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10 Classics Its Time to Reread This Spring!

books and flowersAs an admitted “Book Fanatic”, I read constantly, averaging about 100 books per year.  Lately though, I have found myself so overwhelmed by all the new books being released that I haven’t made time to read the classics.

Every once in awhile it’s refreshing to look back at the titles that have lasted through generations of readers and figure out what makes them so great.  I’ve decided classics are always better the second time around.  I find myself able to appreciate the writing, the tone, the foreshadowing and other literary elements because I’m not worrying about what happens next… I already know the ending.  Below are the titles I believe are worth a second reading (or first, if you’ve never read them).  Yes, there are MANY more that I could add.  These are just my favorites …

My first choice is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year and a remake of the original film is rumored to be in the works.

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

“First published in 1939, Steinbeck’s Pulitzer Prize-winning epic of the Great Depression chronicles the Dust Bowl migration of the 1930s and tells the story of one Oklahoma farm family, the Joads, driven from their homestead and forced to travel west to the promised land of California. Out of their trials and their repeated collisions against the hard realities of an America divided into Haves and Have-Nots evolves a drama that is intensely human yet majestic in its scale and moral vision, elemental yet plainspoken, tragic but ultimately stirring in its human dignity.”

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

“The explosion of racial hate and violence in a small Alabama town is viewed by a young girl whose father defends a black man accused of rape.”

The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck

“A Chinese peasant overcomes the forces of nature and the frailties of human nature to become a wealthy landowner.”

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

“An unlikely pair, George and Lennie, two migrant workers in California during the Great Depression, grasp for their American Dream in a tale of commitment, loneliness, hope and loss.”

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

“Huxley’s classic prophetic novel describes the socialized horrors of a futuristic utopia devoid of individual freedom.”

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

“A young man newly rich tries to recapture the past and win back his former love, despite the fact she has married.”

The Pearl by John Steinbeck

“A poor fisherman dreams of wealth and happiness for his family when he finds a priceless pearl.”

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

“The classic study of human nature which depicts the degeneration of a group of schoolboys marooned on a desert island.”

The Call of the Wild by Jack London

“When Buck is stolen from his kind family, he must quickly learn a new set of survival rules as he is taken away to the gold-crazed North by unsavory men.”

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

“Growing up in the home of a cruel aunt and a harsh charity school, Jane Eyre, an orphaned young woman, accepts employment as a governess at Thornfield Hall and soon finds herself in love with her employer, the enigmatic Rochester.”

*All descriptions from the Publishers.

- Posted by Jackie Ranaldo, Head of Readers’ Services

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Title Swap with Librarians

Please join us on

Tuesday, March 4th at 1:30 PM

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Share tea, coffee and cookies, as well as your favorite titles with the Readers’ Services staff of the Syosset Public Library.  Join librarians Jackie Ranaldo, Stacey Levine, Ralph Guiteau and Lisa Jones for a fun hour of sharing the titles of our favorite books.

Looking for something particular?  Mystery?  Historical Fiction?  Literary Fiction?  Your next Book Club pick?  Ask the group … we promise you’ll leave with a great Spring reading list.  Not able to make the program?  No worries.  A list of the discussed titles will be left at each public service desk.  They will also be made available online on the Books and Reading section of our webpage.  We will be meeting on the 2nd floor right in front of our cozy fireplace.

fireplace and chairs

This program is free and no registration is required. 

Non-Syosset residents are welcome.

Can’t wait until then for a recommendation? Check out our past titles here.

We look forward to seeing you there!

- posted by Jackie, Readers’ Services

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Recent Releases Perfect for Book Clubs!

Great news: So many fantastic books were released in January that are perfect reads for Book Clubs.  I have read all of the following and would highly recommend them as a future pick for your group.  Remember to save these for your Spring or Summer choices, as they are still new releases at the Library!  Enjoy …

Radiance of Tomorrow by Ishmael Beah

radiance of tomorrow“In a parable about postwar life in Sierra Leone, two long-time friends return to their ruined home village and struggle to rebuild in the face of violence, scarcity, and a corrupt foreign mining company.”

*Received Starred Reviews from Library Journal & Kirkus Reviews.

The Wind is Not a River by Brian Payton

Wind is Not a River“Desperate to understand the war that claimed the life of his brother, journalist John Easley heads to Alaska to investigate the Japanese invasion of the Aleutian Islands, while his wife is forced to reimagine who she is and what she is capable of doing after he disappears.”

*Received Starred Reviews from Library Journal.

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

Invention of Wings“Traces more than three decades in the lives of a wealthy Charleston debutante who longs to break free from the strictures of her household and pursue a meaningful life; and the urban slave, Handful, who is placed in her charge as a child before finding courage and a sense of self.”

*Received Starred Reviews from Booklist, Library Journal & Kirkus Reviews.

All summaries from the publishers.

- Jackie, Readers’ Services

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Afternoon Book Club

Please join us on Tuesday, January 28 at 1:30 PM to discuss the historical fiction novel City of Women by David R. Gillham.  The discussion will be led by Jackie Ranaldo, Head of Readers’ Services.

city of women“Hiding her clandestine activities behind the persona of a model Nazi soldier’s wife at the height of World War II, Sigrid Schroeder dreams of her former Jewish lover and risks everything to hide a mother and two young children who she believes might be her lover’s family.” (From the Publisher).

All are welcome.

No registration required.  Free.

Copies of the book are currently available at the Circulation Desk on the Main Floor.

For more information, contact the Readers’ Services Department: 516-921-7161 x 239.

- posted by Jackie, Readers’ Services

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20 & 30-Something Book Club

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The Syosset Public Library 20 & 30-Something Book Club will be meeting on Monday, November 18 at 7PM for a Graphic Novel discussion of the memoir Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi.

 “The great-granddaughter of Iran’s last emperor and the daughter of ardent Marxists describes growing up in Tehran in a country plagued by political upheaval and vast contradictions between public and private life.” (From the Publisher)

This program is open to any 20-Something or 30-Something looking for a great book discussion.  No registration is required and the program is free.  Non-Syosset residents are welcome, so bring your friends!

 Copies of the book are still available at the Readers’ Services Desk on the 2nd floor.  Please call 516-921-7161 x 239 for details.  The discussion will be led by Jessikah Chautin and Stacey Levine, 20-Something Librarians.  Hope to see you there!

Don’t forget – Friend us on Facebook: Syosset Public Library 20-Something Book Club

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Title Swap with Librarians

Please join us on

Tuesday, September 3rd at 1:30 PM

shutterstock_77718817 White cup of coffee and open book on white backgroundShare tea, coffee and cookies, as well as your favorite titles with the Readers’ Services staff of the Syosset Public Library.  Join librarians Jackie Ranaldo, Evelyn Hershkowitz, Ralph Guiteau and Lisa Jones for a fun hour of sharing the titles of our favorite books.

Looking for something particular?  Romance? Suspense?  Your next book club pick?  Ask the group … we promise you’ll leave with a great Fall reading list.  Not able to make the program?  No worries.  A list of the discussed titles will be left at each public service desk.  They will also be made available online on the Books and Reading section of our webpage.  We will be meeting on the 2nd floor right in front of our cozy fireplace.

fireplace and chairsWe look forward to seeing you there!

This program is free and no registration is required. 

Non-Syosset residents are welcome.

Can’t wait until then for a recommendation? Check out our past titles here: http://www.syossetlibrary.org/books/events-for-readers/title-swap

- posted by Jackie, Readers’ Services

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Afternoon Book Club

2013 Long Island Reads Selection to be discussed at

the April Meeting of the Afternoon Book Club

suttonJoin us on Tuesday, April 23 at 1:30 PM as we discuss J.R. Moehringer’s novel Sutton,  chosen as the 2013 Long Island Reads Selection.

To learn more about Long Island Reads, visit their website.

“This clever imagining of the surprise pardon of Willie Sutton, one of the most notorious criminals in American history, on Christmas Eve in 1969, traces the remarkable life of this mysterious man, who was known to police as the Babe Ruth of Bank Robbers, and his doomed, dangerous romance with his first love.” (From the Publisher)

Copies of the book are currently available at the Circulation Desk on the main floor.  This program is free and no registration is required.  The discussion will be led by Jackie Ranaldo, Head of Readers’ Services.  We look forward to seeing you there.

For more information regarding author J.R. Moehringer,

visit his Facebook Page.

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20 & 30 Something Book Club

The Syosset Public Library 20 & 30-Something Book Club will be meeting on Monday, April 8th   at 7PM to discuss the novel “Super Sad True Love Story” by Gary Shteyngart.

super sad true love story“In the near future, America is crushed by a financial crisis and our patient Chinese creditors may just be ready to foreclose on the whole mess. Then Lenny Abramov, son of a Russian immigrant janitor and ardent fan of “printed, bound media artifacts” (aka books), meets Eunice Park, an impossibly cute Korean American woman with a major in Images and a minor in Assertiveness. Could falling in love redeem a planet falling apart?” (From the Publisher)

teens readingThis program is open to any 20-something/30-Something looking for a great book discussion.  No registration is required and the program is free.  Non-Syosset residents are welcome.  Copies of the book are still available at the Readers’ Services Desk on the 2nd floor.  Please call 516-921-7161 x 239 for details.  The discussion will be led by Jessikah Chautin and Jackie Ranaldo, 20 –Something Librarians.  Look forward to seeing you there.

Don’t forget – Friend us on Facebook: Syosset Public Library 20-Something Book Club

- posted by Jackie, Readers’ Services

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