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 for info.


Hudson Area Library Book Club to Read “Sharp Objects”

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This month’s book to be read by the Hudson Area Library Book Club is Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn. The Book Club will be meeting on Friday, April 26th at 3:30pm. New members and guests are always welcome! Come pick up a copy at the front desk of the library today!

Words are like a road map to reporter Camille Preaker’s troubled past. Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, Camille’s first assignment from the second-rate daily paper where she works brings her reluctantly back to her hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls.

Since she left town eight years ago, Camille has hardly spoken to her neurotic, hypochondriac mother or to the half-sister she barely knows: a beautiful thirteen-year-old with an eerie grip on the town. Now, installed again in her family’s Victorian mansion, Camille is haunted by the childhood tragedy she has spent her whole life trying to cut from her memory.

As Camille works to uncover the truth about these violent crimes, she finds herself identifying with the young victims—a bit too strongly. Clues keep leading to dead ends, forcing Camille to unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past to get at the story. Dogged by her own demons, Camille will have to confront what happened to her years before if she wants to survive this homecoming.

With its taut, crafted writing, Sharp Objects is addictive, haunting, and unforgettable.