Book Event

Monday, October 28, 2019

November 19 @ 7:30 pm - Evening Book Discussion: Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield

Join us on November 19 at 7:30 p.m. as we discuss Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield. This novel is a glorious tapestry of a book that combines folklore and science, magic and myth. Suspenseful, romantic, and richly atmospheric, the beginning of this novel will sweep you away on a powerful current of storytelling. The current continues to transport you through worlds both real and imagined, until the triumphant conclusion . . . whose depths will continue to give up their treasures long after the last page is turned.

For more information, please call the Reader Services Department at 516-794-2570 ext. 236.

This event will be held at the East Meadow Jewish Center, 1400 Prospect Ave., East Meadow, NY 11554.

Discussion guide for Once Upon a River.

October 29 @ 7:30 pm - Evening Book Discussion: Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Join us on October 29 at 7:30 p.m. as we discuss Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So, in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life–until the unthinkable happens.

For more information, please call the Reader Services Department at 516-794-2570 ext. 236.

This event will be held at the East Meadow Jewish Center, 1400 Prospect Ave., East Meadow, NY 11554.

Discussion guide for Where the Crawdads Sing.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

October 24 @ 1 pm - Lunch 'N Books: Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann

Join us on October 24 at 1:00 p.m. as we discuss Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann. In the 1920s, after oil was discovered beneath their land, the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Indian nation in Oklahoma. Then, one by one, the Osage began to be killed off. Many of those investigating the murders were assassinated. The FBI took up the investigation, and badly bungled the case. In desperation, the young J. Edgar Hoover, turned to a former Texas Ranger named Tom White. White put together an undercover team, including one of the only American Indian agents in the bureau. Together, with the Osage, they began to expose one of the most chilling conspiracies in American history.

Location: SAMANEA (The Former Source Mall), 1504 Old Country Road, Westbury, NY 11590

For more information, please call the Reader Services Department at 516-794-2570 ext. 236.

Discussion guide for Killers of the Flower Moon.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

September 17 @ 7:30 pm - Evening Book Discussion: The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck

Join us on September 17 at 7:30 p.m. as we discuss The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck. The novel tells the story of three women, and their children, who take refuge in the ruins of a Bavarian castle at the end of World War II. The women are war widows - war resistance widows, really - whose husbands paid with their lives for the July 1944 plot against Adolf Hitler. Marianne has promised those who conspired with her husband that she would find and protect their families. But, the support the women give one another is tinged with regrets and guilt about their different pasts, and set against a deprivation for which the world has little sympathy

For more information, please call the Reader Services Department at 516-794-2570 ext. 236.

This event will be held at the East Meadow Jewish Center, 1400 Prospect Ave., East Meadow, NY 11554.

Discussion guide for The Women in the Castle.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

August 27 @ 7:30 pm - Evening Book Discussion: The Book That Matters Most by Ann Hood

Join us on August 27 at 7:30 p.m. as we discuss The Book That Matters Most by Ann Hood. Ava’s twenty-five-year marriage has fallen apart. Ava joins a book group, not only for her love of reading, but also out of sheer desperation for companionship. The group’s goal throughout the year is for each member to present the book that matters most to them. Ava rediscovers a mysterious book from her childhood—one that helped her through the traumas of the untimely deaths of her sister and mother. Ava’s mission to find that book and its enigmatic author, takes her on a quest that unravels the secrets of her past, and offers her the chance to remake her life.

For more information, please call the Reader Services Department at 516-794-2570 ext. 236.

This event will be held at the East Meadow Jewish Center, 1400 Prospect Ave., East Meadow, NY 11554.

Discussion guide for The Book That Matters Most.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

July 23 @ 7:30 pm - Evening Book Discussion: An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

Join us on July 23 at 7:30 p.m. as we discuss An American Marriage by Tayari Jones. Newlyweds Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of both the American Dream and the New South. He is a young executive, and she is an artist on the brink of an exciting career. But, as they settle into the routine of their life together, they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined. Roy is arrested and sentenced to twelve years for a crime Celestial knows he didn’t commit. Though fiercely independent, Celestial finds herself bereft and unmoored, taking comfort in Andre, her childhood friend, and best man at their wedding. As Roy’s time in prison passes, she is unable to hold on to the love that has been her center.

For more information, please call the Reader Services Department at 516-794-2570 ext. 236.

This event will be held at the East Meadow Jewish Center, 1400 Prospect Ave., East Meadow, NY 11554.

Monday, June 10, 2019

June 18 @ 7:30 pm - Evening Book Discussion: A River of Stars by Vanessa Hua

Join us on June 18 at 7:30 p.m. as we discuss A River of Stars by Vanessa Hua. Holed up with other mothers-to-be in a secret maternity home in Los Angeles, Scarlett Chen is far from her native China, where she worked in a factory and fell in love with the married owner, Boss Yeung. Now she’s carrying his baby. To ensure that his first son has every advantage, Boss Yeung has shipped Scarlett off to give birth on American soil. Then a new sonogram of Scarlett’s baby reveals the unexpected. Panicked, she goes on the run by hijacking a van—only to discover that she has taken on a stowaway who intends to track down the father of her own child. The two flee to San Francisco’s bustling Chinatown, where Scarlett will join countless immigrants desperately trying to seize their piece of the American dream. What Scarlett doesn’t know is that her baby’s father is not far behind.

For more information, please call the Reader Services Department at 516-794-2570 ext. 236.

This event will be held at the East Meadow Jewish Center, 1400 Prospect Ave., East Meadow, NY 11554.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

June 10 @ 1 pm - Lunch 'N Books: The Last Days of Night by Graham Moore

Join us on June 10 at 1:00 p.m. as we discuss The Last Days of Night by Graham Moore. New York, 1888. Gas lamps still flicker in the city streets, but the miracle of electric light is in its infancy. The person who controls the means to turn night into day will make history—and a vast fortune. A young untested lawyer takes a case that seems impossible to win. His client, George Westinghouse, has been sued by Thomas Edison over a billion-dollar question: Who invented the light bulb and holds the right to power the country? In obsessive pursuit of victory, Paul crosses paths with Nikola Tesla, an eccentric, brilliant inventor who may hold the key to defeating Edison.

Location: East Meadow Public Library, 1886 Front St., East Meadow, NY

For more information, please call the Reader Services Department at 516-794-2570 ext. 236.

Discussion guide for The Last Days of Night.