January Book Club Pick: Still Life with Bread Crumbs

stilllifewithbreadcrumbsThe Hudson Area Library Book Group has chosen to read Still Life With Bread Crumbs by Anna Quindlen for their January meeting. Discussion will be held at the library on Thursday, January 22 at 3:30pm. Stop by the Hudson Area Library or call 828-1792 to order a copy of the book.

Still Life with Bread Crumbs begins with an imagined gunshot and ends with a new tin roof. Between the two is a wry and knowing portrait of Rebecca Winter, a photographer whose work made her an unlikely heroine for many women. Her career is now descendent, her bank balance shaky, and she has fled the city for the middle of nowhere. There she discovers, in a tree stand with a roofer named Jim Bates, that what she sees through a camera lens is not all there is to life.

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


Book Club September Pick: The Giver by Lois Lowry

The Hudson Area Library Book Group has chosen to read The Giver by Lois Lowry for their September meeting. Discussion will be held at the library on Wednesday, September 24th at 4:30pm. Stop by the Hudson Area Library or call 828-1792 to order a copy of the book.

The Giver, the 1994 Newbery Medal winner, has become one of the most influential novels of our time. The haunting story centers on twelve-year-old Jonas, who lives in a seemingly ideal, if colorless, world of conformity and contentment. Jonas’s world is perfect. Everything is under control. There is no war or fear of pain. There are no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the community. When Jonas turns 12 he is singled out to receive special training from The Giver. The Giver alone holds the memories of the true pain and pleasure of life. Now, it is time for Jonas to receive the truth. There is no turning back.

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


July Book Club Pick – All Welcome!

The Hudson Area Library Book Group has chosen to read 11/22/63 by Stephen King for their July meeting. Discussion will be held on Wednesday, July 18 at 5:45pm. Please check with the library for location.

On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? Stephen King’s heart-stoppingly dramatic new novel is about a man who travels back in time to prevent the JFK assassination—a thousand page tour de force. Following his massively successful novel Under the Dome, King sweeps readers back in time to another moment—a real life moment—when everything went wrong: the JFK assassination. And he introduces readers to a character who has the power to change the course of history.

Jake Epping is a thirty-five-year-old high school English teacher in Lisbon Falls, Maine, who makes extra money teaching adults in the GED program. He receives an essay from one of the students—a gruesome, harrowing first person story about the night 50 years ago when Harry Dunning’s father came home and killed his mother, his sister, and his brother with a hammer. Harry escaped with a smashed leg, as evidenced by his crooked walk.

Not much later, Jake’s friend Al, who runs the local diner, divulges a secret: his storeroom is a portal to 1958. He enlists Jake on an insane—and insanely possible—mission to try to prevent the Kennedy assassination. So begins Jake’s new life as George Amberson and his new world of Elvis and JFK, of big American cars and sock hops, of a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald and a beautiful high school librarian named Sadie Dunhill, who becomes the love of Jake’s life—a life that transgresses all the normal rules of time.

A tribute to a simpler era and a devastating exercise in escalating suspense, 11/22/63 is Stephen King at his epic best.

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

Have a suggestion for a future book group read? Feel free to email Sharon or post in the comments!


Join our Book Club!

The Hudson Area Library book club is open to new members! The group meets around once per month at the Hudson Area Library to discuss a book chosen by the group at the previous meeting. This month’s book club pick is Sue Miller’s The Senator’s Wife. A description of the book can be found below. The group will be meeting to discuss this book on Tuesday, January 10th at 5:45pm. All are welcome.

Once again Sue Miller takes us deep into the private lives of women with this mesmerizing portrait of two marriages exposed in all their shame and imperfection, and in their obdurate, unyielding love. The author of the iconic The Good Mother and the best-selling While I Was Gone brings her marvelous gifts to a powerful story of two unconventional women who unexpectedly change each other’s lives.

Meri is newly married, pregnant, and standing on the cusp of her life as a wife and mother, recognizing with some terror the gap between reality and expectation. Delia Naughton—wife of the two-term liberal senator Tom Naughton—is Meri’s new neighbor in the adjacent New England town house. Delia’s husband’s chronic infidelity has been an open secret in Washington circles, but despite the complexity of their relationship, the bond between them remains strong. What keeps people together, even in the midst of profound betrayal? How can a journey imperiled by, and sometimes indistinguishable from, compromise and disappointment culminate in healing and grace? Delia and Meri find themselves leading strangely parallel lives, both reckoning with the contours and mysteries of marriage, one refined and abraded by years of complicated intimacy, the other barely begun.

Here are all the things for which Sue Miller has always been beloved—the complexity of experience precisely rendered, the richness of character and emotion, the superb economy of style—fused with an utterly engrossing story that has a great deal to say to women, and men, of all ages


Book Group Sets Next Read – The Imperfectionists by Rachman

The library Book Group met Tuesday evening (4/26/11) and had a vigorous discussion of To Kill a Mockingbird. At the end of the meeting the group picked The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman (NY Random House, 2010) for the next meeting Tuesday June 7th at 6pm at the library.

The Imperfectionists - RachmanHere is an excerpt from the NY Times review by Christopher Buckley (April 30, 2010):

“This first novel by Tom Rachman, a London-born journalist who has lived and worked all over the world, is so good I had to read it twice simply to figure out how he pulled it off. I still haven’t answered that question, nor do I know how someone so young — Rachman turns out to be 35, though he looks even younger in his author photo — could have acquired such a precocious grasp of human foibles. The novel is alternately hilarious and heart-wrenching, and it’s assembled like a Rubik’s Cube.” Link to the full review.

Contact the library staff pronto if you want to read this book and attend the next meeting June 7th.

Next Book Group Meeting – Tuesday June 7, 2011 at 6pm


Book Group Sets Next Read – To Kill a Mockingbird

To KIll a Mockingbird - book coverThe Hudson Area Library Book Group met on Mar. 23,2011. The group has chosen to read the 1960 book To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee for the month of April. Here is a link to the Wikipedia article about this book.

The next discussion group will be held on Tuesday. April 26, 2011 at 6pm.  All are welcome to join in!  For more information, contact the library at 828-1792 or email Sharon Getty at BookGroup@hudsonarealibrary.org

Gregory Peck-Mockingbird-mo

The book group also discussed the possibility of watching the classic 1962 movie by the same title, starring Gregory Peck, on another day after the book discussion. We will decide about this at the book group meeting on the 26th.


Join Our New Book Group

A new book group is forming at the Hudson Area Library! The group will hold their first meeting on Tuesday, March 1st at 6pm at the library. For the first meeting, the group will be discussing Cleopatra: A Life by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Stacy Schiff. Anyone who has read the book may join the group for this meeting!

More about Cleopatra: A Life
From author’s website:

Her palace shimmered with onyx and gold, but was richer still in political and sexual intrigue. Above all else, Cleopatra was a shrewd strategist and an ingenious negotiator. Though her life spanned fewer than forty years, it reshaped the contours of the ancient world.

She was married twice, each time to a brother. She waged a brutal civil war against the first when both were teenagers. She poisoned the second. Ultimately she dispensed with an ambitious sister as well; incest and assassination were family specialties. Cleopatra appears to have had sex with only two men. They happen, however, to have been Julius Caesar and Mark Antony, two of the most prominent Romans of the day. Both were married to other women. Cleopatra had a son with Caesar and—after his murder—three more with his protégé. Already she was the wealthiest ruler in the Mediterranean; the relationship with Antony confirmed her status as the most influential woman of the age. The two would together attempt to forge a new empire, in an alliance that spelled their ends. Cleopatra has lodged herself in our imaginations ever since.

Famous long before she was notorious, Cleopatra has gone down in history for all the wrong reasons. Shakespeare and Shaw put words in her mouth. Michelangelo, Tiepolo, and Elizabeth Taylor put a face to her name. Along the way the supple personality has been lost. In a masterly return to the classical sources, Stacy Schiff here boldly separates fact from fiction to rescue the magnetic queen whose death ushered in a new world order a generation before the birth of Christ. Rich in detail, epic in scope, Schiff’s is a luminous, deeply original reconstruction of a dazzling life.

For more information about the new book group, please contact library staff.