Category: Book Club

Thunderstruck : Last Pushing the Limits Book

Thunderstruck by Erik Larson is our last Pushing the Limits of Science Book Club choice.  The discussion is set for July 8th at 11:30.  Stop by the library to get a free copy of the book and join us for lively conversation about science and connection.  Author Jon McGoran leads the discussion and continues to educate and entertain us with his science knowledge.

Pushing the Limits Science Book Club

Come join us on March 18th at 11:30 for our first of four Pushing the Limits book clubs.  Pushing the Limits is a reading, viewing and discussion series for adults who are interested in science.  The series brings together books and video featuring authors, scientists and everyday people who thrive on exploring the natural world.

Our library is very lucky to have author Jon McGoran as our co-facilitator on this project which is sponsored with a grant from the National Science Foundation.

We will have four book clubs throughout this year and attendees can get a free copy of each book to read before the event.

Event dates, themes and books are:

March 18th – Arctic Drift by Clive Cussler – theme of survival

April 29th – The Seven Elements that Changed the World and The Way Things Work Now (this year’s Longwood Gardens community Read) – theme of Knowledge

June 3rd – When the Killing’s Done by T.C. Boyle – theme of Nature

July 8th – Thunderstruck by Erik Larson – theme of Connection




One Book, One Community for 2017

Rose Under Fire is a must read novel regardless of your genre preference!  Rose Justice is an eighteen-year-old pilot who hails from Central Pennsylvania.  She volunteers to serve in the Air Transport Auxiliary during World War II.  In a brave attempt to ram a “flying bomb” mid-air, her plane crosses into enemy territory.  Rose is captured and sent to Ravensbrück, a concentration camp.  She meets women with deeply tragic yet heroic stories struggling to survive at the camp.  They band together and protect one another from their German captors.  Elizabeth Wein does not shy away from the atrocities committed during the war as she tells an endearing story of friendship, loyalty and self-sacrifice.   Go to to find out more about this community read.

Afternoon Book Club to discuss Circling the Sun

Afternoon Book Club meets on Wednesday, September 14th at 1:30 p.m.


 Paula McLain, author of the phenomenal bestseller The Paris Wife, now returns with her keenly anticipated new novel, transporting readers to colonial Kenya in the 1920s. Circling the Sun brings to life a fearless and captivating woman—Beryl Markham, a record-setting aviator caught up in a passionate love triangle with safari hunter Denys Finch Hatton and Karen Blixen, who as Isak Dinesen wrote the classic memoir Out of Africa.

Brought to Kenya from England as a child and then abandoned by her mother, Beryl is raised by both her father and the native Kipsigis tribe who share his estate. Her unconventional upbringing transforms Beryl into a bold young woman with a fierce love of all things wild and an inherent understanding of nature’s delicate balance. But even the wild child must grow up, and when everything Beryl knows and trusts dissolves, she is catapulted into a string of disastrous relationships.

Beryl forges her own path as a horse trainer, and her uncommon style attracts the eye of the Happy Valley set, a decadent, bohemian community of European expats who also live and love by their own set of rules. But it’s the ruggedly charismatic Denys Finch Hatton who ultimately helps Beryl navigate the uncharted territory of her own heart. The intensity of their love reveals Beryl’s truest self and her fate: to fly.

Set against the majestic landscape of early-twentieth-century Africa, McLain’s powerful tale reveals the extraordinary adventures of a woman before her time, the exhilaration of freedom and its cost, and the tenacity of the human spirit. – taken from Amazon 8/22/2016.

Afternoon Book Club to discuss Murder on the Orient Express

Join us on Wednesday, August 10th at 1:30 as we discuss, Murder on the Orient Express…..


Hercule Poirot is traveling when he is suddenly called back to London. He travels back with a friend, a director of the the Wagon Lit. Company, to Calais. During the first night of the trip the train is forced to stop due to a snow drift that has partially obstructed the tracks. The next morning the body of one of the passengers is found, the victim having suffered multiple stab wounds. At the request of the company’s director Poirot launches an investigation into the man’s death, and quickly discovers that there is no shortage of suspects among the travelers.

Returning from an important case in Palestine, Hercule Poirot boards the Orient Express in Istanbul. The train is unusually crowded for the time of year. Poirot secures a berth only with the help of his friend M. Bouc, a director of theCompagnie Internationale des Wagons-Lits. When a Mr. Harris fails to show up, Poirot takes his place. On the second night, Poirot gets a compartment to himself.

That night, near Belgrade, at about twenty-three minutes before 1:00 am, Poirot wakes to the sound of a loud noise. It seems to come from the compartment next to his, which is occupied by Mr. Ratchett. When Poirot peeks out his door, he sees the conductor knock on Mr. Ratchett’s door and ask if he is all right. A man replies in French “Ce n’est rien. Je me suis trompé“, which means “It’s nothing. I made a mistake”, and the conductor moves on to answer a bell down the passage. Poirot decides to go back to bed, but he is disturbed by the fact that the train is unusually still and his mouth is dry.

As he lies awake, he hears a Mrs. Hubbard ringing the bell urgently. When Poirot then rings the conductor for a bottle of mineral water, he learns that Mrs. Hubbard claimed that someone had been in her compartment. He also learns that the train has stopped due to a snowstorm. Poirot dismisses the conductor and tries to go back to sleep, only to be wakened again by a thump on his door. This time when Poirot gets up and looks out of his compartment, the passage is completely silent, and he sees nothing except the back of a woman in a scarlet kimono retreating down the passage in the distance.

The next day he awakens to find that Ratchett is dead, having been stabbed twelve times in his sleep, M. Bouc suggesting that Poirot take the case because it is so obviously his kind of case; nothing more is required than for him to sit, think, and take in the available evidence.

July Book Club – The Grace That Keeps This World

Book Discussion: Wednesday, July 13th  at 1:30 p.m.

Gary and Susan Hazen—high school sweethearts married for many years, born and bred in the Adirondack community of Lost Lake—live a simple and honest life and have instilled values in their two grown sons by example. But despite their efforts, Gary senses that his sons are starting to pull away and can’t help but feel he is at fault. His younger son, Kevin, has ambitions that extend far beyond the snowy edges of their small town. And his elder, Gary David, so fears disappointing his father that he is keeping an important part of his life secret.

The Grace That Keeps This World is a story about family, community, and the shared values that underlie and sustain human relationships. And ultimately, it is a tale of profound loss, human fallibility, and the love—romantic, neighborly, or familial—that can sometimes blur our line of vision.