Monthly Archives: December 2008

Cafe Parlez for December

The last Cafe Parlez for 2008 and we’ve got delicious yummies coming out of our ears!!  Fruit, cheese, crackers, Moroccan soup, chocolate, cranberry nut bread – excellent!  There is a paperback swap, and door prizes. 

MC brought a photo album from a trip to Morocco, and sand, shells, and pot shards  from the Sahara desert. 

The point is brought up that the message was fine; it was the way it was presented.  Some people didn’t care for the book, some people thought it was the best book ever.  The gold was a bonus; the treasure was the learning process.   Every time he got near the “treasure”, something happened to stop him.  His Personal Journey was to find the treasure, which he interpreted as gold.  MTR thinks the main character was a little self-centered. 

What would have been a better Personal Legend for “The Boy”?  Why can’t his PL be riches?  The treasure was the end result, but the lesson was his journey.    You wish he was looking for something other than money, but he did promise the Gypsy that he’d give her a tenth of his treasure.

What was the difference between the Englishman and the Alchemist?  The Englishman was just focused on the gold, and the Alchemist was interested in the process and the achievement of enlightenment. 

Which payment The Boy made is “false hope”?  You have to pay a price to take a risk, so the Gypsy gave him false hopes by raising his expectations that he would win the treasure.  The Old Man was more helpful, taking his sheep, giving him good advice. 

While working for the crystal merchant, The Boy learned that he was better off following his dream, rather than sitting, waiting, afraid to follow the dream.  The Merchant seemed rather sad, but maybe that was his Personal Legend.  However, one of the obstacles to achieving your goal is the Fear of Succeeding. 

How do you know your Personal Legend?  People rush around too much.  They’re never still enough to listen to their heart, to set a goal.    Can a person be happy without a goal?  People like their ruts, but life throws you curve balls.  It’s at the end, when you look back, can you be content with where you’ve been and with the person you’ve become?  LM thinks people aren’t quiet enough to listen to themselves. 

That’s all for this month!  See you on January 29 to discuss The Widow’s War, by Sally Gunning.


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More Top Ten

First off, the Library is closing at 1:00 p.m. today due to the huge snowstorm that is right on our doorstep.  We should be open tomorrow, but please call first!

Lisa’s Top Ten:

The Lace Reader, by Brunonia Barry

Thank You for All Things, by Sandra Kring

The Gate House, by Nelson DeMille

Confessions of a Teenage Sleuth, by Chelsea Cain

The Children of Hurin, by J. R. R. Tolkein

InkDeath, by Cornelia Funke

The Graveyard Book, by Neil Gaiman

The Children of the Lamp series, by P. B. Kerr

The Alchemist Series: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, by Michael Scott

Brisingr, by Christopher Paolini (even though it’s not the last book like it was supposed to be!)

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Plumb Library Top Ten of 2008

I’ve asked the staff to give me their top ten favorite books of 2008.  The titles need not have been published in 2008, but they must have been read in 2008.  To start, here is my list:

Gail’s Top Ten (not necessarily in order of preference)

1. Dragons of Babel, by Michael Swanwick

2. People of the Book, by Geraldine Brooks

3. Water for Elephants, by Sara Gruen

4. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie

5. The Lace Reader, by Brunonia Barry

6. Little Brother, by Corey Doctorow

7. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, by Mary Ann Shaffer

8. Tales from the Town of Widows, by James Canon

9. White Tiger, by Aravind Adiga

10. Sea of Poppies, by Amitav Ghosh

Jen’s Top Ten:

1. The Lace Reader

2. People of the Book

3. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

4. Water for Elephants

5. Frida’s Bed, by Slavenka Drakulic

6. Stop in the Name of Pants, by Louise Rennison

7. The Ridiculous Race: 26,000 Miles, 2 Guys, 1 Globe, No Airplanes, by Steve Hely and Vali Chandrasekaran

8. The Road, by Cormac McCarthy

9. Doomed Queens, by Kris Waldherr

10. Deep Drive: The Long Journey to Finding the Champion Within, by Mike Lowell

Still waiting for 2 more lists, so there’ll be an update later.

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