Bookish Vibes Book Club & Author Visit with Sarah Blake

 *Attention fellow readers and book lovers!* 

Are you an avid reader looking to discuss novels by popular and trending authors with other readers?  If so, our Bookish Vibes book club is for you! Bookish Vibes meets monthly at 7pm via Zoom and is all about “vibing” with a great read.  Our next meeting will be held on Thursday, July 22 at 7pm, where we will be discussing books by best selling author Sarah Blake.  The best part?  Sarah Blake will also be zooming into our discussion! 

If you have read books by Blake before, join us and discuss what you have read.  If you haven’t read books by Blake, a copy of her latest novel, The Guest House, will be available for you to borrow from the Patron Services Desk. You can register for our upcoming Bookish Vibes meeting, here.  The day before the event an email with information on how to access the Zoom meeting will be sent to you. 

Interested in exploring Sarah Blake’s other books?  You can find the below titles in the Library’s digital and print collection!

The Guest House print book | ebook | audiobook 

From the Publisher: “A novel about past mistakes and betrayals that ripple throughout generations, The Guest Book examines not just a privileged American family, but a privileged America. It is a literary triumph. The Guest Book follows three generations of a powerful American family, a family that “used to run the world.” And when the novel begins in 1935, they still do. Kitty and Ogden Milton appear to have everything–perfect children, good looks, a love everyone envies. But after a tragedy befalls them, Ogden tries to bring Kitty back to life by purchasing an island in Maine. That island, and its house, come to define and burnish the Milton family, year after year after year. And it is there that Kitty issues a refusal that will haunt her till the day she dies. In 1959 a young Jewish man, Len Levy, will get a job in Ogden’s bank and earn the admiration of Ogden and one of his daughters, but the scorn of everyone else. Len’s best friend, Reg Pauling, has always been the only black man in the room–at Harvard, at work, and finally at the Miltons’ island in Maine. An island that, at the dawn of the twenty-first century, this last generation doesn’t have the money to keep. When Kitty’s granddaughter hears that she and her cousins might be forced to sell it, and when her husband brings back disturbing evidence about her grandfather’s past, she realizes she is on the verge of finally understanding the silences that seemed to hover just below the surface of her family all her life.”

The Postmistress print book | ebook | audiobook 

From the Publisher: “In 1940, on the eve of the United States’ entrance into World War II, Iris James, the postmistress of Franklin, a small town on Cape Cod, does the unthinkable: she doesn’t deliver a letter.

In London, American radio gal Frankie Bard is working with Edward R. Murrow, reporting on the blitz. One night in a bomb shelter, she meets a doctor from Cape Cod with a letter in his pocket, a letter Frankie vows to deliver when she returns from Germany and France where she is to record the stories of war refugees desperately trying to escape.

The residents of Franklin think the war can’t touch them, but as Frankie’s radio broadcasts air, some know that the war is indeed coming. And when Frankie arrives at their doorstep, the two stories collide in a way no one could have foreseen.

The Postmistress is an unforgettable tale of the secrets we must bear or bury. It is about what happens to love during wartime, when those we cherish leave, and how every story—of love or war—is about looking left when we should have been looking right.”

Grange House print book

From the Publisher: “Maisie Thomas spends every summer with her parents at Grange House, a hotel on an island off the coast of Maine ruled by the elegant but distant Miss Grange. In 1898, when Maisie turns 17, her visit marks a turning point. On the morning after her arrival, local fishermen make a gruesome discovery: two drowned lovers, found clasped in each other’s arms. It’s only the first in a series of events that cast a shadow over Maisie’s summer. As she considers the attentions of two very different young men, one an adventurous writer, the other an ambitious businessman from her father’s company, Maisie also falls under the gaze of Miss Grange, who begins to tell her stories of her past. But which are truth and which are fiction? Another death, a cache of diaries, an exchange of letters–and a ghostly apparition–all play a part in changing Maisie’s life forever.”

We hope to see you at our May book club meeting!

-Jessica, Adult Services & Acquisitions Librarian 

Upcoming June Book Clubs

Are you interested in joining a virtual book club?  If so, the Livingston Public Library has a book club for you! Our virtual book clubs meet once a month through Zoom.  Registration is required and can be done so on the Library’s event calendar.  An email with information on how to access the Zoom event will be sent to you the day before the meeting. 

Let’s Talk About Books | Friday, June 11 @ 10:45am

Reading: Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips

Join this monthly afternoon book discussion! Author Julia Phillips will also be joining us!

Bookish Vibes | Thursday, June 10 @ 7pm

Reading: Last Summer at the Golden Hotel by Elyssa Friedland (or a novel of your choice by the author) Note: This title is to be published May18. Copies will be available to pick up following the novel’s publication date.

Elyssa Friedland  will also be joining our Zoom discussion! 

Come and discuss any book you have read by the selected author at our monthly reading, or pick up a copy of a selected title from the Patron Services Desk.  Discussion will open by talking about the selected novel and then branch out into the author’s other works and our own bookish thoughts!

Unstuck in Time | Tuesday, June 29 @ 7pm

Reading: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Revisits and discusses classic speculative fiction. 

We hope to see you at one of these upcoming book club meetings!

-Jessica, Adult Services & Acquisitions Librarian