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Successful Book Club Authors with New Releases

It is not easy to find a book that everyone will enjoy reading and look forward to discussing.  Therefore, I am happy to report that some authors we have turned to for successful book discussions are releasing new books.  Here are five new titles, you may want to consider:

A Bridge Across the Ocean by Susan Meissner

Brette Caslake visits the haunted Queen Mary and makes a discovery that will help solve a 70-year old tragedy involving two European war brides who sailed on the same vessel to New York Harbor in 1946.

 

Carnegie’s Maid by Marie Benedict             Release Date: 1/16/18

With captivating insight and heart, Carnegie’s Maid tells the story of one brilliant woman who may have spurred Andrew Carnegie’s transformation from ruthless industrialist into the world’s first true philanthropist.

 

Everybody’s Son by Thrity Umrigar

An African American lawman struggles to come to terms with the moral fallout of crimes committed by his loved ones when he learns that he was wrongly taken from his biological mother and that his white foster father exploited their family’s influence to retain custody.

The Horse Dancer by Jojo Moyes

When her grandfather is ill, her life takes an unexpected turn, forcing Sarah, and her horse Boo, to rely on Natasha, a lawyer whose job is to represent the best interests of children.

 

 

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng Release Date: 9/12/17

Fighting an ugly custody battle with an artistic tenant who has little regard for the strict rules of their progressive Cleveland suburb, a straitlaced family woman who is seeking to adopt a baby becomes obsessed with exposing the tenant’s past, only to trigger devastating consequences for both of their families.

All summaries are from the publishers.    

This article first appeared in Syosset Public Library’s newsletter, The Book Club Insider,  July 2017 issue.                                                 

-Jean S., Readers’ Services

 

Afternoon Book Discussion

with Sonia Grgas, Reference Librarian

Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at 1:30 PM

“Before John Glenn orbited the earth, or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of dedicated female mathematicians known as “human computers” used pencils, slide rules and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space.

Among these problem-solvers were a group of exceptionally talented African American women, some of the brightest minds of their generation. Starting in World War II and moving through to the Cold War, the Civil Rights Movement and the Space Race, Hidden Figures follows the interwoven accounts of Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson and Christine Darden, four African American women who participated in some of NASA’s greatest successes. It chronicles their careers over nearly three decades, as they faced challenges, forged alliances and used their intellect to change their own lives, and their country’s future.” -from the publisher

Book to Film Discussion

Join us on August 4, 2017 at 2 PM for a showing of the film, Hidden Figuresthe Academy Award nominated adaptation of the book. A short discussion will follow the movie.

 

Both programs are free.

No registration required.

Books will be available at the circulation desk one month prior to the discussion.

-posted by Sonia, Reference Services

 

Latest Additions to Book Club in a Bag

book club in a bag logoLet us provide you with everything you need for your book club: sets of books exclusively for local book clubs to check out for their discussions.  Discussion questions are included in the set, along with biographical and critical material.

The following are titles that have been added to the Book Club in a Bag collection recently. Information on borrowing any of our Book Clubs in a Bag as well as a complete list of all titles available can be found here on the library’s website. Please call 516-921-7161 ext. 239 or stop by Readers’ Services if you have any questions.

Two-Family House

by Lynda Cohen Loigman

Two women, sisters by marriage who share a two-family brownstone in Brooklyn in the 1950s, form a strong bond when they each give birth minutes apart on the same night, but as the years pass, a deeply buried family secret causes their friendship to unravel.

The Widow

by Fiona Barton

After Jean’s husband dies, the community wants to know the real truth about the crime he was suspected of—but Jean has secrets of her own.

When Breath Becomes Air

by Paul Kalanithi

A young neurosurgeon faced with a terminal diagnosis describes his examination into what truly makes a meaningful life.

All summaries from the publishers.

-posted by Evelyn, Readers’ Services

Summer Reading at Syosset Library is Almost Here!

Great news: The Adult Summer Reading Club is back and ready for another great summer!

Registration for the Syosset Public Library’s 8th Annual Adult Summer Reading Club will begin on Tuesday, June 6, 2017.  The program is as simple and stress-free as last year, just the way summer should be! Sign up and submit titles of any book you start reading on the day you register for the program and finish reading by Friday, August 11. For each title you submit, you will have a chance to win raffle prizes in our weekly drawings and at the Adult Summer Reading Club Wrap-Up Party on Wednesday, August 16.

We will kick-off the Summer with two very special events:

Title Swap with Librarians on Tuesday, June 6 at 1:30 PM on the 2nd Floor 

Local Author Showcase on Tuesday, June 6 at 7 PM in the Theater

Adult Summer Reading Club members will receive complimentary raffle tickets for attending one or both events.

Club is open to Syosset School District residents 18 years or older with a valid Syosset Public Library Card.  The two events are open to all.

See a Readers’ Services Librarian on the 2nd floor to register for the Adult Summer Reading Club.  Registration begins on Tuesday, June 6.  You must register in person at the Readers’ Services Desk before submitting raffle tickets. The sooner you register, the more books you will have time to read. Please remember: you cannot backtrack your books. Only books you start reading from the day you register through August 11 can be submitted.

Registration is not required to attend events, so bring your friends!

We look forward to another great summer of fantastic books!

Join us again this year!

Please call the Readers’ Services Department with any questions 516-921-7161 x 239 or email us at Readersservices@syossetlibrary.org.

For more information, see our website which will be advertising our Summer Reading Programs soon.

-posted by Jackie, Readers’ Services

Title Swap with Librarians

Second floor fireplace and seating area.

Please join us on Tuesday, June 6 at 1:30 PM

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, Jean Simpson, Lisa Jones, Ralph Guiteau and Evelyn Hershkowitz for a fun hour of sharing the titles of our favorite books.

Looking for something particular?  Suspense?  Biography? Adventure?  Your next Book Club pick?  Ask the group … we promise you’ll leave with a great Summer 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 on our website.  We will be meeting on the 2nd floor right in front of our fireplace.

We look forward to seeing you there!

This program is free and no registration is required.

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

– posted by Jackie, Readers’ Services

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

Evening Book Discussion

When Breath Becomes Air

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at 7:30 PM

With Ralph Guiteau, Readers’ Services Librarian

“What makes life worth living in the face of death? What do you do when the future, no longer a ladder toward your goals in life, flattens out into a perpetual present? What does it mean to have a child, to nurture a new life as another fades away? These are some of the questions the author Paul Kalanithi wrestles with in this profoundly moving, exquisitely observed memoir.”

-from the publisher.

The program is free.

No registration required.

Books are available at the Circulation Desk.

-posted br Ralph, Readers’ Services