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Afternoon Book Discussion

The Pearl That Broke Its Shell

By Nadia Hashimi

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

1:30 PM

With Lisa Jones, Readers’ Services Librarian

“In Kabul, 2007, with a drug-addicted father and no brothers, Rahima and her sisters can only sporadically attend school, and can rarely leave the house. Their only hope lies in the ancient custom of bacha posh, which allows young Rahima to dress and be treated as a boy until she is of marriageable age. As a son, she can attend school, go to the market, and chaperone her older sisters. But Rahima is not the first in her family to adopt this unusual custom. A century earlier, her great-great grandmother, Shekiba, left orphaned by an epidemic, saved herself and built a new life the same way. Crisscrossing in time, The Pearl the Broke Its Shell interweaves the tales of these two women separated by a century who share similar destinies.”

-from the publisher

This program is free.

No registration required.

Books are available at the Circulation Desk.

All are welcome!

-posted by Lisa J., Readers’ Services

Afternoon Book Discussion

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Us  

by David Nicholls

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

1:30 PM

With Lisa Jones, Readers’ Services Librarian

Us is the story of Douglas, a husband and father whose life turns upside-down when his wife of three decades tells him she wants a divorce. Will a long-planned family trip to Europe give him one last chance to rescue his relationship with the woman he loves, and learn how to get closer to a son who’s always felt like a stranger?

This program is free.

No registration required.

          Books are available at the Circulation Desk.

-posted by Lisa J., Readers’ Services

Museum Pass Program News

ny-transit-museumSPL has a new museum addition to our Museum Pass Program: the New York Transit Museum.  Housed underground in an authentic 1936 subway station, the NYTM is the largest museum of public transportation in the country.  Located in Brooklyn, the museum exhibits blend science, art and design with NYC history to tell the story of mass transportation.
 
We have 2 membership cards to the NYTM, each card will admit 2 adults and 2 children.  The museum is closed on Mondays and major holidays.  This pass is now available for patrons to reserve in Tixkeeper.
licm-logoAlso, Syosset Public Library now has 3 museum passes to the Long Island Children’s Museum.  These passes have been generously funded by the Friends of the Syosset Public Library.  Patrons are only allowed to reserve one pass to the Long Island Children’s Museum at the time of their visit and may not combine passes.
-posted by Lisa J., Readers’ Services

Veterans Day…Honoring All Those Who Served

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Veterans Day (November 11th) honors individuals who served in the United States Armed Forces. It marks the anniversary of the end of World War I.  The major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, when the Armistice with Germany went into effect. The United States previously observed Armistice Day. The U.S. holiday was renamed Veterans Day in 1954.

Here is a list of fiction books that explore different aspects of war that your book club may wish to discuss:

Perfume River by Robert Olen Butler

Presents the story of a single North Florida family shaped and overshadowed by the Vietnam War and the estrangements between the fathers, sons, and brothers who supported or protested against it.

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

A blind French girl on the run from the German occupation and a German orphan-turned-Resistance tracker struggle with respective beliefs after meeting on the Brittany coast.

Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain

Asked to be part of the Dallas Cowboys’ halftime show on Thanksgiving, Specialist Billy Lynn, one of the eight surviving men of the Bravo Squad, finds his life forever changed by this event that causes him to better understand difficult truths about himself.

A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway

A tragic wartime romance set against the brutal and chaotic backdrop of World War I is the classic story of a volunteer ambulance driver wounded on the Italian front and the English nurse he loves and leaves behind

Hurricane Street by Ron Kovic

In the spring of 1974, as the last American troops were being pulled out of Vietnam, Ron Kovic and a crew of other severely injured veterans in a California VA hospital launched the American Veterans Movement. … Kovic corralled his fellow AVM members into staging a sit-in, and then a hunger strike, in the Los Angeles office of senator Alan Cranston, demanding better treatment of injured and disabled veterans.

We Come to Our Senses: Stories by Odie Lindsey

Exploring the lives of veterans returning to their homes in the South, an intense debut centers around men and women affected by combat directly and tangentially, including a vet turned office clerk whose petty neuroses derail even her suicide and a woman who redeploys to her Mississippi hometown and confronts the superior who abused her at war.

Casualties by Elizabeth Marro

Shattered by her Iraq war vet son’s suicide, Ruth, an executive for a successful military defense contractor, flees her regrets during an east-bound road trip that forces her to confront her past, her choices, the war and her relationship with her son.

The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien

Heroic young men carry the emotional weight of their lives to war in Vietnam in a patchwork account of a modern journey into the heart of darkness.

The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers

In the midst of a bloody battle in the Iraq War, two soldiers, bound together since basic training, do everything to protect each other from both outside enemies and the internal struggles that come from constant danger.

The Lotus Eaters by Tatjana Soli

Helen Adams, an American combat photographer during the Vietnam War, captures the wrenching chaos of battle on film and finds herself torn between the love of two men, one an American war correspondent and the other his Vietnamese underling.

 (All summaries from the publishers.)

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This article also appears in Syosset Public Library’s Book Club Insider newsletter for November 2016.

-posted by Lisa J., Readers’ Services

 

 

Evening Book Discussion

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

at 7:30 PM.

with Lisa Jones, Readers’ Services Librarian

“In this stunning new historical novel inspired by true events, Kim van Alkemade tells    the fascinating story of a woman who must choose between revenge and mercy when she encounters the doctor who subjected her to dangerous medical experiments in a New York City Jewish orphanage years before.” -from the publisher

This program is free.

No registration required.

Books are available at the Circulation Desk.

-posted by Lisa J., Readers’ Services

Afternoon Book Discussion

Paris Architect

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

1:30 PM

With Lisa Jones, Readers’ Services Librarian

“A Parisian architect is paid handsomely to devise secret hiding spaces for Jews in his Nazi occupied country but struggles with risking his life for a cause he is ambivalent towards until a personal failure brings home their suffering. This story becomes more gripping with every soul hidden and every soul saved.”

– from the publisher

This program is free.

No registration required.

Books are available at the Circulation Desk.

-posted by Lisa J., Readers’ Services

Broadway Musicals and Plays—Based on, Inspired by, or Adapted from Books

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Now that spring is here, perhaps your book group would enjoy an outing to the theater.  Did you know many plays and musicals currently on Broadway are based on or adapted from books?  Your book club could read the book and then go see your favorite characters come to life on the Great White Way.  Here are some show stopping recommendations:

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American Psycho (Musical opening April 21) adapted from the novel American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis.

The Book of Mormon (Musical) based on the book The Book of Mormon:  An Account Written by the Hand of Mormon upon the Plates Taken from the Plates of Nephi  Translated by Joseph Smith. *Winner of the 2011 Tony for Best Musical.

The Color Purple (Musical) based on the Pulitzer Prize winning novel The Color Purple by Alice Walker.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time (Play) adapted from the book  The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon. *Winner of the 2015 Tony for Best Play.

Fun Home (Musical) adapted from the graphic memoir Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel. *Winner of the 2015 Tony for Best Musical.

Hamilton (Musical) inspired by the biography Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow.

Matilda (Musical) based on the children’s book Matilda by Roald Dahl.

Tuck Everlasting (Musical opening April 26th) based on the children’s book Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt.

(This article previously appeared in the April 2016 issue of the Book Club Insider.)

– Lisa J., Readers’ Services