Book Event

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.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

August 15th at 7:30 p.m. - Evening Book Discussion: Saints For All Occasions by J. Courtney Sullivan

Join us on August 15 at 7:30 p.m. as we discuss Saints For All Occasions by J. Courtney Sullivan. Rich storytelling of two young girls who leave their home in Ireland for America, not yet ready for the world that awaits them. “This year’s best book about a family” – Washington Post.

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

Discussion guide for Saints For All Occasions.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

July 23rd at 1:00 p.m. - Lunch 'N Books: The Plot Against America by Philip Roth

Join us on July 23 at 1:00 p.m. as we discuss The Plot Against America by Philip Roth. The novel begins in 1940, with the election of Charles Lindbergh, who blamed the Jews for pushing America toward war with Nazi Germany. Lindbergh’s admiration of Hitler and his openly anti Semitic speeches cause increasing turmoil in the Roth household, and in nine-year-old Philip, as political events abroad overtake their lives. History will not let go, and as America is whipped into a deadly frenzy by demagogues, the Roths begin to expect the worst. The novel explores the convulsive collision of history and family.

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

Discussion guide for The Plot Against America by Philip Roth.

Monday, June 11, 2018

June 19th at 1:00 p.m. - Lunch 'N Books: Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

Join us on June 19 at 1:00 p.m. as we discuss Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng. In Shaker Heights everything is planned. No one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules. Enter Mia Warren, an enigmatic artist and single mother who arrives with her daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than tenants. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past and a disregard for the status quo that threatens to upend this community. Little Fires Everywhere explores the weight of secrets and the ferocious pull of motherhood.

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

Discussion guide for Little Fires Everywhere.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

June 7th - Adult Summer Reading Kickoff With Author Judy Blundell

Judy Blundell
The Reader Services Department of the East Meadow Public Library is thrilled to announce the kickoff of our seventh annual Adult Summer Reading Club on Thursday, June 7th. Register for our reading club and meet Judy Blundell, author of The High Season, who will be joining us for a book talk and signing at 7:30 p.m. The High Season is set on Orient Point and promises to be the ultimate summer read! The registration for our reading club will be held in the lobby from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and at the kickoff party which will be from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. After June 7th, you can register anytime at the Reference Desk or online. Our reading club will provide members the opportunity to attend exciting book events along with a delightful party at the end of the program.

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