We 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!
BOOKS WE’D RECOMMEND FROM RECENT SELECTIONS:
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.
Hot off the Press Book Club
BEST FOR DISCUSSION:
- 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.