Gracie Mansion Book Club

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“New York City is defined by the many immigrant groups that have sought refuge here from across the globe, as well as the beautiful languages, values and traditions that they have brought with them. We are proud to continue to use Gracie Mansion to shine new light on the often untold stories of our city’s diverse communities with the Gracie Book Club.”
— First Lady Chirlane McCray

The Gracie Book Club is a new collaborative effort between the Gracie Mansion Conservancy and First Lady Chirlane McCray to both foster conversation on a
curated selection of literary works and make Gracie Mansion, the People’s House, more accessible to more New Yorkers.

For the Gracie Book Club’s 2016-17 inaugural season, First Lady McCray and three Gracie Book Club moderators – authors James Hannaham, Jacqueline Woodson and A.M. Homes – will select six books to read and discuss with fellow New
Yorkers over the next year. The theme of this season’s selections is “Envisioning Distant Neighbors,” which aims to open dialogue on New York City’s diversity and rich immigrant community.

Thank you to all those who joined us in person and virtually for our final
inaugurial Gracie Book Club featuring Mia Alvar’s In the Country at the Harlem Library. For those who have missed it, watch it on FLO NYC.

We thank you all for making our debut Gracie Book Club a success. Please stay tuned for new information about our plans for 2017.

For information on topics and alerts on the next book selections, please sign up for the Gracie Book Club. If you have any questions regarding the Gracie Book Club, please call the Gracie Mansion Conservancy at 212-676-3060 or email
gracieinfo@cityhall.nyc.gov.

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“For the second season of the Gracie Mansion Book Club, we are excited to dive into one of the many fascinating periods of NYC’s history – the 1940s. Our newest selection of books offers a taste of our city’s jambalaya – highlighting the spicy mix of people, a multitude of journeys and rich traditions.”
— First Lady Chirlane McCray

As part of our ongoing commitment to literacy and New York’s diverse cultural well-being, I am pleased to announce the second season of the Gracie Book Club. Members like you are the Club’s cornerstone and we are eager that you hear the news first.

This season the First Lady and the board of advisers have selected four
distinguished books of both fiction and nonfiction that together explore the
history, the people, and the culture of New York in the 1940s, when the La Guardia family moved into Gracie Mansion as its first official residents.

They did so in the shadow of global conflict and economic recovery. This time period was one of era-shifting change and social progress that continues both to inform and motivate New Yorkers today. Focus of athe Gracie Book Club in this round explores how the past can inform the promise of our shared future. Once again there will be a series of live gatherings shared online as we partner with libraries, colleges, and cultural institutions as host venues.

Our first book club will take place on Monday, October 16, 2017 at Schomberg Center for Research in Black Culture featuring Ann Petry’s under-known
masterpiece novel, The Street.

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“This season the Gracie Book Club explores the pervasive culture of shame that surrounds mental illness. The books we will read together offer an opportunity for each of us to challenge our biases and stereotypes about mental health care through the power of storytelling. Readers can use this knowledge to become stewards of their own mental health and healers in their community.” 
— First Lady Chirlane McCray

As part of our ongoing commitment to literacy and New York’s diverse cultural well-being, I am pleased to announce the third season of the Gracie Book Club. Members like you are the Club’s cornerstone and we are eager that you hear the news first.

This season the First Lady and the board of advisers have selected four distinguished books of both fiction and nonfiction that together explore mental health awareness and bring stigma out of the shadows while continuing to deliver relevant arts and cultural programming to New Yorkers.

Our first book club will take place at Gracie Mansion on Thursday, December 6, 2018 featuring Andrew Solomon’s The Noonday Demon. Reservation portal will be up the last week of November. Stay tuned!

For information on topics and alerts on the next book selections, please sign up for the Gracie Book Club. If you have any questions regarding the Gracie Book Club, please call the Gracie Mansion Conservancy at 212-676-3060 or email
gracieinfo@cityhall.nyc.gov.

Featured Book Selections

Additional Featured Selections

I Never Promised You a Rose Garden by Deborah Blau
The Hours by Michael Cunningham
The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides
Faces in the Water by Janet Frame
Ordinary People by Judith Guest
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath (aka Victoria Lucas)
The Snake Pit by Mary Jane Ward
Disturbing the Peace by John C. Wilder
Lowboy by John Wray