Smithtown Sports Pages Book Discussion 
 
The Boys in the Boat by Daniel BrownMonday, October 6, 2014
10:30am-12:30pm
 
The Boys in the Boat: nine Americans and their epic quest for gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel Brown
 
Traces the story of an American rowing team from the University of Washington that defeated elite rivals at Hitler's 1936 Berlin Olympics, sharing the experiences of their enigmatic coach, a visionary boat builder, and a homeless teen rower. 

 
Smithtown Historical Non-fiction Book Discussion 
 
The Island at the Center of the World by Russell ShortoThursday, September 25, 2014
10:30-11:30am OR 2:30-3:30pm
 
The Island at the Center of the World: The Epic Story of Dutch Manhattan and the Forgotten Colony that Shaped America by Russell Shorto
 
In a landmark work of history, Russell Shorto presents astonishing information on the founding of our nation and reveals in riveting detail the crucial role of the Dutch in making America what it is today. 

 
Smithtown Book Discussion
 
The Red HouseThursday, October 16, 2014
10:15am-12:15pm
 
Red House by Mark Haddon 
 
A tale told from rotating viewpoints traces seven days of bitterly comic family dynamics and confrontation when a wealthy doctor invites his estranged sister's family to join his newly blended one at a vacation home in the English countryside.  


Commack Branch Book Discussion 
 
The Kitchen House by Kathleen GrissomMonday, October 20, 2014
12:00-1:00pm
 
The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom
 
When a white servant girl violates the order of plantation society, she unleashes a tragedy that exposes the worst and best in the people she has come to call her family.

  
 
Commack Branch Stephen King Book Discussion 
 
The Shining by Stephen KingThursday, October 28, 2014
 
10:30-11:30am
 
The Shining by Stephen King
 
Jack Torrance's new job at the Overlook Hotel is the perfect chance for a fresh start. As the off-season caretaker, he'll have plenty of time to spend reconnecting with his family and working on his writing. But as the harsh winter sets in, the idyllic location feels ever more remote...and more sinister. And the only one to notice the strange and terrible forces gathering around the Overlook is Danny Torrance, a uniquely gifted five-year-old. 

 
 
Kings Park Branch Book Discussion 
 
Looking for Me by Beth HoffmanMonday, October 20, 2014
10:30-11:30am
 
Looking for Me by Beth Hoffman
 
Opening an antiques shop in Charleston after discovering a talent for restoring furniture, Teddi Overman struggles to come to terms with her shattered family and sense of self after receiving news that her long-missing brother might still be alive.

 
 
Kings Park Branch Killer Reads Book Discussion 
 
The Broken Shore by Peter TempleWednesday, September 24, 2014
11:00am-12:00pm
 
The Broken Shore by Peter Temple
 
Shaken by a recent scrape with death, big-city detective Joe Cashin is posted to a quiet town on the Australian coast. But soon the whole community is thrown into unrest by the murder of a local philanthropist, a man with some very disturbing secrets.

 
 
Kings Park Branch Millennials Book Discussion
 
Whered You Go BernadetteWednesday, October 15, 2014
7:00-8:00pm

Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

When her notorious, hilarious, volatile, talented, troubled, and agoraphobic mother goes missing, teenage Bee begins a trip that takes her to the ends of the earth to find her.

 


 

 

       Nesconset Branch Tea-rrific Reads Book Discussion 

The House Girl by Tara ConklinTuesday, September 23, 2014
2:15-3:15pm OR 7:15-8:15pm
 
The House Girl by Tara Conklin
 
The House Girl, the historical fiction debut by Tara Conklin, is an unforgettable story of love, history, and a search for justice, set in modern-day New York and 1852 Virginia. Weaving together the story of an escaped slave in the pre–Civil War South and a determined junior lawyer, The House Girl follows Lina Sparrow as she looks for an appropriate lead plaintiff in a lawsuit seeking compensation for families of slaves. In her research, she learns about Lu Anne Bell, a renowned prewar artist whose famous works might have actually been painted by her slave, Josephine. Featuring two remarkable, unforgettable heroines, Tara Conklin's The House Girl is riveting and powerful, literary fiction at its very best.