Summer Reads with the New Brunswick Free Public Library

Spend the summer with a few good books and then discuss them with your neighbors at the New Brunswick Free Public Library this fall!

The Book Club of the Friends of the New Brunswick Free Public Library is free and open to all. Read a book, an ebook or listen to an audiobook and then come to a meeting to discuss it. 

Books marked with asterisks are available for download as an ebook or audiobook. 

Upcoming book club dates are as follows:

Sep. 29 Ken Follett’s “Fall of Giants.”** A novel of five families against the backdrop of the events of the early 1900’s or Bill Dedman and Paul Clark’s “Empty Mansions.” ** The story of an heiress whose last 20 years are spent in a hospital room with her mansions empty. 

Oct. 27 “And the Mountains Echoed”** by Khaled Hosseini. How we love, how we take care of one another, and choices cascade through generations. 

Nov. 24 Joanne Hamilton Rajoppi’s “New Brunswick and the Civil War.” Accounts of the Civil War by men who answered the call of duty. 

Dec. 15 “The Ransom of Russian Art” by John McPhee is the story of an economics professor who collected 8,000 works of Russian dissident art and eventually donated them to Rutgers Zimmerli Art Museum. 

Jan. 26, 2015 “Swimming Across” is Andrew Grove’s memoir of his childhood in Hungary with Nazis, Russians, and his eventual arrival in the United States. 

Feb. 23 Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s “Americanah”** is a love story and a social critique of a young Nigerian couple facing difficult choices. 

Mar. 30 “The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America”** by George Packer portrays a superpower coming apart at the seams. 

Apr. 27 Sue Monk Kidd’s “The Invention of Wings”**. A novel based on Sarah Grimke, an abolitionist and women’s rights crusader that begins with the gift of a slave on her 11th birthday. 

May 18 “Lowland”** by Jhumpa Lahiri is the story of Indian brothers who come of age in the 60’s and follow different paths. One emigrates and the other stays and joins a revolutionary movement. 

Jun. 15 Azar Nafisi’s “Reading Lolita in Tehran.” A true account of eight women meeting every week for two years to discuss forbidden Western literature. 

If you want a book for an upcoming discussion, ask at the library’s Circulation Desk to see if a copy is available or to request a copy. 

To download an ebook or audiobook, go to

For further information contact Jackie Oshman or the Reference Desk at (732) 745-5105, ext.20


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