• Morris County Book Club September Meetup

    Parsippany - Troy Hills Public Library

    $2.00

    THE SIXTH EXTINCTION: AN UNNATURAL HISTORY by Elizabeth Kolbert Non-Fiction; 336pp. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction (2015). A major book about the future of the world, blending natural history and field reporting into a powerful account of the mass extinction unfolding before our eyes. Over the last half-billion years, there have been five mass extinctions, when the diversity of life on earth suddenly and dramatically contracted. Scientists are currently monitoring the sixth extinction, predicted to be the most devastating extinction event since the asteroid impact that wiped out the dinosaurs. This time around, the cataclysm is us . . . In prose that is at once frank, entertaining, and deeply informed, Kolbert tells us why and how human beings have altered life on the planet in a way no species has before. Interweaving research with descriptions of the fascinating species that have already been lost, and the history of extinction as a concept, Kolbert provides a moving and comprehensive account of the disappearances occurring before our very eyes. She shows that the sixth extinction is likely to be mankind's most lasting legacy, compelling us to rethink the fundamental question of what it means to be human. Follow us on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/Morris-County-Book-Club-Meetup-146233762098471/

  • Morris County Book Club October Meetup

    Parsippany - Troy Hills Public Library

    $2.00

    SNOW IN AUGUST by Pete Hamill Historical Fiction; 384pp. Brooklyn, 1947. The war veterans have come home. Jackie Robinson is about to become a Dodger. And in one close-knit working-class neighborhood, an eleven-year-old Irish Catholic boy named Michael Devlin has just made friends with a lonely rabbi from Prague. “Snow in August” is the story of that unlikely friendship – and of how the neighborhood reacts to it. For Michael, the rabbi opens a window to ancient learning and lore that rivals anything in Captain Marvel. For the rabbi, Michael illuminates the everyday mysteries of America, including the strange language of baseball. But like their hero Jackie Robinson, neither can entirely escape from the swirling prejudices of the time. Terrorized by a local gang of anti-Semitic Irish toughs, Michael and the rabbi are caught in an escalating spiral of hate for which there's only one way out – a miracle.... Deeply affecting and wonderfully evocative of old New York, “Snow in August” is a brilliant fable for our time and all time -- and another triumph for Pete Hamill. Follow us on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/Morris-County-Book-Club-Meetup-146233762098471/