Monday, December 3, 2012

The Light Between Oceans

February's selection is 
The Light Between Ocean

The debut of a stunning new voice in fiction— a novel both heartbreaking and transcendent - After four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia and takes a job as the lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, nearly half a day’s journey from the coast. To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes once a season and shore leaves are granted every other year at best, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel. Years later, after two miscarriages and one stillbirth, the grieving Isabel hears a baby’s cries on the wind. A boat has washed up onshore carrying a dead man and a living baby.Tom, whose records as a lighthouse keeper are meticulous and whose moral principles have withstood a horrific war, wants to report the man and infant immediately. But Isabel has taken the tiny baby to her breast. Against Tom’s judgment, they claim her as their own and name her Lucy. When she is two, Tom and Isabel return to the mainland and are reminded that there are other people in the world. Their choice has devastated one of them.M. L. Stedman’s mesmerizing, beautifully written novel seduces us into accommodating Isabel’s decision to keep this “gift from God.” And we are swept into a story about extraordinarily compelling characters seeking to find their North Star in a world where there is no right answer, where justice for one person is another’s tragic loss.The Light Between Oceans is exquisite and unforgettable, a deeply moving novel. Joyce also recommends Night Roads by Kristin Hannah 

Monday, October 29, 2012

Gone Girl - by Gillian Flynn

Gone Girl -  by Gillian Flynn  Marriage can be a real killer. One of the most critically acclaimed suspense writers of our time, New York Times bestseller Gillian Flynn takes that statement to its darkest place in this unputdownable masterpiece about a marriage gone terribly, terribly wrong. The Chicago Tribune proclaimed that her work “draws you in and keeps you reading with the force of a pure but nasty addiction.” Gone Girl’s toxic mix of sharp-edged wit and deliciously chilling prose creates a nerve-fraying thriller that confounds you at every turn.
   On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy's diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer?
   As the cops close in, every couple in town is soon wondering how well they know the one that they love. With his twin sister, Margo, at his side, Nick stands by his innocence. Trouble is, if Nick didn’t do it, where is that beautiful wife? And what was in that silvery gift box hidden in the back of her bedroom closet?
   With her razor-sharp writing and trademark psychological insight, Gillian Flynn delivers a fast-paced, devilishly dark, and ingeniously plotted thriller that confirms her status as one of the hottest writers around. About the Author
Gillian Flynn on "The View" discussing the book.

Links for book club discussion

Next Book Club - Sunday, December 2nd 2012 (at Joyce Charpentier's)

Monday, October 1, 2012

Defending Jacob - William Landay

Defending Jacob --- Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than twenty years. He is respected in his community, tenacious in the courtroom, and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But when a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: His fourteen-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student.

Every parental instinct Andy has rallies to protect his boy. Jacob insists that he is innocent, and Andy believes him. Andy must. He’s his father. But as damning facts and shocking revelations surface, as a marriage threatens to crumble and the trial intensifies, as the crisis reveals how little a father knows about his son, Andy will face a trial of his own—between loyalty and justice, between truth and allegation, between a past he’s tried to bury and a future he cannot conceive. Award-winning author William Landay has written the consummate novel of an embattled family in crisis—a suspenseful, character-driven mystery that is also a spellbinding tale of guilt, betrayal, and the terrifying speed at which our lives can spin out of control.
7 Questions interview. Read it all here and questions.

Next book club - October 28th hosted by Sue Torosian

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Tuesday Night Miracles

In this poignant and transformative novel, bestselling author Kris Radish weaves a tale of five women yearning for change—and the potential for happiness that lies within every heart.

Free-spirited psychologist Dr. Olivia Bayer suspects she’ll need a miracle to help the four wildly different women in her anger management class. Grace, a single working mother, can barely find a moment’s rest. Jane, a high-profile real estate agent, is struggling in the recession. Kit, in her fifties, has had it with her taunting older brothers. And Leah, a young mother of two, is starting over after ending a troubled relationship. All have reached a crossroads, and Dr. Bayer has an unconventional plan to steer them on the right track. As the class gets taken everywhere from a bowling alley to a shooting range, the women’s Tuesday meetings transform from tense, reluctant gatherings into richly rewarding experiments in female bonding. As Grace, Jane, Kit, and Leah open up—revealing secrets, swapping stories, and recovering long-lost dreams—old wounds begin to heal, new friendships are forged, and miracles manifest in the most surprising ways.  Look inside

Our next hostess is.....Mary Marotta

Our next Book Club Selection is : Tuesday Night of Miracles : a Novel    by Kris Radish

The Fall Schedule for 2012
October  21st or 28th ..............Susan Torosian
November 25th or Dec 2nd ....Joyce Charpentier
December is a Pass.

Happy New Year 2013 !!!!! 
January 27th..... 2013 ......Sylvia Pepin and Nicole Harris

Friday, July 6, 2012

Summer Reading - Enjoy

A few suggestions......
Oprah's Summer Reading List 
See O's 2012 summer reading list

Next book club is August 26th at Elizabeth Raymond's House.
Need help getting library books on your mobile device?
Here are the steps from the Leominster Public Library (hours and free wifi now available)  and I have also posted under the e-books device tab on this site.  You can also visit the library for assistance.

 Library Books on your iPad  (using your library card number) - posted July 2012 - Go to the Leominster Library
CWMARS digital catalog 
link to help/faq's for other devices.
  1. INSTALL the mobile app OverDrive powered site
    - Apple Apps Store Download Overdrive for the iPad from the Apps Store
    or Android Market or other
    - Go to the app setting and find the authorize section
    - ENTER our Adobe IS and password
    If you do not have one select register at
    Follow the directions to sign up for and Adobe ID
    In the OverDrive Media Console go back to the App Sessing
    Enter the email address and password for you new accoung
    Click Authorize
  3. VISIT your library Virtual Branch  
    - Use the "Get Books" option in the app, and search for a library by name or ZIP
    For Leominster area go to
    - Browse or a title (not epub for Apple) you alos have an option to download a Kindle App for the iPad if there are more Kindle book options. (Note you can also be put on a wait list)
    - Check out with your information
    - Download the title (the app will automatically open) most books 14 days sign-out options
  4. ENJOY on your device 
Leominster Public Schools Summer Reading List 2012

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo

Our next meeting is.....May 20th 7pm
Our next hostess is.....Julie Bigelow
Our next Book Club Selection is : Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back by Todd Burpo
A beautifully written glimpse into heaven that will encourage those who doubt and thrill those who believe." -Ron Hall, coauthor of Same Kind of Different as Me "Do you remember the hospital, Colton?" Sonja said. "Yes, mommy, I remember," he said. "That's where the angels sang to me." When Colton Burpo made it through an emergency appendectomy, his family was overjoyed at his miraculous survival. What they weren't expecting, though, was the story that emerged in the months that followed-a story as beautiful as it was extraordinary, detailing their little boy's trip to heaven and back. Colton, not yet four years old, told his parents he left his body during the surgery-and authenticated that claim by describing exactly what his parents were doing in another part of the hospital while he was being operated on. He talked of visiting heaven and relayed stories told to him by people he met there whom he had never met in life, sharing events that happened even before he was born. He also astonished his parents with descriptions and obscure details about heaven that matched the Bible exactly, though he had not yet learned to read.

With disarming innocence and the plainspoken boldness of a child, Colton tells of meeting long-departed family members. He describes Jesus, the angels, how "really, really big" God is, and how much God loves us. Retold by his father, but using Colton's uniquely simple words, Heaven Is for Real offers a glimpse of the world that awaits us, where as Colton says, "Nobody is old and nobody wears glasses." Heaven Is for Real will forever change the way you think of eternity, offering the chance to see, and believe, like a child.

Watch trailers here Video 1 , interview video and discussion questions

Copies of this book are available through the the Leominster Public Library.
NEW Link How to download e-books from the Public Library to the ipad

Our next hostess is :
June 24th .......Elizabeth Raymond
July is a Pass (Have a great summer and be ready to share any good books you read over the summer in August!)

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Caleb's Crossing by Geraldine Brooks

Caleb's Crossing  Once again, Geraldine Brooks takes a remarkable shard of history and brings it to vivid life. In 1665, a young man from Martha's Vineyard became the first Native American to graduate from Harvard College. Upon this slender factual scaffold, Brooks has created a luminous tale of love and faith, magic and adventure.

The narrator of Caleb's Crossing is Bethia Mayfield, growing up in the tiny settlement of Great Harbor amid a small band of pioneers and Puritans. Restless and curious, she yearns after an education that is closed to her by her sex. As often as she can, she slips away to explore the island's glistening beaches and observe its native Wampanoag inhabitants. At twelve, she encounters Caleb, the young son of a chieftain, and the two forge a tentative secret friendship that draws each into the alien world of the other. Bethia's minister father tries to convert the Wampanoag, awakening the wrath of the tribe's shaman, against whose magic he must test his own beliefs. One of his projects becomes the education of Caleb, and a year later, Caleb is in Cambridge, studying Latin and Greek among the colonial elite. There, Bethia finds herself reluctantly indentured as a housekeeper and can closely observe Caleb's crossing of cultures.

Like Brooks's beloved narrator Anna in Year of Wonders, Bethia proves an emotionally irresistible guide to the wilds of Martha's Vineyard and the intimate spaces of the human heart. Evocative and utterly absorbing, Caleb's Crossing further establishes Brooks's place as one of our most acclaimed novelists. Book club questions and learn more about the author.

Next book club is April 29th ..................Julie Bigelow
Upcoming dates:
May 20th ....................Paula Mansour
June 24th...................Elizabeth Raymond
July - break no book club

Monday, February 27, 2012

Dear Senator: A Memoir by the Daughter of Strom Thurmond

Dear Senator: A Memoir by the Daughter of Strom Thurmond
Breaking nearly eight decades of silence, Essie Mae Washington–Williams comes forward with a story of unique historical magnitude and incredible human drama. Her father, the late Strom Thurmond, was once the nation's leading voice for racial segregation (one of his signature political achievements was his 24–hour filibuster against the Civil Rights Act of 1957, done in the name of saving the South from "mongrelization"). Her mother, however, was a black teenager named Carrie Butler who worked as a maid on the Thurmond family's South Carolina plantation. Set against the explosively changing times of the civil rights movement, this poignant memoir recalls how she struggled with the discrepancy between the father she knew–one who was financially generous, supportive of her education, even affectionate–and the Old Southern politician, railing against greater racial equality, who refused to acknowledge her publicly. From her richly told narrative, as well as the letters she and Thurmond wrote to each other over the years, emerges a nuanced, fascinating portrait of a father who counseled his daughter about her dreams and goals, and supported her in reaching them–but who was unwilling to break with the values of his Dixiecrat constituents. With elegance, dignity, and candor, Washington–Williams gives us a chapter of American history as it has never been written before–told in a voice that will be heard and cherished by future generations.Selected by Fran, she has also provided several copies of the book.  Next Book club - Sunday 3/25/2012 at Lori Roy's House.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Same Kind of Different As Me

Same Kind of Different As Me
Overview - Meet Denver, a man raised under plantation-style slavery in Louisiana in the 1960s; a man who escaped, hopping a train to wander, homeless, for eighteen years on the streets of Dallas, Texas. No longer a slave, Denver's life was still hopeless-until God moved. First came a godly woman who prayed, listened, and obeyed. And then came her husband, Ron, an international arts dealer at home in a world of Armani-suited millionaires. And then they all came together.  But slavery takes many forms. Deborah discovers that she has cancer. In the face of possible death, she charges her husband to rescue Denver. Who will be saved, and who will be lost? What is the future for these unlikely three? What is God doing?

Same Kind of Different As Me is the emotional tale of their story: a telling of pain and laughter, doubt and tears, dug out between the bondages of this earth and the free possibility of heaven. No reader or listener will ever forget it

Next book club is February 26th.........Fran Cooley