Love reading? Join one of Seymour Library's book clubs! Even if you aren't able to join us, you can follow what we're reading to get ideas. Here's a look at the titles so far this year. Click on underlined titles to go to our catalog to place a hold.
Coffee and Crime: Inspector George Gently series by Alan Hunter. Books in the series will be featured at the meeting, noon Tuesday, July 14.
Coffee and Crime meets the second Tuesday of the month at noon. Author or series selections are chosen at each meeting for the upcoming month.
History Book Club: The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara. Incisive portraits of Lee, Longstreet, Meade, and other Civil War leaders are interwoven with rich historical detail to provide a fictional recreation of the bloody battle at Gettysburg. The book will be featured at the meeting, 11 a.m. Saturday, July 18.
History Book Club meets the third Saturday of the month at 11 a.m. Upcoming selections:
August 22: The Greater Journey by David G. McCullough
September 19: Dead Wake by Erik Larson
Coffee and Conversation (evening): Redeployment by Phil Klay. A collection of short stories by a former Marine captain and Iraq veteran focuses on the complexities of life for soldiers on the front lines and after, exploring themes ranging from brutality and faith to guilt and survival. The book will be featured at the meeting, 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 22.
Coffee and Conversation meets the fourth Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. Upcoming selections:
August 26: Beach Music by Pat Conroy.
Coffee and Conversation (morning): The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion. A socially awkward genetics professor who has never been on a second date sets out to find the perfect wife, but instead finds Rosie Jarman, a fiercely independent barmaid who is on a quest to find her biological father. The book will be featured at the meeting, 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 30.
Coffee and Conversation meets the last Thursday of the month at 10:30 a.m. Upcoming selections:
August 27: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
September 24: The English Teacher by Lila King
“The Wars of Reconstruction” by Douglas Egerton. A groundbreaking new history, telling the stories of hundreds of African-American activists and officeholders who risked their lives for equality--in the face of murderous violence--in the years after the Civil War.
"Ella Minnow Pea" by Mark Dunn. A linguistic tour de force sure to delight word lovers playfully recounts what happens when the citizens of an island must rely on all their ingenuity to communicate in an increasingly limited language when the government progressively bans letters from the alphabet.
“Ahab’s Wife: Or, The Star-gazer” by Sena Jeter Naslund. A rich epic, drawn from the classic Moby Dick, chronicles the life of Una Spenser, wife of the immortal Captain Ahab, from her Kentucky childhood, through her adventures disguised as a whaling ship cabin boy, to her various marriages.
“Bloody Crimes: The Chase for Jefferson Davis and the Death Pageant for Lincoln’s Corpse,” by James Swanson. The author of The New York Times best-seller "Manhunt" returns to the Civil War era to tell the epic story of the search for Jefferson Davis and the eventful funeral procession for assassinated president Abraham Lincoln.
“All the Light We Cannot See,” by Anthony Doerr. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the novel tells the story of a blind French girl on the run from the German occupation and a German orphan-turned-Resistance tracker. They struggle with respective beliefs after meeting on the Brittany coast.
“Euphoria,” by Lily King. Three young anthropologists in the 1930s are caught in a passionate love triangle that threatens their bonds, their careers, and, ultimately, their lives.
"The Swerve: How the World Became Modern," by Stephen Greenblatt. A work of history and a story of discovery, in which one manuscript, plucked from a thousand years of neglect, changed the course of human thought and made possible the world as we know it. Greenblatt will speak in Syracuse as part of next season's Rosamond Gifford Lecture Series in Syracuse.
"A Constellation of Vital Phenomena," by Anthony Marra. In a rural village in December 2004 Chechnya, a failed doctor harbors the traumatized 8-year-old daughter of a father abducted by Russian forces and treats a series of wounded rebels and refugees while exploring the shared past that binds him to the child.
"All the Light We Cannot See," by Anthony Doerr. A blind French girl on the run from the German occupation and a German orphan-turned-Resistance tracker struggle with their beliefs after meeting on the Brittany coast.
"Wedding of the Waters: the Erie Canal and the Making of a Great Nation," by Peter L. Bernstein. A history of the Erie Canal's construction and subsequent influence on American geography profiles the nation in the first quarter-century of the 1800s, demonstrating how the canal's creation impacted the industrial revolution and citing the contributions of such figures as Washington, Jefferson, and van Buren.
"Just Kids" by Patti Smith. An artist and musician recounts her romance, lifetime friendship and shared love of art with Robert Mapplethorpe, in an illustrated memoir that includes a colorful cast of characters, including Bob Dylan, Allen Ginsberg, Andy Warhol, William Burroughs and more.
"The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry" by Gabrielle Zevin. When his most prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, is stolen, bookstore owner A. J. Fikry begins isolating himself from his friends, family and associates before receiving a mysterious package that compels him to remake his life.
“Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin" by Jill Lepore. A portrait of Benjamin Franklin's youngest sister, Jane, reveals how she was, like her brother, a passionate reader, gifted writer, and shrewd political commentator who made insightful observations about early America.
“The Shoemaker's Wife” by Adriana Trigiani. This intricately woven tapestry of love and family, war and loss, risk and destiny follows star-crossed lovers Enza, a practical beauty, and Ciro, a strapping mountain boy, who, after their first meeting in the Italian Alps, find their destinies inexplicably entwined as they build their lives in America.
"The Night Circus" by Erin Morgenstern. Waging a fierce competition for which they have trained since childhood, circus magicians Celia and Marco unexpectedly fall in love with each other and share a fantastical romance that manifests in fateful ways.
“Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore” by Robin Sloan. After a layoff during the Great Recession sidelines his tech career, Clay Jannon takes a job at a bookstore in San Francisco, and soon realizes that the establishment is a facade for a strange secret.
“Lila” by Marilynne Robinson. Abandoning her homeless existence to become a minister's wife, Lila reflects on her hardscrabble life on the run with a canny young drifter and her efforts to reconcile her painful past with her husband's gentle Christian worldview.