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.
"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.
The Book Signing by Pete Hamill will be discussed.
"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.
Meets the fourth Wednesday evening of every month the library is open.
This month's selection is Local Girls by Caroline Zancan, a story about three local girls who have a life changing night when they discover a movie star at their favorite local haunt.
The Temporary Bride by Jennifer Klinec
The Temporary Bride is a beautifully written window into a world few of us have entered: contemporary Iran in all its complexity. Its sprawling cities and street-side eateries come to life, but most vivid is the portrait of ordinary Iranians: cooking, sharing , living in a world where Westerners are unwelcome. A book for travelers - of the world and the senses.
Moderator Shanshan Ming will lead discussion on The Return by Sun, Zhonglun
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.
Join us as we read Mary Shelley'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 remains 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?
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 Mudbound by Hillary Jordan.
A gripping and exquisitely rendered story of forbidden love, betrayal, and murder, set against the brutality of the Jim Crow South.
Copies of book available at Circulation Desk.
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.
Limited number of books available at the Circulation Desk.
Moderator Dr. Nelly Segal will lead discussion on The Extra by A.B. Yehoshua
Meet Disney Imagineer, Film Maker, and former NFL player, Michael Attardi author of "You Can't Do That! Yes I Can!".
Come enjoy his presentation intended for adults and teens.
Space is limited; registration required in-person, by phone, or online beginning September 25.
Professional athlete, filmmaker, Disney Imagineer, and inspirational speaker and author Michael Attardi will present his motivational book, You Can't Do That! Yes, I Can!
Mr. Attardi will discuss how he has overcome challenges in his life, including dyslexia and a speech impediment, to arrive where he is today, with an eclectic and illustrious career in many different arenas. Join us for the entertaining and inspirational program!
Intended audience is teens and adults.
Moderator Raisa Silver will lead discussion on the book The Mirror by Ekaterina Rozdestvenskaya
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. 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
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.
At any given moment in other people's houses, you can find...repressed hopes and dreams...moments of unexpected joy...someone making love on the floor to a man who is most definitely not her husband...
The Clown and Bard by Karen Karbo will be discussed.
Join us for a multi-part guided reading book group facilitated by Dianne Van Arsdale, RN, MS. This group meets monthly and is open to anyone interested in broadening their reading experiences through inspiring books and stimulating conversation. Let us enjoy a pause in the midst of our busy lives. Copies of the current selection are available at the front desk.
Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen
Follows a Viet Cong agent spying on a South Vietnamese army general and his compatriots as they start a new life in Los Angeles in 1975.
"A profound, startling, and beautifully crafted debut novel, The Sympathizer is the story of a man of two minds, someone whose political beliefs clash with his individual loyalties. In dialogue with -- but diametrically opposed to -- the narratives of the Vietnam War that have preceded it, this novel offers an important and unfamiliar new perspective on the war: that of a conflicted communist sympathizer." -- from the publisher
This debut novel was the winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.
Copies of the book are available at the library's circulation desk for this discussion.
Winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction
A communist double-agent arranges to come to America after the fall of Saigon. While building a new life with Vietnamese refugees in L.A., he is secretly reporting back to his communist superiors in Vietnam. A blistering exploration of identity and America, a gripping espionage novel and a powerful story of love and friendship.
Copies of the book are available at the circulation desk.
There is no book discussion in October.
Drawing on the diaries of Queen Victoria, less than a month after her eighteenth birthday, Alexandrina Victoria became Queen of Great Britian and Ireland. The Teenage Queen Victoria startled everyone by abandoning her first name in favor of Victoria, sleeping in a room apart from her mother, resolute about meeting with her ministers alone and not impressed by her cousin Albert the last man she would want for a husband.
Moderator Dr. Hashem Sherif will lead discussion on Season of Migration by Al Tayeb Saleh
American Radical Inside the World of Undercover Muslim FBI Agent by Tamer Elnoury
This discussion will be moderated by James Nosuchinsky.
"A Muslim American working as an undercover agent in a counterterrorism unit in the FBI grapples with his faith while posing as a jihadi sympathizer in this multifaceted, action-packed account of real-life spycraft." --Publishers Weekly
Books are available at theHQ Circulation Desk.
"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.
This month's selection is A Different Lie: A Novel by Derek Haas.
The House Girl by Tara Conklin
This stunning debut novel of love, family and justice follows Lina Sparrow, an ambitious first-year associate in a Manhattan law firm, as she searches for the "perfect plaintiff" to lead a historic class-action lawsuit worth trillions of dollars in reparations for descendants of American slaves.
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.
Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
Geobiologist Hope Jahren carries her readers along as she celebrates the lifelong curiosity, humility and passion that drive every scientist. Recalling her Minnesota childhood through her vocation as a laboratory scientist, the author demonstrates the mountains we can move when love and work come together.
Copies of the book are available for check out at the circulation desk.
How do we fulfill our conflicting duties as father, husband, and son; wife and mother; child and adult? How can we claim our own identities when our lives are linked so closely to others? These are the questions at the heart of Jonathan Safran Foer's first novel in eleven years - a work of extraordinary scope and heartbreaking intimacy.
Unfolding over four tumultuous weeks in present-day Washington, D.C., Here I Am is the story of a fracturing family in a moment of crisis. As Jacob and Julia Bloch and their three sons are forced to confront the distances between the lives they think they want and the lives they are living, a catastrophic earthquake sets in motion a quickly escalating conflict in the Middle East. At stake is the meaning of home - and the fundamental question of how much aliveness one can bear.
Architect's Apprentice by Elif Shafak
Compellingly written, illuminated by a sincere vision of justice, equality, and self-transcendence, The Architect's Apprentice is far more than a story of love, striving, and adventure. It is one of those very rare novels with the power to enlighten and transform its readers for the better.
This singular American writer brings the archetypal road novel into rural twenty-first-century America. An intimate portrait of a family and an epic tale of hope and struggle, the story journeys through the Mississippi's past and present, examining the ugly truths at the heart of the American story and the power-and limitations-of family bonds.
Our Eyes Couldn't Stop Opening by Megan Abbott will be discussed.
All Grown Up by Jamie Attenberg
Who is Andrea Bern? When her dippy therapist asks the question, Andrea knows the right things to say: she’s a designer, a friend, a daughter, a sister. But it’s what she leaves unsaid—she’s alone, a drinker, a former artist, captain of the sinking ship that is her flesh—that feels the most true. When Andrea’s niece finally arrives, born with a heartbreaking ailment, the Bern family is forced to reexamine what really matters.
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.
Loot by Julie Smith will be discussed.
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.
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.
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.
Beginning in February, we will be reading Drums of Autumn, which is also the focus of the upcoming series. Please check with our Circulation staff as a limited number of books are available.
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.
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.
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