Monmouth County Public Library Headquarters

MANALAPAN – Virtual Book Discussions have become a popular addition to the number of programs offered by the Monmouth County Library, and a series of five books in a variety of genres will be discussed during September.

All the programs are free of charge, and registration as well as internet access are required to attend.

Registration is available by visiting at their Upcoming Events site. Registrants will receive the link to the program after 3 p.m. the day before each scheduled event.  All registrations must be completed for each event by noon of the day previous.

The novel, “People we meet on Vacation,” by Emily Henry is the first September book to be discussed, and is set for Sept. 8 at 10:30 a.m. Henry is the New York Times bestselling author of “Beach Read” and her latest book is described as a slow-burn romance with tension, “teasing possibility” and wit. The Library’s Ragini Chaturvedi is the moderator.

 “Friends and Strangers” by J. Courtney Sullivan is on tap for Sept. 22 at 10:30 a.m. and is a novel about an accomplished journalist and new mother who is struggling to adjust to a new life in a small town, romantic entanglements and betrayal. The library’s Stephanie Laurino is the moderator.

“The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez is the Sept. 23 choice at 10:30 a.m. , a short story about the events that occur when the body of a handsome stranger is found floating in the ocean near a small town. A PDF of the story will be e-mailed with the registration and the discussion is led by Mary Patterson of the County Library’s Hazlet branch.

 “Madhouse at the End of the Earth: The Belgica’s Journey into the Dark Antarctic Night” by Julian Sancton closes out the month’s book discussions on Sept. 30 at 10:30 a.m. with Robyn Miller of the Headquarters staff of the library leading the discussion. Sancton, a features editor at Departures magazine, writes the true story of a Belgian commandant who set sail for a three year expedition to Antarctica. His story of adventure and horror is drawn from the diaries and journals of the ship’s crew as well as actual logs from the ship and give a stark interpretation of the isolation of this continent.  The history book is well researched and unforgettable.

More Info on Virtual Book Discussions

For further information on the variety of programs, activities, and materials available at the library, visit their website as or connect @MonCoLibrary.

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