Beloved

Now meeting at both 11:00am and 5:30pm!

Join the Broad Street Readers on Tuesday October 15th to discuss Toni Morrison’s magnificent Pulitzer Prize–winning work, Beloved—first published in 1987—which brought the wrenching experience of slavery into the literature of our time.

“Toni Morrison’s finest work. . . . [It] sets her apart [and] displays her prodigious talent.” —Chicago Sun-Times

“There is something great in Beloved: a play of human voices, consciously exalted, perversely stressed, yet holding true. It gets you.” —The New Yorker

“A brutally powerful, mesmerizing story. . . . Read it and tremble.” —People

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 15th 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.

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 News of the World

Now meeting at both 11:00am and 5:30pm!

Join the Broad Street Readers on Tuesday September 24th to discuss Paulette Jiles’ News of the World, an adventure story set in the aftermath of the Civil War that explores the boundaries of family, responsibility, honor, and trust.

News of the World is an adventure story, filled with danger and incident; a western, meticulously researched and rendered; and a two hundred-page prose poem with poetry’s usual virtues of compression, resonance, beauty, and power. Set in post-Civil War Texas, the chaos of that place and time are vividly depicted, even as the story remains primarily one of character. Paulette Jiles has shown how rich and deeply imagined the historical novel can be. ~ Judge’s citation from the National Book Awards 2016

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 24th 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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Lillian Boxfish Takes A Walk

Now meeting at both 11:00am and 5:30pm!

Join the Broad Street Readers on Tuesday, August 27th to discuss Kathleen Rooney’s Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk. A love letter to city life in all its guts and grandeur, Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney paints a portrait of a remarkable woman across the canvas of a changing America.

Praise for Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk:

” Irresistible…funny and touching…This witty and heartfelt ode to a city…not only enchants but offers an important lesson: that human connections and work are what give life meaning.” – Boston Globe

“Lillian’s wide-ranging meditations are reason enough to read this charming novel, but it’s also like taking a street-level tour through six decades of New York.” – New York Times

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 August 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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Lucky Us

Now meeting at both 11:00am and 5:30pm!

Join the Broad Street Readers on Tuesday, June 11th to discuss Amy Bloom’s Lucky Us, the story of two sisters seeking fame and fortune in the 1940s.

Praise for Lucky Us:


“In an exquisitely imagined novel, Amy Bloom wows…[a] kaleidoscopic take on life in the tumultuous ‘40s…LUCKY US is a tale of a family weathering tragedies intimate and global.”
O: The Oprah Magazine


“To read Bloom’s fiction is to experience afresh how life is ruled by chance and composed of spare parts that are purposed and repur­posed in uncanny ways—it’s a ­festival of joy and terror and lust and amazement that ­resolves itself here, warts and all, in a kind of crystalline ­Mozartean clarity of vision.”
Elle

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 June 11th 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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Magpie Murders

Now meeting at both 11:00am and 5:30pm!

Join the Broad Street Readers on Tuesday May 28 for a discussion of Anthony Horowitz’s Magpie Murders, a dark take on vintage English crime fiction in which the reader becomes the detective.

Praise for Magpie Murders:


“Anthony Horowitz’s Magpie Murders is catnip for classic mystery lovers… With its elegant yet playful plotting, Magpie Murders is the thinking mystery fan’s ideal summer thriller.” – Time Magazine


Magpie Murders is an ingenious, twisting tribute to the sleepy English countryside murder and will thoroughly entertain readers of old fashioned detective thrillers.” – New York Journal of Books

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 28th 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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White Chrysanthemum

Now meeting at both 11:00am and 5:30pm!

Join the Broad Street Readers for a discussion of White Chrysanthemum by Mary Lynn Bracht, the story of sisters separated by WWII in Korea.  Suspenseful, hopeful, and ultimately redemptive, White Chrysanthemum tells a story of two sisters whose love for each other is strong enough to triumph over the grim evils of war.

Praise for White Chrysanthemum:

“This moving and redemptive debut is a heart-breaker. It shines a light on the less explored aspects of wars….Absorbing and hypnotic.”—The Washington Book Review

“A debut novel about the Korean ‘comfort women’ prostituted by Japanese soldiers in World War II—and the strong bond between two sisters separated by the conflict….The book’s author, an American of Korean descent, writes well—the passages describing the sisters’ early lives are quite lyrical—and she’s adept at weaving in historical material about Korea and its fraught relationship with Japan.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Bracht’s story manages to educate and entertain in equal measure without reading as a sermon. A triumph of humanity, White Chrysanthemum will seize you, keeping you held long after you’ve finished the final page.”—Dumpling Magazine

 

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 23rd 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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The Friend

Now meeting at both 11:00am and 5:30pm!

Join the Broad Street Readers for a discussion of Sigrid Nunez’ 2018 National Book Award winner, The Friend, which the Wall Street Journal calls a “beautiful book … crammed with a world of insight into death, grief, art, and love.”  Nunez’s book is about a woman mourning the suicide of a close friend, mentor, and fellow writer, who agrees to take in his traumatized, bereft dog, a massive, arthritic Great Dane.  He stinks up her tiny Manhattan apartment and threatens her rent-stabilized lease — but also provides unexpected solace.

Praise for The Friend:

In this slim but pitch-perfect novel, a writer loses her best friend and mentor suddenly without explanation…Wry and moving, The Friend is a love story, a mania story, and a recovery story.” —Vanity Fair

“Nunez offers an often-hilarious, always-penetrating look at writing, grief, and the companionship of dogs.” —Booklist

“The joys of this novel lie in Nunez’s striking capacity to describe the world and its inhabitants, both human and animal. Nunez is a keen observer of behavior, and throughout the text she plants wonderful nuggets that immediately ring true yet still manage to be surprising.” —Michigan Daily

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 26th 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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Reading With Patrick

Now meeting at both 11:00am and 5:30pm!

Join the Broad Street Readers for a discussion of Reading With Patrick, Michelle Kuo’s account of her relationship with a former student who is jailed for murder.

Praise for Reading With Patrick:

“Honest, thoughtful, and humane, Kuo’s book is not only a testament to a remarkable friendship, but a must-read for anyone interested in social justice and race in America. Thoughtfully provocative reading.”Kirkus Reviews

“This memoir of teaching literature in one of the poorest counties in America is a reminder of how literacy changes lives. Highly recommended.”Library Journal (starred review)

“This book is special and could not be more right on time. It’s an absorbing, tender, and surprisingly honest examination of race and privilege in America that helps articulate what is often lost, seemingly intentionally, in national debates over criminal justice and education: the inner life and imagination of a young person.”—Wes Moore, author of The Other Wes Moore

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 26th 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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Kitchens of the Great Midwest

Join the Broad Street Readers in January when we discuss “Kitchens of the great Midwest” by J. Ryan Stradal, a fictional tale exploring the culinary landscape of the American heartland and the making of a star chef.  The Broad Street Readers now meet twice a day (once in the morning and once in the evening) for the convenience of its members.

“Kitchens of the Great Midwest is a novel about a young woman with a once-in-a-generation palate who becomes the iconic chef behind the country’s most coveted dinner reservation. It was selected as a best book of the year by Amazon, BookPage, LibraryReads, and NPR.”     –Penguin Random House Publishers

“Kitchens of the Great Midwest is a terrific reminder of what can be wrested from suffering and struggle – not only success, but also considerable irony, a fair amount of wisdom and a decent meal.”—Jane Smiley, The Guardian

“Stradal’s first novel is a refreshing and brisk read, with a sophisticated sense of such glories of foodie culture as open-pollinated heirloom corn, pan-seared Walleye and Caesar Cardini’s original Caesar Salad.”BBC.com

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 22nd 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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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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