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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.

 

 

Military Book group selection for April 2nd, 2015

download (5)The Rye Public Library Military Book Group has chosen The Face of Battle: A Study of Agincourt, Waterloo, and the Somme, by John Keegan as the title for their April 2nd discussion at 6:30 PM. The Military Book Group meets on the first Thursday of the month.

The Face of Battle is military history from the battlefield: a look at the direct experience of individuals at the “point of maximum danger.” Without the myth-making elements of rhetoric and xenophobia, and breaking away from the stylized format of battle descriptions, John has written what is probably the definitive model for military historians. And in his scrupulous reassessment of three battles representative of three different time periods, he manages to convey what the experience of combat meant for the participants, whether they were facing the arrow cloud at the battle of Agincourt, the musket balls at Waterloo, or the steel rain of the Somme.

 

 

Adult Book Group for April 21, 2015

tlccontentThe Adult Book Discussion Group selection for April 21st, 2015,  is The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown.  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.

Daniel James Brown’s robust book tells the story of the University of Washington’s 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal, a team that transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans.

 

 

Military Book group selection for April 3rd, 2015

download (5)The Rye Public Library Military Book Group has chosen The Face of Battle: A Study of Agincourt, Waterloo, and the Somme, by John Keegan as the title for their April 3rd discussion at 6:30 PM. The Military Book Group meets on the first Thursday of the month.

The Face of Battle is military history from the battlefield: a look at the direct experience of individuals at the “point of maximum danger.” Without the myth-making elements of rhetoric and xenophobia, and breaking away from the stylized format of battle descriptions, John has written what is probably the definitive model for military historians. And in his scrupulous reassessment of three battles representative of three different time periods, he manages to convey what the experience of combat meant for the participants, whether they were facing the arrow cloud at the battle of Agincourt, the musket balls at Waterloo, or the steel rain of the Somme.

 

 

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.

 

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.