MANALAPAN, NJ – The Thursday Morning Book Club at the Monmouth County Library Headquarters is inviting new readers to join their group. Readers participating in March and April can meet a new and unforgettable literary heroine one month and learn how one enterprising woman schemed to get the recognition she deserved in the next.

   The Book Club meets the third Thursday of every month at the library, located at 125 Symmes Drive, at 10:30 a.m.

   Selection for the March 17 meeting is Prayers for the Stolen by Jennifer Clement, an American born internationally acclaimed author and a PEN/Faulkner Award finalist for this book, which was a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice, as well as appearing internationally on many Best Books of the Year in other countries. Clement is president of PEN International, winner of the Gran Prix des Lectrices Lyceenes de ELLE 2015 and the Sara Curry Humanitarian Award.

   Now a resident of Mexico, Clement tells a haunting story of love and survival, introducing the very fierce but funny and smart Ladydi Garcia Martinez, born in the Mexican mountains and left to fend for herself among scorpions, snakes and drugs. She and her friends dream of a future beyond mere survival, and how she accomplishes it and the people she meets along the way make this novel uplifting as well as unforgettable.

     “The Blazing World” by Siri Hustvedt will be the book under discussion at the April 21 book club meeting and is a novel about artist Harriet Burden who is indignant over the lack of respect she receives for her work until she passes it off as the exhibitions of three men.

     “The Book Club offers a variety of books to discuss,” said Renee Swartz, Chairperson of the Monmouth County Library Commission. “Offered in the morning, the club is a wonderful opportunity for mothers who get their youngsters off to school and are looking for something special to do to stimulate their minds and take them away from the everyday stress of taking care of a family, for a little while. The club is available for readers who want to stop in to discuss that particular book under discussion that month, or those who eagerly look for the selection to stimulate and broaden their own literary back ground.”