Join us this fall for Reading on the Rock as we discuss contemporary fiction. Each title offers unique and interesting story lines that are sure to keep the conversation going. Feel free to come to one or all of the hour-long discussions – and bring a friend!
No registration necessary.
All discussions take place in the Public Meeting Room, located on the library's lower level. Grab a cup of coffee at the Ground Floor coffee shop and join the conversation!
by Jodi Picoult
Thursday, January 22
Sage Singer is a baker. She works through the night, trying to escape a reality of loneliness, bad memories, and her mother’s death. When Josef Weber, an elderly man in Sage’s grief support group, begins
stopping by the bakery, they strike up an unlikely friendship. Everything changes when Josef confesses a long-buried and shameful secret and asks Sage for a favor. If she says yes, she faces both moral and legal repercussions. With the integrity of the closest friend she’s ever had clouded, Sage begins to question the assumptions and expectations she’s made about her life and her family.
I Am Malala
by Malala Yousafzia
Thursday, February 26 | 6:30 p.m.
When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out and refused to be silenced in her fight for an education. On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, when she was fifteen, she almost paid the ultimate price. Malala was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school. Malala’s miraculous recovery has taken her on an extraordinary journey - and the youngest nominee ever for a Nobel Peace Prize
A Tale for the TIme Being
by Ruth Ozeki
Thursday, March 26 | 6:30 p.m.
After the death of her beloved twin brother and the abandonment of her long-time lover, Greta Wells undergoes electroshock therapy. Over the course of the treatment, Greta finds herself repeatedly sent to 1918, 1941, and back to the present. Whisked from the gas-lit streets and horse-drawn carriages of the West Village to a martini-fueled lunch at the Oak Room, in these other worlds, Greta finds her brother alive and well--though fearfully masking his true personality. And her former lover is now her devoted husband--but will he be unfaithful to her in this life as well?
The Repeat Year
by Andrea Lochen
Thursday, April 23 | 6:30 p.m.
After living through the worst twelve months of her life, intensive care nurse Olive Watson is given a second chance to relive her past and attempt to discover where she went wrong. Shouldering a year of memories that no one else can recall, even Olive begins to question herself. Given the opportunity of a lifetime, Olive has to decide what she really wants. Should she make different choices, or accept her life as she knows it, flaws and all?
Me Before You
by JoJo Moyes
Thursday, May 28 | 6:30 p.m.
Taking a job as an assistant to extreme sports enthusiast Will, who is wheelchair bound after a motorcycle accident, Louisa struggles with her employer’s acerbic moods and learns of his shocking plans before demonstrating to him that life is still worth living.
Where’d You Go,
by Maria Semple
Thursday, June 25 | 6:30 p.m.
Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she’s a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she’s a disgrace; to design mavens, she’s a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom. Then Bernadette disappears - and teenage Bee begins a trip that takes her to the ends of the earth to find her.
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