Book Event

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

March 18 @ 7 pm - Meet the Author: Claire Lombardo


Meet Claire Lombardo, The New York Times bestselling author of The Most Fun We Ever Had, as she discusses her multi-generational novel in which the four adult daughters of a Chicago couple – still madly in love after forty years – recklessly ignite old rivalries until a long-buried secret threatens to shatter the lives they’ve built. Set against the quintessential American backdrop of Chicago and its prospering suburbs, the book explores the triumphs and burdens of love and the fraught tethers of parenthood and sisterhood.

The Most Fun We Ever Had is currently being adapted for an HBO series to be produced by Laura Dern and Amy Adams, and written by Lombardo.

Copies will be available at the library. There will also be books available for purchase and signing at the end of the program.

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

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

Discussion guide for The Most Fun We Ever Had.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

February 4 @ 7:30 pm - Book Discussion Roundtable

Book Discussion Roundtable: You Can Do This! – February 4 at 7:30 p.m.

Do the words “it’s your turn to lead the book discussion” fill you with dread instead of delight? Join us as we talk about some ways to boost your confidence and make leading a book discussion easier for you to do. While all leaders have their own style, we will offer some tips and tricks to get your book group talking. We would love it if you would bring a book that you have successfully (or unsuccessfully) discussed to the roundtable, and share your experience.

Location: East Meadow Jewish Center, 1400 Prospect Ave., East Meadow, NY 11554

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



Wednesday, November 20, 2019

January 21 @ 1 pm - Lunch 'N Books: Inheritance by Dani Shapiro

Join us on January 21 at 1:00 p.m. as we discuss Inheritance, a book about secrets—secrets within families, kept out of shame or self-protectiveness; secrets we keep from one another in the name of love. It is the story of a woman’s urgent quest to unlock the story of her own identity, a story that has been scrupulously hidden from her for more than fifty years, years she had spent writing brilliantly, and compulsively, on themes of identity and family history. It is a book about the extraordinary moment in which we live—a moment in which science and technology have outpaced not only medical ethics but also the capacities of the human heart to contend with the consequences of what we discover.

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 Inheritance.

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.