Ginny Moon by Benjamin Ludwig
Ginny Moon is exceptional. Everyone knows it, especially her new adoptive parents. They all love her, even if they don't quite understand her. What they don't know is that Ginny has found her birth-mother on Facebook, and is determined to get back to her— even if it means going back to a place that was extremely dangerous. Because Ginny left something behind and she's desperate to get it back.
Copies of the book are available at the circulation desk.
From David Grann, best-selling author of The Lost City of Z, a twisting, haunting true-life murder mystery about one of the most monstrous crimes in American history. In the 1920s, the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Nation in Oklahoma. After oil was discovered beneath their land, the Osage rode in chauffeured automobiles, built mansions, and sent their children to study in Europe. Then, one by one, the Osage began to be killed off. The family of an Osage woman, Mollie Burkhart, became a prime target. One of her relatives was shot. Another was poisoned. And it was just the beginning, as more and more Osage were dying under mysterious circumstances, and many of those who dared to investigate the killings were themselves murdered.
As the death toll rose, the newly created FBI took up the case, and the young director, J. Edgar Hoover, turned to a former Texas Ranger named Tom White to try to unravel the mystery. White put together an undercover team, including a Native American agent who infiltrated the region, and together with the Osage began to expose one of the most chilling conspiracies in American history.
A young couple on the brink of marriage-the charming Veblen and her fiancé Paul, a brilliant neurologist-find their engagement in danger of collapse. Along the way they weather everything from each other's dysfunctional families, to the attentions of a seductive pharmaceutical heiress, to an intimate têtê-à-têtê with a very charismatic squirel.
Join author Rick Geffken as he presents his new book Lost Amusement Parks of the North Jersey Shore which brings together rarely seen images from the Library of Congress, local historical societies, and private collections to document how the Jersey Shore became the most famous vacation and recreational destination in the coastal United States. The remarkable details in these pictures capture a simpler way of life in our country, when families took their children to boardwalks to savor candy apples, salt water taffy, hot dogs and hamburgers, popcorn, and, of course, the rides.
Andrea will discuss her new book On Heaven's Doorstep: God's Help in Times of Crisis-True Stories from a First Responder based on her experiences as a 30+ year volunteer with the Spring Lake First Aid and Emergency Squad. She will also describe cerebrovascular accidents (strokes), including types and their effects, risk factors, warning signs, and how to decrease the risk of having a stroke.
Make friends, talk about books, and read and learn in a relaxed community setting. The Next Chapter Book Club (NCBC) offers an opportunity for adults and teens with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) to participate in a weekly book club. The group meets Mondays at 6:30 pm to read aloud and discuss a book for one hour. Books are provided by the library.
Space is limited; please register by calling 1-866-941-8188.
The Mantle of Command: FDR at War, 1941-1942 by Nigel Hamilton
FDR has frequently been underestimated as a military leader, yielding, in the historical imagination, to George Marshall and winston Chruchill. Nigel Hamilton attacks this, portraying a president with the reins of war fully in his hands. - H.W. Brands
Books will be available at the Library Headquarters Circulation Desk.
Moderated by Paul Zigo, WW2 Era Institute
"There Will Come Soft Rains" (1950) (Sci-Fi) by Ray Bradbury "There Will Come Soft Rains" is the story of a computer-controlled smart house, the only house on earth to survive the nuclear blast in Allendale, California in 2026.
Meets the fourth Wednesday of the month.
This month's selection is Be Frank with Me by Julia Clairborne Johnson
After falling prey to a Bernie Madoff-style Ponzi scheme, a reclusive literary legend is flat broke. Now she must write a new book for the first time in decades. To ensure the timely delivery of her manuscript, her New York publisher sends an assistant to monitor her progress.
Copies of the books are available at the Circulation Desk
Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier
Jamaica Inn is a riveting, classic novel of romantic suspense only the brilliant mind of Daphne du Maurier could conceive. Set in Cornwall where a young orphan, Mary, is sent to live with Aunt Patience and Uncle Joss who are the landlords of the Jamaica Inn. Mary soon realizes that her Uncle's Inn is the base of a gang of ship wreckers who lure ships to their doom on the rocky coast.
In 1944, British bomber pilot Hugo Langley parachuted from his stricken plane into the verdant fields of German-occupied Tuscany. Badly wounded, he found refuge in a ruined monastery and in the arms of Sofia Bartoli. But the love that kindled between them was shaken by an irreversible betrayal.
Nearly thirty years later, Hugo’s estranged daughter, Joanna, has returned home to the English countryside to arrange her father’s funeral. Among his personal effects is an unopened letter addressed to Sofia. In it is a startling revelation.
Still dealing with the emotional wounds of her own personal trauma, Joanna embarks on a healing journey to Tuscany to understand her father’s history—and maybe come to understand herself as well. Joanna soon discovers that some would prefer the past be left undisturbed, but she has come too far to let go of her father’s secrets now…
Copies of book available at Circulation Desk.
Cultivate the courage to share, develop new work, or fine-tune your existing work in a friendly workshop environment. Black Box meetings are a great way to network with other aspiring writers.
DATE CHANGE DUE TO HOLIDAY!
As the Titanic and her passengers sank slowly into the Atlantic Ocean after striking an iceberg late in the evening of April 14, 1912, a nearby ship looked on. Second Officer Herbert Stone, in charge of the midnight watch on the SS Californian sitting idly a few miles north, saw the distress rockets that the Titanic fired. He alerted the captain, Stanley Lord, who was sleeping in the chartroom below, but Lord did not come to the bridge. Eight rockets were fired during the dark hours of the midnight watch, and eight rockets were ignored. The next morning, the Titanic was at the bottom of the sea and more than 1,500 people were dead. When they learned of the extent of the tragedy, Lord and Stone did everything they could to hide their role in the disaster, but pursued by newspapermen, lawyers, and political leaders in America and England, their terrible secret was eventually revealed. The Midnight Watch is a fictional telling of what may have occurred that night on the SS Californian, and the resulting desperation of Officer Stone and Captain Lord in the aftermath of their inaction.
This book discussion will be moderated by Colts Neck Librarian Stephanie Laurino. Refreshments will be served and all are welcome to attend, however registration is preferred. Stop by or call the library to reserve your copy of the book today.
Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
A National Book Award finalist, Pachinko is a story of love, sacrifice, ambition, and loyalty. From bustling street markets to the halls of Japan's finest universities to the pachinko parlors of the criminal underworld, Lee's complex and passionate characters—strong women, devoted sisters and sons, fathers shaken by moral crisis--survive and thrive against the indifferent arc of history.
Limited number of books available at the Circulation Desk.
Outlander Book Series is multi-categorical: Historical Fiction. Men in Kilts. Romance. Adventure. Mystery. SciFi. You may know and love the television series in which a determined heroine falls back in time to 18th Century Scotland. Now, dive into the books themselves and join our Outlander Book & TV Series Discussion.
This is the space to share your thoughts, questions, and feelings about this multi-genre, epic work - and maybe even a few words about the show. You may love it, ya ken.
Please check with our Circulation staff as a limited number of books are available.
The Monmouth Writer’s Critique Group meets the second Saturday of every month the library is open. Useful feedback is shared during a series of critique sessions.
This group is facilitated by Rick Kelsten.
Hortensia James and Marion Agostino are neighbors. One is black, the other white. Both are successful women with impressive careers. Both have recently been widowed, and are living with questions, disappointments, and secrets that have brought them shame. And each has something that the woman next door deeply desires.
Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
February 1862. President Lincoln’s beloved eleven-year-old son, Willie, dies and is laid to rest in a Georgetown cemetery. Newspapers report that a grief-stricken Lincoln returns to the crypt to hold his boy’s body. Willie Lincoln finds himself in a strange purgatory where ghosts mingle, gripe, commiserate, quarrel, and enact bizarre acts of penance while struggling for the boy’s soul. Winner of the Mann Booker Prize
When Isabel meets Edward, both are at a crossroads: he wants to follow his late wife to the grave, and she is ready to give up on love. Thinking she is merely helping Edward’s daughter--who lives far away and has asked her to check in on her nonagenarian dad in New York--Isabel has no idea that the man in the kitchen baking the sublime roast chicken and light-as-air apricot soufflé will end up changing her life.
Dinner with Edward is a book about love and nourishment, and about how dinner with a friend can, in the words of M. F. K. Fisher, “sustain us against the hungers of the world.”
Tara Marconi has made her way to the "The Rock", a remote island in Alaska governed by the seasons and the demands of the world of commercial fishing. She hasn't felt at home in a long time- her mother's death has created an insurmountable rift between her and her father, in the majestic, mysterious, and tough boundary-lands of Alaska she begins to work her way up the fishing ladder, from hatchery assistant all the way to King crabber.
"The Necklace" ("La Parure") (1884) by Guy De Maupassant Madame Mathilde Loisel 's life is upended when she loses a borrowed piece of jewelry.
This month's selection is The Life We Bury by Allen Eskens.
A college student has to interview a stranger for a writing assignment for an English class. With deadlines looming, he heads to a nearby nursing home to find a willing subject. He meets Carl Iverson, a dying Vietnam veteran and convicted murderer, and nothing in his life is ever the same.
Join us as local author, Will Palat, discusses and signs his debut novel "A Furlong to Heaven". Philadelphia born Will Palat is a former local talk-radio host specializing in nutritional programming. Will has owned nutitional businesses and has been involved in the Natural Nutrition Industry for thirty years.
Will was mentored by the late Shelby Whitfield who was a nationally renowned sportscaster and producer for ABC Sports Radio and the Premier Radio Network. Shelby was a four time Eclipse Award winner for his Triple Crown (Kentucky Derby, Preakness & Belmont Stakes) National Broadcast coverage.
Mr. Palat resides with his wife in Monmouth County, where they have lived for more than twenty-five years, and has been an active member of the community.
This inspirational story aspires to capture a sense of hope and spirtuality which many of us seek in maintaining treasured personal connections with those we have loved and lost.
Registration is not required for this event.
Unlike autobiography, memoir is based on the idea that everyone has a story to tell, a story that matters. Writing memoir asks that one awaken and be guided by empathy towards oneself and others. In this way, memoir prompts a journey of self-discovery that enables writers to gain insights into their past. Through lessons in the craft of memoir, the exploration of editorial revisions, and invaluable writing suggestions, participants learn how to develop a writing practice and continue their writing life beyond the session,
This program is being presented by Edvige Giunta, Ph.D., professor of English at New Jersey City University. Dr. Giunta has taught memoir workshops since 1997, guiding many writers through the writing journey. She has published several books on Italian American literature and culture and was featured in The New York Times and RAI. Her memoir, essays, poems, translations, and flash nonfiction have been published in many anthologies and journals.
This program is funded by the New Jersey Council for the Humanities.
Tuesday Talks at Howell
Unlike autobiography, memoir is based on the idea that everyone has a story to tell, a story that matters. Writing memoir asks that one awaken and be guided by empathy towards oneslf and others. In this way, memoir prompts a journey of self-discovery that enables writers to gain insights into their past. Through lessons in the craft of memoir, the exploration of editorial revisions, and invaluable writing suggestions, participants learn how to develop a writing practice and continue their writing life beyond the session.
Edvige Giunta has taught memoir workshops since 1997, guiding many writers through the writng journey. She is Professor of English at New Jersey City University. She has published several books on Italian American literature and culture and was featured in The New York Times and RAI. Her memoir, essays, poems, translations and flash nonfiction have been published in many anthologies and journals.
Attendees should bring a pen and paper to this presentation.
This program was made possible by a grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views,findings, conclusions or recommendations in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities or the New Jersey Council for the Humanities.
Local author Howie Marlin has written and published a book based on his 15 year career as host of the cable TV show "Sportalk". The show ran from 1981 to 1996, and featured in-depth one-on-one interviews with some of the legendary sports figures of our time. Come listen to Howie talk about their nostalgic, heartwarming, and sometimes tragic stories as the great and not so great athletes recall their careers.
DATE CHANGE DUE TO VACATION!
Plum Kettle does her best not to be noticed, because when you’re fat, to be noticed is to be judged. With her job answering fan mail for a teen magazine, she is biding her time until her weight-loss surgery. But when a mysterious woman in colorful tights and combat boots begins following her, Plum falls down a rabbit hole into the world of Calliope House — an underground community of women who reject society’s rules — and is forced to confront the real costs of becoming “beautiful.” At the same time, a guerilla group begins terrorizing a world that mistreats women, and Plum becomes entangled in a sinister plot. The consequences are explosive.
Other People’s Houses by Abbi Waxman
A hilarious and poignant new novel about four families, their neighborhood carpool, and the affair that changes everything.
In a remote corner of the world, forgotten for nearly three thousand years, lived an enclave of Kurdish Jews so isolated that they still spoke Aramaic, the language of Jesus. To these descendants of the Lost Tribes of Israel, Yona Sabar was born. Yona's son Ariel grew up in Los Angeles, where Yona had become an esteemed professor, dedicating his career to preserving his people's traditions. Ariel wanted nothing to do with his father's strange immigrant heritage -- until he had a son of his own.
This month's selection is The Zookeeper's Wife by Diane Ackerman
The true story of the keepers of the Warsaw Zoo during WWII who saved hundreds of people from Nazi hands.
Vintner's Daughter by Kristen Harnisch
This riveting tale of betrayal, retribution, love, and redemption, Kristen Harnisch’s debut novel immerses readers in the rich vineyard culture of both the Old and New Worlds, the burgeoning cities of late nineteenth-century America and a spirited heroine’s fight to determine her destiny.
"A young French woman, determined to pursue her dreams, shows resourcefulness and endurance as she journeys from her home to America in a novel set in the late 1800s…the plot is engaging and well-paced. Wine aficionados and fans of romance and historical fiction will drink this in.”—Kirkus Reviews
Three Days in January: Dwight Eisenhower's Final Mission by Bret Baier with Catherine Whitney
"Brilliantly captures the drama of January 1961. ... Three Days in January is the BEST book on Eisenhower to appear in a very long time.” — DAVID EISENHOWER, Director, the University of Pennsylvania's Institute for Public Service, and author of Eisenhower: At War, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in History
"The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky" (1898) by Stephen Crane (A western short story) Jack Potter, a Texas Marshall, returns to the town of Yellow Sky with his new bride.
In the early 1900s, teenaged Sunja, the adored daughter of a crippled fisherman, falls for a wealthy stranger at the seashore near her home in Korea. He promises her the world, but when she discovers she is pregnant--and that her lover is married--she refuses to be bought. Instead, she accepts an offer of marriage from a gentle, sickly minister passing through on his way to Japan. But her decision to abandon her home, and to reject her son's powerful father, sets off a dramatic saga that will echo down through the generations.
Moderator Bebe Renard will lead discussion on the book The Spy by Paul Coelho
Part of the award-winning series: Literature of World Languages: A Public Forum for Multilingual Book Discussions.
Books are read and discussed in Chinese, Hebrew, Arabic, Italian, Russian and Spanish languages.
Books are available at LIbrary Headquarters' Circulation Desk.
"Representing T. A. Buck" (1915) by Edna Ferber Emma Mc Chesney, a divorced traveling saleswoman, uses ingenuity and business wiles in her encounters with sly predatory salesmen.
Moderator Shanshan Ming will lead discussion on The Return by Sun, Zhonglun
Books are available at LIbrary Headquarters' Circulation Desk.
Join us as we read Mary Shelly's Frankenstein. This year marks its 200th anniversary. Mary Shelley’s groundbreaking classic—begun as a ghost story for friends—is a potent blend of science fiction and horror that has inspired countless movie and other adaptations. Nothing, however, equals the depth and beauty of Shelley’s original, which emains as relevant as ever. In his arrogance, Dr. Victor Frankenstein dreams of discovering the very secret of life…and he succeeds, bringing a new creature into existence. But should man ever play God—and if he does, what does he owe his creation?
Imagine Me Gone by Adam Haslett
When Margaret's fiancé, John, is hospitalized for depression in 1960s London, she faces a choice: carry on with their plans despite what she now knows of his condition, or back away from the suffering it may bring her. She decides to marry him.
Moderator Dr. Nelly Segal will lead discussion on The Extra by A.B. Yehoshua
Moderator Raisa Silver will lead discussion on the book The Mirror by Ekaterina Rozdestvenskaya
Moderator Dr. Hashem Sherif will lead discussion on Season of Migration by Al Tayeb Saleh
"Cathedral" (1983) by Raymond Carver A working-class man muses over an impending visit from an old friend of his wife's, a blind man whose disability makes him uncomfortable.
Moderator Joanne Bisagna Villafane and Raffaella Wiener will lead discussion on the book To Each His Own by Leonardo Sciascia
"The Open Window" (1914) by HH. Munro (Saki) from the collection: Beasts & Super Beasts A gentleman with a severe nervous ailment visits the country hoping to find peace of mind conducive to a cure.