January selections for Library Book Groups

Program Description: This month the General Reading Book Group reads A Gentleman in Moscow, and the Nonfiction Book Group examines Songs of America.

Date/Time: General Reading Book Group – Wednesday, January 8, 5:00-6:00 pm. Nonfiction Book Group – Monday, January 27, 6:00-7:30 pm.

Registration:To register, please visit the front desk at the library, call 518-828-1792 x101, or email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org.

The General Reading Book Group meets monthly on Wednesdays 5-6pm and is reading A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles on January 8. This group reads fiction and nonfiction, and is facilitated by long time member of the Friends of the Hudson Area Library, Sharon Getty. To register for this book group email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org

A Gentleman in Moscow explores the world of Count Alexander Rostov, after he is sentenced by Russia’s new Soviet regime to house arrest in the luxurious Metropole Hotel. In her NPR review titled, ‘A Gentleman in Moscow’ Is A Grand Hotel Adventure , Annalisa Quinn describes the book as a novel that aims to charm.” Also concluding that, “All of the verbal excess, the gently funny mock-epic digressions, the small capers and cast of colorful characters, add up to something undeniably mannered but also undeniably pleasant.

The Nonfiction Book Group meets monthly on Mondays, 6-7:30pm and for its meeting on January 27, will discuss Songs of America: Patriotism, Protest, and the Music that Made a Nation, by John Meacham and Tim McGraw. To accompany this month’s selection, a playlist of many of the songs discussed in the book is available from the Nonfiction Book Group page on the library’s website. This group focuses on history and social & political life in North America, and is facilitated by library Board President Mark Orton. To register for this book group email morton@hudsonarealibrary.org

These books are available for borrowing through the Mid-Hudson Library System.  The Hudson Area Library is located at 51 North Fifth Street in Hudson, NY. The mission of the library is to enrich the quality of life by providing free and equal access to programs, services and resources, and by creating opportunities for all members of our community to connect, create, learn and grow. For more information visit hudsonarealibrary.org.

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