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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 in the Hilton Garden Room. 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.
October 20 | 7 PM
The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe.
Sharing books he loved with his savvy New Yorker mom had always been a great pleasure for both mother and son, becoming especially poignant when she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2007, at age 73. Schwalbe, founder of Cookstr.com and former editor-in-chief of Hyperion, along with his father and siblings, was blindsided by the news; his mother, Mary Ann Schwalbe, had been an indomitable crusader for human rights, once the director of admissions at Harvard, and a person of enormous energy and management skills. Could a book club be run by only two people? - Publisher's Weekly
November 17 | 7 PM
The Family: Three Journeys into the Heart of the Twentieth Century by David Laskin.
Frequent newspaper contributor Laskin’s relatives provide ample material for a gripping epic narrative, beginning in 1875 and spanning over a century. This readable and absorbing book looks at the experiences of Jews—in this case all members of Laskin’s family—finding a fresh start in the United States, of those working to form a new country in Palestine, and of those trapped in Nazi-controlled Europe.
- Publisher's Weekly
December 15 | 7 PM
Stuff Matters: Exploring the Marvelous Materials That Shape Our Man-Made World by Mark Miodownik
Miodownik, director of the Institute of Making at University College London, writes a fascinating introduction to materials science, a discipline unfamiliar to most outside it. To “tell the story of stuff” he takes a photo of himself enjoying a cup of tea on his London rooftop, and proceeds to examine 10 of the materials in the photo. These materials (concrete, glass, plastics, etc.) are ubiquitous in the modern world and possess their own chemistry and history. Miodownik [even] includes himself in his discussions…
- Publisher's Weekly
Speculative Fiction Book Discussions
The library's NEW Speculative Fiction Book Club meets once a month on Mondays 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.
Vicious by V.E. Schwab | October 26 | 7 PM
Join us on Monday October 26 at 7pm in the Hilton Garden Room to discuss Vicious by V.E. Schwab.
College friends and roommates Victor and Eli discover a way to become superheroes. After an experiment goes wrong, the two men will stop at nothing to seek revenge—on each other.
Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin | November 30 | 7 PM
Join us on Monday November 30 at 7pm (location TBD) to discuss the classic Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin.
In an alien world where people can change their gender at-will, one man aims to bridge the gap between opposing civilizations.
The Magicians by Lev Grossman | December 28 | 7 PM
Join us on Monday December 28 at 7pm (location TBD) to discuss The Magicians by Lev Grossman.
Quentin Clearwater is admitted to an elite college of magic in upstate New York, but he still can’t stop obsessing over a Narnia-like otherworld that doesn’t exist outside of books. Or does it?
Past Book Discussions