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Readers' Forum

The group meets in the library's Fridlington Room at 7:00 p.m. All meeting dates are Mondays. Questions? Call the library at 908-709-7272 and ask for the reference desk. The library cannot guarantee a copy of each book for every person who wishes to participate in the Reader's Forum, but we will make every effort to obtain multiple copies.

War and Peace (1869) Leo Tolstoy
September 22, 2014 An epic novel about the French invasion of Russia and the impact of the Napoleonic era on Tsarist Russia.
Orphan Train (2013) Christina Baker Kline
October 27, 2014 Between 1854 and 1929, so-called orphan trains ran regularly from the cities of the East Coast to the farmlands of the Midwest, carrying thousands of abandoned children whose fates would be determined by pure luck. Would they be adopted by a kind and loving family, or would they face a childhood and adolescence of hard labor and servitude? As a young Irish immigrant, Vivian Daly was one such child, sent by rail from New York City to an uncertain future a world away. Returning east later in life, Vivian leads a quiet, peaceful existence on the coast of Maine, the memories of her upbringing rendered a hazy blur. But in her attic, hidden in trunks, are vestiges of a turbulent past. Seventeen-year-old Molly Ayer knows that a community-service position helping an elderly widow clean out her attic is the only thing keeping her out of juvenile hall. But as Molly helps Vivian sort through her keepsakes and possessions, she discovers that she and Vivian aren't as different as they appear. A Penobscot Indian who has spent her youth in and out of foster homes, Molly is also an outsider being raised by strangers, and she, too, has unanswered questions about the past. Moving between contemporary Maine and Depression-era Minnesota, Orphan Train is a powerful tale of upheaval and resilience, second chances, and unexpected friendship.


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