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Military Book group selection for November 5 , 2015

41xyD8Mk7CL._AA160_The Rye Public Library Military Book Group has chosen Japan 1941, by Eri Hotta as the title for their November 5thd discussion at 6:30 PM. The Military Book Group meets on the first Thursday of the month.

When Japan attacked the United States in 1941, its leaders, in large part, understood they were entering a war they were almost certain to lose. In a groundbreaking history that considers Pearl Harbor from the Japanese perspective, certain to revolutionize how we think of the war in the Pacific, Eri Hotta poses essential questions overlooked for the last seventy years: Why did these men—military men, civilian politicians, diplomats, the emperor—put their country and its citizens in harm’s way?

 

 

 

Adult Book Group for Oct 20, 2015

downloadThe Adult Book Discussion Group selection for October 20, 2015,  is Gardens of Water by Alan Drew.  This fun group meets the third Tuesday of every month from either 2 – 3 PM or from 7 – 8 PM to accommodate your schedule. Newcomers are always welcome. Call us or drop in to reserve your copy! Downloadable copies may also available for checkout on our Kindle devices.

Gardens of Water is an enthralling story of two families, and two faiths, in Turkey at the time of the cataclysm of 1999. It tells of Sinan, whose daughter, Irem, dreams of escaping the confines of her family and the duties of a devout Muslim woman. She sees in Dylan, an American boy and her upstairs neighbor, the enticing promise of another life. But then a massive earthquake forces Sinan and his family to live as refugees in their own country and leads to a dangerous intimacy with their American neighbors, as Irem and Dylan fall in love. When Sinan finds himself entangled in a series of increasingly dangerous decisions, he will be pushed toward a final betrayal that will change everyone’s lives forever.

Military Book group selection for September 3 , 2015

MBG-Sept2015The Rye Public Library Military Book Group has chosen The Scratch of a Pen: 1763, by Colin Calloway as the title for their September 3rd discussion at 6:30 PM. The Military Book Group meets on the first Thursday of the month.

Britain now possessed a vast American empire stretching from Canada to the Florida Keys, yet the crushing costs of maintaining it would push its colonies toward rebellion. White settlers, free to pour into the West, clashed as never before with Indian tribes struggling to defend their way of life. In the Northwest, Pontiac’s War brought racial conflict to its bitterest level so far. Whole ethnic groups migrated, sometimes across the continent: it was 1763 that saw many exiled settlers from Acadia in French Canada move again to Louisiana, where they would become Cajuns. Calloway unfurls this panoramic canvas with vibrant narrative skill, peopling his tale with memorable characters such as William Johnson, the Irish baronet who moved between Indian campfires and British barracks; Pontiac, the charismatic Ottawa chieftain; and James Murray, Britains first governor in Quebec, who fought to protect the religious rights of his French Catholic subjects.

Most Americans know the significance of the Declaration of Independence or the Emancipation Proclamation, but not the Treaty of Paris. Yet 1763 was a year that shaped our history just as decisively as 1776 or 1862.

 

 

 

Adult Book Group for Aug 18, 2015

orchardist-ABGThe Adult Book Discussion Group selection for August 18, 2015,  is The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin.  This fun group meets the third Tuesday of every month from either 2 – 3 PM or from 7 – 8 PM to accommodate your schedule. 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 her stunningly original and haunting debut novel, Amanda Coplin evokes a powerful sense of place, mixing tenderness and violence as she spins an engrossing tale of a solitary orchardist who provides shelter to two runaway teenage girls in the untamed American West, and the dramatic consequences of his actions. 

Adult Book Group for July 21, 2015

51DNkmasMtL__AA160_The Adult Book Discussion Group selection for July 21, 2015,  is Me Before You by Jojo Moyes.  This fun group meets the third Tuesday of every month from either 2 – 3 PM or from 7 – 8 PM to accommodate your schedule. Newcomers are always welcome. Call us or drop in to reserve your copy! Downloadable copies may also available for checkout on our Kindle devices.

They had nothing in common until love gave them everything to lose . . .

Military Book group selection for July 2, 2015

51KTk21jpDL._AA160_The Rye Public Library Military Book Group has chosen Russia Against Napoleon, by Dominic Lieven as the title for their July 2nd discussion at 6:30 PM. The Military Book Group meets on the first Thursday of the month.

Though much has been written about Napoleon’s doomed invasion of Russia and the collapse of the French Empire that ensued, virtually all of it has been from the Western perspective. Now, taking advantage of never- before-seen documents from the Russian archives, Dominic Lieven upends much of the conventional wisdom about the events that formed the backdrop of Tolstoy’s masterpiece, War and Peace. Lieven’s riveting narrative sweeps readers through epic battles, tense diplomatic exchanges on which the fate of nations hung, and the rise of Russia from near-ruin to Europe’s liberator.

 

 

 

Adult Book Group for June 16, 2015

EnriquesjourneyThe Adult Book Discussion Group selection for May 19, 2015,  is Enrique’s Journey: the True Story of a boy determined to reunite with his Mother by Sonja Nazario.  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.

Enrique’s Journey recounts the unforgettable quest of a Honduran boy looking for his mother, eleven years after she is forced to leave her starving family to find work in the United States. Braving unimaginable peril, often clinging to the sides and tops of freight trains, Enrique travels through hostile worlds full of thugs, bandits, and corrupt cops. But he pushes forward, relying on his wit, courage, hope, and the kindness of strangers.

 

 

Military Book group selection for June4, 2015

51-tS9F2qcL._AA160_The Rye Public Library Military Book Group has chosen Bunker Hill, by Nathaniel Philbrick as the title for their June 4th discussion at 6:30 PM. The Military Book Group meets on the first Thursday of the month.

Boston in 1775 is an island city occupied by British troops after a series of incendiary incidents by patriots who range from sober citizens to thuggish vigilantes. After the Boston Tea Party, British and American soldiers and Massachusetts residents  have warily maneuvered around each other until April 19, when violence finally erupts at Lexington and Concord.  In June, however, with the city cut off from supplies by a British blockade and Patriot militia poised in siege, skirmishes give way to outright war in the Battle of Bunker Hill. It would be the bloodiest battle of the Revolution to come, and the point of no return for the rebellious colonists.

 

 

 

Adult Book Group for May 19, 2015

51Cr6zs8m5L._AA160_The Adult Book Discussion Group selection for May 19, 2015,  is The Art Forger by B.A. Shapiro.  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.

Almost twenty-five years after the infamous art heist at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum—still the largest unsolved art theft in history—one of the stolen Degas paintings is delivered to the Boston studio of a young artist. Claire Roth has entered into a Faustian bargain with a powerful gallery owner by agreeing to forge the Degas in exchange for a one-woman show in his renowned gallery. But as she begins her work, she starts to suspect that this long-missing masterpiece—the very one that had been hanging at the Gardner for one hundred years—may itself be a forgery.

 

 

Military Book group selection for May 7, 2015

In Deadly CombatThe Rye Public Library Military Book Group has chosen The In Deadly Combat, by Gottlob Herbert Bidermann as the title for their May 7th discussion at 6:30 PM. The Military Book Group meets on the first Thursday of the month.

In the hell that was World War II, the Eastern Front was its heart of fire and ice. Gottlob Herbert Bidermann served in that lethal theater from 1941 to 1945, and his memoir of those years recaptures the sights, sounds, and smells of the war as it vividly portrays an army marching on the road to ruin.

A riveting and reflective account by one of the millions of anonymous soldiers who fought and died in that cruel terrain, In Deadly Combat conveys the brutality and horrors of the Eastern Front in detail never before available in English. It offers a ground soldier’s perspective on life and death on the front lines, providing revealing new information concerning day-to-day operations and German army life.