The Greene County Public Library Online Book Club is a group that meets exclusively online. At the beginning of each month, we’ll unveil a new book. Then on Mondays, we’ll publish blog posts with interesting videos, pictures, and questions meant to enhance your reading experience.
Each book that we’ll read also has a movie. So even if you don’t have time to read a book, you can still contribute to our club by discussing the plot and story with others.
To follow along with the Online Book Club, simply check out each month’s book at your local library location or the ebook through our OverDrive Digital Downloads or Hoopla collections. You can read at your own pace, and join the discussion whenever it’s convenient for you.
We hope you’ll read along with us!
Recent Blog Posts
- Seabiscuit: Week 4
May 22, 2017
- Seabiscuit: Week 3
May 15, 2017
- Seabiscuit: Week 2
May 8, 2017
- Seabiscuit: Week 1
May 1, 2017
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By Laura Hillenbrand
May’s Online Book Club Selection
Seabiscuit was one of the most electrifying and popular attractions in sports history and the single biggest newsmaker in the world in 1938, receiving more coverage than FDR, Hitler, or Mussolini. But his success was a surprise to the racing establishment, which had written off the crooked-legged racehorse with the sad tail.
By Richard C. Morais
June’s Online Book Club Selection
Born above his grandfather’s modest restaurant in Mumbai, Hassan Haji first experienced life through intoxicating whiffs of spicy fish curry, trips to the local markets, and gourmet outings with his mother. But when tragedy strikes, the Hajis leave India and embark on a journey around the world, eventually opening an Indian restaurant in Lumière, a small town in the French Alps. The family takes the village by storm, provoking the ire of their neighbor—Madame Mallory, the proprietress of an esteemed French relais. Only after waging culinary war with the immigrant family does Madame Mallory finally agree to mentor young Hassan, leading him to Paris and a host of new adventures.
Watch the movie: The Hundred-Foot Journey, directed by Lasse Hallström
By Andy Weir
July’s Online Book Club Selection
Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he’s sure he’ll be the 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. Chances are, though, he won’t have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old “human error” are much more likely to kill him first.
But Mark isn’t ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?
Watch the movie: The Martian, directed by Ridley Scott
By Dan Brown
August’s Online Book Club Selection
Harvard professor of symbology Robert Langdon awakens in a hospital in the middle of the night. Disoriented and suffering from a head wound, he recalls nothing of the last thirty-six hours, including how he got there… or the origin of the macabre object that his doctors discover hidden in his belongings.
Langdon’s world soon erupts into chaos, and he finds himself on the run in Florence with a stoic young woman, Sienna Brooks, whose clever maneuvering saves his life. Langdon quickly realizes that he is in possession of a series of disturbing codes created by a brilliant scientist—a genius whose obsession with the end of the world is matched only by his passion for one of the most influential masterpieces ever written—Dante Alighieri’s dark epic poem The Inferno.
Watch the movie: Inferno, directed by Ron Howard
By Colm Tóibín
September’s Online Book Club Selection
Eilis Lacey has come of age in small-town Ireland in the years following World War II. Though skilled at bookkeeping, Eilis cannot find a proper job in the miserable Irish economy. When an Irish priest from Brooklyn visits the household and offers to sponsor Eilis in America—to live and work in a Brooklyn neighborhood “just like Ireland”—she realizes she must go, leaving her fragile mother and sister behind.
Eilis finds work in a department store on Fulton Street, and studies accounting at Brooklyn College, and, when she least expects it, finds love. Tony, a blond Italian, slowly wins her over with persistent charm. He takes Eilis to Coney Island and Ebbets Field, and home to dinner in the two-room apartment he shares with his brothers and parents. Eilis is in love. But just as she begins to consider what this means, devastating news from Ireland threatens the promise of her new life.
Watch the movie: Brooklyn, directed by John Crowley
- April 2017: Small Island, by Andrea Levy
- March 2017: The Wright Brothers, by David McCullough
- February 2017: Into the Wild, by Jon Krakauer
- January 2017: Wuthering Heights, by Emily Brontë
- December 2016: A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens
- November 2016: Me Before You, by Jojo Moyes
- October 2016: The Giver, by Lois Lowry
- September 2016: The Butler: A Witness to History, by Wil Haygood
- August 2016: Go Set a Watchman, by Harper Lee
- July 2016: Old Yeller, by Fred Gipson
- June 2016: A Walk in the Woods, by Bill Bryson
- May 2016: Dracula, by Bram Stoker
- April 2016: Orphan Train, by Christina Baker Kline
- March 2016: Sarah’s Key, by Tatiana de Rosnay
- February 2016: Philomena, by Martin Sixsmith
- January 2016: The Tale of Despereaux, by Kate DiCamillo
- December 2015: The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle, by Arthur Conan Doyle
- November 2015: The Wettest County in the World, by Matt Bondurant
- October 2015: The Silver Linings Playbook, by Matthew Quick
- September 2015: The King’s Speech, by Mark Logue & Peter Conradi