Boston Girl by Anita Diamant

Boston Girl by Anita Diamant

Go, girl!

In this novel, which spans the period from 1915 to 1985, we meet Addie Baum who tells the story of her interesting life and times to her grand-daughter.  The daughter of Russian Jewish immigrants, Addie, is curious and intelligent, eager to assimilate, learn, and experience life, despite her mother’s abusiveness and both parents’ mistrust of all things American.  Addie negotiates her life in Boston through trial and error, and against all odds becomes a successful, self-actualized woman. 

This is good storytelling and is recommended for book groups as good fodder for discussion.

The Literary Circle

Monday, February 29, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

February 10, 2016
Media Contact:  Jeanne McCombs

Monterey Public Library, Monterey, California
(831) 646-3949  /


The Monterey Public Library's Literary Circle will discuss A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson on Monday, February 29, at 6:30 p.m.  Read the book and join the lively, congenial discussion, facilitated by library staff. 

The library is located at 625 Pacific Street, Monterey.  For information email

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Author Talk and Book Signing with Claudia Melendez Salinas

Saturday, February 27, 4:30 p.m.

February 27, 2016

Media Contact: Eboni A. Harris

Monterey Public Library

Monterey, California

831.6462094 /



Author Talk & Book Signing with Claudia Melendez Salinas

Saturday, February 27, 4:30 – 5:30 pm

Join Monterey Herald reporter Claudia Melendez Salinas as she debuts her first young adult novel, A Fighting Chance. Set in Monterey County, A Fighting Chance captures and portrays the reality of urban life in the barrios. Hear a reading, listen and participate in a discussion and get your books autographed!


If you have any questions, please contact:

Eboni A. Harris


"A Fighting Chance" with Author Claudia Melendez Salinas

"A Fighting Chance" with Author Claudia Melendez Salinas

Saturday, February 27, 4:30 p.m.

Claudia Melendez Salinas, a reporter for the Monterey Herald, debuts her first YA novel A Fighting Chance. 

Set in Monterey County, Melendez-Salinas captures and portrays the reality of urban life in some of the poorest barrios. Hear a reading, have a discussion and get your books autographed by this wonderful lady!


Date:    Saturday, February 27, 2016

Time:    4:30 pm

Where: The Community Room 




Seventeen-year-old Miguel Angel spends every minute after school at the Packing Shed, working out with the Alisal Boxing Club. He dreams of becoming a champion so he can get his mother and five siblings out of their cramped one-bedroom apartment in one of Salinas' poorest barrios.

But suddenly his life gets more complicated. The city is threatening to take the Packing Shed away from Coach, and without a place to train he won't be able to avoid the gangbangers in his neighborhood. His childhood friend, Beto, has succumbed to the wiles of easy money and expensive cars, and Miguel Angel wonders if he'll be able to resist. Meanwhile, beautiful blonde Britney from Pebble Beach has entered his life, and Miguel Angel has never felt this way before. She too feels an overwhelming attraction, and she's willing to defy her hard-nosed father, who expects her to date someone from their social background of exclusive country clubs and Ivy League schools.

When Beto turns to him for help, Miguel Angel is torn between his commitment to friends and Coach's warnings about gang life. With gang violence getting closer and closer, he and Britney are suddenly faced with the consequences of unprotected sex. Can their love for each other survive all of the problems swirling around them? In A Fighting Chance, journalist Claudia Meléndez Salinas has crafted a vivid novel for young adults that captures the challenges of contemporary urban life in one of the Latino community's poorest barrios.

About the Author: CLAUDIA MELÉNDEZ SALINAS is an award-winning multimedia journalist working for the Monterey Herald in California's Central Coast region. This is her first novel.


Once again, the author will be here on:

Date:    Saturday, February 27, 2016

Time:    4:30 pm

Where: The Community Room 


If you are interested in the event, just come in. There is no registration. If you have any questions, please contact Eboni at 831-646-2094 or e-mail:

Nutritional Supplements Revisited Lecture

Nutritional Supplements Revisited Lecture

Monday, March 21, 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Dr. Ellinoy will lead an interactive discussion to help you determine whether or not you should be using supplements and the quality of various products in the marketplace.  Emphasis will be placed on safety, efficacy, and the utilization of appropriately trained health professionals and evidenced-based literature to help guide you through the confusing maze of products that are being advertised.

This event is part of The Next Chapter: Designing Your Ideal Life lecture series sponsored by the Friends of the Library and the Monterey Public Library Endowment Committee.  Adults are invited to attend.  Admission is free, and reservations are required.  Call (831) 646-5632 or email


To learn more about Dr. Brian Ellinoy, PharmD go to his website .