Hot Off the Press Book Club

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca SklootWe are librarians from the Bryant Library in Roslyn, NY and our Hot Off the Press book club is in its third, very successful year. There are about 10 librarians and 30 community members who participate every month. We read only the most popular, ‘hottest’ titles. So, we’re talking about the great books that ‘everyone’s talking about.’Librarians know how to talk books, so that part comes easily. And, the community is thrilled to be a part of our discussions. We also go all out in our decorating and food choices. Hot Off the Press is a real experience from the moment you walk into the room. We offer food and decorations that match the book that we’re reading, and we have a great time doing it.

In addition to a wonderful discussion and fabulous food, our patrons also look forward to a short video clip of the author discussing the book, a phone interview with the author, a visit from the author and, recently, even a skype interview with the author!

Patrons receive book club questions and additional information about the book and author, view displays of author read-alikes and titles mentioned in the book we’ve just read. Hot Off the Press is a first class book club experience!

Paris Wife by Paula McLain; Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes; Great House by Nicole Krauss; Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer; In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson; The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot; The Help by Kathryn Stockett; Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout. Additional Favorites: Room, Unbroken, Rules of Civility, Calebs Crossing, Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society, and Little Bee.

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Hot off the Press Book Club


  • Paris Wife by Paula McLain – made for a great discussion about Hemingway and Paris … and awesome food and decoration possibilities!
  • Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes – was a discussion about life, death and all that lies in between in this Booker Prize winner.
  • Great House by Nicole Krauss – had us all journeying with Nicole Krauss’s wonderful characters and loving it!
  • Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer – brought us to France, as we discussed a difficult and painful Holocaust story.
  • Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson – extended our knowledge of what we thought we knew of the Holocaust and the American players in it.
  • We were fascinated with The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot — how it was written and researched, as well as the remarkable story itself.
  • The Help by Kathryn Stockett – was our very first Hot Off the Press pick and our library director joined us to share that her mother was ‘the help’ when she was growing up.
  • Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout – remains one of our favorites and led to a very personal discussion, as she spoke to ‘that woman’ in all of us.


  1. Hi Hotties!
    My name is Cindy Roesel and I’m an Emmy Award-Winning Broadcast Journalist. I’ve just had my first novel, “Viewer Discretion Advised” published (BluePointPress). I’t “Sex and the Ciy” meets “Broadcast News” and it takes you inside the guts of TV news business. It’s a non-stop suspenseful romance thriller from page one until the very end. It’d love to get some copies to you. It’s this summer’s must beach read – a yummy mocha light frappachino! I hope to hear from you. Best, Cindy Roesel 305-935-6222

  2. I Am A first time author. My book,The Plan is a political thriller based on actual current historical events that suggest the near future. The writer offers a unique approach to a likely confrontation between the state driven forces of Western Christianity and Islam.

    The U.S. economy of 2015 remains mired in a cycle of debt and decline. President Winters sets out to acquire the financial resources necessary to restore The United States to its post WWII preeminence. He theorizes that a global enemy – a foreign enemy – a scapegoat – Islam, more than a world war, will drive massive foreign investment to the safety of U.S. treasury bills.
    In a radicalized world of the President’s making, taunted Islamic expatriates demonstrate violently against their European hosts. A threatened Iran seeks untraditional alliances. A nuclear-armed Pakistan encourages Israel to consider a multiple first strike. Duplicitous Egyptians advance Sharia law as they vie for regional power. Traditional political alliances crumble, new leaders emerge. Outgoing rulers follow their personal wealth to the safety of the United States. Foreign investment swells America’s coffers – all in reaction to the President’s nefarious intrusions.

    The President’s trusted confidant, Col. Graham, the hero of The Plan, struggles to maintain his marriage as the world teeters on the verge of a modern Crusade. Believing confrontation between Islam and Christianity to be inevitable, Graham dutifully supports the President’s plan to protect Western civilization from the global epidemic of Islamic immigration.
    On the cusp of a universal cataclysm, the President skillfully refines his plan in face of the restrictive actions of Congress.
    The President and Colonel’s personal passions inflame and cool, as do their political fortunes. In the end, their uniquely similar loves survive, as does the world.
    It is important to note that although radicalized Islam is an essential component of the story, The Plan does not debase Islam.

    I have lived in many of the countries I write about, but nevertheless considers myself a native New Yorker. I am currently a Professor at Berkeley College, New York, specializing in International Business. Formally I was an in house consultant to Gerber Baby Foods where I presided over the divestiture of our children’s apparel business. Prior to that I was the owner of London Fog Children’s wear. Many aspects of The Plan, I believe to be prophetic

    My book is self published via Amazon.

  3. As a librarian involved in this book club, I can say that it is an amazing group of people. The staff dedication to pulling it all together is incredible. And, the community members are an enthusiastic group — marveling every month at the creativity, informative and provocative discussion that each book brings about. We put a lot of thought into the selection of every title, and have so much fun deciding on food and decoration choices! The discussion of the book is of course our focus, and inevitably leads to an enhanced understanding and appreciation of every title. We appreciate this opportunity to showcase (and show off) our very successful Hot Off the Press program!

  4. Our group meets every month at the Bryant Library in Roslyn, NY. We discuss books that are literally “Hot Off the Press.” We keep our eyes and ears out for books that are creating a buzz; and are on the latest must-read lists. Our members very tolerantly endure the rush and scramble to get their books since they always have the most holds on them. Even though we are a large group we have a small group mentality. We’re a friendly mix of men and women with different experiences, different perspectives and lots of ideas. Thanks to all for making our book group a fun and enlightening experience!

  5. HOT OFF THE PRESS is a book club like no other. Each month, our amazing librarians not only lead a lively discusstion; they create a magical atmosphere of food, film, and fun, all of it relevant to the current book.

    Last month we read “The Art of Fielding.” Our librarians dressed in baseball attire. Typical baseball fare such as pizza and hot dogs was served and the tables contained popcorn, peanuts and pennants.

    They are truly amazing. They are very much appreciated.

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