November Book Group: A Thousand Splendid Suns

Join the Hudson Area Library Book Group on Wednesday, November 8 at 3:30pm for a discussion of A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini. Books may be borrowed through the Mid-Hudson Library System.

About the book:

Born a generation apart and with very different ideas about love and family, Mariam and Laila are two women brought jarringly together by war, by loss and by fate. As they endure the ever escalating dangers around them-in their home as well as in the streets of Kabul-they come to form a bond that makes them both sisters and mother-daughter to each other, and that will ultimately alter the course not just of their own lives but of the next generation. With heart-wrenching power and suspense, Hosseini shows how a woman’s love for her family can move her to shocking and heroic acts of self-sacrifice, and that in the end it is love, or even the memory of love, that is often the key to survival. A stunning accomplishment, A Thousand Splendid Suns is a haunting, heartbreaking, compelling story of an unforgiving time, an unlikely friendship, and an indestructible love.

On Saturday, November 18, the library will be hosting a workshop performance of ACT II of A Thousand Splendid Suns-The Opera. For more information on the event and how to register for tickets click here

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Book Club Summer Reads

The Hudson Area Library Book Club has an exciting summer planned! Join the book club in reading one or all of these chosen titles. Books may be borrowed through the Mid-Hudson Library System. All are welcome to join the book club discussion.

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Wednesday, June 22 at 3:30pm in the Community Room of the Hudson Area Library for a discussion of I’m Having So Much Fun Here Without You by Courtney Maum.
About the book:
“Despite the success of his first solo show in Paris and the support of his brilliant French wife and young daughter, thirty-four-year-old British artist Richard Haddon is too busy mourning the loss of his American mistress to a famous cutlery designer to appreciate his fortune.
But after Richard discovers that a painting he originally made for his wife, Anne—when they were first married and deeply in love—has sold, it shocks him back to reality and he resolves to reinvest wholeheartedly in his family life…just in time for his wife to learn the extent of his affair. Rudderless and remorseful, Richard embarks on a series of misguided attempts to win Anne back while focusing his creative energy on a provocative art piece to prove that he’s still the man she once loved”.

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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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February Book Club Pick: A Constellation of Vital Phenomena

February 2015 Book Club

February 2015 Book Club


The Hudson Area Library Book Group has chosen to read A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra for their February meeting. Discussion will be held at the library on Thursday, February 26 at 3:30 pm. Stop by the Hudson Area Library or call 828-1792 to order a copy of the book.

In a small rural village in Chechnya, eight-year-old Havaa watches from the woods as Russian soldiers abduct her father in the middle of the night and then set fire to her home. When their lifelong neighbor Akhmed finds Havaa hiding in the forest with a strange blue suitcase, he makes a decision that will forever change their lives. He will seek refuge at the abandoned hospital where the sole remaining doctor, Sonja Rabina, treats the wounded.
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Book Club August Pick: The Secret History by Donna Tartt

The Hudson Area Library Book Group has chosen to read The Secret History by Donna Tartt for their August meeting. Discussion will be held at the library on Wednesday, August 27th at 4:30pm. Stop by the Hudson Area Library or call 828-1792 to order a copy of the book.
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Donna Tartt, winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for her most recent novel, The Goldfinch, established herself as a major talent with The Secret History, which has become a contemporary classic.

Under the influence of their charismatic classics professor, a group of clever, eccentric misfits at an elite New England college discover a way of thinking and living that is a world away from the humdrum existence of their contemporaries. But when they go beyond the boundaries of normal morality their lives are changed profoundly and forever, and they discover how hard it can be to truly live and how easy it is to kill.

An impressive debut novel from a new voice in fiction, The Secret History tells of a small circle of friends at an esteemed college in New England, whose studies in Classical Greek lead them to odd rituals, shocking behavior–and murder.

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 January Pick!

The Hudson Area Library Book Club has selected their next book! The group will meet on Wednesday, January 9 at 4pm to discuss Richard Russo’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel, Empire Falls. New members and guests are always welcome! Copies of the book will be available for check-out at the Hudson Area Library starting December 4, 2012. Stop by the Library office to borrow a copy!

Empire Falls by Richard Russo Book Cover

Miles Roby has been slinging burgers at the Empire Grill for 20 years, a job that cost him his college education and much of his self-respect. What keeps him there? It could be his bright, sensitive daughter Tick, who needs all his help surviving the local high school. Or maybe it’s Janine, Miles’ soon-to-be ex-wife, who’s taken up with a noxiously vain health-club proprietor. Or perhaps it’s the imperious Francine Whiting, who owns everything in town–and seems to believe that “everything” includes Miles himself. In Empire Falls Richard Russo delves deep into the blue-collar heart of America in a work that overflows with hilarity, heartache, and grace.

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