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Adult Book Group for March 17, 2015

tlccontentThe Adult Book Discussion Group selection for March 17th, 2015,  is Fools of Fortune by William Trevor.  The group meets the third Tuesday of every month from 2 – 3 P.M. and from 7 – 8 P.M. Newcomers are always welcome. Call us or drop in to reserve your copy! Downloadable copies may also available for checkout on our Kindle devices.

In this award-winning novel, an informer’s body is found on the estate of a wealthy Irish family shortly after the First World War, and an appalling cycle of revenge is set in motion. Led by a zealous sergeant, the Black and Tans set fire to the family home, and only young Willie and his mother escape alive. Fatherless, Willie grows into manhood while his alcoholic mother’s bitter resentment festers. And though he finds love, Willie is unable to leave the terrible injuries of the past behind.

 

 

Military Book group selection for March 5th

1861The Rye Public Library Military Book Group has chosen 1861, by Adam Goodheart as the title for their March 5th discussion at 6:30 PM. The Military Book Group meets on the first Thursday of the month.

1861 is Adam Goodheart’s account of how the Civil War began and a second American revolution unfolded, setting Abraham Lincoln on the path to greatness and millions of slaves on the road to freedom. In this gripping and original book, Goodheart introduces us to a heretofore little-known cast of Civil War heroes—among them an acrobatic militia colonel, an explorer’s wife, an idealistic band of German immigrants, a regiment of New York City firemen, a community of Virginia slaves, and a young college professor who would one day become president. Their stories take us from the corridors of the White House to the slums of Manhattan, from the waters of the Chesapeake to the deserts of Nevada, from Boston Common to Alcatraz Island, vividly evoking the Union at its moment of ultimate crisis and decision.

 

 

 

Adult Book Group for February 17, 2015

images.duckduckgo.comThe Adult Book Discussion Group selection for February 17th, 2015,  is The House Girl by Tara Conklin.  The group meets the third Tuesday of every month from 2 – 3 P.M. and from 7 – 8 P.M. Newcomers are always welcome. Call us or drop in to reserve your copy! Downloadable copies may also available for checkout on our Kindle devices.

Weaving together the story of an escaped slave in the pre-Civil War South and a determined junior lawyer, The House Girl follows Lina Sparrow as she looks for an appropriate lead plaintiff in a lawsuit seeking compensation for families of slaves. In her research, she learns about Lu Anne Bell, a renowned prewar artist whose famous works might have actually been painted by her slave, Josephine.

 

 

Military Book group selection for February 5th

2015Jan-Remain of Company DThe Rye Public Library Military Book Group has chosen The Remains of Company D, by James Carl Nelson as the title for their February 5th discussion at 6:30 PM. The Military Book Group meets on the first Thursday of the month.

Haunted by an ancestor’s tale of near death on a distant battlefield, James Carl Nelson set out in pursuit of the scraps of memory of his grandfather’s small infantry unit. Years of travel across the world led to the retrieval of unpublished personal papers, obscure memoirs, and communications from numerous Doughboys as well as original interviews of the descendants of his grandfather’s comrades in arms. The result is a compelling tale of battle rooted in new primary sources, and one man’s search for his grandfather’s legacy in a horrifying maelstrom that is today poorly understood and nearly forgotten.

The Remains of Company D follows the members of Company D, 28th Infantry Regiment, United States First Division, from enlistment to combat to the effort to recover their remains, focusing on the three major battles at Cantigny, Soissons, and in the Meuse-Argonne and the effect these horrific battles had on the men.

 

Military Book group selection for January 8, 2014

51EGJqk-tcL._AA160_The Rye Public Library Military Book Group has chosen Savage Continent, by Keith Lowe as the title for their January 8th discussion at 6:30 PM. The Military Book Group meets on the first Thursday of the month.

The Second World War might have officially ended in May 1945, but in reality it rumbled on for another ten years…

 

Military Book group selection for December 4, 2014

hopkins touchThe Rye Public Library Military Book Group has chosen The Hopkins Touch, by David Roll as the title for their December 4th discussion at 6:30 PM. The Military Book Group meets on the first Thursday of the month.

 

 

Adult Book Group for December 16, 2014

the reason i jumpThe Adult Book Discussion Group selection for December 16th, 2014,  is The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida.  The group meets the third Tuesday of every month from 2 – 3 P.M. and from 7 – 8 P.M. Newcomers are always welcome. Call us or drop in to reserve your copy! Downloadable copies may also available for checkout on our Kindle devices.

This book is about the inner voice of a thirteen-year-old boy with autism.

 

 

Adult Book Group for November 18, 2014

We are allThe Adult Book Discussion Group selection for November 18th, 2014,  is We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler.  The group meets the third Tuesday of every month from 2 – 3 P.M. and from 7 – 8 P.M. Newcomers are always welcome. Call us or drop in to reserve your copy! Downloadable copies may also available for checkout on our Kindle devices.

Meet the Cooke family: Mother and Dad, brother Lowell, sister Fern, and our narrator, Rosemary, who begins her story in the middle. She has her reasons. “I spent the first eighteen years of my life defined by this one fact: that I was raised with a chimpanzee,” she tells us. “It’s never going to be the first thing I share with someone. I tell you Fern was a chimp and already you aren’t thinking of her as my sister. But until Fern’s expulsion, I’d scarcely known a moment alone. She was my twin, my funhouse mirror, my whirlwind other half, and I loved her as a sister.”

Rosemary was not yet six when Fern was removed. Over the years, she’s managed to block a lot of memories. She’s smart, vulnerable, innocent, and culpable. With some guile, she guides us through the darkness, penetrating secrets and unearthing memories, leading us deeper into the mystery she has dangled before us from the start. Stripping off the protective masks that have hidden truths too painful to acknowledge, in the end, “Rosemary” truly is for remembrance.

Military Book group selection for November 6, 2014

download (4)The Rye Public Library Military Book Group has chosen Blackett’s War, by Stephen Budiansky as the title for their November 6th discussion at 6:30 PM. The Military Book Group meets on the first Thursday of the month.

In March 1941, after a year of devastating U-boat attacks, the British War Cabinet turned to an intensely private, bohemian physicist named Patrick Blackett to turn the tide of the naval campaign. Though he is little remembered today, Blackett did as much as anyone to defeat Nazi Germany, by revolutionizing the Allied anti-submarine effort through the disciplined, systematic implementation of simple mathematics and probability theory. This is the story of how British and American civilian intellectuals helped change the nature of twentieth-century warfare, by convincing disbelieving military brass to trust the new field of operational research.

 

Adult Book Group for October 21, 2014

untitledThe Adult Book Discussion Group selection for October 21th, 2014,  is After Visiting Friends: A Son’s Story by Michael Hainey.  The group meets the third Tuesday of every month from 2 – 3 P.M. and from 7 – 8 P.M. Newcomers are always welcome. Call us or drop in to reserve your copy! Downloadable copies may also available for checkout on our Kindle devices.

A decade in the writing, the haunting story of a son’s quest to understand the mystery of his father’s death—a universal memoir about the secrets families keep and the role they play in making us who we are.