Wednesday, June 8, 2016

THE DIVER'S CLOTHES LIE EMPTY

BOOK DISCUSSION DATE AND TIME: TUESDAY, JULY 12, 2016, AT 11:00 A.M.
From the acclaimed author of Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name and The Lovers comes a tensely drawn, spellbinding literary thriller that gets to the heart of what defines us as human beings—the singular identity we create for ourselves in the world and the myriad alternative identities that lie just below the surface.

In Vendela Vida’s taut and mesmerizing novel of ideas, a woman travels to Casablanca, Morocco, on mysterious business. Almost immediately, while checking into her hotel, she is robbed, her passport and all identification stolen. The crime is investigated by the police, but the woman feels there is a strange complicity between the hotel staff and the authorities—she knows she’ll never see her possessions again.

Stripped of her identity, she feels both burdened by the crime and liberated by her sudden freedom to be anyone at all.  




Tuesday, May 10, 2016

MY NAME IS LUCY BARTON, BY ELIZABETH STROUT

BOOK DISCUSSION DATE AND TIME: MONDAY, JUNE 6, 2016, AT 1:00 P.M.

Set in the mid-1980s, Lucy Barton, hospitalized for nine weeks, is surprised when her estranged mother shows up at her bedside. Her mother talks of local gossip, but underneath the banalities, Lucy senses the love that cannot be expressed. This is the story that Lucy must write about, the one story that has shaped her entire life. A beautiful lyrical story of a mother and daughter and the love they share. -- Catherine Coyne for LibraryReads.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

THE BETRAYERS, BY DAVID BEZMOZGIS

Book discussion date and time: Monday, May 9, 2016, at 11:00 A.M.  Please note that we are meeting in the morning this month.)

Escaping his political opponents in a Crimean resort town, disgraced Israeli politician Baruch Kotler runs into a former friend who had him sent to the gulag forty years prior and must reconcile with his betrayer and his own poor choices.


Tuesday, March 15, 2016

LEAVING TIME, BY JODI PICOULT





 DISCUSSION DATE AND TIME: MONDAY, APRIL 11, 2016 AT 1:00 P.M.   

"Alice Metcalf was a devoted mother, loving wife, and accomplished scientist who studied grief among elephants. Yet it's been a decade since she disappeared under mysterious circumstances, leaving behind her small daughter, husband, and the animals to which she devoted her life. All signs point to abandonment . . . or worse. Still Jenna--now thirteen years old and truly orphaned by a father maddened by grief--steadfastly refuses to believe in her mother's desertion. So she decides to approach the two people who might still be able to help her find Alice: a disgraced psychic named Serenity Jones, and Virgil Stanhope, the cynical detective who first investigated her mother's disappearance and the death of one of her mother's co-workers. Together these three lonely souls will discover truths destined to forever change their lives. Deeply moving and suspenseful, Leaving Time is a radiant exploration of the enduring love between mothers and daughters"-- Provided by publisher. 

The Long Island Reads Committee is pleased to announced that we have selected Leaving Time by Long Island native Jodi Picoult!

Why Leaving Time?
♦ Jodi Picoult, a Nesconset, Long Island native, has written 23 best-selling novels.
♦ Leaving Time is a NYT best seller and was called “poignant . . . an entertaining tale about parental love, friendship, loss” by The Washington Post.
♦ This title offers a variety of topics and themes which lend themselves to programming and book discussions, including psychic phenomena, elephant behavior and conservation, the loss of a parent, and human/animal connections.
♦ This title will appeal to readers of all ages as well as fans of mysteries, animal stories, or women’s fiction.
♦Leaving Time is available in hardcover, paperback, book on CD, large print and downloadable formats.
♦ Long Island Reads will honor Jodi in person at an award ceremony in April 2016


Monday, February 22, 2016

MY BRILLIANT FRIEND, BY ELENA FERRANTE

BOOK DISCUSSION DATE AND TIME: MONDAY, MARCH 14, 2016, AT 1:00 P.M.

In a poor, midcentury Italian neighborhood, two girls, Elena and Lila, exhibit remarkable intelligence early in school, at a time when money is scarce and education a privilege, especially for girls. Through the lives of these two friends, Ferrante tells the story of a neighborhood, a city and a country as it is transformed in ways that, in turn, also transform the relationship between her two protagonists.


Monday, February 1, 2016

GOD HELP THE CHILD, BY TONI MORRISON

BOOK DISCUSSION DATE AND TIME: MONDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2016, AT 1:00 P.M.

Spare and unsparing, God Help the Child is a searing tale about the way childhood trauma shapes and misshapes the life of the adult. At the center: a woman who calls herself Bride, whose stunning blue-black skin is only one element of her beauty, her boldness and confidence, her success in life; but which caused her light-skinned mother to deny her even the simplest forms of love until she told a lie that ruined the life of an innocent woman, a lie whose reverberations refuse to diminish . . . Booker, the man Bride loves and loses, whose core of anger was born in the wake of the childhood murder of his beloved brother . . . Rain, the mysterious white child, who finds in Bride the only person she can talk to about the abuse she's suffered at the hands of her prostitute mother . . . and Sweetness, Bride's mother, who takes a lifetime to understand that "what you do to children matters. And they might never forget."

Monday, December 14, 2015

A CONSTELLATION OF VITAL PHENOMENA, BY ANTHONY MARRA

BOOK DISCUSSION DATE AND TIME: MONDAY, JANUARY 25, 2016, AT 1:00 P.M.

Stegner and Whiting Award winner Anthony Marra transports us to a snow-covered village in Chechnya, where eight-year-old Havaa watches from the woods as Russian soldiers abduct her father in the middle of the night, accusing him of aiding Chechen rebels. Across the road their lifelong neighbor and family friend Akhmed has also been watching, fearing the worst when the soldiers set fire to Havaa's house. But when he finds her hiding in the forest with a strange blue suitcase, he makes a decision that will forever change their lives....