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History Book Discussion: Grant (Parts 1 & 2)

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Join a discussion of Grant by Ron Chernow. We will focus on Parts 1 & 2. Pulitzer Prize winner Ron Chernow returns with a sweeping and dramatic portrait of one of our most compelling generals and presidents, Ulysses S. Grant.

For copies of the book, phone 203.291.4821.

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CANCELED: The Usual Suspects Mystery Book Discuss "Greenmantle"

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Discussion Canceled.

Facilitator Kelle Ruden leads a discussion of Greenmantle by John Buchan. Set during WWI, Richard Hannay, hero of The Thirty-Nine Steps, travels across war-torn Europe in search of a German plot and an Islamic Messiah. He is joined by three more of Buchan's heroes: Peter Pienaar, the old Boer Scout; John S. Blenkiron, the American determined to fight the Kaiser; and Sandy Arbuthnot, Greenmantle himself, modelled on Lawrence of Arabia. The intrepid four move in disguise through Germany to Constantinople and the Russian border toface their enemies: the grotesque Stumm and the evil beauty of Hilda von Einem.

For copies of the book, phone 203.291.4821. New participants always welcome.

Guide to the WestportREADS books and program.

WestportREADS 2018 is funded by the estate of Jerry A. Tishman.

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PageTurners Discuss "The Shadow Land"

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Join PageTurners for a discussion of The Shadow Land by Elisabeth Kostova, author of #1 New York Times bestseller The Historian. The author Elizabeth Kostova will join us via Skype for the discussion!

A young American woman, Alexandra Boyd, has traveled to Sofia, Bulgaria, hoping that life abroad will salve the wounds left by the loss of her beloved brother. Soon after arriving in this elegant East European city, however, she helps an elderly couple into a taxi—and realizes too late that she has accidentally kept one of their bags. Inside she finds an ornately carved wooden box engraved with a name: Stoyan Lazarov. Raising the hinged lid, she discovers that she is holding an urn filled with human ashes. So beings this novel that explores the power of stories, the pull of the past, and the hope and meaning that can sometimes be found in the aftermath of loss.

Link to the podcast of the author's talk here at the Library in April 2017.

PageTurners Book Club page

For copies of the book, phone 203.291.4821. New participants always welcome. Information on more Library book groups.

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PageTurners Discuss "Exit West"

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Join PageTurners for a discussion of Exit West by Mohsin Hamid. A finalist for the Man Booker Prize and a New York Times bestseller, this love story imagines the forces that drive ordinary people from their homes into the uncertain embrace of new lands.

In a country teetering on the brink of civil war, two young people meet—sensual, fiercely independent Nadia and gentle, restrained Saeed. They embark on a furtive love affair, and are soon cloistered in a premature intimacy by the unrest roiling their city. When it explodes, turning familiar streets into a patchwork of checkpoints and bomb blasts, they begin to hear whispers about doors—doors that can whisk people far away, if perilously and for a price. As the violence escalates, Nadia and Saeed decide that they no longer have a choice. Leaving their homeland and their old lives behind, they find a door and step through.

PageTurners Book Club page

For copies of the book, phone 203.291.4821. New participants always welcome. Information on more Library book groups.

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PageTurners Discuss "Black Dog of Fate"

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Join PageTurners for a discussion of Black Dog of Fate by Peter Balakian. In his memoir, New York Times bestselling author Peter Balakian tells about growing up in the baby-boom suburbs of the '50s and '60s and coming to understand what happened to his family in the first genocide of the twentieth century—the Ottoman Turkish government's extermination of more than one million Armenians in 1915.

PageTurners Book Club page

For copies of the book, phone 203.291.4821. New participants always welcome. Information on more Library book groups.

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WestportREADS 2018: PageTurners Discuss "Regeneration"

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Join PageTurners for a discussion of the WestportREADS book Regeneration by Pat Barker. This work of historical fiction that follows the experiences of soldiers during World War I. Read the book and join programs related to the book throughout the month of January & Februrary as we explore themes of healing and perseverance on the centenary of the end of WWI. 

Community partner: The Westport Center for Senior Activities

PageTurners Book Club page

For copies of the book, phone 203.291.4821. New participants always welcome. Information on more Library book groups.

Guide to the WestportREADS books and program.

WestportREADS is funded by the estate of Jerry A. Tishman.

Regneration is the first novel in Pat Barker's acclaimed WWI trilogy, which continues with The Eye in the Door and culminates in the 1995 Booker Prize-winning The Ghost Road. In 1917 Siegfried Sasson, noted poet and decorated war hero, publicly refused to continue serving as a British officer in World War I. His reason: the war was a senseless slaughter. He was officially classified “mentally unsound” and sent to Craiglockhart War Hospital. There a brilliant psychiatrist, Dr. William Rivers, set about restoring Sassoon’s “sanity” and sending him back to the trenches. This novel tells what happened as only a novel can. It is a war saga in which not a shot is fired. It is a story of a battle for a man’s mind in which only the reader can decide who is the victor, who the vanquished, and who the victim.

"Dramatic, moving, brilliantly harrowning ... a novel that makes the madness of war more than a metaphor."—The New York Times Book Review

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PageTurners Discuss "Cat's Eye"

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Join PageTurners for a discussion of Cat's Eve by Margaret Atwood. From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Handmaid's Tale and the Booker Prize-winning author of The Blind Assassin comes a novel about a woman grappling with the tangled knot of her life. Disturbing, hilarious and compassionate, Cat’s Eye is the story of Elaine Risley, a controversial painter who returns to Toronto, the city of her youth, for a retrospective of her art. Engulfed by vivid images of the past, she reminisces about a trio of girls who initiated her into the fierce politics of childhood and its secret world of friendship, longing and betrayal. Elaine must come to terms with her own identity as a daughter, a lover, an artist and a woman—but above all she must seek release from her haunting memories.

PageTurners Book Club page

For copies of the book, phone 203.291.4821. New participants always welcome. Information on more Library book groups.

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Sybil Steinberg's New Book Picks

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Sybil Steinberg Westporter Sybil Steinberg, contributing editor and former book review section editor for Publishers Weekly, returns with more ideas for your fall reading with her ever-popular talk on the best new reads.

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Talks & Readings

The Usual Suspects Mystery Book Discussion: DATE CHANGED TO AUG 13

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NOTE: Date changed to August 13 at 3 pm.

Discuss Invisible City by Julia Dahl. A finalist for the Edgar and Mary Higgins Clark Awards in her riveting debut Invisible City, journalist Julia Dahl introduces a compelling new character in search of the truth about a murder and an understanding of her own heritage.

Just months after Rebekah Roberts was born, her mother, an Hasidic Jew from Brooklyn, abandoned her Christian boyfriend and newborn baby to return to her religion. Neither Rebekah nor her father have heard from her since. Now a recent college graduate, Rebekah has moved to New York City to follow her dream of becoming a big-city reporter. But she's also drawn to the idea of being closer to her mother, who might still be living in the Hasidic community in Brooklyn.

Then Rebekah is called to cover the story of a murdered Hasidic woman. Rebekah's shocked to learn that, because of the NYPD's habit of kowtowing to the powerful ultra-Orthodox community, not only will the woman be buried without an autopsy, her killer may get away with murder. Rebekah can't let the story end there. But getting to the truth won't be easy―even as she immerses herself in the cloistered world where her mother grew up, it's clear that she's not welcome, and everyone she meets has a secret to keep from an outsider.

For copies of the book, phone 203.291.4821. New participants always welcome.


ARE YOU UP TO THE CHALLENGE?
Summer Reading Challenge 2017.

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History Book Discussion: "The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill: Visions of Glory, 1874-1932"

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Join a discussion of The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill: Visions of Glory, 1874-1932 by master biographer William Manchester. It reveals the first fifty-eight years of the life of an adventurer, aristocrat, soldier, and statesman whose courageous leadership guided the destiny of his darkly troubled times—and who is remembered as one of the greatest figures of the twentieth century.

For copies of the book, phone 203.291.4821.

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