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Books on Tap

PDL & the Liberty Street Brewing Co. host this monthly book club, meeting to talk books, socialize and kick back with a cold one.  Meetings take place at Liberty Street Brewery at 149 W. Liberty Street, in the heart Plymouth’s Old Village.  Copies of the book on deck are available at the library check-out desk.  Cheers!

 

 heartisalonelyhunterThursday, August 16 at 7 p.m.

The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers

Published in 1940, this was McCullers’ debut novel when she was only 23 years old. Set in a small town in Georgia, the story follows John Singer, a lonely deaf-mute, and the townspeople who are drawn toward him, each confiding in him their secrets and desires.

 

 

 

roundhouseThursday, September 20 at 7 p.m.

Round House by Louise Erdrich

Set in spring 1988, a woman living on a reservation in North Dakota is brutally attacked. After the crime, she slips into a deep depression causing her thirteen year old son to be thrust toward adulthood while her husband, a tribal judge, must seek justice for her and their family. Winner of the National Book Award for Fiction in 2012.

 

 

 

callofThursday, October 18 at 7 p.m.

The Call of Cthulhu and other weird stories by H.P. Lovecraft

A collection of spooky and weird stories by horror writer, H.P. Lovecraft to celebrate the Halloween season! H.P. Lovecraft is considered one of America’s most significant horror fiction writers in the 20th century, achieving this fame posthumously after his death in 1937. While he was alive Lovecraft was virtually unknown, writing for pulp magazines.

 

 

 

kitchenconfidential

Thursday, November 15 at 7 p.m.

Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain

Bourdain’s nonfiction book from 2000 is both a professional behind-the-scenes look at restaurant kitchens and the restaurant industry, and a personal memoir about Bourdain’s struggle with drug use and his personal hardships.

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PDL & the Liberty Street Brewing Co. host this bimonthly book club, meeting to talk books, socialize and kick back with a cold one. Meetings take place at Liberty Street Brewery at 149 W. Liberty Street, in the heart Plymouth’s Old Village. Copies of the book on deck are available at the library check-out desk. Cheers!

Thursday, September 25th at 7pm

The Contortionist's Handbook By Craig Clevenger

contortionistshandbookJohn Vincent Dolan is a talented young forger with a proclivity for mathematics and drug addiction. In the face of his impending institutionalization, he continually reinvents himself to escape the legal and mental health authorities and to save himself from a life of incarceration. But running turns out to be costly. Vincent's clients in the L.A. underworld lose patience, the hospital evaluator may not be fooled by his story, and the only person in as much danger as himself is the woman who knows his real name.

 

 

Thursday, October 23rd at 7pm

American Gods By Neil Gaiman

american godsDays before his release from prison, Shadow's wife, Laura, dies in a mysterious car crash. Numbly, he makes his way back home. On the plane, he encounters the enigmatic Mr. Wednesday, who claims to be a refugee from a distant war, a former god and the king of America.  Together they embark on a profoundly strange journey across the heart of the USA, whilst all around them a storm of preternatural and epic proportions threatens to break.  Scary, gripping and deeply unsettling, American Gods takes a long, hard look into the soul of America. You'll be surprised by what and who it finds there...

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PDL & the Liberty Street Brewing Co. host this bimonthly book club, meeting to talk books, socialize and kick back with a cold one. Meetings take place at Liberty Street Brewery at 149 W. Liberty Street, in the heart Plymouth’s Old Village. Copies of the book on deck are available at the library check-out desk. Cheers!

Thursday, April 24th at 7pm -  City of Thieves by David Benioff

During the Nazis' brutal siege of Leningrad, Lev Beniov is arrested for looting and thrown into the same cell as a handsome deserter named Koyla. Instead of being executed, Lev and Koyla are given a shot at saving their own lives by complying with an outrageous directive: secure a dozen eggs for a powerful Soviet colonel to use in his daughter's wedding cake. In a city cut off from all supplies and suffering unbelievable deprivation, Lev and Koyla embark on a hunt through the dire lawlessness of Leningrad and behind enemy lines to find the impossible. By turns insightful and funny, thrilling and terrifying, City of Thieves is a gripping, cinematic World War II adventure and an intimate coming-of-age story with an utterly contemporary feel for how boys become men.

 

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Thursday, February 28, 2013
A Night of Serious Drinking by René Daumal

nightdrinkingThe fantastic world depicted in “A Night of Serious Drinking” is actually the ordinary world turned upside down. The characters are called the Anthographers, Fabricators of useless objects, Scienters, Nibblists, Clarificators, and other absurd titles. Yet the inhabitants of these strange realms are only too familiar: scientists dissecting an animal in their laboratory, a wise man surrounded by his devotees, politicians, poets expounding their rhetoric. These characters perform hilarious antics and intellectual games, which they see as serious attempts to find meaning and freedom. (Tusk Ivories Press)

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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Black Water Lilies

by Michel Bussi

 

          

blackwaterliliesDuring the day, Giverny, France is the home of the famous artist Claude Monet and the gardens where he painted his Water Lilies. But once the tourists have gone, there is a darker side to the peaceful French village. Jérôme Morval, a man whose passion for art was matched only by his passion for women, has been found dead in the stream that runs through the gardens. In his pocket is a postcard of Monet's Water Lilies with the words: Eleven years old. Happy Birthday. Entangled in the mystery are three women: a young painting prodigy, the seductive village schoolteacher, and an old widow who watches over the village from a mill by the stream. All three of them share a secret. But what do they know about the discovery of Jérôme Morval's corpse? And what is the connection to the mysterious, rumored painting of Black Water Lilies? “A bestseller in France, it is a dazzling, unexpected and haunting masterpiece.” (Daily Mail, UK)

 

                        

 

                      Tuesday, October 9, 2018

                                   A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

                                                                by Betty Smith

 

 treegrowsinbrooklyn Smith’s classic 1943 novel is often characterized as a coming-of-age story, but the narrative is also a richly-plotted tale of three generations of a poor but proud American family that offers a detailed and unsentimental portrait of urban life at the beginning of the century. The story begins in 1912, in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, where eleven-year-old Francie Nolan and her younger brother, Neeley, are spending their time collecting scrap to sell to the junk man for a few pennies. Half of any money they get goes into the tin can bank that is stored in a closet in their tenement flat. This bank, a shared resource among everyone in the family, is a recurring symbol of the Nolans’ self-reliance, struggles, and dreams. The novel follows Francie through her first job, her first love, and her struggle to complete her education, even though that means leaving behind the beloved Brooklyn neighborhood of her childhood. “A profoundly moving novel, and an honest and true one.” (New York Times)

 

 

 

                  

                                    Tuesday, November 13, 2018

                                                  The Martian

                                                                     by Andy Weir

                                                                

     The Martian 2014    In the near future, astronaut Mark Watney became on of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be thr first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills,  and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit, he steadfaslty confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. "By placing a nail-biting life-and-death situation on Mars and adding a snarky and wise-cracking nerdy hero, Weir has created the perfect mix of action and space adventure. Mark is hilarious, which makes the terror of marooned death on Mars not just bearable but downright fun." (Library Journal)


                              

                                                                                  

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