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Make friends, talk about books, and read and learn in a relaxed community setting. The Next Chapter Book Club (NCBC) offers an opportunity for adults and teens with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) to participate in a weekly book club. The group will meet on Mondays at 6:30 pm to read aloud and discuss a book for one hour. Books are provided by the library.
Space is limited; please register by calling Beth Miller at 1-866-941-8188.
We meet the Mishra family in Delhi in 1978, where eight-year-old Ajay and his older brother Birju play cricket in the streets, waiting for the day when their plane tickets will arrive and they and their mother can fly across the world and join their father in America. America to the Mishras is, indeed, everything they could have imagined and more: when automatic glass doors open before them, they feel that surely they must have been mistaken for somebody important. Pressing an elevator button and the elevator closing its doors and rising, they have a feeling of power at the fact that the elevator is obeying them. Life is extraordinary until tragedy strikes, leaving one brother severely brain-damaged and the other lost and virtually orphaned in a strange land. Ajay, the family’s younger son, prays to a God he envisions as Superman, longing to find his place amid the ruins of his family’s new life.
Heart-wrenching and darkly funny, Family Life is a universal story of a boy torn between duty and his own survival.
This book discussion will be moderated by Colts Neck Librarian Stephanie Laurino. Refreshments will be served and all are welcome to attend, however registration is preferred. Stop by or call the library to reserve your copy of the book today.
Everything I Never Told You
Author: Celeste Ng
Lydia is dead. But they don't know this yet.... So begins the story of a Chinese American family living in 1970s small-town Ohio. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee, the child who was to fulfill the dreams they themselves were not able to pursue.
Copies of the book are available in the library.
Adar Darnov is a recent graduate of School of Visual Arts in New York City. He has many aspirations as an artist. One is to work as a freelance fantasy artist for games. The other is to continue producing independent, creator-owned content like Rededication. The motivation of Rededication was to recontextualize a traditional Jewish story with a mainstream commercial art style. The book was written along with Adar’s father, Rabbi Allen Darnov, Ph.D.
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Dr. Eve Jochnowitz, teacher of Yiddish Language, Culture and Literature, will discuss Fania Lewando's Vegetarian Cookbook, translated and adapted for the modern kitchen, published this year as The Vilna Vegetarian Cookbook. Originally published in Vilna in 1937, the book is filled with vivid and sometimes astonishing vegetable recipes drawn from Jewish tradition, from European cuisine, and from start of the health food movement. This presentation will look at Lewando's extraordinary book in the context of the Jewish vegetarianism at that time.
Registration for this program is mandatory and will begin Nov. 9. Space is limited.
Books will be available for purchase and signing. Please reserve a book when you call to register.
The Rosie Project: A Novel by Graeme Simsion
Brilliant but socially inept professor Don Tillman designs the Wife Project to find his perfect partner. Rosie Jarman possesses all these qualities he is looking for, but Don easily disqualifies her. He is intrigued by Rosie’s own quest to identify her biological father. Eventually Don is forced into the realization that, despite your best scientific efforts, you don’t find love, it finds you.
Limited number of books available at the Circulation Desk.
By probing deeply the nooks and crannies of the home front, the author points out that the reader need not venture far to find what matters most. And the questions stirred will linger, long after the page is turned.
The Lost Order by Rivka Galchen
20 Under 40- Short Story Authors from The New Yorker Magazine
This short story is taken from the book: American Innovations. Characters in these stories all have dilemmas that hinge on misunderstanding, secrecy and the general perplexity and mortification of being a human. In "The Lost Order," an out-of-work lawyer, prone to idle fantasy and introspection, halfheartedly ventures out to find her husband's lost wedding ring.
The Waltz by Dorothy Parker
One of Dorothy Parker’s best-known stories that demonstrates the humorous possibilities of what one is thinking in a social setting and what one is actually saying aloud. The Viking Portable Library 1944.
Seniors are invited to join this book discussion club which meets every third Thursday of the month.
The Memory of Running by Ron McLarty
Smithy Ide is a really nice guy, but he's also an overweight, friendless, womanless, hard-drinking, 43-year-old self-professed loser with a dead-end job. When Smithy's entire family dies, he embarks on a transcontinental bicycle trip to recover his sister's body and rediscover what it means to live.
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Copies of the book will be available at the circulation desk.
Dept. of Speculation is a portrait of a marriage. It is also a beguiling rumination on the mysteries of intimacy, trust, faith, knowledge, and the condition of universal shipwreck that unites us all. With cool precision, in language that shimmers with rage and wit and fierce longing, Jenny Offill has crafted an exquisitely suspenseful love story that has the velocity of a train hurtling through the night at top speed. Exceptionally lean and compact, Dept. of Speculation is a novel to be devoured in a single sitting, though its bracing emotional insights and piercing meditations on despair and love will linger long after the last page.
If you have an interest in writing and you care to share your work, the Monmouth Creative Writers' Group meets every third Thursday of the month at 7 o'clock at the Monmouth County Library-Headquarters. Our goal is simply to offer constructive criticism and support to fellow writers. These sessions are free and open to the public.
In Kabul in 2007, with a drug-addicted father and no brothers, Rahima and her sisters can only sporadically attend school and rarely leave the house, and their only hope lies in the ancient custom of "bacha posh," which allows young Rahima to dress and be treated as a boy until she is of marriageable age.
An Unnecessary Woman by Ribah Alameddine
January 6 10:30-12:00 noon
Aaliya who begins the year translating one of her favorite books into Arabic has suffered through war, a bad marriage and the death of a close friend, but most irritating is her family. Author Alameddine’s storytelling is rich with humor.
“Poetry is an emotion that has found its thought and that thought has found words.” Robert Frost
Perhaps you have written many poems. Perhaps just a few. Perhaps somewhere in between. In any case, we invite you to a poetry writing workshop where you will receive inspiration, encouragement, and the joy of interacting with other poets. You will also have fun as you hone your craft and treat your inner muse to an enjoyable afternoon.
The facilitators are Evelyn Hampton and Flora Higgins. Evelyn grew up on a farm in Colts Neck and in rural Tinton Falls, where she acquired a great appreciation and reverence for the peaceful beauty of nature and the comfort of small-town living in an era of bygone simplicity. She is inspired to take pen to paper by everyday living and the restorative power of music, poetry, and human connections. She's been published in the Monmouth Review, served several terms as an advisor and Open Mic judge, and also participated in the Long Branch Poetry Festival. Everything is a story, unless, of course, it’s a poem. - EMH
Flora Higgins has organized poetry readings at the Newark Public Library and the Monmouth County Library. Retired from full time librarianship, she now teaches English at Brookdale Community College and works part time at Bankier Library at Brookdale, and the Monmouth County Library in Manalapan. She teaches Classical Literature at SCAN and tutors several students privately. Her poetry has been published in Still Crazy, Shepard, The Asbury Park Press, The Newark Review, Spouts, and a few collegiate literary journals.
Registration is not needed for this program.
A wise and entertaining novel about a woman who has lived her life on her own terms for seventy-five defiant and determined years, only to find herself suddenly thrust to the center of her family's various catastrophes.
The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County by Mark Twain
The Sounds of the South
"The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County," also known as "The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County," may be the most widely read "tall tale" in American literature. In this classic humorous story, Twain relates the fantastic story of a notorious gambler known as Jim Smiley and his talented jumping frog.
A five-year-old narrates a story about his life growing up in a single room where his mother aims to protect him from the man who has held her prisoner for seven years since she was a teenager.
If you have an interest in writing and you care to share your work, the Creative Writers' Group meets every third Thursday of the month at 7 o'clock at the Monmouth County Library-Headquarters. Our goal is simply to offer constructive criticism and support to fellow writers. These sessions are free and open to the public. If you are interested in reading something to the group, choose a piece that is under 1500 words.
Come meet Andrea Jo Rodgers, veteran EMT and local author of the book At Heaven’s Edge: True Stories of Faith and Rescue. Ms Rodgers will be presenting a book talk and sharing real-life stories of heroic courage in the face of fear. In times of intense suffering, she has repeatedly witnessed signs of God’s quiet intervention and healing presence. Come and spend the afternoon, as Ms Rodgers shares her story.
A Clean Well – Lighted Place by Ernest Hemmingway
Two waiters discuss the fate of a lonely old man in a cafe who overstays his welcome as the night wears on. Originally published in Mademoiselle in 1926.
The House at Riverton: A Novel by Kate Morton
The House at Riverton is a gorgeous debut novel set in England between the wars. Perfect for fans of Downton Abbey, it is the story of an aristocratic family, a house, a mysterious death and a way of life that vanished forever, told in flashback by a woman who witnessed it all and kept a secret for decades.
The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton
Eighteen-year-old Nella Oortman arrives in Amsterdam in 1686 to begin life as the wife of a wealthy merchant. Her new home and sister-in- law are not welcoming. An extraordinary wedding gift changes everything. The Miniaturist is a story of love and obsession, betrayal and retribution, appearance and truth.
In 1919, four-year-old Rachel Rabinowitz is placed in the Hebrew Infant Home where Dr. Mildred Solomon is conducting medical research on the children including Rachel. Now it's 1954, and Rachel is a nurse in the hospice wing of the Old Hebrews Home when elderly Dr. Solomon becomes her patient. Realizing the power she holds over the helpless doctor, Rachel embarks on a dangerous experiment of her own design. Before the night shift ends, Rachel will be forced to choose between forgiveness and revenge.
The Shawl by Cynthia Ozick
A breathtaking story about a young Jewish mother and the horrors of the Holocaust. Vintage International 1990.
Defending Jacob by William Landay
A respected assistant district attorney is blindsided when his teenaged son is accused of murdering a classmate. Despite his best efforts to defend his son, their family begins to crumble. Defending Jacob raises the question: how far would you go to protect your family?
The Sleepwalkers Guide to Dancing by Mira Jacobs
Famous brain surgeon Thomas Eapen has been sitting on his porch, talking to dead relatives, according to his wife. Under pressure, daughter Amina returns home and finds a situation that is far more involved. Amina realizes that to help her father, she needs to come to terms with her family’s difficult past.
Limited number of books available at the Circulation Desk.
Sweat by Zora Neale Hurston
Delia, a hardworking temperate Christian woman has been tormented for 15 years by her mean-spirited husband who makes her life miserable.
Originally Published in Fire!! (An African - American Literary Magazine) in 1926.
The Furnished Room by O. Henry
Set in New York City, this is a melodramatic tale of a young man searching for a lost love. Published in 1904.