Second-Friday Book Club Discusses "The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat"

Second-Friday Book Club Discusses “The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat”

Can’t make it to the Library’s Thursday night After-Dark Book Club? You’ll be pleased to know that the Library has formed a Second-Friday Book Club, which meets on the second Friday of each month at 10:30 a.m., discussing both fiction and non-fiction titles. As with the nighttime book club, the group will meet from September through June, with the exception of January.

The Club’s next selection is The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat by the acclaimed neurologist Oliver Sacks. The book will be discussed on Friday, November 13 at 10:30 a.m. Sacks, a long-time resident of  City Island, passed away this past August at the age of 82.

Says Goodreads of this critically-acclaimed 1998 book, “In his most extraordinary book, ‘one of the great clinical writers of the 20th century’ (The New York Times) recounts the case histories of patients lost in the bizarre, apparently inescapable world of neurological disorders.”

This, of course, is most apparent in the excerpt from which the book’s title is derived: “[Mr. P] … appeared to have decided that the examination was over and started to look around for his hat. He reached out his hand and took hold of his wife’s head, tried to lift it off, to put it on. He had apparently mistaken his wife for a hat! His wife looked as if she was used to such things.”

The new club is being facilitated by Carol Ipsen, who spent over 20 years as a journalist for Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, Newsday, Reader’s Digest and other publications. She, her husband, and son have lived here for 18 years following eight years in London. She is an avid reader of fiction and non-fiction, and has been a book club junkie for seven years.

On Friday, December 11, the Club will discuss Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman.

Current selections will be available for pickup at the Circulation Desk. Check back the 2nd-Friday Book Club’s web page for further titles. All are welcome, and we hope to see you there!

The Second-Friday Book Club is generously funded by a gift in memory of Karin and Ted Mayer.