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Hart Book Club

The Hart Book Group meets the first Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m., and the first Wednesday of each month at 1:00 p.m.

Books are available at the Circulation Desk for a week, one month before the discussion date. Ask for the
'Hart Book Group' selection at the Circulation Desk. Hope to see you there!

Book choices for 2017:

Tues., June. 6 - 7pm, Wed., June 7 - 1 pm
The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson
Helen Simonson (Major Pettigrew's Last Stand,) returns with a splendid historical novel full of wit, romance and insight into the manners and morals of small-town British life. Agatha Kent is expecting an unusual candidate to be the school's Latin teacher: Beatrice Nash, a young woman of good breeding in search of a position after the death of her father. Agatha's nephews, meanwhile, have come to spend the summer months, as always, both with dreams of their own. It's the summer of 1914 and life in the sleepy village of Rye, England is about to take an interesting turn.

Note: because of the holiday, this month's evening meeting will be held Wednesday instead of Tuesday
Wed., July 5 - 1 pm, Wed., July 5 - 7 pm
Washington Square by Henry James
In the Washington Square area of New York City in the late nineteenth century, Dr. Austin Sloper raises his daughter Catharine with privilege and comfort but without love or regard. Dr. Sloper blames her for the death of her beautiful and talented mother at childbirth, which leaves Catharine shy and fragile. So when handsome Morris Townsend charms her, she falls deeply in love. Does he only care about her fortune, as her father is convinced?

Tues., Aug. 1 - 7pm, Wed., Aug 2 - 1 pm
North River by Pete Hamill
One snowy New Year's Day in the midst of the Great Depression, Dr. James Delaney -- haunted by the slaughters of the Great War, and abandoned by his wife and daughter -- returns home to find his three-year-old grandson on his doorstep. Coping with this unexpected arrival, Delaney hires Rose, a tough, decent Sicilian woman with a secret in her past. Slowly, as Rose and the boy begin to care for the good doctor, the numbness in Delaney begins to melt.

Tues., Sept. 5 - 7pm, Wed., Sept. 6 - 1 pm
Lisette's List by Susan Vreeland
In 1937 young Lisette Roux and her husband Andre, move from Paris to a village in Provence to care for Pascal, Andre's grandfather. Lisette regrets having to give up her dream of becoming a gallery apprentice and longs for the comforts and sophistication of Paris. But Pascal once worked in the ochre mines and later became a pigment salesman and frame maker; he befriended Pissarro and Cézanne, some of whose paintings he received in trade for his frames. Pascal begins to tutor Lisette in both art and life.

Tues., Oct. 3 - 7pm, Wed., Oct. 4 - 1 pm
The Round House Louise Erdrich
When his mother, a tribal enrollment specialist living on a reservation in North Dakota, slips into an abyss of depression after being brutally attacked, 14-year-old Joe Coutz sets out with his three friends to find the person that destroyed his family. Riveting, suspenseful and arguably the most accessible novel to date from Erdrich, The Round House is a page-turning masterpiece of literary fiction.

Wed. Nov. 1 - 1 pm, Tues., Nov. 7 - 7pm
The Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman
Growing up on St. Thomas in the early 1800s, Rachel dreams of life in faraway Paris. But to save her father's business, she is married off to a widower with three children. When her husband dies suddenly and his handsome, younger nephew Frédéric arrives from France to settle the estate, Rachel seizes her own life story and sparks a scandal that affects all of her family, including her favorite son, Camille Pissarro.

Tues., Dec. 5 - 7pm, Wed., Dec. 6 - 1 pm
What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
Alice Love is 29, crazy about her husband, and pregnant with her first child. So imagine her surprise when she comes to on the floor of a gym and is whisked off to the hospital where she discovers the honeymoon is truly over-she's getting divorced, she has three kids, she's actually 39 years old. Also, she barely speaks with her sister. Is forgetting a curse, or a blessing?

Previous Hart Book Club lists:

Book List from 2017

Book List from 2016

Book List from 2015

Book List from 2014

Book List from 2013

Book List from 2012

Wednesday Book Club for Men

Formed as an alternative to the larger Hart Book Club, the Book Club for Men moves the emphasis away from full length novels. It usually meets on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 2 pm and welcomes new members of any gender.

June 21
Life by Keith Richards - A memoir by the Rolling Stones guitarist chronicling Richards' love of music, his early attraction to the blues, the founding of the Rolling Stones, and his often turbulent relationship with Mick Jagger. This book has been described as "the ultimate road trip...of an unfettered, fearless, on-the-edge life lived to the fullest." Copies will be available to pick up at the circulation desk from 5/17 - 5/24

July 19
The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemmingway - Published in 1926 to explosive acclaim, The Sun Also Rises stands as perhaps the most impressive first novel ever written by an American writer. This roman à clef about a group of American and English expatriates on an excursion from Paris's Left Bank to Pamplona for the July fiesta and its climactic bull fight, the novel captures the spirit of the"Lost" generation - those spiritually bankrupted by the First World War. Copies of the book will be available for pick at the circulation desk between 6/21/17 and 6/28/17.

August 16
Ghost Soldiers: the Epic Account of World War II's Greatest Rescue by Hampton Sides - On January 28, 1945, 121 hand-selected U.S. troops slipped behind enemy lines in the Philippines to rescue 513 POWs languishing in a hellish camp, among them the last survivors of the infamous Bataan Death March. Hampton Sides vividly re-creates this daring raid, offering a minute-by-minute narration that unfolds alongside intimate portraits of the prisoners and their lives in the camp. It is also a testament to the human spirit. Copies of the book will be available at the circulation desk from 7/19 to 7/25

September 20
Hamilton by Ron Chernow - Winner of the George Washington Book Prize for Early American history and inspiration the musical, this book has been described as "one of those happy rarities: a popular biography that should also delight scholars." This book is the inspiration for the broadway musical, Hamilton. Copies of the book will be available at the circulation desk from 8/16 to 8/23

October 18
Newjack by Ted Conover - This classic of undercover investigative journalism tells of a year the Conover spent as a correctional officer at Sing Sing. He explores the uncomfortable realities of what it means to spend one's waking hours behind prison walls for both inmates and staff. He also tells of how Sing Sing came to be and why. Copies of the book will be available at the circulation desk from 9/20 to 9/27

November 15
Moonglow by Michael Chabon - this novel unfolds as the deathbed confession of a man the narrator refers to only as "my grandfather." It is a tale of madness, of war and adventure,of sex and marriage and desire,of existential doubt and model rocketry, of the shining aspirations and demonic underpinnings of American technological accomplishment at midcentury, and, above all, of the destructive impact--and the creative power--of keeping secrets and telling lies. Copies of the book will be available at the circulation desk from 10/18 to 10/25

December 20
Tortilla Curtain by T.C. Boyle - Topanga Canyon is home to two couples on a collision course. Los Angeles liberals Delaney and Kyra Mossbacher lead an ordered sushi-and-recycling existence in a newly gated hilltop community. Mexican illegals Candido and America Rincon desperately cling to their vision of the American Dream as they fight off starvation in a makeshift camp deep in the ravine. And from the moment a freak accident brings Candido and Delaney into intimate contact, these four and their opposing worlds gradually intersect in what becomes a tragicomedy of error and misunderstanding. Copies of the book will be available at the circulation desk from 11/15 to 11/22

January 17, 2018
Einstein: His Life and Universe by Walter Isaacson -From his remarkable theory of relativity and the famous equation E=mc2 to his concept of a unified field theory, no one has contributed as much to science in the last century. As well as showing how Einstein developed his theories, "Einstein" reveals the man behind the science, from his early years and thought experiments in Germany, to his marriages and children, his role in the development of the Atomic Bomb and his work for Civil Rights groups in the United States. Copies of the book will be available at the circulation desk from 12/20 to 12/27

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