Monthly Book Discussions: A Year In Review

book discussion coedAs 2014 came to a close, I thought I would reflect on the monthly book clubs I had the opportunity to moderate during the year at Syosset Public Library.  Each novel led to discussions in an array of topics, from the art world to foster children to Typhoid Fever, the immigrant experience to labor laws to religious extremists, Coney Island to Calcutta, the early 1900’s New York to present day Boston. All evoking strong opinions, personal experiences and political views.  Our discussions were thought provoking, lively and informative.  I truly enjoy participating in SPL’s monthly book discussions.  For one hour we are transported into different worlds, cultures and religions. We may have differences of opinion but one common denominator that we all share is our love of the written word.

This is a listing of titles of the book discussions I had the privilege of hosting this past year:

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The Art Forger  by B.A. Shapiro

Fever  by Mary Beth Keane

The Language of Flowers  by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

The Lowland  by Jhumpa Lahiri

The Museum of Extraordinary Things  by Alice Hoffman

I would be hard pressed to pick a favorite from the above group as I enjoyed each novel for a variety of reasons. Do you have a memorable novel that your book group discussed in 2014?  We would love to hear from you.  Please send us an email at or post a comment below.

This article first appeared in the Book Club Insider‘s December 2014 issue.

-posted by Lisa J., Readers’ Services


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