THIS WEEK IN OCTOBER

  1. Thursday Nov 7 MATTHEW GOODMAN DISCUSSES THE CITY GAME THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 7; 7 PM MATTHEW GOODMAN will discuss his book, THE CITY GAME: Triumph, Scandal and a Legendary Basketball Team. The 1949-50 City College Beavers carried an era’s brightest hopes—racial harmony, social mobility, and the triumph of the underdog—but...
  2. Tuesday Nov 12 RICHARD PAUL EVANS TO VISIT WITH NEW NOVEL TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 12; 7 PM (Line numbers beginning at 6 pm. Please show your books&co receipt for Noel Street to get a line number.) Bestselling author RICHARD PAUL EVANS will introduce his newest novel, NOEL STREET. The year is 1975....
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    WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING
    by Delia Owens With her background as a wildlife scientist and skills as a writer, Owens is able to mentally and emotionally transport us to the marshes of the North Carolina coast where we meet Kya, first as a young girl abandoned by her mother and siblings, and eventually by her father. She learns to survive and, in her own way, thrive in the often harsh but inviting natural world away from civilization. When two young men enter into her self-imposed isolated environment, she wonders if she can trust human connections. And if she does, where will it lead?
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    THE ISLAND OF SEA WOMEN
    by Lisa See Set on the Korean Island of Jeju, we entered into the world of families often headed by women who support their families through the daring and dangerous work of unaided sea diving. With just face masks, fins, nets, weights, a cutting tool and confidence in their own lung capacity and swimming skills, these women, known as Haenyeo, harvest sea creatures to feed their families and provide a livelihood for them. Set into this world are two girls from very different backgrounds working at the all-female diving collective. We follow their friendship and challenges over the decades and learn about the Korean culture of that era… spanning from the Japanese colonialism of 1930s and 1940s, World War II, and the Korean War to modern day.
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    BRAVING THE WILDERNESS
    by Brene Brown, PhD, LMSW Dr. Brown asserts that we long for “belonging,” and she explains what that means. We all want to belong to something larger than ourselves. It appears to be a primal instinct, one that pushes us to fit in and seek approval. But is that really what is good for us? She makes the case that true belonging only happens “when we present our authentic, imperfect selves to the world; our sense of belonging can never be greater than our level of self-acceptance.” We are not called to change who we are in order to belong, but to bring our true self to the larger group and thereby enhance it by our diversity and unique contribution.
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    LESSONS FROM LUCY: The Simple Joys of an Old Happy Dog
    by Dave Barry You may think you’ll laugh a lot when you read this book, and you will, because Dave is a much-loved humorist and humor inhabits his work, but this book offers much more than copious chuckles. In his effort to discover what causes outrageous and indefatigable joy in his dog Lucy, he simultaneously observes what causes joy in people. It is that message of cultivating joy, even in difficult times, that he shares with the reader.
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MATTHEW GOODMAN DISCUSSES THE CITY GAME

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 7; 7 PM

MATTHEW GOODMAN will discuss his book, THE CITY GAME: Triumph, Scandal and a Legendary Basketball Team. The 1949-50 City College Beavers carried an era’s brightest hopes—racial harmony, social mobility, and the triumph of the underdog—but their success was soon followed by a shocking fall from grace. It is rich with period detail and recalls a New York City rife with corruption, when gangsters, gamblers, and crooked cops controlled the streets. But it is also about friendship and youth, loyalty and deceit, politics, and economics.

The basketball team comprised of solely Jewish and African American players, under the guidance of the legendary former player Nat Holman, would stun the basketball world by becoming the only team in history to win the NIT and NCAA tournaments in the same year. Not long after the celebratory season however, the starting five players were arrested by NYC detectives for conspiring with gamblers to shave points. The story centers on Eddie Roman, a white man and Floyd Laye, a black man, each caught up in the scandal, each searching for a path to personal redemption. BALLANTINE BOOKS

Matthew Goodman has also written Eighty Days: Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland’s History Making Race Around the World; The Sun and the Moon: The Remarkable True Accounts of Hoaxers, Showman, Dueling Journalists, and Lunar Man-Bats in Nineteenth Century New York; and Jewish Food: The World at Table..

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