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!
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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
By M.L. Stedman
October’s Online Book Club Selection
After four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia and takes a job as the lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, nearly half a day’s journey from the coast. To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes once a season, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel. Years later, after two miscarriages and one stillbirth, the grieving Isabel hears a baby’s cries on the wind. A boat has washed up onshore carrying a dead man and a living baby.
Tom, who keeps meticulous records and whose moral principles have withstood a horrific war, wants to report the man and infant immediately. But Isabel insists the baby is a “gift from God,” and against Tom’s judgment, they claim her as their own and name her Lucy. When she is two, Tom and Isabel return to the mainland and are reminded that there are other people in the world. Their choice has devastated one of them.
Watch the movie: The Light Between Oceans, directed by Derek Cianfrance
By Margot Lee Shetterly
November’s Online Book Club Selection
Before John Glenn orbited the earth or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of dedicated female mathematicians known as “human computers” used pencils, slide rules and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space.
Among these problem-solvers were a group of exceptionally talented African American women, some of the brightest minds of their generation. Originally relegated to teaching math in the South’s segregated public schools, they were called into service during the labor shortages of World War II, when America’s aeronautics industry was in dire need of anyone who had the right stuff. Suddenly, these overlooked math whizzes had a shot at jobs worthy of their skills, and they answered Uncle Sam’s call, moving to Hampton, Virginia and the fascinating, high-energy world of the Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory.
Even as Virginia’s Jim Crow laws required them to be segregated from their white counterparts, the women of Langley’s all-black “West Computing” group helped America achieve one of the things it desired most: a decisive victory over the Soviet Union in the Cold War, and complete domination of the heavens.
Watch the movie: Hidden Figures, directed by Theodore Melfi
By William Goldman
December’s Online Book Club Selection
As Florin and Guilder teeter on the verge of war, the reluctant Princess Buttercup is devastated by the loss of her true love, kidnapped by a mercenary and his henchman, rescued by a pirate, forced to marry Prince Humperdinck, and rescued once again by the very crew who absconded with her in the first place. In the course of this dazzling adventure, she’ll meet Vizzini—the criminal philosopher who’ll do anything for a bag of gold; Fezzik—the gentle giant; Inigo—the Spaniard whose steel thirsts for revenge; and Count Rugen—the evil mastermind behind it all. Foiling all their plans and jumping into their stories is Westley, Princess Buttercup’s one true love and a very good friend of a very dangerous pirate.
Anyone who lived through the 1980s may find it impossible—inconceivable, even—to equate The Princess Bride with anything other than the sweet, celluloid romance of Westley and Buttercup, but the film is only a fraction of the ingenious storytelling you’ll find in these pages. The novel is set in 1941 and framed as an “abridged” retelling of a centuries-old tale—along with the author’s comments on life and art as he tries to edit out the dull bits.
Watch the movie: The Princess Bride, directed by Rob Reiner
By Richard Yancey
January’s Online Book Club Selection
After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.
Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother—or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.
Watch the movie: The 5th Wave, directed by J Blakeson
- July 2017: The Martian, by Andy Weir
- June 2017: The Hundred-Foot Journey, by Richard C. Morais
- May 2017: Seabiscuit, by Laura Hillenbrand
- 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