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.
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 7:00 pm to read aloud and discuss a book for one hour. Books are provided by the library.
We are also looking for Volunteers who would like to help facilitate the meetings. If interested, please contact Kim Avagliano at the library, 732-683-8980.
Space is limited; please register by calling 1-866-941-8188.
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 out her friend, Edward's daughter--who lives far away and 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 souffle will end up changing her life.
"USA" Noir Stories
The stories we will be discussing are grouped by themes and have been selected from the following: "True Grit", "American Values",
"Road Rage" & "Home Security" and range across the continental United States.
Loot by Julie Smith will be discussed.
The Real North Korea: Life and Politics in the Failed Stalinist Utopia by Andrei Lankov
This discussion will be moderated by James Nosuchinsky.
"The book, an engaging blend of scholarship, reportage and memoir, offers striking details about daily life in a country reminiscent of George Orwell's 1984." The New York Times Book Review (Editor's Choice)
Books are available at theHQ Circulation Desk.
Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck
Amid the ashes of Nazi Germany's defeat, Marianne von Lingenfels returns to the once-grand castle of her husband's ancestors and plans to uphold the promise she made to her husband's brave co-conspirators: to find and protect their wives, her fellow resistance widows.
Copies of the book are available for check out at the circulation desk.
One Sunday afternoon in Southern California, Bert Cousins shows up at Franny Keating’s christening party uninvited. Before evening falls, he has kissed Franny’s mother, Beverly—thus setting in motion the dissolution of their marriages and the joining of two families.
Spanning five decades, Commonwealth explores how this chance encounter reverberates through the lives of the four parents and six children involved. Spending summers together in Virginia, the Keating and Cousins children forge a lasting bond that is based on a shared disillusionment with their parents and the strange and genuine affection that grows up between them.
Eleanor Oliphant struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she's thinking, when she meets Raymond a bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office everything changes. When she and Raymond save Sammy, an elderly gentleman who has fallen on the sidewalk, the three become the kinds of friends who rescue one another from the lives of isolation they have each been living.
The Bridal Chair by Gloria Goldreich
An exquisite, haunting exploration of the complex mind of Marc Chagall through the eyes of his daughter.
Limited number of books available at the Circulation Desk.
Many people dream of escaping modern life. Most will never act on it—but in 1986, twenty-year-old Christopher Knight did just that when he left his home in Massachusetts, drove to Maine, and disappeared into the woods. He would not have a conversation with another person for the next twenty-seven years.
Drawing on extensive interviews with Knight himself, journalist Michael Finkel shows how Knight lived in a tent in a secluded encampment, developing ingenious ways to store provisions and stave off frostbite during the winters. A former alarm technician, he stealthily broke into nearby cottages for food, books, and supplies, taking only what he needed but sowing unease in a community plagued by his mysterious burglaries. Since returning to the world, he has faced unique challenges—and compelled us to reexamine our assumptions about what makes a good life. By turns riveting and thought-provoking, The Stranger in the Woods gives us a deeply moving portrait of a man determined to live his own way.
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.
Book discussion of Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo.
Taking place in Nigeria, it's the story of Yejide and Akin--a young married couple who are experiencing fertility issues. When the in-laws’ solution is a second wife, they conspire separately to save their relationship, with devastating consequences. The couple’s efforts to disentangle their true desires from the ones tradition and society have foisted upon them is what imbues Stay with Me with unexpected power and heart.
Copies of book available at Circulation Desk.
We are reading Drums of Autumn.. Please check with our Circulation staff as a limited number of books are available.
Monmouth Writer's Critique Group
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. If you would like to share your own work for constructive feedback, see www.monmouthwriters.com for details of what to expect, as well as format/printing instructions. Priority will be given to those who follow the straightforward submission guidelines.
Any questions contact Rick: email@example.com
Surprising and revealing, set along the East Coast from Maine to Key West, Ann Beattie’s astutely observed new collection explores unconventional friendships, frustrated loves, mortality, and aging.
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
At the center of this 1940 masterpiece is the deaf-mute John Singer, who becomes the confidant for various types of misfits in a Georgia mill town during the 1930s. Each one yearns for escape from small town life. When Singer's mute companion goes insane, Singer moves into the Kelly house, where Mick Kelly, the book's heroine (and loosely based on McCullers), finds solace in her music. Wonderfully attuned to the spiritual isolation that underlies the human condition, and with a deft sense for racial tensions in the South, McCullers spins a haunting, unforgettable story that gives voice to the rejected, the forgotten, and the mistreated—and, through Mick Kelly, gives voice to the quiet, intensely personal search for beauty.
Copies of the book are available at the Howell Library's circulation desk.
Alice Network by Kate Quinn
Two women—a female spy recruited to the real-life Alice Network in France during World War I and an unconventional American socialite searching for her cousin in 1947—are brought together in a story of courage and redemption.
The dramatic story-behind-the-story about the courageous brothers who taught the world how to fly: Wilbur and Orville Wright.
Join us to discuss selections taken from Stories From the Kitchen (Edited by Diana Secker Tesdell) which is a one-of-a-kind anthology of classic tales showcasing the culinary arts from across the centuries and around the world.
These richly varied selections offer tastes as decadent as caviar and as humble as cherry pie.
Love and Oysters by Charles Dickens
Call ahead for a copy of the story which can by obtained at the Programming office in the Library Headquarters Manalapan.
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
When New Yorker Rachel Chu agrees to spend the summer in Singapore with her boyfriend, Nicholas Young, she envisions a humble family home and quality time with the man she hopes to marry. But Nick has failed to give his girlfriend a few key details. One, that his childhood home looks like a palace; two, that he grew up riding in more private planes than cars; and three, that he just happens to be the country's most eligible bachelor.
Our Souls at Night by Ken Haruf
In Holt, Colorado, widower Louis Waters is initially thrown when the widowed Addie Moore suggests that they spend time together, in bed, to stave off loneliness, but soon they are exchanging confidences and memories.
Short Friday by Isaac Bashevis Singer
The Ninth Hour: A Novel by Alice McDermott
A powerfully affecting story spanning the twentieth century of a widow and her daughter and the nuns who serve their Irish-American community in Brooklyn.
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein tells the story of the scientist Victor Frankenstein, who, driven by an obsession with the secret of
life, animates a monstrous body. The results are disastrous, bringing woe to the monster and to Frankenstein and his loved ones.
Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo
Taking place in Nigeria, it's the story of Yejide and Akin--a young married couple who are experiencing fertility issues. When the in-laws’ solution is a second wife, they conspire separately to save their relationship, with devastating consequences. The couple’s efforts to disentangle their true desires from the ones tradition and society have foisted upon them is what imbues Stay with Me with unexpected power, and heart.
A Bunch of Broccoli on the Third Shelf by Lara Vapnyar
Bachelor Girl by Kim Van Alkemade: AUTHOR PHONE-IN
New York in the Jazz Age is filled with possibilities, especially for the young and single. Yet even as Helen embraces being a “bachelor girl”—a working woman living on her own terms—she finds herself falling in love with Albert, even after he confesses his darkest secret. When Ruppert dies, rumors swirl about his connection to Helen after the stunning revelation that he has left her the bulk of his fortune, which includes Yankee Stadium. But it is only when Ruppert’s own secrets are finally revealed that Helen and Albert will be forced to confront the truth about their relationship to him—and to each other
My Brillant Friend (Neapolitan Novels Series #1) by Elena Ferrante
Book one in the New York Times Bestselling quartet about two friends growing up in post-war Italy is a rich, intense
and generous-hearted family epic by Italy's most beloved and acclained writer, Elena Ferrante, as one of the great novelists
of our time.
After all the winter fun get back on track for a more organized spring! Join Organizing Humorist and bestselling author Jamie Novak for this not to be missed program. She’ll share her laugh-out-loud funny approach for how to finally get that winter stuff put away. You’ll learn simple strategies to straighten up after the holidays and put gifts away before May. And of course, she’ll cover how to clear the closets, get the top of your table back, and so much more. You may have seen Media personality, author and Organizing Humorist Jamie on QVC, HGTV or have read one of her bestselling books.
On the Pleasures of the Table by Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin