About Donna Diamond
Welcome to Books 'N Me, my book club website. As you can see in my tagline, in a letter to John Adams in 1815, Thomas Jefferson wrote,” I Cannot Live Without Books,” and neither can I.
I am an avid book lover, a true bibliophile, and have been for most of my life. It has been a joy and an honor for me to facilitate book clubs on Long Island for more than twenty years. I currently lead three monthly book discussion groups at Elwood, Harborfields, and Northport Libraries (formerly at Barnes & Noble for more than ten years, and Border's Books and Music). I am also an original and very proud member of the Long Island Reads Committee, The One Island-One Book Concept, which encourages all of Nassau and Suffolk Counties to read the same book during National Library Week in April of each year.
Our book discussions are lively, and each of my groups consists of approximately 23-30 very intelligent and well-read women and men. I like to personalize our book discussions with Skype chats, tele-chats, and live visits from the authors we read. With the advent of the Coronavirus Pandemic in March 2020, I have conducted ZOOM chats with my book groups and many authors, such as William Kent Krueger, Chris Bohjalian, Lisa See, Kristina McMorris, Ann Napolitano, Talia Carner, and Meryl Ain. In addition, I have conducted very successful book summits at other Long Island libraries to help them start and augment their book discussions.
For two years, I attended Keuka College, an all-girls' school in the beautiful Finger Lakes region of New York State, to study Nursing, but that was not to be my destiny. I transferred to Adelphi University on L.I. and graduated with a B.A. in French and later attended LIU Post to pursue my masters degree at The Palmer School of Library Science. My first book, Book Club: How I Became the Ultimate Hard-core, High-handed, Card-carrying Bibliophilist, was published through Amazon in 2019.
Please join my mother and my five grandchildren to learn about the books we have read as a community and society over the last 24 years and read about my personal lifelong love affair with books.
When I'm not reading, or even when I am, I love to spend time with my five perfect grandchildren and enjoy our happy vacation home in Aruba. My other passions are traveling, speaking French whenever I can, going to the movies, and Broadway Theatre. I can't seem to get enough of any of them. Note: Sadly, COVID-19 squelched all of that. Let's hope that we can get past this and pick up the pieces of our lives in the near future.
My husband and I make our home on Long Island.
My 5 grandchildren reading about themselves in my book.