Nonfiction Book Group Reads Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari

 Program Description: Our nonfiction book group, facilitated by Mark Orton, will discuss Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari. This book covers the last 100,000 years of human existence; that is, all of human existence. Harari takes us through three revolutions: cognitive, agricultural, and scientific and looks at what constitutes human happiness.

Date/Time: Monday, November 26, 6-7:30pm

Registration & Details: All are welcome. The book is available to borrow in standard, large print, and audio formats from the library. Email morton@hudsonarealibrary.org, call 518-828-1792, or stop by the main desk to register.

 

 

Share

Book Group reads Woman on the Orient Express

Program Description: Join the library Book Group, facilitated by Sharon Getty, as they read and discuss Woman on the Orient Express by Lindsay J. Ashford. The book is available to borrow in print and large print through the library. Email bookgroup@hudsonarealibrary.org for more information or to register.

Date/Time: Wednesday, October 24, 5-6pm Continue reading

Share

Non-fiction Book Group to Discuss The Island at the Center of the World

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 Continue reading

Share

May Nonfiction Book Group Discusses Tomorrow Will Be Different

The Link Project and OutHudson are sponsoring our May Nonfiction Book Group with Tomorrow Will Be Different: Love, Loss, and the Fight for Trans Equality by Sarah McBride on Thursday, May 3 at 6pm. Informative, heartbreaking, and empowering, Tomorrow Will Be Different is the 2018 memoir of McBride, the first openly transgender woman delegate to speak at a major US political convention.

The Link Project has provided copies of the book for the book group and will also be sponsoring an author reading with Sarah McBride at the library on Saturday, June 16 at 11am before the Hudson Pride Parade. To register for the book group, email morton@hudsonarealibrary.org, call 518.828.1792 x101, or visit the main desk in the library. Continue reading

Share

Book Group Winter Selections and Dates

The Hudson Area Library Book Group covers fiction and nonfiction and meets once a month on a Wednesday from 4-5pm. This month, they will meet on Wednesday, January 24 to discuss The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead.

Upcoming books and dates include: February 28 for Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro and March 28 for Dear Red by Maureen McNeil. Sharon Getty, a longstanding Friend of the Hudson Area Library is the organizer and moderator. New members are always welcome.

To register for updates on this book group, email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org, call 518.828.1792 x101, or visit the main desk in the library.

Share

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.

Share

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.

Share