May Calendar

An Evening with New York Times Bestselling Author Ally Condie

Click here to reserve your seats for this free event!

Tuesday, May 9 – 7:00pm

Free Library of Northhampton

25 Upper Holland Rd

Richboro, PA 18954

The Newtown Bookshop and the Free Library of Northampton Township are excited to host New York Times and internationally bestselling author Ally Condie on May 9th at 7pm for a free event at the library!  Ally will be featuring her newly released middle grade paperback, Summerlost. Reserve your seat for this free event here!

About the book:

The novel tells the story of twelve-year-old Cedar. Last year, her family was whole, and then her father and youngest brother, Ben, were killed in a devastating accident.  It’s their first summer as just three, and Cedar, her mother, and her brother Miles have moved to the small town of Iron Creek. They’re just settling into their new house when a boy named Leo, dressed in costume, rides by on his bike. Intrigued, Cedar follows him to the renowned Summerlost theatre festival. Soon, she not only has a new friend in Leo and a job working concessions at the festival, she finds herself surrounded by mystery. The mystery of the tragic, too-short life of the Hollywood actress who haunts the halls of Summerlost. And the mystery of the strange gifts that keep appearing on Cedar’s windowsill.

Ally wrote a beautiful essay about friendship and the inspiration for Summerlost for The Nerdy Book Club last year. You can read it here.

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April Calendar

Children’s Storytime 

EVERY THURSDAY! 10:15am

Join us every week for a picture book read aloud and a fun activity!

An Afternoon with Kay Rock

Saturday, April 1 – 2:00pm

Please join us as we welcome Bucks County Herald columnist Kay Rock to discuss her book Over the Hill and Gaining Speed : Reflections in Retirement on April 1st at 2pm!  All are invited!

About the book:

Fasten your seatbelts, we’re going for a ride! Readers of all ages will relate to these observations of the journey of life with all its bumps, turns, and exhilaration. “Over the Hill and Gaining Speed” is a collection of non-fiction essays that explore, examine and observe the transition to retirement through the lenses of travel, daily life, relationships, special days, and inspiring people. Sometimes poignant, sometimes comedic, always relatable, these compelling vignettes have been likened to an unexpected call from your best friend. So sit back, relax, and enjoy these charming essays that offer plenty to ponder and much to celebrate. The articles were previously published by the “Bucks County Herald” over a five-year period.

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December Calendar

Children’s Storytime 

EVERY THURSDAY! 10:15am

Join us every week for a picture book read aloud and a fun activity!

Monthly Poetry Club

Thursday, December 8- 6:30-7:30pm

Welcome Poetry Lovers!   All are Invited!!

We are delighted to have Elvis Alves as our featured poet this month. Read an interview with Elvis about his writing process and poetic inspirations at lynnfanok.weebly.com  Join us on December 8 and share a poem or two!

Elvis Alves is the author of the poetry collection Bitter Melon. He was born in Guyana and raised in Brooklyn, NY. He currently lives and teaches in Newtown, PA. Elvis’s work has appeared in several magazines, journals, and anthologies. He was nominated twice for a Pushcart Prize in Poetry. He writes for the GoodMenProject, The Compulsive Reader, and is an editor for the Rathalla Review.

The first half of the monthly meeting is devoted to a reading by a featured poet from the group or by a published poet. The second half hour allows open mike time for group members to share a few poems they’ve written, or they may choose to read poems written by their favorite poets.  In the future, we may include poetry workshops to the group’s activities.  If you are interested in sharing a collection of poems, please email Lynn at lynn.fanok@gmail.com .

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October Calendar

Children’s Storytime 

EVERY THURSDAY! 10:15am

Join us every week for a picture book read aloud and a fun activity!

 

Book Talk & Signing with Laurie Halse Anderson

Tuesday, October 11 – 5:00pm

The Newtown Bookshop is honored that Laurie Halse Anderson will be with us on October 11th at 5pm!   Laurie will be featuring her new Young Adult novel “Ashes” which is the conclusion in the Seeds of America Triology.

All are invited to this event at the Newtown Bookshop.  You may pre-order any books for the event at the store, by calling (215) 968-2400, or on our website.

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September Calendar

Children’s Storytime 

EVERY THURSDAY! 10:15am

Join us every week for a picture book read aloud and a fun activity!

Monthly Poetry Club

Thursday, September 8- 6:30-7:30pm

Welcome Poetry Lovers!   All Are Invited!

We are delighted to have Bernadette McBride joining us on September 8 at the Newtown Bookshop as our featured poet of the month! To learn more about Bernadette’s poetry writing process and creative inspiration, read her upcoming interview at lynnfanok.weebly.com  Bring a poem and a friend!
Bernadette McBride is the author of three full-length poetry collections, the third is due for release at the end of this year. She is a three-time Pushcart Prize nominee, was second-place winner of the international Ray Bradbury Writing Award, and a runner-up for the Robert Fraser Poetry Prize. Her poems have appeared in the UK, in numerous U.S. journals, and on PRIs The Writer’s Almanac with Garrison Keillor. She currently teaches writing and literature at Bucks County Community College, has taught at Temple University, The College of New Jersey, and Delaware Valley University, and for the Philadelphia Writers’ Conference. In addition, she serves as poetry co-editor for the Schuylkill Valley Journal. In 2009 she was selected Poet Laureate for Bucks County PA. You can visit her at bernadettemcbrideblog.wordpress.com.

The first half of the monthly meeting is devoted to a reading by a featured poet from the group or by a published poet. The second half hour allows open mike time for group members to share a few poems they’ve written, or they may choose to read poems written by their favorite poets.  In the future, we may include poetry workshops to the group’s activities.  If you are interested in sharing a collection of poems, please email Lynn at lynn.fanok@gmail.com .

The meeting will be facilitated by Lynn Fanok, who has written a collection of poems about her experiences as a survivor’s daughter examining her family, memory, and history. Her poetry has appeared in Burnt Bridge and other journals. Lynn holds degrees in English from The Pennsylvania State University and Arcadia University. You’ll find some of her poetry at lynnfanok.weebly.com.

All are invited and welcome to join us!

 

Cookbook Club “Literate Epicures” 

Tuesday, September 13 – 7:00pm

We will be reviewing “The Love and Lemons Cookbook: An Apple-To-Zucchini Celebration of Impromptu Cooking” by Jeanine Donofrio.   Choose a recipe out of this book , please let us know what recipe you will be bringing and to get on our cookbook club contact list.   Email kathy@newtownbookshop.com or call 215-968-2400 to get on our cookbook contact list.

 

Daytime Book Club

Thursday, September 15 – 11:15am

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My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman

A charming, warmhearted novel from the author of the New York Times bestseller A Man Called Ove.
Elsa is seven years old and different. Her grandmother is seventy-seven years old and crazy as in standing-on-the-balcony-firing-paintball-guns-at-strangers crazy. She is also Elsa’s best, and only, friend. At night Elsa takes refuge in her grandmother’s stories, in the Land-of-Almost-Awake and the Kingdom of Miamas, where everybody is different and nobody needs to be normal.
When Elsa’s grandmother dies and leaves behind a series of letters apologizing to people she has wronged, Elsa’s greatest adventure begins. Her grandmother’s instructions lead her to an apartment building full of drunks, monsters, attack dogs, and old crones but also to the truth about fairy tales and kingdoms and a grandmother like no other.
My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry is told with the same comic accuracy and beating heart as Fredrik Backman’s bestselling debut novel, A Man Called Ove. It is a story about life and death and one of the most important human rights: the right to be different.

 

School Visit with Jude Watson

Tuesday, September 20 – 2:00pm

 

The Newtown Bookshop is so excited that Jude Watson will be with us in the afternoon to visit area schools.  Jude will be featuring her newly released middle grade novel Sting (A Loot Novel).

Jude will not be at the store but visiting schools, if you would like any signed copies of Jude’s books, please email kathy@newtownbookshop.com or call 215-968-2400!

Jude Watson is the author of five 39 Clues books, Beyond the Grave, In Too Deep, Vespers Rising, A King’s Ransom, and Mission Titanic, along with the bestselling Star Wars: Last of the Jedi and Jedi Quest series. As Judy Blundell, she wrote What I Saw and How I Lied, the 2008 winner of The National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. She lives in Katonah, New York, with her husband and daughter.

 

An Evening of Family Fun with Dav Pilkey

Thursday, September 22- 7:00pm

Newtown Elementary School
1 Wrights Road
Newtown, PA 18940

“A DOG-gone Spectacular Superhero Event”

Dav Pilkey is coming to Newtown featuring his new book “Dog Man”

     Appearing at Newtown Elementary

September 22nd  7:00pm

“Reading Gives You Superpowers”

Please join us as we welcome Dav Pilkey, author of the bestselling children’s series “Captain Underpants” on September 22nd at 7:00m at Newtown Elementary.   This event is open to the public.  Dav will be featuring “Dog Man”, a new graphic novel adventure series.   This will be an evening of family fun with a presentation from Dav Pilkey followed by a book signing.  We will have lots of give-aways, in addition to the opportunity to have photos taken with the Dog Man and Captain Underpants inflatable costumed characters.

There is limited seating so please reserve your spot early.

$12.00 per seat, includes one  copy of “Dog Man”.

$14.00 per family with children ages 12 and under attending together including one copy of “Dog Man”.

ONLY BOOKS SOLD FOR THIS EVENT FROM THE NEWTOWN BOOKSHOP WILL BE SIGNED!

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE AN INDIVIDUAL TICKET

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE A FAMILY TICKET

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About Dog Man:

There’s a new breed of justice in town, and he’s ready to sniff out criminals—as soon as he stops chasing his own tail. Meet Dog Man, the crime-biting canine who is part dog, part man, and all hero! In this new graphic novel spin-off to the renowned Captain Underpants series, George and Harold have created a new hero who digs into deception, claws after crooks, and rolls over robbers. This heroic hound has a real nose for justice, but can he resist the call of the wild to answer the call of duty?

 

 

About Dav Pilkey:

When Dav Pilkey was a kid, he suffered from ADHD, dyslexia, and behavioral problems. Dav was so disruptive in class that his teachers made him sit out in the hall every day. Luckily, Dav loved to draw and make up stories, so he spent his time in the hallway creating his own original comic books. When he was in second grade, Dav Pilkey created a comic book about a superhero named Captain Underpants. His teacher ripped it up and told him he couldn’t spend the rest of his life making silly books. Fortunately, Dav was not a very good listener. His Captain Underpants series has more than 70 million copies in print worldwide, and has been translated into more than 25 languages. DreamWorks Animation will release the feature film adaptation of Captain Underpants on June 2, 2017. Captain Underpants has previously topped the American Library Association’s “Most Banned Books” list for two consecutive years. In addition to Captain Underpants, Dav is also the creator of The Paperboy which won a Caldecott Honor, the California Young Reader Medal-winning Dog Breath, and the author of the bestselling Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot series. Dav continues to create books in the Pacific Northwest where he lives with his wife. For more information about Dav Pilkey and his books, visit at www.planetpilkey.com.

 

 

Evening Book Club

Tuesday, July 26- 7:00pm

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My Sunshine Away by M.O. Walsh

In the summer of 1989, a Baton Rouge neighborhood best known for cookouts on sweltering summer afternoons, cauldrons of spicy crawfish, and passionate football fandom is rocked by a violent crime when fifteen-year-old Lindy Simpson free spirit, track star, and belle of the block is attacked late one evening near her home. As the dark side of this idyllic stretch of Southern suburbia is revealed, the close-knit neighborhood is irreversibly transformed.
In My Sunshine Away, M.O. Walsh brilliantly juxtaposes the enchantment of a charmed childhood with the gripping story of a violent crime, unraveling families, and consuming adolescent love. Acutely wise and deeply honest, it is an astonishing and page-turning debut about the meaning of family, the power of memory, and our ability to forgive.

 

July Calendar

Children’s Storytime 

EVERY THURSDAY! 10:15am

Join us every week for a picture book read aloud and a fun activity!

 

An Evening with David Sibley

Monday, July 11 – 7:00pm

Churchville Nature Center
501 Churchville Lane
Churchville, PA 18966

Please join the Churchville Nature Center and the Newtown Bookshop as we welcome David Sibley on July 11th at 7pm at the Churchville Nature Center.  David will be speaking and talking about his newly update guide “The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Eastern North America”!   There is limited seating so please reserve your spot early.   $5.00 per seat that can be used toward the purchase of one of David Sibley’s books.

CLICK HERE TO BUY TICKETS NOW

All Sales are Final – No Refunds Given

Only books bought from the Newtown Bookshop for the event will be allowed to be signed.

David Allen Sibley is an American ornithologist. He is the author and illustrator of The Sibley Guide to Birds, considered by many to be the most comprehensive guide for North American field identification.

 

An Evening with Beatriz Williams

Tuesday, July 12 – 7:00pm

Free Library of Northampton Township
25 Upper Holland Road
Richboro, PA 18954

Please join us as we welcome New York Times Bestselling Author of A Hundred Summers and Tiny Little Thing, Beatriz Williams! She will be joining us at the Free Library of Northampton Township on July 12th at 7pm to talk about her new book, A Certain Age. This is a FREE EVENT and all are welcome!   Please reserve your seat now!

Click Here to Reserve Your Seat for this Free Event

“As the freedom of the Jazz Age transforms New York City, the iridescent Mrs. Theresa Marshall of Fifth Avenue and Southampton, Long Island, has done the unthinkable: she’s fallen in love with her young paramour, Captain Octavian Rofrano, a handsome aviator and hero of the Great War. An intense and deeply honorable man, Octavian is devoted to the beautiful socialite of a certain age and wants to marry her. While times are changing and she does adore the Boy, divorce for a woman of Theresa’s wealth and social standing is out of the question, and there is no need; she has an understanding with Sylvo, her generous and well-respected philanderer husband.

But their relationship subtly shifts when her bachelor brother, Ox, decides to tie the knot with the sweet younger daughter of a newly wealthy inventor. Engaging a longstanding family tradition, Theresa enlists the Boy to act as her brother’s cavalier, presenting the family’s diamond rose ring to Ox’s intended, Miss Sophie Fortescue and to check into the background of the little-known Fortescue family. When Octavian meets Sophie, he falls under the spell of the pretty ingenue, even as he uncovers a shocking family secret. As the love triangle of Theresa, Octavian, and Sophie progresses, it transforms into a saga of divided loyalties, dangerous revelations, and surprising twists that will lead to a shocking transgression . . . and eventually force Theresa to make a bittersweet choice.

Full of the glamour, wit and delicious twists that are the hallmarks of Beatriz Williams fiction and alternating between Sophie s spirited voice and Theresa’s vibrant timbre, A Certain Age is a beguiling reinterpretation of Richard Strauss’s comic opera Der Rosenkavalier, set against the sweeping decadence of Gatsby’s New York.”

Monthly Poetry Club

Thursday, July 14 – 6:30-7:30pm

Welcome Poetry Lovers!   All Are Invited!

The first half of the monthly meeting is devoted to a reading by a featured poet from the group or by a published poet. The second half hour allows open mike time for group members to share a few poems they’ve written, or they may choose to read poems written by their favorite poets.  In the future, we may include poetry workshops to the group’s activities.  If you are interested in sharing a collection of poems, please email Lynn at lynn.fanok@gmail.com

The meeting will be facilitated by Lynn Fanok, who has written a collection of poems about her experiences as a survivor’s daughter examining her family, memory, and history. Her poetry has appeared in Burnt Bridge and other journals. Lynn holds degrees in English from The Pennsylvania State University and Arcadia University. You’ll find some of her poetry at lynnfanok.weebly.com.

 

 

 

Daytime Book Club

Thursday, July 21 – 11:15am

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The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman

After four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia and takes a job as the lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, nearly half a day s journey from the coast. To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes once a season, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel. Years later, after two miscarriages and one stillbirth, the grieving Isabel hears a baby’s cries on the wind. A boat has washed up onshore carrying a dead man and a living baby.
Tom, who keeps meticulous records and whose moral principles have withstood a horrific war, wants to report the man and infant immediately. But Isabel insists the baby is a gift from God, and against Tom s judgment, they claim her as their own and name her Lucy. When she is two, Tom and Isabel return to the mainland and are reminded that there are other people in the world. Their choice has devastated one of them.

Evening Book Club

Tuesday, July 26- 7:00pm

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The Garden of Burning Sand by Corban Addison

Zoe Fleming, an accomplished young human rights attorney, has made a life for herself in Zambia, far from her estranged father–an American business mogul with presidential aspirations–and from the devastating betrayals of her past.
When a young girl with Down syndrome is sexually assaulted in a Lusaka slum, Zoe joins Zambian police officer Joseph Kabuta in investigating the rape. Piecing together clues from the victim’s past, they discover an unsettling connection between the girl–Kuyeya–and a powerful Zambian family who will stop at nothing to bury the truth.
As they are drawn deeper into the complex web of characters behind this appalling crime, Zoe and Joseph forge a bond of trust and friendship that slowly transforms into love. Opposed on all sides, they find themselves caught in a dangerous clash between the forces of justice and power. To successfully prosecute Kuyeya’s attacker and build a future with Joseph, Zoe must risk her life and her heart–and confront the dark past she thought she had left behind.

 

Where’s Waldo Celebration

Wednesday, July 27 – 7:00pm

Help us wrap up our month-long Where’s Waldo Scavenger Hunt with a grand celebration! There will be refreshments, prize drawings, and even more Waldo fun!

Waldo will be hiding in 20 businesses around Newtown. Get a passport from the Newtown Bookshop or any participating business and start the hunt or click below to print your copy.  When you find Waldo in each business, they will stamp or sign your passport.

Click Here for the Where’s Waldo Passport

When you’ve collected at least 10 different store stamps/signatures, bring them to The Newtown Bookshop, your FIND WALDO LOCAL headquarters, to claim a “Waldo” button and a “$1 Off” coupon (limited to first 100 Waldo spotters).

If you collect at least 16 of the 20 possible store stamps/signatures, bring your passport to The Newtown Bookshop to get a Waldo button and a coupon PLUS be entered in a drawing for set of Waldo books and other great prizes.

June Calendar

Children’s Storytime 

EVERY THURSDAY! 10:15am

Join us every week for a picture book read aloud and a fun activity!

 

An Evening with Michael Pogach

Thursday, June 2 – 6:30pm

Please join us as we welcome Michael Pogach, the author of The Spider in the Laurel!  Michael will be joining us on June 2nd at 6:30pm at the Newtown Bookshop. This is a FREE event, all are welcome!

About the book:   “In the Citizen’s Republic of America, religion is outlawed. Professor Rafael Ward is an everyman capable of the kinds of decisions most everymen cannot stomach, and he has been tasked by Relic Enforcement Command with destroying the very artifacts he cherishes. It will take the uncompromising faith of an outlaw as an ally, and the acceptance of his guilt for his mother’s death, to help Ward break free of the government’s yoke. If he’s lucky, he might also prevent an apocalyptic future for which his secular world is completely unprepared. The Spider in the Laurel questions the methods of both governmental authority and those attempting to subvert the status quo. It presents two unique visions: a new, never-before-heard fairy tale; and an alternate take on the concept of creation from Genesis and other narratives based on ancient and Dark Age mythologies. It straddles the line between simple adventure and the type of novel that can force a reader to question their beliefs.”

About the author:    Michael Pogach grew up in Holland, Pennsylvania, with parents who encouraged him to read, read, read. Somewhere in those early years he began writing. His mother is fond of telling him (and anyone else) that in those early stories, everyone died.

Currently an English Professor in the Lehigh Valley, Michael spent a number of years traveling the US, studying in Scotland, and backpacking across Europe. Many of the cities and cathedrals he visited during that time are highlighted in The Spider in the Laurel. Yes, every time protagonist Rafe stares up at a basilica’s tower, he is following in Michael’s neck-aching footsteps. Every time the mysterious MacKenzie charges through an alley, Michael was there first, trying to find his way back to his hostel.

The Spider in the Laurel is Michael’s first novel. He is hard at work on a sequel, plus a new novel project and numerous short stories.

 

Monthly Poetry Club

Thursday, June 9 – 6:30-7:30pm

Welcome Poetry Lovers!   All Are Invited!

Summertime is here and so is vacation time! I’ll be out, but our group continues on course with Larry Bullock as the evening’s host. Bring a poem and a friend! Cheers, Larry!

Coming in July : Featured poet, Steve Nolan.

*** If you are interested in sharing a collection of poems, please email Lynn at lynn.fanok@gmail.com

The first half of the monthly meeting is devoted to a reading by a featured poet from the group or by a published poet. The second half hour allows open mike time for group members to share a few poems they’ve written, or they may choose to read poems written by their favorite poets.  In the future, we may include poetry workshops to the group’s activities.

The meeting will be facilitated by Lynn Fanok, who has written a collection of poems about her experiences as a survivor’s daughter examining her family, memory, and history. Her poetry has appeared in Burnt Bridge and other journals. Lynn holds degrees in English from The Pennsylvania State University and Arcadia University. You’ll find some of her poetry at lynnfanok.weebly.com.

All are invited and welcome to join us!

An Evening with Lisa Unger

Monday, June 13 – 7:00pm

Please join us as we welcome New York Times Best-selling author, Lisa Unger on June 13th at the Free Library of Northampton Township where she will be speaking and telling us about her new novel “Ink and Bone”. Lisa Unger is an award-winning New York Timesand internationally bestselling author.  Most recently, In the Blood won the Silver Falchion Award for Best Crime Thriller.  Her novels have sold more than 2 million copies and have been translated into twenty-six languages.  Unger lives in Clearwater Beach, Florida with her husband, daughter, and labradoodle.

Now, in INK AND BONE available June 7th, Unger immerses us in the world of a young woman whose mysterious psychic abilities draw her into the middle of the dangerous investigation of a little girl’s abduction.

Visited by apparitions and haunted by prophetic dreams since childhood, twenty-year-old Finley Montgomery has never fully been able to control or understand the things that happen to her.  With her powers growing and her personal life in a shambles, she turns to the only person who may be able to help—her grandmother.  Finley moves in with Eloise Montgomery, a renowned medium living in The Hollows, a seemingly quiet place in upstate New York, hoping to harness her “gift.”  Yet her troubles follow her in more ways than one.

Merri Gleason is nearing the end of her rope after a ten-month-long search for her missing daughter, Abbey.  With nearly all hope extinguished, she resorts to hiring Jones Cooper, a no-nonsense police officer turned private detective who often calls upon Eloise’s supernatural aid when traditional leads run dry.  Merri’s not a believer, but she’s desperate enough to try anything, certain that time is running out.

Concealed in a cold, tiny barn room, far from anything she used to know, Penny is captive to strangers she knows only as Mama, Poppa, and Bobo.  Like Finley, Penny sees things that other people can’t see, hears things that others can’t hear.  That’s why she was brought to this awful place—and why she can’t leave.

As a harsh winter blows into The Hollows, Finley, Merri, and Penny are on an inexorable path toward a snowy showdown with much more at stake than even the fate of a missing girl.  As Finley digs deeper into the endless layers and shades of her new small town, she is forced to examine the past, even as she tries to glimpse the future.  Only one thing is clear: The Hollows gets what it wants, no matter what.

Delving deep into issues of identity, family, trauma, fear, and the corrosive nature of secrets and lies, INK AND BONE is full of Lisa Unger’s signature twists and turns, all leading to a heart-wrenching, shocking conclusion.

 

 

Cookbook Club “Literate Epicures” 

Tuesday, June 14 – 7:00pm

We will be reviewing Dishing Up New Jersey: 150 Recipes from the Garden State by John Holl! And we are very excited and honored that John Holl will be joining us in the discussion! All are invited!   Choose a recipe out of Dishing Up New Jersey, please let us know what recipe you will be bringing and to get on our cookbook club contact list.

 

Daytime Book Club

Thursday, June 16 – 11:15am

A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams

We will be discussing “A Hundred Summers” by Beatriz Williams.   All are welcome to join us!
Memorial Day, 1938
Lily Dane has returned to Seaview, Rhode Island, where her family has summered for generations. It s an escape not only from New York’s social scene but from a heartbreak that still haunts her. Here, among the seaside community that has embraced her since childhood, she finds comfort in the familiar rituals of summer.
But this summer is different. Budgie and Nick Greenwald, Lily’s former best friend and former fiance, have arrived, too, and Seaview’s elite are abuzz. Under Budgie’s glamorous influence, Lily is seduced into a complicated web of renewed friendship and dangerous longing.
As a cataclysmic hurricane churns north through the Atlantic, and uneasy secrets slowly reveal themselves, Lily and Nick must confront an emotional storm that will change their worlds forever.

 

Evening Book Club

Tuesday, June 28 – 7:00pm

The Residence: Inside the Private World of  The White House by Kate Andersen Brower

A remarkable history with elements of both In the President’s Secret Service and The Butler, The Residence offers an intimate account of the service staff of the White House, from the Kennedys to the Obamas.

America’s First Families are unknowable in many ways. No one has insight into their true character like the people who serve their meals and make their beds every day. Full of stories and details by turns dramatic, humorous, and heartwarming, The Residence reveals daily life in the White House as it is really lived through the voices of the maids, butlers, cooks, florists, doormen, engineers, and others who tend to the needs of the President and First Family.

These dedicated professionals maintain the six-floor mansion’s 132 rooms, 35 bathrooms, 28 fireplaces, three elevators, and eight staircases, and prepare everything from hors d oeuvres for intimate gatherings to meals served at elaborate state dinners. Over the course of the day, they gather in the lower level’s basement kitchen to share stories, trade secrets, forge lifelong friendships, and sometimes even fall in love.

Combining incredible first-person anecdotes from extensive interviews with scores of White House staff members many speaking for the first time with archival research, Kate Andersen Brower tells their story. She reveals the intimacy between the First Family and the people who serve them, as well as tension that has shaken the staff over the decades. From the housekeeper and engineer who fell in love while serving President Reagan to Jackie Kennedy’s private moment of grief with a beloved staffer after her husband s assassination to the tumultuous days surrounding President Nixon’s resignation and President Clinton’s impeachment battle, The Residence is full of surprising and moving details that illuminate day-to-day life at the White House.