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The greatest gift is the passion for reading. It is cheap, it consoles, it distracts, It excites, it gives you knowledge Of the world and of a wide kind. It is a moral illumination. ~ Elizabeth Hardwick

 

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The Literary Café book discussion group will meet at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 2nd, April 6th and May 4th.  Come on down and share your share your love of books and reading.  Refreshments are always served.  Hope to see you then!

Prayer for Owen Meany

Book Discussion:  Prayer for Owen Meany, by John Irving

Thursday, March 28, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.

A Prayer for Owen Meany is the story of John Wheelwright's relationship with his childhood friend Owen Meany, a midget with a high, squeaky voice, whose life and death move John to have faith in God. Despite his size, Owen has a commanding presence that directs John's life.  Mattituck-Laurel Library patrons-only please.

 

 

The Secret Keeper

Book Discussion:  The Secret Keeper, by Kate Morton

Thursday, May 30, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.

During a summer party at the family farm in the English countryside, sixteen-year-old Laurel Nicolson has escaped to her childhood tree house and is happily dreaming of the future. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and watches as her mother speaks to him.  Mattituck-Laurel Library patrons-only please.

 

 

History Lovers' Book Club

Do you like reading about history, or well-written and researched historical fiction? How about joining us to discuss ancient Rome, or the French Revolution, English Kings, Russian culture ... with other history lovers! If you are interested in learning more about the past or are already a passionate student of history, you are welcome to join us.

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The Radium Girls:  The Dark Story of America's Shining Women by Kate Moore

In 1926, radium was a miracle cure, Madame Curie an international celebrity, and luminous watches the latest rage—until the girls who painted them began to fall ill with a mysterious disease. Inspired by a true story, Radium Girls traces the efforts of Grace Fryer, a dial painter, as she fights for her day in court.

The Curies' newly discovered element of radium makes gleaming headlines across the nation as the fresh face of beauty, and wonder drug of the medical community. From body lotion to tonic water, the popular new element shines bright in the otherwise dark years of the First World War.

Meanwhile, hundreds of girls toil amidst the glowing dust of the radium-dial factories. The glittering chemical covers their bodies from head to toe; they light up the night like industrious fireflies. With such a coveted job, these "shining girls" are the luckiest alive — until they begin to fall mysteriously ill.

But the factories that once offered golden opportunities are now ignoring all claims of the gruesome side effects, and the women's cries of corruption. And as the fatal poison of the radium takes hold, the brave shining girls find themselves embroiled in one of the biggest scandals of America's early 20th century, and in a groundbreaking battle for workers' rights that will echo for centuries to come.

Written with a sparkling voice and breakneck pace, The Radium Girls fully illuminates the inspiring young women exposed to the "wonder" substance of radium, and their awe-inspiring strength in the face of almost impossible circumstances. Their courage and tenacity led to life-changing regulations, research into nuclear bombing, and ultimately saved hundreds of thousands of lives. (From the publisher.)

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Bev's Book Beat

March, April, May

A passion for reading is one of the best gifts you can give yourself. Books stay with you long after you finish them. What other indulgence can take you to places you’d never get to visit, to an historical time you would have liked to have been part of? Tag along with a spy in an espionage thriller and feel as though you’re right there helping protect the world! Immerse yourself in a non-fiction book that astounds you with the depth and breadth of its research and newfound knowledge!

Check out our selection of books, cookbooks, magazines, music, movies … the Staff Picks case will be filled with some of our favorites, make sure to look it over.

The power of books is that they can relax you, educate you, and divert you from the superficial noise of the world. Give yourself the gift of books over and over again!

To reiterate Elizabeth Hardwick’s quote, lucky are those who do have a passion for reading. As Theodore Roosevelt said:

"I am part of everything that I have read."

Happy Reading!

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