Program Description: This month’s Non-fiction Book Group reading is The Island at the Center of the World: The Epic Story of Dutch Manhattan and the Forgotten Colony That Shaped America by Russell Shorto. Shorto write, “If what made America great was its ingenious openness to different cultures. The small triangle of land at the southern tip of Manhattan Island is the birthplace of that idea: This island city would become the first multiethnic, upwardly mobile society on America’s shores, a prototype of the kind of society that would be duplicated throughout the country and around the world.”
Date/Time: Monday, September 24, 6 – 8pm
The Island at the Center of the World is available to borrow in print, ebook, and audiobook through the library. To reserve a copy, visit the online catalog, call, or stop by the main desk. To register for the book group, email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 518.828.1792 x101, or visit the main desk.
This nonfiction book group is focused on history and social and political life in North America. The group utilizes the best in nonfiction books chosen by participants to explore issues that are topical today. All are welcome to join with the hope that participants will impact each other through discussion and community. Mark Orton, a member of the library board, is the moderator for discussions.