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Sunday January 1, 2017 -  Sunday December 31, 2017
     Book and Short Story Discussions; Author Talks!  
    Contact: Reference Staff   Your Branch   
   

For a complete listing of discussions about literature and writing, please click here:

    Location: All Branches

Thursday July 20, 2017
   10:30 AM Thursday Morning Book Discussion Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist by Sunil Yapa  
    Contact:    732-431-7220 X7222   
   

An electrifying debut novel set amid the heated conflict of Seattle's 1999 WTO protests.

On a rainy, cold day in November, young Victor—a nomadic, scrappy teenager who's run away from home—sets out to join the throng of WTO demonstrators determined to shut down the city. 

Over the course of one life-altering afternoon, the fates of seven people will change forever: foremost among them police Chief Bishop, the estranged father Victor hasn't seen in three years, two protesters struggling to stay true to their non-violent principles as the day descends into chaos, two police officers in the street, and the coolly elegant financial minister from Sri Lanka whose life, as well as his country's fate, hinges on getting through the angry crowd, out of jail, and to his meeting with the President of the United States.  When Chief Bishop reluctantly unleashes tear gas on the unsuspecting crowd, it seems his hopes for reconciliation with his son, as well as the future of his city, are in serious peril.
 

In this raw and breathtaking novel, Sunil Yapa marries a deep rage with a deep humanity. In doing so he casts an unflinching eye on the nature and limits of compassion, and the heartbreaking difference between what is right and what is possible. 

    Location: Headquarters
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Book Discussion: Station Eleven  
   

One snowy night, a famous Hollywood actor slumps over and dies onstage during a production of King Lear. Hours later, the world as we know it begins to dissolve. 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 of what remains --  this suspenseful, elegiac, spellbinding novel charts the strange twists of fate that connect five people: the actor, the man who tried to save him, the actor's first wife, his oldest friend, and a young actress with the Traveling Symphony, caught in the crosshairs of a dangerous self-proclaimed prophet. Sometimes terrifying, sometimes tender, Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel tells a story about the relationships that sustain us, the ephemeral nature of fame, and the beauty of the world as we know it.

Copies of this book are available at the Circulation Desk.

    Location: Howell
   3:00 PM Wall Book Club: Traitors Wife: the Woman Behind Benedict Arnold and the Plan to Betray America  
    Contact:    732-449-8877   
   

by Allison Pataki

A riveting historical novel about Peggy Shippen Arnold, the cunning wife of Benedict Arnold and mastermind behind America’s most infamous act of treason...Everyone knows of Benedict Arnold and his co-conspirator, Major John Andre but few know of the integral third character in the plot: a charming young woman who not only contributed to the betrayal but orchestrated it.  The story is told from the perspective of Peggy’s maid, whose faith in the new nation inspires her to intervene in her mistress’s affairs even when it could cost her everything.

    Location: Wall Township
   7:00 PM Book Talk: The Magic of Us by Mary Lou Irace  
    Contact:    732-449-8877   
   

In this sequel to Out Of My Dreams, continues with Tara and Evan As they begin their married life in the Boston suburbs, things return to normal after the revelations brought to light from Tara's extraordinary ability. But as the newlyweds await the birth of their first child, another tragic event causes fate to intervene at the hands of a surprise visitor. Follow the couple as they experience the joys and challenges of parenthood. Unexpected circumstances will strengthen bonds and test boundaries. And loved ones will seek to bridge the gap between the present and memories of the past. Life will come full circle for Tara and her family as they discover that home is more than just a house, and that everyday life is magic enough.

Join Mary Lou Irace as she discusses her latest book The Magic of Us.

    Location: Wall Township

Monday July 24, 2017
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Next Chapter Book Club  
    Contact:    1-866-941-8188   
   

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.

 

    Location: Eastern Branch

Tuesday July 25, 2017
   7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Lost Amusement Parks of the North Jersey Shore  
    Contact:    609-259-7565   
   

Join us as we welcome author/historian Rick Geffken to discuss his current book, Lost Amusement Parks of the North Jersey Shore.  The Jersey shore was once a famous vacation destination featuring grand hotels and amusement parks.  Many of these treasures are gone today but the memories linger on.  Mr. Geffken will share stories and rarely seen photos from these days gone by

Space is limited.

Please register in person, online or by phone (609-259-7565)

    Location: Allentown

Tuesday August 1, 2017
   10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Colts Neck Library Book Club: Behind The Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo  
    Contact:    732-431-5656   
   

In this brilliant, breathtaking book by Pulitzer Prize winner Katherine Boo, a bewildering age of global change and inequality is made human through the dramatic story of families striving toward a better life in Annawadi, a makeshift settlement in the shadow of luxury hotels near the Mumbai airport.

As India starts to prosper, the residents of Annawadi are electric with hope. Abdul, an enterprising teenager, sees “a fortune beyond counting” in the recyclable garbage that richer people throw away. Meanwhile Asha, a woman of formidable ambition, has identified a shadier route to the middle class. With a little luck, her beautiful daughter, Annawadi’s “most-everything girl,” might become its first female college graduate. And even the poorest children, like the young thief Kalu, feel themselves inching closer to their dreams. But then Abdul is falsely accused in a shocking tragedy; terror and global recession rock the city; and suppressed tensions over religion, caste, sex, power, and economic envy turn brutal. With intelligence, humor, and deep insight into what connects people to one another in an era of tumultuous change, Behind the Beautiful Forevers, based on years of uncompromising reporting, carries the reader headlong into one of the twenty-first century’s hidden worlds—and into the hearts of families impossible to forget.

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.

    Location: Colts Neck
   2:30 PM  -  4:00 PM Book Discussion: Rules of Civility by Amor Towles  
    Contact:    732-531-5092   
   

Set in New York City in 1938, this is the story of a watershed year in the life of uncompromising twenty-five year old Katey Kontent.

    Location: Ocean Township

Wednesday August 2, 2017
   7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Lost Amusement Parks of the North Jersey Shore by Rick Geffken and George Severini  
    Contact:    732-531-5092   
   

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.

    Location: Ocean Township

Thursday August 3, 2017
   7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Colts Neck Library Book Club: Behind The Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo  
    Contact:    732-431-5656   
   

In this brilliant, breathtaking book by Pulitzer Prize winner Katherine Boo, a bewildering age of global change and inequality is made human through the dramatic story of families striving toward a better life in Annawadi, a makeshift settlement in the shadow of luxury hotels near the Mumbai airport.

As India starts to prosper, the residents of Annawadi are electric with hope. Abdul, an enterprising teenager, sees “a fortune beyond counting” in the recyclable garbage that richer people throw away. Meanwhile Asha, a woman of formidable ambition, has identified a shadier route to the middle class. With a little luck, her beautiful daughter, Annawadi’s “most-everything girl,” might become its first female college graduate. And even the poorest children, like the young thief Kalu, feel themselves inching closer to their dreams. But then Abdul is falsely accused in a shocking tragedy; terror and global recession rock the city; and suppressed tensions over religion, caste, sex, power, and economic envy turn brutal. With intelligence, humor, and deep insight into what connects people to one another in an era of tumultuous change, Behind the Beautiful Forevers, based on years of uncompromising reporting, carries the reader headlong into one of the twenty-first century’s hidden worlds—and into the hearts of families impossible to forget.

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.

    Location: Colts Neck

Wednesday August 9, 2017
   10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Wednesday Morning Page Turners  
    Contact:    732-536-9406   
   

Here I am: A Novel

by JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER

Unfolding over four 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 very meaning of home?and the fundamental question of how much aliveness one can bear.

Limited number of books available at the Circulation Desk.

    Location: Marlboro

Thursday August 10, 2017
   7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Lost Amusement Parks of the North Jersey Shore  
    Contact:    732-431-5656   
   

Join us as we welcome author/historian Rick Geffken to discuss his current book, Lost Amusement Parks of the North Jersey Shore.  The Jersey shore was once a famous vacation destination featuring grand hotels and amusement parks.  Many of these treasures are gone today but the memories linger on.  Mr. Geffken will share stories and rarely seen photos from these days gone by.

Please register in person, online or by phone (732-431-5656)

    Location: Colts Neck

Saturday August 12, 2017
   9:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Monmouth Writers  
   

Contact:  732-938-2300

If you would like to share your own work for constructive feedback, go to www.monmouthwriters.com for details of what to expect, as well as format/printing instructions.  Priotiry will be given to folks who follow the straightforward submission guidelines.  For more information email Rick: rkelsten@gmail.com

Location: Howell

    Location: Howell

Tuesday August 15, 2017
   10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM Book Discussion: Shelter by Jung Yun  
    Contact:    1-866-941-8188   
   

Kyung and his wife, Gillian, have always lived beyond their means. Now their decisions have caught up with them, and Kyung is anxious for his family's future: all he wants is to provide the home that was denied him to their son. When his parents become victims of a violent home invasion, the dynamic suddenly changes, and Kyung is compelled to take them in. As the carefully established distance between Kyung and his parents collapses, he must reckon with his childhood, even as the life that he has built begins to crumble. 

    Location: Eastern Branch
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Meet Bobby Rydell: Book Talk and Signing  
    Contact: Reference Staff   732-431-7220 X7222   
   

Bobby Rydell is the very definition of talent. His career has encompassed six decades and counting. Born in Philadelphia, Bobby first found success as a teen idol, selling over 25 million records. He went on to star on television, stage, and film and is now the author of a best-selling autobiography, Bobby Rydell Teen Idol on the Rocks A Tale of Second Chances.

He will  tell stories and answer questions and sign books purchased at this event.  Bobby's hits include Volare, Wild One, Sway and Wildwood Days.  Bobby also starred as Hugo in Bye Bye Birdie with Ann-Margret and Dick Van Dyke.

Please note: Both seating and time are limited for this program. Registration is required (please click the "register" button below or call our Reference Desk). 

Because of time limit, Mr. Rydell will only sign: 1) Books that are purchased at this event. 2)  One memorabilia item per person. Books cost $20 for one, $35 for two. Checks, Cash or credit cards will be accepted.

Bring your camera for a (single) photo opportunity. Other pre-signed items will be available for purchase. 

Entrance doors open at 5pm. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis, based on pre-registration. We request that attendees do not hold or reserve seats for others.  Library staff reserves a number of seats for a limited time before performance.

    Location: Headquarters

Wednesday August 16, 2017
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Book Discussion: Shelter by Jung Yun  
    Contact:    1-866-941-8188   
   

Kyung and his wife, Gillian, have always lived beyond their means. Now their decisions have caught up with them, and Kyung is anxious for his family's future: all he wants is to provide the home that was denied him to their son. When his parents become victims of a violent home invasion, the dynamic suddenly changes, and Kyung is compelled to take them in. As the carefully established distance between Kyung and his parents collapses, he must reckon with his childhood, even as the life that he has built begins to crumble. 

    Location: Eastern Branch

Thursday August 17, 2017
   10:30 AM  -  10:30 AM Thursday Morning Book Discussion: Imagine Me Gone by Adam Haslett  
    Contact:    732-431-7220 X7222   
   

From a Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award finalist, a fiercely intimate story of a family facing the ultimate question: how far will we go to save the people we love the most?

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. Imagine Me Gone is the unforgettable story of what unfolds from this act of love and faith. At the heart of it is their eldest son, Michael, a brilliant, anxious music fanatic, who makes sense of the world through parody, and the story of how, over the span of decades, his younger siblings—the savvy and responsible Celia, and the ambitious and tightly controlled Alec—struggle with their mother to care for Michael’s increasingly troubled and precarious existence.

With his striking emotional precision and lively, inventive language, Adam Haslett has given us something rare: a novel with the power to change how you see the most important people in your life.

    Location: Headquarters
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Book Club: A Different Lie  
    Contact:    732-938-2300   
   

A Different Lie by Derek Haas

A unique and thrilling twist on a family story -- what happens when an elite assassin becomes a father? Now a new dad, the infamous Silver Bear finds himself staying up late for feedings and changing diapers -- all while leading the double life of a contract killer. but a child forces him to weigh selfishness versus safety. Continue in his line of work, and he'll always wonder if he's putting his child's life at risk. It's a revelation with enormous ramifications when the target of his next assignment learns Columbus has a family.

    Location: Howell
   3:00 PM Wall Book Club: Longest Night by Andria Williams  
    Contact:    732-449-8877   
   

1959, Nat Collier moves with her husband, Paul, and their two young daughters to Idaho Falls, a remote military town. An Army Specialist, Paul is stationed there to help oversee one of the country’s first nuclear reactors—an assignment that seems full of opportunity. Based on a true story of the only fatal nuclear accident to occur in America, this is the story about a young couple whose marriage is tested when they move to an army base rife with love triangles, life-or-death conflicts, and a dramatic cover-up.

    Location: Wall Township
   6:30 PM  -  8:30 PM OUTLANDER Series Discussion Group  
    Contact: Reference Staff   732 431 7220 x7222   
   

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.

Please check with our Circulation staff as a limited number of books are available.

 

    Location: Headquarters

Wednesday August 23, 2017
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Short & Sweet Book Club  
    Contact:    732-536-9406   
   

“Rope” (1928) by Katherine Anne Porter

Acrimony between a husband and wife escalates when a coil of rope and forgotten coffee become the object of their frustration. 

    Location: Marlboro

Thursday August 24, 2017
   12:00 PM  -  2:00 PM BookBites- A Book Club for Adults  
   

 

When the Night Comes by Favel Parrett

Between the coasts of Tasmania and Antarctica the lives of a lonely girl, a gentle man, and a red ship intersect. Their stories unfold in short, evocative vignettes that capture emotional time and space as well as bring the physical spaces to life. The girl, Isla, lives with her Mum and little brother, just getting by without many resources or even love to spare. The arrival of the Nella Dan and the ship's steward, Bo, briefly opens a window into another world, one of contrasts between the cold stillness of ice and busy heat of mess halls. The skill and insight that earned Parrett's debut novel, Past the Shallows, critical acclaim have created another moving account of the depth of ordinary lives. (Library Journal, starred review)

    Location: Hazlet

Tuesday September 5, 2017
   10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Colts Neck Library Book Club: A Fall of Marigolds by Susan Meissner  
    Contact:    732-431-5656   
   

September 1911. On Ellis Island in New York Harbor, nurse Clara Wood cannot face returning to Manhattan, where the man she loved fell to his death in the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire. Then, while caring for a fevered immigrant whose own loss mirrors hers, she becomes intrigued by a name embroidered onto the scarf he carries…and finds herself caught in a dilemma that compels her to confront the truth about the assumptions she’s made. Will what she learns devastate her or free her? 

September 2011. On Manhattan’s Upper West Side, widow Taryn Michaels has convinced herself that she is living fully, working in a charming specialty fabric store and raising her daughter alone. Then a long-lost photograph appears in a national magazine, and she is forced to relive the terrible day her husband died in the collapse of the World Trade Towers…the same day a stranger reached out and saved her. Will a chance reconnection and a century-old scarf open Taryn’s eyes to the larger forces at work in her life?

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.

    Location: Colts Neck

Wednesday September 6, 2017
   10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Wednesday Morning Page Turners  
    Contact:    732-536-9406   
   

The Accidental Empress
  by  Allison Pataki
 In 1853, the Habsburgs are Europe’s most powerful ruling family and young, rich Emperor Franz is ready to marry. Fifteen-year-old Elisabeth, “Sisi,” Duchess of Bavaria, arrives at court with  her older sister, the emperor’s  fiancee.   Pataki , with rich period detail and complex characters gives us a look into one of history’s most intriguing royal families
 

  Limited number of books available at the Circulation Desk.

    Location: Marlboro

Thursday September 7, 2017
   7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Colts Neck Library Book Club: A Fall of Marigolds by Susan Meissner  
    Contact:    732-431-5656   
   

September 1911. On Ellis Island in New York Harbor, nurse Clara Wood cannot face returning to Manhattan, where the man she loved fell to his death in the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire. Then, while caring for a fevered immigrant whose own loss mirrors hers, she becomes intrigued by a name embroidered onto the scarf he carries…and finds herself caught in a dilemma that compels her to confront the truth about the assumptions she’s made. Will what she learns devastate her or free her? 

September 2011. On Manhattan’s Upper West Side, widow Taryn Michaels has convinced herself that she is living fully, working in a charming specialty fabric store and raising her daughter alone. Then a long-lost photograph appears in a national magazine, and she is forced to relive the terrible day her husband died in the collapse of the World Trade Towers…the same day a stranger reached out and saved her. Will a chance reconnection and a century-old scarf open Taryn’s eyes to the larger forces at work in her life?

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.

    Location: Colts Neck

Saturday September 9, 2017
   9:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Monmouth Writers  
   

Contact:  732-938-2300

If you would like to share your own work for constructive feedback, go to www.monmouthwriters.com for details of what to expect, as well as format/printing instructions.  Priotiry will be given to folks who follow the straightforward submission guidelines.  For more information email Rick: rkelsten@gmail.com

Location: Howell

    Location: Howell

Thursday September 14, 2017
   6:30 PM  -  8:30 PM OUTLANDER TV & Book Series Discussion  
    Contact: Reference Staff   732 431 7220 x7222   
   

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.

The group plans to  cover Diana Gabaldon's Brotherhood Of the Blade in August (through Chapter 19) and finish it in September. During October, November and December they will cover Gabaldon's The Scottish Prisoner.  

Please check with our Circulation staff as a limited number of books are available.

 

 

    Location: Headquarters

Friday September 15, 2017
   10:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Literature of World Language Book Discussion in Hebrew  
    Contact: Reference Staff   732-431-7220 x 7222   
   

Moderator Dr. Nelly Segal will lead discussion on Judas by Omos Oz

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.

 

    Location: Headquarters

Thursday September 21, 2017
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Book Club: The Riddle of the Labyrinth: The quest to crack an ancient code  
    Contact:    732-938-2300   
   

The Riddle of the Labyrinth: The quest to crack an ancient code by Margalit Fox

This true intellectual detective story follows the quest to unlock one of the great secrets of human history -- the decipherment of Linear B, an unknown script from the Aegean Bronze  Age.

    Location: Howell
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Senior Book Club  
    Location: Howell
   3:00 PM Wall Book Club: Opposite of Everyone by Joshilyn Jackson  
    Contact:    732-449-8877   
   

Born in Alabama, Paula Vauss spent the first decade of her life on the road with her free-spirited young mother, Kai, an itinerant storyteller who blended Hindu mythology with southern oral tradition to re-invent their history as they roved. Now, a fiercely independent divorce lawyer Paula learns the power of family and connection when she receives a cryptic message from her estranged mother.

    Location: Wall Township

Saturday September 23, 2017
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Author Talk and Book Signing: Matthew John Benecke  
    Contact:    732-264-7164   
   

Come to the Hazlet Library for a book signing and reading by local author, Matthew John Benecke! Matthew is the author of the Kosmogonia series of speculative fiction novels including the apocalyptic thriller, The Lion in the Desert, and its sequels, The Walking Ghosts and The Metamorphoses. He is also the writer of Beer & Fitness: The Practical Guide to Exploring Craft Beer and Improving Physical and Mental Fitness and the popular craft beer blog, The Beer Whisperers.

Register online or by calling the library at 732-264-7164.

    Location: Hazlet

Tuesday September 26, 2017
   10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Telling Tales - An Adult Short Story Program  
    Contact:    732-431-7220   
   

"International Short Stories"

The Elephant Vanishes by Haruki Murakami (Japan)

"The Elephant Vanishes" is a short story by Japanese author Haruki Murakami, included ina short story collection of the same name.  Murakami is known for his calm delivery of prose writing and his inside depiction of the Japanese world view.

This particular short story focuses on the protagonist's personal reaction to the presence - and then disappearance - of an old elephant in his hometown.  The elephant was a refuge from a defunt zoo, and the town council agreed to take on the elephant and provide for it, including food and a keeper.  

    Location: Headquarters

Wednesday September 27, 2017
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Short & Sweet Book Club  
    Contact:    732-536-9406   
   

“Rules of the Game” (1989) by Amy Tan

A Chinese- American girl learns from her mother the art of invisible strength, a strategy for winning arguments and respect from others.

    Location: Marlboro

Thursday September 28, 2017
   12:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Book Bites -A Book Club for Adults  
    Contact:    732-264-7164   
   

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

Lydia is dead. But they don't know this yet. So begins this exquisite novel about a Chinese American family living in 1970s small-town Ohio.  Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee, and her parents are determined that she will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue.  But when Lydia's body is found in the local lake, the delicate balancing act that has been keeping the Lee family together is destroyed, tumbiling them into chaos.  A profoundly moving story of family, secrets, and longing. Everything I Never Told You is both a gripping page-turner and a sensitive family portrait, uncovering the ways in which mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, and husband and wives struggle, all their lives to understand one another.  

    Location: Hazlet

Saturday September 30, 2017
   2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Literature of World Language Book Discussion in Chinese  
    Contact: Reference Staff   732-431-7220 x 7222   
   

Moderator Shang-Yi Lu will lead discussion on Have Book, Will Travel  by Zhan Hongzhi

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.

 

    Location: Headquarters

Tuesday October 3, 2017
   10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Colts Neck Library Book Club: The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict  
    Contact:    732-431-5656   
   

In the tradition of The Paris Wife and Mrs. PoeThe Other Einstein offers us a window into a brilliant, fascinating woman whose light was lost in Einstein's enormous shadow. It is the story of Einstein's wife, a brilliant physicist in her own right, whose contribution to the special theory of relativity is hotly debated and may have been inspired by her own profound and very personal insight.

Mitza Maric has always been a little different from other girls. Most twenty-year-olds are wives by now, not studying physics at an elite Zurich university with only male students trying to outdo her clever calculations. But Mitza is smart enough to know that, for her, math is an easier path than marriage. And then fellow student Albert Einstein takes an interest in her, and the world turns sideways. Theirs becomes a partnership of the mind and of the heart, but there might not be room for more than one genius in a marriage.

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.

    Location: Colts Neck

Wednesday October 4, 2017
   10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Wednesday Morning Page Turners  
    Contact:    732-536-9406   
   

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.

 

  Limited number of books available at the Circulation Desk.

    Location: Marlboro

Thursday October 5, 2017
   7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Colts Neck Library Book Club: The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict  
    Contact:    732-431-5656   
   

In the tradition of The Paris Wife and Mrs. PoeThe Other Einstein offers us a window into a brilliant, fascinating woman whose light was lost in Einstein's enormous shadow. It is the story of Einstein's wife, a brilliant physicist in her own right, whose contribution to the special theory of relativity is hotly debated and may have been inspired by her own profound and very personal insight.

Mitza Maric has always been a little different from other girls. Most twenty-year-olds are wives by now, not studying physics at an elite Zurich university with only male students trying to outdo her clever calculations. But Mitza is smart enough to know that, for her, math is an easier path than marriage. And then fellow student Albert Einstein takes an interest in her, and the world turns sideways. Theirs becomes a partnership of the mind and of the heart, but there might not be room for more than one genius in a marriage.

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.

    Location: Colts Neck

Thursday October 12, 2017
   6:30 PM  -  8:30 PM OUTLANDER TV & Book Series Discussion  
    Contact: Reference Staff   732 431 7220 x7222   
   

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.

The group plans to  cover Diana Gabaldon's Brotherhood Of the Blade in August (through Chapter 19) and finish it in September. During October, November and December they will cover Gabaldon's The Scottish Prisoner.  

Please check with our Circulation staff as a limited number of books are available.

 

 

    Location: Headquarters

Tuesday October 17, 2017
   10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Telling Tales - An Adult Short Story Program  
    Contact:    732-431-7220   
   

"International Short Stories"

Moving House by Pawel Huell (Poland)

In Pawel Huell's story "Moving House" the reader is treated to the story of a young Polish boy who pays a visit to his German neighbor.  Such a visit is forbidden to the boy, but the beautiful music played by the German Lady next door bewitches him.  In Polish History, Germany became an aggressive and betraying neighbor while Russia offered salvation.  Nevertheless, for Poles one's friends one day could easily be one's enemies the next.

Cockroaches by Bruno Schulz (Poland)

Bruno Schulz was one of the most remarkably gifted writers from Eastern Europe in the 20th century.  Little known outside his native Poland, his work as been compared to Franz Kafka.  This short story is typical of Schulz's genius and is included in the short story book The Street of Crocodiles.

    Location: Headquarters

Thursday October 19, 2017
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Senior Book Club  
    Location: Howell
   12:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Book Bites -A Book Club for Adults  
    Contact:    732-264-7164   
   

Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

A whip-smart, hysterical dramedy about a family in crisis after the disappearance of its brilliant, misanthropic matriarch.

Bernadette Fox is notorious.  To her Microsoft-guru husband, she's a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she's a disgrace; to design mavens, she's a revolutionary architect, and to 15 year old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply Mom.  Then Bernadette disappears.

    Location: Hazlet

Saturday October 21, 2017
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Literature of World Language Book Discussion in Spanish  
    Contact: Reference Staff   732-431-7220 x 7222   
   

Moderator Katherine Rittenbach will lead discussion on the book "Las lagrimas de San Lorenzo" by Julio Llamazares

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.  

 

    Location: Headquarters

Wednesday October 25, 2017
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Short & Sweet Book Club  
    Contact:    732-536-9406   
   

“To Hell with Dying” (1973) by Alice Walker

A bond of faith between children and a warm-hearted old man bring love, life and healing.  

    Location: Marlboro

Wednesday November 1, 2017
   10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Wednesday Morning Page Turners  
    Contact:    732-536-9406   
   

Shelter
By Jung Yun
Debts and bad decisions are catching up with Kyung Cho and his wife Gillian, while a few miles away, his parents, Jin and Mae, live in the town’s most exclusive neighborhood. When an act of violence leaves Jin and Mae unable to live on their own, the Chos find themselves living under the same roof forcing old feelings of guilt along with a terrible and persistent question.

Limited number of books available at the Circulation Desk.

    Location: Marlboro

Thursday November 2, 2017
   11:00 AM  -  12:30 PM Literature of World Language Book Discussion in Russian  
    Contact: Reference Staff   732-431-7220 x 7222   
   

Moderator Raisa Silver will lead discussion on the book The Women of Lazarus by Marina Stepnova

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.

 

    Location: Headquarters

Saturday November 4, 2017
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Literature of World Language Book Discussion in Arabic  
    Contact: Reference Staff   732-431-7220 x 7222   
   

Moderator Ms. Manal Stephan will lead discussion on The Bridges of Constatine  by Ahlem Mosteghanemi

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.

 

    Location: Headquarters

Sunday November 5, 2017
   3:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Literature of World Language Book Discussion in Italian  
    Contact: Reference Staff   732-431-7220 x 7222   
   

Moderator Joanne Bisagna Villafane will lead discussion on the book Secrets of Italy by Corrado Augias

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.

 

    Location: Headquarters

Monday November 6, 2017
   10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Colts Neck Library Book Club:  
    Contact:    732-431-5656   
   

NOTE: Change in date due to Election Day! 

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.

    Location: Colts Neck

Thursday November 9, 2017
   6:30 PM  -  8:30 PM OUTLANDER TV & Book Series Discussion  
    Contact: Reference Staff   732 431 7220 x7222   
   

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.

The group plans to  cover Diana Gabaldon's Brotherhood Of the Blade in August (through Chapter 19) and finish it in September. During October, November and December they will cover Gabaldon's The Scottish Prisoner.  

Please check with our Circulation staff as a limited number of books are available.

 

 

    Location: Headquarters
   7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Colts Neck Library Book Club:  
    Contact:    732-431-5656   
   

 

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.

    Location: Colts Neck

Thursday November 16, 2017
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Senior Book Club  
    Location: Howell
   12:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Book Bites -A Book Club for Adults  
    Contact:    732-264-7164   
   

America's First Daughter: A novel by Stephanie Dray

In a compelling, richly researched novel that draws from thousands of letters and original sources, bestselling authors Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie tell the fascinating, untold story of Thomas Jefferson's eldest daughter, Martha "Patsy" Jefferson Randolph --a woman who kept the secrets of our most enigmatic founding father and shaped an American legacy.

    Location: Hazlet

Tuesday November 21, 2017
   10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Telling Tales - An Adult Short Story Program  
    Contact:    732-431-7220   
   

"International Short Stories"

The Story of the Lizard Who Had the Habit of Dining on His Wives by Eduardo H. Galeano (Uruguary)

Part fable, part allegory, this story shows the dangers of predatory behavior.  After consuming so many wives, the lizard meets his true love, but it is a case of "be careful what you wish for".

Jaspal by Kirpal Singh (Singapore)

"Jaspal" is a short story written by the famous scholarly author, Dr. Kirpal Singh.  The story plot begins with the person named Jaspal sitting in a restroom, thinking about his happy-go-lucky childhood memories of India.  The story is written in a very light and humorous way, yet touching the very sensitive topic of racism, classicism, and difference in thought between different generations, in Singapore. 

    Location: Headquarters

Tuesday December 5, 2017
   10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Colts Neck Library Book Club:  
    Contact:    732-431-5656   
   

 

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.

    Location: Colts Neck

Wednesday December 6, 2017
   10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Wednesday Morning Page Turners  
    Contact:    732-536-9406   
   

Chillbury Ladies’ Choir: A Novel
By Jennifer Ryan
In the early days of World War II, with the men are away fighting, the women of Chilbury village defy the Vicar’s edict to close the choir and instead “carry on singing,” calling themselves the Chilbury Ladies’ Choir. An ensemble story that shuttles from intrigue to romance to the heartbreaking matters of life and death, Ryan’s debut novel illuminates the strength and spirit of the women on the home front.

Limited number of books available at the Circulation Desk.

    Location: Marlboro

Thursday December 7, 2017
   7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Colts Neck Library Book Club:  
    Contact:    732-431-5656   
   

 

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.

    Location: Colts Neck

Thursday December 14, 2017
   6:30 PM  -  8:30 PM OUTLANDER TV & Book Series Discussion  
    Contact: Reference Staff   732 431 7220 x7222   
   

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.

The group plans to  cover Diana Gabaldon's Brotherhood Of the Blade in August (through Chapter 19) and finish it in September. During October, November and December they will cover Gabaldon's The Scottish Prisoner.  

Please check with our Circulation staff as a limited number of books are available.

 

 

    Location: Headquarters

Tuesday December 19, 2017
   10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Telling Tales - An Adult Short Story Program  
    Contact:    732-431-7220   
   

"International Short Stories"

The Keeper of the Virgins by Hanan Al-Shaykh (Lebanon)

Hanna Al-Shaykh's, "The Keeper of the Virgins" follows an unnamed dwarf in a world that pities or scoffs at him.  The dwarf meanders about his life, immersed in study, reflection and writing.  Each day, he leaves his family home afoot and makes the two-hour trip to the convent with the hope of catching a glimpse of Georgette, a woman from who he has developed a keen sense of companionship that lived within its walls.  This is a story of desire and longing, and its attainment is always at a remove.  The longing is what matters, and only the dwarf obtains the wistful sense of what happens when the thing desired is obtained.

    Location: Headquarters

Wednesday December 20, 2017
   2:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Short & Sweet: A Short Story Book Club  
    Contact:    732-536-9406   
   

"The Haunted Boy" (1955) by Carson McCullers

A young boy is deeply concerned when he returns from school to find that his mother, whose mental health has recently been unstable, is not at home.

    Location: Marlboro

Thursday December 21, 2017
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Senior Book Club  
    Location: Howell

Wednesday January 3, 2018
   10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Wednesday Morning Page Turners  
    Contact:    732-536-9406   
   

I Always Loved You : A Novel  by Robin Oliveira
When  Mary Cassatt moves to Paris after the Civil War, she never thought it would be easy. But after her work is rejected a decade later,  and her family wants her to return to America, Mary’s fierce determination wavers. As she begins to doubt herself, a friend introduces her to Edgar Degas and her life changes forever. So begins the defining period of her life and the most tempestuous of relationships
 

Limited number of books available at the Circulation Desk.

    Location: Marlboro

Thursday January 11, 2018
   6:30 PM  -  8:30 PM OUTLANDER TV & Book Series Discussion  
    Contact: Reference Staff   732 431 7220 x7222   
   

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.

The group plans to  cover Diana Gabaldon's Brotherhood Of the Blade in August (through Chapter 19) and finish it in September. During October, November and December they will cover Gabaldon's The Scottish Prisoner.  

Please check with our Circulation staff as a limited number of books are available.

 

 

    Location: Headquarters

Wednesday February 7, 2018
   10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Wednesday Morning Page Turners  
    Contact:    732-536-9406   
   

The Opposite of Everyone: A Novel  by Joshilyn Jackson
An independent divorce lawyer learns the power of family and connection when she receives a cryptic message from her estranged mother in this bittersweet, witty novel . It’s an emotionally resonant tale about the endurance of love and the power of stories to shape and transform our lives.

 

Limited number of books available at the Circulation Desk.

    Location: Marlboro

Wednesday March 7, 2018
   10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Wednesday Morning Page Turners  
    Contact:    732-536-9406   
   

My Father’s Paradise: A  Son’s Search for His Family’s Past by Ariel Sabar
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. Ariel wanted nothing to do with his father's strange immigrant heritage-until he had a son of his own. Ariel Sabar brings to life the ancient town of Zakho, discovering his family's place in the sweeping saga of Middle-Eastern history. This powerful book is an improbable story of tolerance and hope set in what today is the very center of the world's attention.


 

Limited number of books available at the Circulation Desk.

    Location: Marlboro

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