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Fiction Book Discussions
The library's Fiction Book Club meets one Monday each month at 1 or 7 PM. All are welcome! Whenever possible copies of each title are borrowed from New Hampshire libraries in advance. Books are available for check out with your PPL card.
The Edge of the Earth | Monday September 14 | 1pm & 7pm
Join us on Monday September 14 at 1pm in the MacLeod Room or 7pm in the Hilton Garden Room to discuss The Edge of the Earth by Christina Schwarz (2013).
In her impressive fourth novel, Schwarz (Drowning Ruth) illuminates the difficult lives led by lighthouse keepers in the late 1890s. Well-schooled Trudy (Gertrude) Schroeder abandons both her well-ordered life as a teacher in Milwaukee, Wis., and her engagement to childhood friend Ernst Dettweiler after she falls for and marries his cousin, Oskar Swann. An unconventional dreamer, Oskar decides to move to California to work in a lighthouse. - Publishers Weekly
The Girls | Monday October 19 | 1pm & 7pm
Join us Monday, October 19 at 1pm in the MacLeod Room or 7pm in the Hilton Garden Room to discuss The Girls by Lori Lansens (2007).
Conjoined twins Rose and Ruby Darlen are linked at the side of the head, with separate brains and bodies. Born in a small town outside Toronto in the midst of a tornado and abandoned by their unwed teenage mother two weeks later, the girls are cared for by Aunt Lovey, a nurse who refuses to see them as deformed or even disabled. She raises them in Leaford, Ontario, where, at age 29, Rose, the more verbal and bookish twin, begins writing their story…
- Publishers Weekly
Letters from Skye | Monday November 9 | 1pm & 7pm
Join us Monday, November 9 at 1pm in the MacLeod Room or 7pm in the Hilton Garden Room to discuss Letters from Skye by Jessica Brockmole (2013).
Brockmole uses letters to tell a remarkable story of two women, their loves, their secrets, and two world wars, cutting to the important matters that letter writers struggle to put into just the right words. In 1912, young poet Mrs. Elspeth Dunn, who has never left Scotland’s Isle of Skye because of her fear of boats, receives her first fan letter from David Graham, a college student in Urbana, Ill. They begin a long correspondence. - Publishers Weekly
Nonfiction Book Discussions
The library's Nonfiction Book Discussion Group meets once a month on Tuesdays at 7 PM. All are welcome! Whenever possible copies of each title are borrowed from New Hampshire libraries in advance. Books are available for check out with your PPL card.
How We Got to Now | August 18 | 7 PM
Join us on Tuesday August 18 at 7pm in the Hilton Garden Room to discuss How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World by Steven Johnson.
In this fascinating book, Johnson (Where Good Ideas Come From) presents a “history of ideas and innovation,” focusing on six important technical and scientific innovations that have shaped the modern world but that we often take for granted. The book reveals what Johnson calls “the hummingbird effect,” when “an innovation... in one field ends up triggering changes that seem to belong to a different domain altogether.” We learn how Gutenberg’s press created a market for spectacles, which, in turn, led to the development of the microscope, the telescope, and the camera; how muckrakers were empowered by flash photography in the Progressive Era; and how the modern advertising business has roots in the germ theory of disease. - Publishers Weekly
Portsmouth Women | September 15 | 7 PM
Join us on Tuesday August 18 at 7pm in the Hilton Garden Room to discuss Portsmouth Women: Madams & Matriarchs Who Shaped New Hampshire's Port City edited by Laura Pope.
In the history of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, countless women rose above a rigid society to make their marks on the seaport city. In the eighteenth century, Allice Shannon Hight became a successful tavern keeper, outliving two husbands and providing for ten children. Others flourished in more scandalous ventures, like Alta Roberts, otherwise known as the Black Mystery of Portsmouth--always donned in black, she operated a successful brothel at the Roberts House Saloon in the nineteenth century. Even greater achievements would come in later years from the likes of Mary Carey Dondero, who became one of the first women elected mayor in New England. This collection of essays, compiled by author and historian Laura Pope, celebrates the victories--large and small--of Portsmouth's notable women.
Speculative Fiction Book Discussions
Coming soon! Beginning in October, library will host a monthly science fiction/fantasy/speculative fiction book club! Stay tuned for more information.
Past Book Discussions