A Map of Betrayal

Join the Broad Street Readers in November when they discuss A Map of Betrayal by Ha Jin, a tale of espionage, honor, and conflicted loyalties in the intertwined histories of China and the United States and in the lives of two families.

Praise for A Map of Betrayal:

“One of the great triumphs of A Map of Betrayal is how it uncovers
and underscores the similarities between the domestic and the
political, the family and the larger culture. . . . Lilian strives not
to judge but to understand. She searches for a capacious, forgiving, and
subtle interpretation of a struggling soul.” —The Boston Globe

“With one foot in China and the other in the United States, Ha Jin is
the quintessential Chinese-American writer. . . . In his absorbing new
book, A Map of Betrayal, the author offers his most searing portrait yet of divided loyalties.” —Chicago Tribune

“The book stands out for
the way it straddles a number of worlds—China and the U.S., family life
and adultery—and in Shang’s case, the torturous inner life of a man
torn between loyalty to two nations.” —NPR

The Broad St. Readers is a club for adults age 55 and up. New members
are always encouraged! Join fellow readers for an engaging and
thoughtful discussion on November 27th at 11:00am or 5:30pm at the Salem Community Life Center at 401 Bridge St.
Please call and check in with Rosanna at (978) 744-0924.
Books are available at the Main Desk in the Salem Public Library. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email hviding@noblenet.org or call the library at (978)744-0860.

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Benjamin Franklin’s Bastard

Join the Broad Street Readers in May when they discuss Sally Cabot’s historical novel, Benjamin Franklin’s Bastard.

“Benjamin Franklin’s Bastard” by Sally Cabot is an absorbing and compelling work of literary historical fiction that brings to life a little-known chapter of the American Revolution — the story of Benjamin Franklin and his bastard son, and the women who loved them both.

Fascinating and heartbreaking, Benjamin Franklin’s Bastard is a gripping tale of family, love, and war, set against one of America’s most fascinating periods of history.                                   –from Harper Collins Publishers

The Broad St. Readers is a club for adults age 55 and up. New members are always encouraged! Join fellow readers for an engaging and thoughtful discussion on May 22nd at 11:00am at the Salem Council on Aging.

Please call and check in with Rosanna at (978) 744-0924.

Books are available at the Main Desk in the Salem Public Library. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email hviding@noblenet.org or call the library at (978)744-0860.

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Are We Smart Enough To Know How Smart Animals Are?

 

In April the Broad Street Readers will exercise our little grey cells as we read and discuss Frans De Waal’s Are We Smart Enough To Know How Smart Animals Are?  

People often assume a cognitive ladder, from lower to higher forms, with our own intelligence at the top. But what if it is more like a bush, with cognition taking different forms that are often incomparable to ours? …..  De Waal reviews the rise and fall of the mechanistic view of animals and opens our minds to the idea that animal minds are far more intricate and complex than we have assumed. De Waal’s landmark work will convince you to rethink everything you thought you knew about animal—and human—intelligence.                                                                                                               – from the publisher

“A beautifully written and delightfully conceived popular science book, written by an eminent researcher who has dedicated his career to making the general public aware of just how smart animals are.” — Nicola Clayton, Science

The Broad St. Readers is a club for adults age 55 and up. New members are always encouraged! Join fellow readers for an engaging and thoughtful discussion on April 24th at 11:00am at the Salem Council on Aging.

Please call and check in with Rosanna at (978) 744-0924.

Books are available at the Main Desk in the Salem Public Library. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email hviding@noblenet.org or call the library at (978)744-0860.

 

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Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore

Please join the Broad Street Readers in March to discuss Robin Sloan’s delightful modern-day fable, Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. 

“Part love letter to books, part technological meditation, part thrilling adventure, part requiem… Eminently enjoyable, full of warmth and intelligence.” —The New York Times Book Review

“One of the most thoughtful and fun reading experiences you’re likely to have this year…There’s so much largehearted magic in this book.” —NPR

The Broad St. Readers is a club for adults age 55 and up. New members are always encouraged! Join fellow readers for an engaging and thoughtful discussion on March 27th at 11:00am at the Salem Council on Aging.

Please call and check in with Rosanna at (978) 744-0924.

Books are available at the Main Desk in the Salem Public Library. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email hviding@noblenet.org or call the library at (978)744-0860.

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The Glass Universe

In February, the Broad Street Readers will gather to discuss Dava Sobel’s The Glass Universe, the true story of a group of women whose remarkable contributions to the burgeoning field of astronomy forever changed our understanding of the stars and our place in the universe. 

“An elegant historical tale…[from] the master storyteller of astronomy.” –The Boston Globe

“Sobel has distinguished herself with lucid books about scientists and their discoveries . . . [She] vividly captures how her brilliant and ambitious protagonists charted the skies, and found personal fulfillment in triumphant discovery.” —The National Book Review

The Broad St. Readers is a club for adults age 55 and up. New members are always encouraged! Join fellow readers for an engaging and thoughtful discussion on February 27th at 11:00am at the Salem Council on Aging.

Please call and check in with Rosanna at (978) 744-0924.

Books are available at the Main Desk in the Salem Public Library. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email hviding@noblenet.org or call the library at (978)744-0860.

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The Keeper of Lost Things

Join the Broad Street Readers in January to discuss Ruth Hogan’s heartwarming debut novel, The Keeper of Lost Things.

A charming, clever, and quietly moving debut novel of of endless possibilities and joyful discoveries that explores the promises we make and break, losing and finding ourselves, the objects that hold magic and meaning for our lives, and the surprising connections that bind us. – from the publisher HarperCollins Publishers

The Broad St. Readers is a club for adults age 55 and up. New members are always encouraged! Join fellow readers for an engaging and thoughtful discussion on January 23rd at 11:00am at the Salem Council on Aging.

Please call and check in with Rosanna at (978) 744-0924.

Books are available at the Main Desk in the Salem Public Library. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email hviding@noblenet.org or call the library at (978)744-0860.

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Homegoing

In December, the Broad Street Readers will discuss Yaa Gyasi’s award-winning debut novel, Homegoing.

With breathtaking scope, Homegoing follows the parallel paths of two half-sisters, Effia and Esi, born into different villages, and their descendants through eight generations: from the slave traders of the Gold Coast to the plantations of Mississippi, from the Asantes’ struggle against British colonialism to the first stirrings of the American Civil War, from the jazz of twentieth-century Harlem to the sparkling shores of modern Ghana. Yaa Gyasi’s extraordinary novel illuminates slavery’s troubled legacy both for those who were taken and those who stayed—and shows how the memory of captivity has been inscribed on the soul of our nation.  – from the publisher

The Broad St. Readers is a club for adults age 55 and up. New members are always encouraged! Join fellow readers for an engaging and thoughtful discussion on December 19th at 11:00am at the Salem Council on Aging.

Please call and check in with Rosanna at (978) 744-0924.

Books are available at the Main Desk in the Salem Public Library. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email hviding@noblenet.org or call the library at (978)744-0860.

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The Invention of Nature

Join the Broad Street readers in November when we discuss The Invention of Nature.  Andrea Wulf’s biography sheds light and new focus on the life of German naturalist Alexander von Humboldt, considered by some to be the father of modern environmentalism.

“Alexander von Humboldt may have been the preeminent scientist of his era, second in fame only to Napoleon, but outside his native Germany his reputation has faded. Wulf does much to revive our appreciation of this ecological visionary through her lively, impressively researched account of his travels and exploits, reminding us of the lasting influence of his primary insight: that the Earth is a single, interconnected organism, one that can be catastrophically damaged by our own destructive actions.”    
—The New York Times Book Review
, Top 10 Books of the Year

 

The Broad St. Readers is a club for adults age 55 and up. New members are always encouraged! Join fellow readers for an engaging and thoughtful discussion on November 28th at 11:00am at the Salem Council on Aging.

Please call and check in with Rosanna at (978) 744-0924.

Books are available at the Main Desk in the Salem Public Library. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email hviding@noblenet.org or call the library at (978) 744-0860.

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Elizabeth Is Missing

Join the Broad Street Readers in October for an intriguing discussion of Emma Healey’s Elizabeth Is Missing.  Healey’s debut novel, winner of the Costa First Novel award, is both a psychological mystery and a meditation on  memory, identity and aging.

“Part mystery, part meditation on memory, part Dickensian revelation of how apparent charity may hurt its recipients, this is altogether brilliant.” — Booklist (starred review)

“This is no conventional crime novel but a compelling work that crosses literary genres.… The result is bold, touching and hugely memorable.” — Sunday Times (London)

The Broad St. Readers is a club for adults age 55 and up. New members are always encouraged! Join fellow readers for an engaging and thoughtful discussion on October 24th at 11:00am at the Salem Council on Aging.

Please call and check in with Rosanna at (978) 744-0924.

Books are available at the Main Desk in the Salem Public Library. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email hviding@noblenet.org or call the library at (978) 744-0860.

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The Forgetting Time

In September, the Broad Street Readers will meet to discuss The Forgetting Time by Sharon Guskin.  Guskin’s debut novel explores the profound connection between child and parent and the lengths to which we will go for our children.

“Gripping, deft, and moving.”
—Chelsea Cain, The New York Times Book Review

“Bold, captivating…Guskin amps up the suspense while raising provocative questions about the maternal bond and its limits…You’ll be mesmerized.”
People (Book of the Week)

The Broad St. Readers is a club for adults age 55 and up. New members are always encouraged! Join fellow readers for an engaging and thoughtful discussion on September 26th at 11:00am at the Salem Council on Aging.

Please call and check in with Rosanna at (978) 744-0924.

Books are available at the Main Desk in the Salem Public Library. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email hviding@noblenet.org or call the library at (978) 744-0860.

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