This Year’s Book!
The 2015 LONG ISLAND READS pick is…
The Museum of Extraordinary Things
by Alice Hoffman
The Long Island Reads Committee is pleased to announce that we have selected
The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman!
Mesmerizing and illuminating, Alice Hoffman’s The Museum of Extraordinary Things is the story of an electric and impassioned love between two vastly different souls in New York during the volatile first decades of the 20th century. With its colorful crowds of bootleggers, heiresses, thugs, and idealists, New York itself becomes a riveting character as Hoffman weaves her trademark magic and masterful storytelling to unite her characters in a sizzling, tender, and moving story of self-discovery in tumultuous times.
Why The Museum of Extraordinary Things?
The book incorporates numerous real-life events, including the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire and the Dreamland fire at Coney Island, and will appeal to those with an interest in NYC history. It features compelling descriptions of immigrant life on the Lower East Side, upper Manhattan in its wilderness days, and the development of “freak shows” and amusements at Coney Island.
The author was raised on Long Island and is available to speak at our author event on Sunday, April 19.
Combining mystery, romance, history, and magical realism, the novel will attract a broad range of readers.
The subject matter lends itself to many related historical programs, lectures, and trips.
The book is available in multiple formats.
Long Island Reads takes place annually throughout the month of April and celebrates National Library Week, April 12-18, 2015.