita and Ganesh, she's at the cinema swooning over the latest Bollywood idols.

Life is simple and ordinary on the surface, but underneath there's a darkness that unsettles the balance of her life. Being a girl of mixed race (her mother is black) in a society where fair skin is prized, Geeta struggles with the prejudice that reminds her daily that she is diffferent.

How does one fit in? How do you become accepted? There are no easy answers. But Geeta is strong and with the love and support of her mother and best friends Lalita and Ganesh, Geeta goes on a journey of self-awareness, self-acceptance and learning to live in her own skin.

Tracey Hook is a mom and former teacher with the Seattle and NYC Public School Districts. She is also a former case manger for the City of New York foster care system. Ms. Hook holds a BA in English from The College of Staten Island and an MA in Creative Writing from City College in New York. She enjoys reading, photography, and travel.


October 2014


Free book talk & signingNickel & Dimed
Barbara Ehrenreich, author of 
Nickel & Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America 
Tuesday, October 21 @ 7 pm.
Olympic Room, Main Library
A Tacoma Reads Event

Determined to find out how anyone could make ends meet on $7 an hour, Barbara Ehrenreich left behind her middle class life as a journalist except for $1000 in start-up funds, a car and her laptop computer to try to sustain herself as a low-skilled worker for a month at a time. In 1999 and 2000, Ehrenreich worked as a waitress in Key West, Fla., as a cleaning woman and a nursing home aide in Portland, Maine, and in a Wal-Mart in Minneapolis, Minn. During the application process, she faced routine drug tests and spurious "personality tests"; once on the job, she endured constant surveillance and numbing harangues over infractions like serving a second roll and butter. Beset by transportation costs and high rents, she learned the tricks of the trade from her co-workers, some of whom sleep in their cars, and many of whom work when they're vexed by arthritis, back pain or worse, yet still manage small gestures of kindness. Despite the advantages of her race, education, good health and lack of children, Ehrenreich's income barely covered her month's expenses in only one instance, when she worked seven days a week at two jobs (one of which provided free meals) during the off-season in a vacation town.


 November 2014

An evening with
J. A. Jance

author of the J. P. Beaumont series, the Ali Reynolds series, and the Joanna Brady series
Wednesday, November 5 @ 7 p.m.
(Seating is limited and on a space available basis- doors open at 6:15 p.m.)
Olympic Room, Main Library

.A. Jance is the New York Times bestselling author of the Ali Reynolds series, the J.P. Beaumont series, the Joanna Brady series, as well as four interrelated Southwestern thrillers featuring the Walker family. Born in South Dakota, and brought up in Brisbee, Arizona, Jance and her husband live in Seattle, Washington, and Tucson, Arizona. - See more at: http://authors.simonandschuster.com/J-A-Jance/40830890#sthash.r0mlbGng.dpuf

J.A, Jance is the New York Times bestselling author of the J. P. Beaumont series, the Ali Reynolds series, and the Joanna Brady series,as well as four interrelated Southwestern thrillers featuring the Walker family.

s well as four interrelated Southwestern thrillers featuring the Walker family. - See more at: http://authors.simonandschuster.com/J-A-Jance/40830890#sthash.iB5zMb9c.dpuf
Ali Reynolds
Ali Reynolds She has written over 45 novels and she has more than 10 million copies of her books in print
J.A. Jance is the New York Times bestselling author of the Ali Reynolds series, the J.P. Beaumont series, the Joanna Brady series, as well as four interrelated Southwestern thrillers featuring the Walker family. - See more at: http://authors.simonandschuster.com/J-A-Jance/40830890#sthash.iB5zMb9c.dpuf

 Ramains of Innocence by JA JanceBorn in South Dakota in 1944 and brought up in Bisbee, Arizona. She is a graduate of the University of Arizona. Before becoming an author, she worked as a school librarian on a Native American reservation, as a teacher, and selling insurance. She lives with her husband in Seattle, Washington, and Tucson, Arizona.

The popular mystery writer once explained “I learned on the reservation that the ancient, sacred charge of the storyteller is to beguile the time". She's beguiled readers as well as their time almost 20 years now since Until Proven Guilty was published in 1985.

Books will be available for purchase and signing at the event.

J.A. Jance is the New York Times bestselling author of the Ali Reynolds series, the J.P. Beaumont series, the Joanna Brady series, as well as four interrelated Southwestern thrillers featuring the Walker family. - See more at: http://authors.simonandschuster.com/J-A-Jance/40830890#sthash.iB5zMb9c.dpuf
.A. Jance is the New York Times bestselling author of the Ali Reynolds series, the J.P. Beaumont series, the Joanna Brady series, as well as four interrelated Southwestern thrillers featuring the Walker family. Born in South Dakota, and brought up in Brisbee, Arizona, Jance and her husband live in Seattle, Washington, and Tucson, Arizona. - See more at: http://authors.simonandschuster.com/J-A-Jance/40830890#sthash.r0mlbGng.dpuf
.A. Jance is the New York Times bestselling author of the Ali Reynolds series, the J.P. Beaumont series, the Joanna Brady series, as well as four interrelated Southwestern thrillers featuring the Walker family. Born in South Dakota, and brought up in Brisbee, Arizona, Jance and her husband live in Seattle, Washington, and Tucson, Arizona. - See more at: http://authors.simonandschuster.com/J-A-Jance/40830890#sthash.r0mlbGng.dpuf
Last Updated 29.09.2014