August 25, 2023

Books for Adult Learners

In honor of back-to-school days, Laurie Dreyer, branch manager of Troy Public Library’s Lansingburgh branch, selected four non-fiction books and two novels for adult learners to explore different aspects of life. “The Library Book” (Susan Orlean, 2018) covers the 1986 fire that completely destroyed the Los Angeles library as well as the history of libraries. “The Great Money Reset: Change Your Work, Change Your Wealth, Change Your Life” (Jill Schlesinger, 2023) provides financial advice aimed at the post-pandemic shift in many people’s priorities. “Secondhand: Travels in the New Global Garage Sale” (Adam Minter, 2019) looks at the global market for used objects and our tendency to “bond” with inanimate objects. “Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619-2019” (Ibrim X. Kendi & Keisha N. Blain, eds., 2021) gathers essays, poetry, and more from 90 African-American writers. Two novels explore women in 19th century America: “The Cherry Robbers” (Sarai Walker, 2022) and “Once and Future Witches” (Ailx E. Harrow, 2020). For details on these and other books, visit To find other libraries in New York State, see Produced by Brea Barthel for Hudson Mohawk Magazine.

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