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Greenburgh Library Book Club Welcomes Controversy

GREENBURGH, N.Y. — The Greenburgh Public Library will hold a "First Thursday Book Club" this week, the second of the three sessions scheduled for this fall.

On the first Thursday of every month, facilitator Joan Crosser discusses a book with the participants, presenting to them reviews done by publications such as The New York Review of Books. The book selected for this week, “Astrid & Veronika,” by Linda Olson, an author from New Zealand, tells the story of the friendship between two very different women in a small Swedish village.

Valerie Griffith, the adult services librarian and the director of the book club, said she and Crosser look for books that are set in different places and that can generate different points of view.

“If not everybody necessarily likes it, it’s a good discussion book,” Griffith said.

Next month the book club will discuss “Little Bee” by Chris Cleave, about an African refugee and a British woman whose lives became interwoven after their first encounter on a beach in Nigeria.

“The content can be somewhat controversial,” Griffith said. “It’s a wonderful book, but it’s not an easy book.”

"Little Bee" was reviewed by the Washington Post and The New York Times .

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