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Warner Library Book Group

Books are available at the circulation desk one month prior to the meeting. All are welcome to attend. Click here for the complete list of books we've read.

 

Thurs., Nov. 14, 2019 at 7 PM
Becoming by Michelle Obama

Thurs., December 12, 2019 at 7 PM
The Dinner List by Rebecca Serle

Thurs., January 9, 2020 at 7 pm
City of Thieves by David Benioff

Thurs., February 13, 2020 at 7 PM
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 7 pm
Growing up by Russell Baker

 

 

Business Book Group

Thurs., Nov. 7, 2019 at 7 PM -- Never Split the Difference by Chris Voss
Thurs., Dec. 5, 2019 at 7 PM -- Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

Business Book Club - Join us for this  monthly discussion group comprised of entrepreneurs, small business owners, managers, business leaders, and those who are simply interested in continued learning and growth - covering a combination of newly published and classic business books. Books available at the Circulation desk. Please sign up at Reference Desk.

 

History Book Group

Call Historical Society serving Sleepy Hollow & Tarrytown at 631-8374 to sign up.

On Monday, Nov. 25  at 7 pm in Room A the group will discuss:

The Battle for New York: The City at the Heart of the American Revolution by Barnet Schecter
A reading group of the Historical Society of Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow.  Books are available at the front desk.

 

Lunch Can Be Murder-Mystery Book Group

Every Third Tuesday at 11:00am. Bring your lunch and share your thoughts. Books are available at the circulation desk one month prior to meeting. See a list of the books we've discussed.

 

  • Tuesday, September 17--Invisible Murder: Nina Borg, book 2 (2012)
  • Tuesday, October 15--Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris (1988)
  • Tuesday, November 19--Murder Once Removed by S.C. Perkins (2019)
  • Tuesday, December 17--Christmas at the Mysterious Bookshop edited by Otto Penzler (2011)

 

 

Romance Book Group

Thursday, October 24 at 7 PM

Join us in a group discussion about Once Upon A Bad Boy by Melonie Johnson.

Sadie Gold is ready to take her career to the next level with the role of a lifetime. Finally, she can shake her reputation as a pretty face with more wealth and connections than talent. But Sadie is not prepared for the wild turn her own life is about to take. The man in charge of training Sadie for her most demanding role yet is none other than her first real boyfriend—the one who took her heart and ran away.

 

 

 

READERS RULE!
Children's Book Group

For grades 3 - 6, once a month on Thursdays @ 6:30 pm; books will be available to borrow in the Children’s Room

Please sign up now!     Email Patty: pcohn@wlsmail.org

Sept. 19: Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh: read & discuss this classic story set in New York City, about eleven-year-old Harriet, the truth-telling spy.

Oct. 17: The Familiars by Adam Jay Epstein & Andrew Jacobson: a magical adventure about stray cat Aldwyn, who gets chosen to be a wizard's familiar

Nov. 7: Lowji Discovers America by Candace Fleming: When Lowji and his family move from India to Illinois, he can't have a pet, he misses his best friend, and it seems he'll never meet anyone his own age. 

Dec. 5: The Year of Miss Agnes by Kirkpatrick Hill: This will be a year, and Miss Agnes a teacher, that Fred and her friends in remote Alaska will never forget.

 

 

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What’s Everybody Reading at Warner?
Best of the Year (Volume II)

 

   Among the many things that happen at the end of the year is the publication of the inevitable best book lists designed in part to encourage the holiday shopper. Below are some titles that have made the Kirkus Book Review, Book Page and New York Times lists. Book Page is a monthly readers’ advisory magazine for library users. Complimentary copies are available to take home in the new fiction section of Warner’s Audubon Room.

 

   A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara is a heartbreaking beautifully written book about the decades long friendship of four men who meet in college. By midlife, Jude the anchor of the group, has become a talented litigator yet an increasingly broken man, his mind and body scarred by an unspeakable childhood, and haunted by what he fears is a degree of trauma that he’ll not only be unable to overcome—but that will define his life forever. The book is a finalist for the National Book Award, the Man Booker and the Kirkus prize.

 

   Lauren Groff’s Fates and Furies is making every editor’s list this year. A modern portrait of marriage, Fates and Furies, is divided into two parts. Actor turned playwright Lotto Satterwhite is the hub around which all the characters revolve in the first half of the book and we see his marriage from his point of view. In the second half, the lens turns to Lotto’s wife Mathilde, and her side of their lopsided partnership giving the reader a totally different view. Groff is a master of language and provides a gritty rather than gentle read. Fates and Furies is a bumpy ride worth taking for the quality of the writing.

 

   Hot new title City on Fire by Garth Risk Hallberg is described in the Indie Next List* as “big, juicy and full throated absorbing readers into an expertly crafted 1970’s New York City complete with lushly drawn characters”. The novel starts out with a murder on the brink of the New Year in 1977 and culminates with the infamous blackout.

 

   Fans of the recent movie The Walk about Phillipe Petit’s tightrope walk between the World Trade Towers in August of 1974 might also want to try Colum McCann’s 2009 National Book Award Winner and masterpiece Let the Great World Spin. This book brings 1970’s New York City to vivid life through the interconnected stories of a radical monk, a Park Avenue matron, a prostitute and an artist on the day Phillip Petit takes his daring walk. Colum McCann fans will want to read his recently published book of short stories Thirteen Ways of Looking featured by the New York Times as one of the 100 Notable Books of 2015.

 

   A non-fiction title worth checking out is photographer and author Sally Mann’s Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs. We follow Mann’s life in words and photos from her rebellious youth in the south to the horrifying drama of her in-laws murder suicide. Themes of art, family, race and mortality are revealed in this work through a masterful combination of Mann's words and photographs, both startlingly raw and lovely. The memoir making every list this year is Between the World & Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates. With brilliant insight, Coates warns his teenage son about the apparent permanence of racial injustice and the danger of believing one person can make a change.

 

   The newest addition to the environmental fiction cannon Gold Fame Citrus is a Bookpage best of 2015 pick. The novel by Claire Vaye Watkins depicts the sun scorched drought plagued West with a terrifying vision of the perhaps not too distant future.

 

   My from the stacks recommendation this month are the short stories of Truman Capote including the Children on Their Birthdays, The Thanksgiving Visitor and my all-time favorite A Christmas Memory. Be sure to come to voice actor Alan Sklar’s dramatic reading of Capote’s story A Jug of Silver on Thursday, December 3 at 7 pm in the Reading Room.

 

*Indie Next List – A monthly list of recommendations published by Independent Booksellers. www.indiebound.org/indie-next-list

 

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