March Book Club: The Mermaid Chair

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The Hudson Area Library Book Club will meet on Wednesday, March 30 at 3:30pm for a discussion of The Mermaid Chair by Sue Monk Kidd. Books may be borrowed through the Mid-Hudson Library System. All are welcome to join the book club discussion. Please contact the library at 518-828-1792 or Sharon at bookgroup@hudsonarealibrary.org for meeting location details or to be added to the book club email list.

About the book:

Inside the church of a Benedictine monastery on Egret Island, just off the coast of South Carolina, resides a beautiful and mysterious chair ornately carved with mermaids and dedicated to a saint who, legend claims, was a mermaid before her conversion.
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February Book Club: The Obituary Writer by Ann Hood

obituarywriterThe Hudson Area Library Book Club will meet on Wednesday, February 24 at 3:30pm for a discussion of The Obituary Writer by Ann Hood. Books may be borrowed through the Mid-Hudson Library System.

About the book:

On the day John F. Kennedy is inaugurated, Claire, an uncompromising young wife and mother obsessed with the glamour of Jackie O, struggles over the decision of whether to stay in a loveless marriage or follow the man she loves and whose baby she may be carrying. Decades earlier, in 1919, Vivien Lowe, an obituary writer, is searching for her lover who disappeared in the Great San Francisco Earthquake of 1906. By telling the stories of the dead, Vivien not only helps others cope with their grief but also begins to understand the devastation of her own terrible loss. The surprising connection between Claire and Vivien will change the life of one of them in unexpected and extraordinary ways.

Part literary mystery and part love story, The Obituary Writer examines expectations of marriage and love, the roles of wives and mothers, and the emotions of grief, regret, and hope.

All are welcome to join the book club discussion. Please contact the library at 518-828-1792 or Sharon at bookgroup@hudsonarealibrary.org to be added to the book club email list.

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January Book Club: Brooklyn by Colm Toibin

BrooklynCoverThe Hudson Area Library Book Club will meet on Wednesday, January 27 at 3:30pm for a discussion of Brooklyn by Colm Toibin. Brooklyn is a New York Times bestselling novel – with a film adaptation now in theaters – about a young Irish immigrant in Brooklyn in the early 1950s.

All are welcome. The January meeting will be held at an offsite location. Please contact the library at 518-828-1792 or Sharon at bookgroup@hudsonarealibrary.org for the location and to be added to the book club email list.

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November/December Book Club Pick: The House Girl

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The Hudson Area Library Book Club has chosen to read The House Girl by Tara Conklin for their November/December meeting. Discussion will be held at the library on Thursday, December 3 at 3:30 pm. Stop by the Hudson Area Library or call 828-1792 to order a copy of the book.

“…an unforgettable story of love, history, and a search for justice, set in modern-day New York and 1852 Virginia.

Weaving together the story of an escaped slave in the pre–Civil War South and a determined junior lawyer, The House Girl follows Lina Sparrow as she looks for an appropriate lead plaintiff in a lawsuit seeking compensation for families of slaves. In her research, she learns about Lu Anne Bell, a renowned prewar artist whose famous works might have actually been painted by her slave, Josephine.”

All are welcome! Contact the library at 518-828-1792 or email Sharon Getty at BookGroup@hudsonarealibrary.org for info.

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October Book Club Pick: The Light Between Oceans

lightbetweenoceansThe Hudson Area Library Book Club has chosen to read The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman for their October meeting. Discussion will be held at the library on Thursday, October 22 at 3:30 pm. Stop by the Hudson Area Library or call 828-1792 to order a copy of the book.

After four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia and takes a job as the lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, nearly half a day’s journey from the coast. To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes once a season, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel. Years later, after two miscarriages and one stillbirth, the grieving Isabel hears a baby’s cries on the wind. A boat has washed up onshore carrying a dead man and a living baby.

Tom, who keeps meticulous records and whose moral principles have withstood a horrific war, wants to report the man and infant immediately. But Isabel insists the baby is a “gift from God,” and against Tom’s judgment, they claim her as their own and name her Lucy. When she is two, Tom and Isabel return to the mainland and are reminded that there are other people in the world. Their choice has devastated one of them.

All are welcome! Contact the library at 518-828-1792 or email Sharon Getty at BookGroup@hudsonarealibrary.org for info.

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June Book Club Special Meeting with Local Author Daniel Region

Daniel Region bookThe Hudson Area Library Book Club welcomes Daniel Region as a special guest on Friday, June 12 at 3:30pm for a discussion of his fictional memoir, Tales From Thurmons Corners. Region will read from and discuss the book at this special Book Club meeting. New members and guests are always welcome! Space is limited. Please RSVP by June 8 by calling Sharon at 518.828.1871.

About the Book
Tales from Thurmons Corners is a fictional memoir. It is the story of Dave Lang, a man who returns to the small Midwestern community where he was born, in search of something he has lost in his life.

Revisiting various moments of his early life, he regains the simplicity of living life fully with innocence and enthusiasm and learns that placing value on time and life gained not lost, is a blessing that is renewed every day, with every breath we take.

Tales from Thurmons Corners celebrates the quiet strength, common sense and resilience of the people who inhabit the flatland prairie.

Daniel RegionAbout the Author
Daniel B. Region’s professional artistic life has taken numerous paths; professional radio and television broadcaster, for 17 years the “Voice” of the Emmy Award winning daytime drama As The World Turns, an actor, theatre and film director, novelist, columnist, web designer and photographer. Mr. Region has written feature length screenplays, plays, two novels, Waiting For The Angel and The Shoe Tattoo, and this fictional memoir, Tales From Thurmons Corners, which is book one in a trilogy. He is currently at work on another novel, The Wolves at Your Door, set in the American Midwest during the Great Depression.

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May Book Group Pick: Chasing the Devil’s Tail

chasing the devil's tailThe Hudson Area Library Book Group has chosen to read Chasing the Devil’s Tail: a Mystery of Storyville, New Orleans by David Fulmer for their May meeting. Discussion will be held at the library on Thursday, May 7 at 3:30pm. Stop by the Hudson Area Library or call 828-1792 to order a copy of the book.

Storyville, 1907: In this raucous, bloody, red-light district, where two thousand scarlet women ply their trade in grand mansions and filthy dime-a-trick cribs, where cocaine and opium are sold over the counter, and where rye whiskey flows like an amber river, there’s a killer loose. Someone is murdering Storyville prostitutes and marking each killing with a black rose. As Creole detective Valentin St. Cyr begins to unravel the murder against this extraordinary backdrop, he encounters a cast of characters drawn from history: Tom Anderson, the political boss who runs Storyville like a private kingdom; Lulu White, the district’s most notorious madam; a young piano player who would come to be known as Jelly Roll Morton; and finally, Buddy Bolden, the man who all but invented jazz and is now losing his mind. No ordinary mystery, Chasing the Devil’s Tail is a chilling portrait of musical genius and self-destruction, set at the very moment when jazz was born.

All are welcome! Contact the library at 518-828-1792 or email Sharon Getty at BookGroup@hudsonarealibrary.org for info.

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Book Club March Pick: Orphan Train

POSTPONED: Meeting will now be held on Thursday, April 9 at 3:30pm.
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The Hudson Area Library Book Group has chosen to read Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline for their March meeting. Discussion will be held at the library on Thursday, April 9 at 3:30 pm (new date!). Stop by the Hudson Area Library or call 828-1792 to order a copy of the book.

Nearly eighteen, Molly Ayer knows she has one last chance. Just months from “aging out” of the child welfare system, and close to being kicked out of her foster home, a community service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping her out of juvie and worse.

Vivian Daly has lived a quiet life on the coast of Maine. But in her attic, hidden in trunks, are vestiges of a turbulent past. As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly discovers that she and Vivian aren’t as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York City, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children whose destinies would be determined by luck and chance.

The closer Molly grows to Vivian, the more she discovers parallels to her own life. A Penobscot Indian, she, too, is an outsider being raised by strangers, and she, too, has unanswered questions about the past. As her emotional barriers begin to crumble, Molly discovers that she has the power to help Vivian find answers to mysteries that have haunted her for her entire life – answers that will ultimately free them both.

Rich in detail and epic in scope, Orphan Train is a powerful novel of upheaval and resilience, of second chances, of unexpected friendship, and of the secrets we carry that keep us from finding out who we are.

All are welcome! Contact the library at 518-828-1792 or email Sharon Getty at BookGroup@hudsonarealibrary.org for info.

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