Book Event

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

February 19th at 7:30 p.m. - Evening Book Discussion/Author Skype: Carnegie’s Maid by Marie Benedict

Join us on February 19 at 7:30 p.m. as we discuss Carnegie’s Maid by Marie Benedict. The author will join us by Skype!

Clara Kelley is not the experienced Irish maid hired to work in one of Pittsburgh’s grandest households. She’s a poor farmer’s daughter with nothing in her pockets. But the other woman with the same name has vanished, so Clara is pretending to be her . . . if she can keep up the ruse. Carnegie’s Maid tells the story of a brilliant woman who may have spurred Andrew Carnegie toward philanthropy.

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

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

January 15th at 7:30 p.m. - Evening Book Discussion: The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

Join us on January 15 at 7:30 p.m. as we discuss The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah. Ernt Allbright, a former POW, comes home from the Vietnam war a changed and volatile man. When he loses yet another job, he makes an impulsive decision: he will move his family north, to Alaska, where they will live off the grid in America’s last true frontier.

But as winter approaches and darkness descends on Alaska, Ernt’s fragile mental state deteriorates and the family begins to fracture. Soon the perils outside pale in comparison to threats from within. In their small cabin, covered in snow, blanketed in eighteen hours of night, Ernt’s wife and daughter learn the terrible truth: they are on their own. In the wild, there is no one to save them but themselves.

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

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

December 10th at 1:00 p.m. - Lunch 'N Books: Educated by Tara Westover

Join us on December 10 at 1:00 p.m. as we discuss Educated by Tara Westover. “Tara Westover was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches and sleeping with her “head-for-the-hills bag.” The family was so isolated from mainstream society that there was no one to ensure the children received an education, and no one to intervene when one of Tara’s older brothers became violent. As a way out, Tara began to educate herself, learning enough mathematics and grammar to be admitted to Brigham Young University. Her quest for knowledge would transform her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge. Only then would she wonder if she’d traveled too far, if there was still a way home.”

Discussion guide for Educated.

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

Thursday, October 18, 2018

November 5th at 12:30 p.m. - Lunch 'N Books/Author Skype: Waking Lions by Ayelet Gundar-Goshen

Join us on November 5 at 12:30 p.m. as we discuss Waking Lions by Ayelet Gundar-Goshen. After the discussion, the author will join us by Skype!

Neurosurgeon Eitan Green has the perfect life–married to a beautiful police officer and father of two young boys. Then, speeding along a deserted moonlit road in Israel, after an exhausting hospital shift, he hits someone. Seeing that the man, an African migrant, is beyond help, he flees the scene. When the victim’s widow knocks at Eitan’s door the next day, holding his wallet and divulging that she knows what happened, Eitan discovers that her price for silence is not money. It is something else entirely, something that will shatter Eitan’s safe existence and take him into a world of secrets and lies he could never have anticipated.

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

Saturday, September 15, 2018

October 18th at 1:00 p.m. - Lunch 'N Books/Audio Call: The Secrets Between Us by Thrity Umrigar

Join us on October 18 at 1:00 p.m. for a discussion and special voice appearance by Thrity Umrigar. The author of Bombay Time, If Today Be Sweet, and The Weight of Heaven, Umrigar is as adept and compelling in The Secrets Between Us (the long-awaited sequel to The Space Between Us) — vividly capturing the social struggles of modern India in a luminous, addictively readable novel of honor, tradition, class, gender, and family. A portrayal of two women discovering an emotional rapport as they struggle against the confines of a rigid caste system, Umrigar’s captivating novel echoes the timeless intensity of Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God, Betty Smith’s A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, and Barbara Kingsolver’s The Poisonwood Bible—a quintessential triumph of modern literary fiction.

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

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

September 12th at 7:30 p.m. - Evening Book Discussion: The Ninth Hour by Alice McDermott

Join us on September 12 at 7:30 p.m. as we discuss The Ninth Hour by Alice McDermott. In Catholic Brooklyn during the early part of the twentieth century, decorum, superstition, and shame collude to erase the man’s brief existence. Yet, his suicide, though never spoken of, reverberates through many lives — testing the limits and the demands of love and sacrifice, of forgiveness and forgetfulness, even through multiple generations. Rendered with remarkable delicacy, heart, and intelligence, this novel is a crowning achievement of one of the finest American writers at work today.

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

Thursday, August 16, 2018

September 4th at 7:30 p.m. – Meet the Author: Rhiannon Navin

Our Evening Book Discussion recently had a fantastic discussion on Only Child by Rhiannon Navin. Several members wondered if we could skype with the author. We did one better! She will come in person to do a reading and answer any questions. Don't worry if you were unable to attend the July discussion. Copies will be available at the Reference Desk. It is a wonderful, timely and important book.

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

Please click here for the reading group guide for Only Child.