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Book Review: Deacon King Kong

Deacon King Kong by James McBride

 Meet Sportcoat, Miss Izi, Deems, Hot Sausage, Sister Gee, Pots, Elephant, Hettie, Cheese, Ants, Soup, and many more characters in this delightful novel situated in the 1969 era of the projects in the Bronx. James McBride (author of The Color of Water) tells the story of a community of different races, religions, and skin colors, and how this particular community both fought with each other and supported each other through both benign and bizarre situations. The community rallied together regardless of gangsters and cops to maintain a sense of equilibrium, all the while enduring the drastic and inevitable changes that any community experiences.

McBride dispenses with political correctness as he describes the characters who live in community, artfully weaving a story that includes violence, humor, loyalty, dreams, justice, and a smidgen of romance to warm the heart.

Review by Harriet Engle

Book Reviews: The Red Tent

The Red Tent by Anita Diamant

Did you ever wonder what happened to Dinah, daughter of Jacob and Leah of Old Testament times? Ms. Diamant goes beyond the slaughter of the men of Shechem  and weaves the “rest of the story” of the life of Dinah, the only daughter of Jacob, a daughter who lived obscurely in the shadows of her father and brothers. Before she writes that part of the story, she also describes, in beautiful and compassionate detail, the lives of the women who occupy the Red Tent.

Leah, Rachel, Zilpah, and Bilhah are the four wives of Jacob. They have 12 sons, direct descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and one daughter, born to Leah. The custom of the day was for the women to congregate in the Red Tent during their days of menstruation. It was an honor and a much-anticipated time when a young girl becomes a woman and may stay in the Red Tent once every month. In a patriarchal culture, the Red Tent signified the “women-only” place to get away from the rigors of caring for the men.

According to Ms. Diamant, Dinah’s life does not end with the slaughter of the men of Shechem. She courageously and beautifully continues on to lead a productive and revered life, in spite of the murderous knee-jerk reaction of her crazy and either/or minded brothers. Dinah’s story is a tribute to the women of that culture.

Review by Harriet Engle

Book Reviews: American Dirt

American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins

Lydia and Luca, mother and son, hide in the bathroom of their Acapulco home as they listen to the gunfire in their backyard.  Their entire family – husband/father, mother/grandmother, aunts, uncles, and cousins – lies dead, slaughtered by members of a powerful drug cartel. Why? Because Lydia’s husband, a journalist, dared to write about the evils of the newest drug cartel in Mexico, led by a powerful man known as The Owl.

Lydia owns and operates a small bookstore in Acapulco, catering to tourists. Lydia befriends and entertains in her bookstore a charming man who relates to her love of books. Little does she know that this man is The Owl. After her family is murdered, she realizes the depths of this man’s cruelty and violence and knows, beyond any doubts, that she and Luca will also be killed. She exercises her only option: flee to the United States.

This story, although fiction, could in reality be true in many cases. Ms. Cummins details the dangers and horrors of Lydia’s and Luca’s journey, the fears of being traced, caught, and murdered by the cartel, and also the distrust and amazement as she relates to others seeking asylum. It chronicles the perils of living in a cartel-run country and the perils of attempting to leave a cartel-run country.

Review by Harriet Engle

What’s Happening in July at Manheim Community Library

What’s Happening at MCL – July 2021

Manheim Community Library will be open for 1st Thursday (and every Thursday) until 8 p.m. We will also be outside sharing information about the Library and the Summer Reading Program. Author Mike Resh will be giving away signed copies of his children’s book, Dneirf. Drop by and say hello!
 

Readers of all ages will enjoy animal stories this summer as Manheim Community Library joins the Library System of Lancaster County in presenting the “Tails and Tales” 2021 Summer Reading Program. The countywide reading program begins June 5 and will run through August 14.

Tails and Tales is divided into four reading levels: Read Aloud (birth-4 years), Elementary (ages 5-9), Tween (ages 10-12) and Teen (ages 13-19). To complete the challenge, participants read and complete activities related to the arts, STEM, physical fitness, community, and learning. Participants may choose either the virtual (Beanstack) or the paper challenge. Details are available at lancasterlibraries.org/srp. Paper logs are available at Manheim Community Library.

Adults may choose to participate in Manheim Community Library’s Adult Summer Reading Program to be entered into a grand prize drawing. Visit the Library for registration forms and details.













Get Outdoors this summer with the Summer Fitness Quest. Youth (ages 5-12) can sign up for the challenge and earn a medal for visiting 5 parks or other outdoor recreation areas. Those who visit 10 or more will be entered into a drawing for a GIANT gift card. Details available at lancasterlibraries.org/sfq.
Adults, don’t miss out on the fun! Sign up for our Summer Reading Program just for you. The more you do the more chances you have to win our grand prize. Details and registration at the Library.

Calendar
Search our Catalog
Renew Library Materials
Directions
 

15 East High Street
Manheim, PA 17545
717-665-6700
info@manheimlibrary.org

Hours:
M, Tu, F    9 AM-5 PM
W              Noon-5 PM*   

Th             9 AM-8 PM
Sat            9 AM-1 PM
*Wednesday mornings available
BY APPOINTMENT ONLY for
at-risk individuals.
Call 717-665-6700 to schedule.

What’s Happening

What’s Happening at MCL – July 2021

Manheim Community Library will be open for 1st Thursday (and every Thursday) until 8 p.m. We will also be outside sharing information about the Library and the Summer Reading Program. Author Mike Resh will be giving away signed copies of his children’s book, Dnierf. Drop by and say hello!
 

Readers of all ages will enjoy animal stories this summer as Manheim Community Library joins the Library System of Lancaster County in presenting the “Tails and Tales” 2021 Summer Reading Program. The countywide reading program begins June 5 and will run through August 14.

Tails and Tales is divided into four reading levels: Read Aloud (birth-4 years), Elementary (ages 5-9), Tween (ages 10-12) and Teen (ages 13-19). To complete the challenge, participants read and complete activities related to the arts, STEM, physical fitness, community, and learning. Participants may choose either the virtual (Beanstack) or the paper challenge. Details are available at lancasterlibraries.org/srp. Paper logs are available at Manheim Community Library.

Adults may choose to participate in Manheim Community Library’s Adult Summer Reading Program to be entered into a grand prize drawing. Visit the Library for registration forms and details.













Get Outdoors this summer with the Summer Fitness Quest. Youth (ages 5-12) can sign up for the challenge and earn a medal for visiting 5 parks or other outdoor recreation areas. Those who visit 10 or more will be entered into a drawing for a GIANT gift card. Details available at lancasterlibraries.org/sfq.
Adults, don’t miss out on the fun! Sign up for our Summer Reading Program just for you. The more you do the more chances you have to win our grand prize. Details and registration at the Library.

Calendar
Search our Catalog
Renew Library Materials
Directions
15 East High Street
Manheim, PA 17545
717-665-6700
info@manheimlibrary.org

Hours:
M, Tu, F    9 AM-5 PM
W              Noon-5 PM*   

Th             9 AM-8 PM
Sat            9 AM-1 PM
*Wednesday mornings available
BY APPOINTMENT ONLY for at-risk individuals. Call 717-665-6700 to schedule.

What’s Happening at MCL – July 2021

Manheim Community Library will be open for 1st Thursday (and every Thursday) until 8 p.m. We will also be outside sharing information about the Library and the Summer Reading Program. Author Mike Resh will be giving away signed copies of his children’s book, Dnierf. Drop by and say hello!
 

Readers of all ages will enjoy animal stories this summer as Manheim Community Library joins the Library System of Lancaster County in presenting the “Tails and Tales” 2021 Summer Reading Program. The countywide reading program begins June 5 and will run through August 14.

Tails and Tales is divided into four reading levels: Read Aloud (birth-4 years), Elementary (ages 5-9), Tween (ages 10-12) and Teen (ages 13-19). To complete the challenge, participants read and complete activities related to the arts, STEM, physical fitness, community, and learning. Participants may choose either the virtual (Beanstack) or the paper challenge. Details are available at lancasterlibraries.org/srp. Paper logs are available at Manheim Community Library.

Adults may choose to participate in Manheim Community Library’s Adult Summer Reading Program to be entered into a grand prize drawing. Visit the Library for registration forms and details.













Get Outdoors this summer with the Summer Fitness Quest. Youth (ages 5-12) can sign up for the challenge and earn a medal for visiting 5 parks or other outdoor recreation areas. Those who visit 10 or more will be entered into a drawing for a GIANT gift card. Details available at lancasterlibraries.org/sfq.
Adults, don’t miss out on the fun! Sign up for our Summer Reading Program just for you. The more you do the more chances you have to win our grand prize. Details and registration at the Library.

Calendar
Search our Catalog
Renew Library Materials
Directions
15 East High Street
Manheim, PA 17545
717-665-6700
info@manheimlibrary.org

Hours:
M, Tu, F    9 AM-5 PM
W              Noon-5 PM*   

Th             9 AM-8 PM
Sat            9 AM-1 PM
*Wednesday mornings available
BY APPOINTMENT ONLY for at-risk individuals. Call 717-665-6700 to schedule.