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On a winter night on a remote Nebraska road, Mark Schluter suffers a traumatic head injury in a near-fatal car accident. His sister returns home to nurse him, but Mark believes this woman is an imposter. A diagnosis of Capras syndrome sets them on a course that could change their lives beyond recognition.
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Australian author Favel Parrett delivers an evocative and exquisitely told story about the moments that change us and the moments that save us.
Running away from the mainland was supposed to make their lives better. But, for Isla and her brother, their mother's sadness and the cold, damp grey of Hobart's stone streets seeps into everything.
Then, one morning, Isla sees a red ship. That colour lights her day. And when a sailor from the ship befriends her mother, he shares his stories with them all – of Antarctica, his home in Denmark and life onboard. Like the snow white petrels that survive in the harshest, coldest place, this lonely girl at the bottom of the world will learn that it is possible to go anywhere, be anything.
But she will also find out that it is just as easy to lose it all. For Isla, those two long summers will change everything.
A curmudgeon hides a terrible personal loss beneath a cranky and short-tempered exterior while clashing with new neighbors, a boisterous family whose chattiness and habits lead to unexpected friendship.
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 Beth Miller at 1-866-941-8188.
“A Pair of Silk Stockings” (1897) by Kate Chopin
A woman receives a small windfall and begins to struggle with how to spend it.
Two Selections for This Date***
Wonder by R.J. Palacio
In a world where bullying among young people is an epidemic, this is a refreshing new narrative full of heart and hope. R.J. Palacio has called her debut novel "a meditation on kindness" - indeed, every reader will come away with a greater appreciation for the simple courage of friendship. Auggie is a hero to root for, a diamond in the rough who proves that you can't blend in when you were born to stand out.
The Chosen by Chaim Potok
Few stories offer more warmth, wisdom, or generosity than this tale of two boys, their fathers, their friendship, and the chaotic times in which they live. Though on the surface it explores religious faith-the intellectually committed as well as the passionately observant-the struggles addressed in The Chosen are familiar to families of all faiths and in all nations.
Short Stories Thru the Decades
For Esme - With Love and Squalor by J.D. Salinger (1950)
Some critics consider this story Salinger's finest piece of short fiction. The story opens in 1950, immediately after the narrator has received an invitation to Esme's wedding. He and his "breathtakingly levelheaded" wife have decided that he cannot go, so instead, he writes these "few revealing notes on the bride as I knew her almost six years ago."
While this popular class is free, Pre-registration is limited and require.
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When Anne Morrow, a shy college senior with hidden literary aspirations, travels to Mexico City to spend Christmas with her family, she meets Colonel Charles Lindbergh, fresh off his celebrated 1927 solo flight across the Atlantic. Enthralled by Charles’s assurance and fame, Anne is certain the aviator has scarcely noticed her. But she is wrong. Charles sees in Anne a kindred spirit, a fellow adventurer, and her world will be changed forever. The two marry in a headline-making wedding. In the years that follow, Anne becomes the first licensed female glider pilot in the United States. But despite this and other major achievements, she is viewed merely as the aviator’s wife. The fairy-tale life she once longed for will bring heartbreak and hardships, ultimately pushing her to reconcile her need for love and her desire for independence, and to embrace, at last, life’s infinite possibilities for change and happiness.
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.
My Name is Asher Lev
By Chaim Potok
Asher Lev is an observant Jew who keeps kosher and prays three times a day. But Asher Lev is also an artist who is compulsively driven to paint the world even when it leads him to blasphemy. In this classic novel, Chaim Potok traces Asher’s passage between these two identities.
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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.
Outlander, the group will 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.
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“The New Dress” (1924) by Virginia Woolf
A middle-aged, lower-class woman is consumed by feelings of inferiority and inadequacy brought on by the new dress she wears to a high society evening party.
Duel with the Devil: The True Story of how Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr Teamed Up to Take on America's First Sensational Murder Mystery
At the close of 1799, New York’s two finest lawyers, Burr and Hamilton, were bitter foes in and out of the courtroom. Yet they became America’s first legal dream team, representing a young carpenter accused of murdering his sweetheart.
In the middle of tending to the everyday business at her vintage clothing shop and sidestepping her married boyfriend's attempts at commitment, Iris Lockhart receives a stunning phone call: Her great-aunt Esme, whom she never knew existed, is being released from Cauldstone Hospital—where she has been locked away for over sixty years.
Iris’s grandmother Kitty always claimed to be an only child. But Esme’s papers prove she is Kitty’s sister, and Iris can see the shadow of her dead father in Esme’s face. Esme has been labeled harmless—sane enough to coexist with the rest of the world. But Esme’s still basically a stranger, a family member never mentioned by the family, and one who is sure to bring life-altering secrets with her when she leaves the ward. If Iris takes her in, what dangerous truths might she inherit?
Maggie O’Farrell’s intricate tale of family secrets, lost lives, and the freedom brought by truth will haunt readers long past its final page.
One snowy night a famous Hollywood actor slumps over and dies onstage during a production of King Lear. That was the night when a devastating flu pandemic arrived in the city, and within weeks, civilization as we know it came to an end. Moving back and forth in time-from the actor's early days as a film star to fifteen years in the future, when a theater troupe known as the Traveling Symphony roams the wasteland, vividly depicting life before and after the pandemic.
Carrying Albert Home: The Somewhat True Story of a Woman, a Husband, and Her Alligator by Homer H. Hickam
An emotionally evocative story about a man, a woman, and an alligator that is a moving tribute to love.
"By the River" by Joyce Carol Oates (1969)
"By the River" is the story about a homecoming of another kind. It narrates about the return of Helen, a 22-year-old woman, to her hometown Oriskany, a rural country town in the Northeast. It lies by a river.
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The Paris Architect: a novel by Charles Belfourne
In 1942 Paris, gifted architect Lucien Bernard accepts a commission that will bring him a great deal of money - and maybe get him killed. But if he's clever enough, he'll avoid any trouble. All he has to do is design a secret hiding place for a wealthy Jewish man, a space so invisible that even the most determined German officier won't find it. He sorely needs the money, and outwitting the Nazis who have occupied his beloved city is a challenge he can't resist.
The first of his family to go to college, Anil Patel, the golden son, carries the weight of tradition and his family’s expectations when he leaves his tiny Indian village to begin a medical residency in Dallas, Texas, at one of the busiest and most competitive hospitals in America. When his father dies, Anil becomes the de facto head of the Patel household and inherits the mantle of arbiter for all of the village’s disputes. But he is uneasy with the custom, uncertain that he has the wisdom and courage demonstrated by his father and grandfather. His doubts are compounded by the difficulties he discovers in adjusting to a new culture and a new job, challenges that will shake his confidence in himself and his abilities.
Back home in India, Anil’s closest childhood friend, Leena, struggles to adapt to her demanding new husband and relatives. Arranged by her parents, the marriage shatters Leena’s romantic hopes, and eventually forces her to make a desperate choice that will hold drastic repercussions for herself and her family. Though Anil and Leena struggle to come to terms with their identities thousands of miles apart, their lives eventually intersect once more—changing them both and the people they love forever.
Local Girls: A Novel
By Caroline Zancan
With an eye for the raw edges of what it means to be a girl and the intensity of early friendship, Local Girls is a look at both the role celebrity plays in our culture, and how the people we know when we are young can end up changing our lives.
Growing up in a small North Carolina town, Jess Hall is plunged into an adulthood for which he is not prepared when his autistic older brother, Stump, sneaks a look at something he is not supposed to see, which has catastrophic repercussions.
A blistering debut about a fearless sixteen-year-old girl who braves a northern Michigan blizzard to search for her missing meth-addicted mother. She stops by the cabin of two drug addicts and flees with their endangered baby, triggering a dangerous race from the elements and a band of desperate criminals.
A Silver Dish by Saul Bellow (1978)
Saul Bellow's story "A Silver Dish" illustrates the skill of one of the greatest American authors of the 20th century. The story spans a period from the middle of the Great Depression to the mid-1980s, showing the changes that time renders in both society and in one man's life. The main character, Woody Selbst , is one of Bellow's finest creations. A lonesome, successful businessman, Woody reminisces about the circumstances under which his father, a con man and thief, caused him to lose his scholarship to a seminary school, an act that redirected his entire life.
“The Hunger Artist” (1922) by Franz Kafka
An artist starves himself for extended periods of time for the amusement of audiences during a time when public fasting is out of fashion.
A Different Lie by Derek Haas
Haas builds characters who are complicated, memorable, and sharply drawn. His spare, lean prose wastes no words. Haas develops a powerful and compellling voice and spends his scant 200 pages building suspense, creating atmosphere, and telling a compelling yarn. An unflinching little gem of a story: violent, dark, and unrelentingly entertaining.
Carrying Albert Home: The Somewhat True Story of a Man, His Wife, and Her Alligator
By Homer Hickam
Carrying Albert Home is the funny, sweet, and sometimes tragic tale of a young couple and a special alligator on a crazy 1,000-mile adventure. With down-home charm, Homer Hickam’s tale is ultimately a testament to that strange and marvelous emotion called love.
Beautiful Ida Chagall, the only daughter of Marc Chagall, is blossoming in the Paris art world beyond her father's controlling gaze. But her newfound independence is short-lived. In Nazi-occupied Paris, Chagall's status as a Jewish artist has made them all targets, yet his devotion to his art blinds him to their danger.
Over the course of one life-altering afternoon, the fates of seven people will change forever when a throng of protestors are determined to shut down Seattle.
Isla is a lonely young Tasmanian girl, who lives with her mother and brother. Bo is a Danish sailor and a crewman on an Antarctic supply ship who shares his adventures with them. Though Isla and Bo’s time together is short, it is enough to change the course of both their lives.
“The Doll's House” (1922) Katherine Mansfield
The Burnell family receives an elaborate doll house from a generous house guest, but when the girls decide to invite their friends over, they find themselves swept up by social trends.
Etta and Otto and Russell and James by Emma Hooper
This 'poetic, poignant" debut features last great adventures, unlikely heroes, and a "sweet, disarming story of lasting love".
Eighty-three-year old Etta has never seen the ocean. So early one morning she takes a rifle, some chocolate, and her best boots and begins walking the 3,232 kilometers from rural Saskatchewan, Canada eastward to the sea. As Etta walks further toward the crashing waves, the lines among memory, illusion, and reality blur.
Can’t We Talk about Something More Pleasant?: A Memoir
By Roz Chast
A 2014 National Book Award finalist, Roz Chast brings her humor to the topic of aging parents, through four-color cartoons, family photos, and documents. Chast's memoir is both comfort and comic relief for anyone experiencing the life-altering loss of elderly parents.
Retiree Percy Darling has his routines disrupted when he permits a locally-beloved preschool to take over his barn. The author spins a captivating tale about a man who can no longer remain aloof from his community, his grown daughters or the precarious joy of falling in love.
Recounts how the author, an experienced falconer grieving the sudden death of her father, endeavored to train for the first time a dangerous goshawk predator as part of her personal recovery.
The Accidental Empress: A Novel by Allison Pataki
A New york Times bestseller, The Accidental Empress is the love story of "Sisi" the Austro-Hungarian Empress and wife of Emperor Franz Joseph is "captivating, absorbing, and beautifully told".
"Allison Pataki brings to life one of the most enigmatic, intelligent, and stunningly beautiful woman ever to have graced a court in Europe. A remarkable novel about a truly remarkable empress!"
Margaret and John marry in 1960s London despite John’s severe depression. The story follows the legacy of a father’s pain on the life of his family, told in alternating points of view of all five members of the family.
The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick
Phaedra Patrick understands the soul. Eccentric, charming, and wise. The Curious Charms is not just for those who are mourning over love or the past. This book will illuminate your heart.
Don't miss this curiously charming debut! In this hauntingly beautiful story of love, loneliness and self-discovery, an endearing widower embarks on a life changing adventure.