Smithtown Sports Pages Book Discussion 
Monday, September 8, 2014
Paterno by Joe Posnanski
A definitive account of the legendary college football coach, written with the full cooperation of the subject and his family, traces his hire at Penn State after remarkable achievements as a quarterback at Brown University, his distinguished and award-winning career over 62 football seasons and his enduring legacy as Penn State faces its first season without him.

Smithtown Historical Non-fiction Book Discussion 


Thursday, September 25, 2014
10:30-11:30am OR 2:30-3:30pm
The Island at the Center of the World: The Epic Story of Dutch Manhattan and the Forgotten Colony that Shaped America by Russell Shorto
In a landmark work of history, Russell Shorto presents astonishing information on the founding of our nation and reveals in riveting detail the crucial role of the Dutch in making America what it is today.

Smithtown Book Discussion
Thursday, September 18, 2014
Round House by Louise Erdrich 
One Sunday in the spring of 1988, a woman living on a reservation in North Dakota is attacked. The details of the crime are slow to surface as Geraldine Coutts is traumatized and reluctant to relive or reveal what happened, either to the police or to her husband, Bazil, and thirteen-year-old son, Joe. In one day, Joe's life is irrevocably transformed. He tries to heal his mother, but she will not leave her bed and slips into an abyss of solitude. Increasingly alone, Joe finds himself thrust prematurely into an adult world for which he is ill prepared.

Commack Branch Book Discussion 

Pick up a copy of the book at the Commack Branch Circulation Desk beginning on July 14, 2014.
Monday, September 8, 2014
A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
Back in America after twenty years in Britain, Bill Bryson decided to reacquaint himself with his native country by walking the 2,100-mile Appalachian Trail, which stretches from Georgia to Maine. An adventure, a comedy, and a celebration, A Walk in the Woods has become a modern classic of travel literature.

Kings Park Branch Book Discussion 
atomic city       
Monday, September 15, 2014
The Girls of Atomic City: the untold story of the women who helped win World War II by Denise Kiernan
At the height of World War II, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, was home to 75,000 residents, consuming more electricity than New York City. But to most of the world, the town did not exist. Thousands of civilians—many of them young women from small towns across the South—were recruited to this secret city, enticed by solid wages and the promise of war-ending work. Kept very much in the dark, few would ever guess the true nature of the tasks they performed each day in the hulking factories in the middle of the Appalachian Mountains. That is, until the end of the war—when Oak Ridge’s secret was revealed.

Kings Park Branch Killer Reads Book Discussion 
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
The Broken Shore by Peter Temple
Shaken by a recent scrape with death, big-city detective Joe Cashin is posted to a quiet town on the Australian coast. But soon the whole community is thrown into unrest by the murder of a local philanthropist, a man with some very disturbing secrets.

Kings Park Branch Millennials Book Discussion
Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

Don Tillman, a professor of genetics, sets up a project designed to find him the perfect wife, starting with a questionnaire that has to be adjusted a little as he goes along. Then he meets Rosie, who is everything he's not looking for in a wife, but she ends up his friend as he helps her try and find her biological father.




       Nesconset Branch Tea-rrific Reads Book Discussion 

Register for either session and pick up a copy of the book at the Nesconset Branch.
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
2:15-3:15pm OR 7:15-8:15pm
The House Girl by Tara Conklin
The House Girl, the historical fiction debut by Tara Conklin, is an unforgettable story of love, history, and a search for justice, set in modern-day New York and 1852 Virginia. Weaving together the story of an escaped slave in the pre–Civil War South and a determined junior lawyer, The House Girl follows Lina Sparrow as she looks for an appropriate lead plaintiff in a lawsuit seeking compensation for families of slaves. In her research, she learns about Lu Anne Bell, a renowned prewar artist whose famous works might have actually been painted by her slave, Josephine. Featuring two remarkable, unforgettable heroines, Tara Conklin's The House Girl is riveting and powerful, literary fiction at its very best.