Long Island Reads 2014

Join fellow Long Islanders in reading the 2014 Long Island reads selection The Manor: Three Centuries at a Slave Plantation on Long Island by Mac Griswold!

The Manor: Three Centuries at a Slave Plantation on Long Island by Mac Griswold
In 1984, the landscape historian Mac Griswold was rowing along a Long Island creek when she came upon a stately yellow house and a garden guarded by looming boxwoods. She instantly knew that boxwoods that large—twelve feet tall, fifteen feet wide—had to be hundreds of years old. So, as it happened, was the house: Sylvester Manor had been held in the same family for eleven generations. And so begins the author's journey to uncover the secrets and stories of The Manor.

Based on years of research and voyages that took Griswold as far as West Africa, this compelling history of a Long Island plantation located on Shelter Island, spanning three centuries and 11 generations, reveals the extensive but little-known story of Northern slavery. Griswold's The Manor is at once an investigation into forgotten lives and a sweeping drama that captures our history in all its richness and suffering.

An author talk and book signing will be held at Sylvester Manor on Saturday, May 17 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm.. For more information click here.

For a Reader's Guide to The Manor click here.

Join us for a book discussion about The Manor on Wednesday, April 23 from 2:00 - 4:00pm. Click the "Book Discussion" box to the right to register. Copies of the book will be available at the circulation desk after March 20.

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