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Café Happenings!

Click here for a guide to the stimulating “Nooner” cultural programs we offer in that relaxed, comfortable, sunlit space. “Book Talk” “Music With Sandy” “The Art Scene” The programs are informal and brief, typically 45 minutes long. And the coffee and tea are on the house.

The Address

by Fiona Davis This historical fiction is set in  The Dakota, the glamorous New York City apartment building.  Two women living a century apart lead tumultuous lives that  become part of the history of the building. For fans of Edith Wharton.

The Grapes of Wrath

by John Steinbeck Got an opinion on what’s THE GREAT AMERICAN NOVEL? If you do, I’d love to hear it…email me at Early on, mid-19th century, Hawthorne’s poetic Scarlet Letter was the consensus pick, followed in later decades by Moby Dick or Huck Finn depending on readers’ preference for psycho drama or humor. During [...]

Camino Island

by John Grisham John Grisham has left the legal thrillers behind and takes readers on a jolly adventure about a novelist who is recruited to locate five F. Scott Fitzgerald manuscripts that have disappeared from The Firestone Library at Princeton University.  Great fun!  

Little Fires Everywhere

by Celeste Ng A custody battle over an adopted Chinese-American  baby sets neighbors against each other in the affluent Cleveland suburb of Shaker Heights, OH. This book explores struggles between race and class and feelings of belonging.  One of the most anticipated books this fall.

Glass Houses

by Louise Penny Inspector Armand  Gamache is back with another mystery  set in his home of Three Pines in Canada.  The village is visited by a stranger dressed as "The Cobrador" or debt-collector.  But what kinds of debts is he collecting?  The 13th entry in a stupendous series.

The Lying Game

by Ruth Ware This chilling novel centers around four women who were inseparable friends at boarding school who played the Lying Game there.  Now all grown up, they are about to face the consequences of some of their lies.  Atmospheric and twisty.

Alone: Britain, Churchill, and Dunkirk: Defeat into Victory

by Michael Korda Michael Korda masterfully tells the story of the dark days of the beginning of World War II in Britain through the evacuation of their army at Dunkirk.

At the Strangers’ Gate : Arrivals in New York

by Adam Gopnik The beloved New Yorker writer tells the story of his and his fiancée's  move to New York City in the 1980's.  His memoir is full of  their personal story as young artists adapting to the city and also the romance and vitality of their new home.  

Sons and Soldiers: The Untold Story of the Jews Who Escaped the Nazis and Returned with the U.S. Army to Fight Hitler

by Bruce Henderson This book tells the fascinating story of young German Jews who fled Nazi Germany only to return to help the U.S. Army at great personal risk.  Known as the Ritchie Boys, their story is one of great heroism and courage that should not be forgotten. .  The library also own a documentary about these [...]