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Book Groups

Book Club

This book club meets virtually. Please sign up here to get the link.

October 15, 2022: China Room by Sunjeev Sahota
November 19, 2022: Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro
December 17, 2022: The Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead

October 15 at 4 p.m.

The China Room by Sunjeev Sahota

Mehar, a young bride in rural 1929 Punjab, is trying to discover the identity of her new husband. Married to three brothers in a single ceremony, she and her now-sisters spend their days hard at work in the family’s “china room,” sequestered from contact with the men—except when their domineering mother-in-law, Mai, summons them to a darkened chamber at night. Curious and strong willed, Mehar tries to piece together what Mai doesn’t want her to know. From beneath her veil, she studies the sounds of the men’s voices, the calluses on their fingers as she serves them tea. Soon she glimpses something that seems to confirm which of the brothers is her husband, and a series of events is set in motion that will put more than one life at risk.

You can request a book from the Midhudson library System. Please call the library with any questions, 845-657-2482.

November 19 at 4 p.m.

Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro

Here is the story of Klara, an Artificial Friend with outstanding observational qualities, who, from her place in the store, watches carefully the behavior of those who come in to browse, and of those who pass on the street outside. She remains hopeful that a customer will soon choose her. Klara and the Sun is a thrilling book that offers a look at our changing world through the eyes of an unforgettable narrator, and one that explores the fundamental question: what does it mean to love?

 

You can request a book, large print book or book on CD from the Mid-Hudson library system. It is also available as an ebook and audiobook from Libby. Please call the library with any questions, 845-657-2482.

International Mystery

Book Club

In person, the 3rd Monday of each month at 2 p.m.

Masks are REQUIRED for this club.

October 17, 2022 River of Darkness by Rennie Airth

November 21, 2022 The Keeper of Lost Causes by Jussi Adler-Olsen

December 19, 2022 A Beautiful Place to Die by Malla Nunn

October 17 at 2 p.m.

River of Darkness by Rennie Airth

John Madden who, in the years following World War I, is sent to a small village to investigate a particularly gruesome attack. The local police dismiss the slaughter as a botched robbery, but Madden detects the signs of a madman at work. With the help of Dr. Helen Blackwell, who introduces him to the latest developments in criminal psychology, Madden sets out to identify and capture the killer, even as the murderer sets his sights on his next innocent victims.

You can request a regular from the Mid-Hudson library system. You can also instantly download the audiobook on HOOPLA. Please call the library with any questions, 845-657-2482.

November 21 at 2 p.m.

The Keeper of Lost Causes by Jussi Adler-Olsen

Carl Mørck used to be one of Denmark’s best homicide detectives. Then a hail of bullets destroyed the lives of two fellow cops, and Carl—who didn’t draw his weapon—blames himself. So a promotion is the last thing he expects. But Department Q is a department of one, and Carl’s got only a stack of cold cases for company. His colleagues snicker, but Carl may have the last laugh, because one file keeps nagging at him: a liberal politician vanished five years earlier and is presumed dead. But she isn’t dead…yet.

You can request a regular or large book from the Mid-Hudson library system. Please call the library with any questions, 845-657-2482.

Banned Books now through December 2022

In person on the 4th Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m.

September 27 The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

October 25- The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

November 22- The Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut

December 20- Gender Queer by Maia Kobabe

 

September 27 at 6 p.m.

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

Set during the Great Depression, the novel focuses on the Joads, a poor family of tenant farmers driven from their Oklahoma home by drought, economic hardship, agricultural industry changes, and bank foreclosures forcing tenant farmers out of work. Due to their nearly hopeless situation, and in part because they are trapped in the Dust Bowl, the Joads set out for California along with thousands of other “Okies” seeking jobs, land, dignity, and a future.

Do you know why this book has received critiscm and been banned?

You can request a book, audiobook, large print or ebook from the Mid-Hudson library system. Please call the library with any questions, 845-657-2482.

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