Sunday, December 4, 2016

Welcome 2017 -- The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins - January 29th 2017

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
Date; January  29th, 2017
Hostess -  Sylvia Pepin / Nicole Harri
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The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins - The debut psychological thriller that will forever change the way you look at other people's lives.

Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and night. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.

And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel goes to the police. But is she really as unreliable as they say? Soon she is deeply entangled not only in the investigation but in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?
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Upcoming Dates (Contact Laurie to signup!)
- February 19th
- March 26th
- April 30th ( Easter is April 16th )
- May 21st
- June 25th

Monday, September 26, 2016

My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry - Sunday Dec. 4th

Next Book Club Book is Sunday, December 4th @7:00 PM
Hostess: Mary Marotta

Our Book is My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry A charming, warmhearted novel from the author of the New York Times bestseller A Man Called Ove. Elsa is seven years old and different. Her grandmother is seventy-seven years old and crazy—as in standing-on-the-balcony-firing-paintball-guns-at-strangers crazy. She is also Elsa’s best, and only, friend. At night Elsa takes refuge in her grandmother’s stories, in the Land-of-Almost-Awake and the Kingdom of Miamas, where everybody is different and nobody needs to be normal. When Elsa’s grandmother dies and leaves behind a series of letters apologizing to people she has wronged, Elsa’s greatest adventure begins. Her grandmother’s instructions lead her to an apartment building full of drunks, monsters, attack dogs, and old crones but also to the truth about fairy tales and kingdoms and a grandmother like no other.

My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry is told with the same comic accuracy and beating heart as Fredrik Backman’s bestselling debut novel, A Man Called Ove. It is a story about life and death and one of the most important human rights: the right to be different.
Reading Group Guide

Hostess: Mary - Christmas 16"
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Reminder: Please bring along one wrapped book for our "Holiday Book Yankee Trade"

Dates for Spring 2017 : ( this will be our 9th year ! )
If any of these dates are in conflict with any big event or school event please let Laurie know. The dates below are all Sunday dates.

January  29th...Sylvia Pepin / Nicole Harris
February 19th
March 26th
April 30th ( Easter is April 16th )
May 21st
June 25th

Monday, September 5, 2016

Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger - September 25th

Our next Book Club selection........."Ordinary Grace" by William Kent Krueger
September 25th ------   Hostess .......Kelly Bell

From New York Times bestselling author William Kent Krueger comes a brilliant new novel about a young man, a small town, and murder in the summer of 1961.

New Bremen, Minnesota, 1961. The Twins were playing their debut season, ice-cold root beers were at the ready at Halderson’s Drug Store soda counter, and Hot Stuff comic books were a mainstay on every barbershop magazine rack. It was a time of innocence and hope for a country with a new, young president. But for thirteen-year-old Frank Drum it was a summer in which death assumed many forms.

When tragedy unexpectedly comes to call on his family, which includes his Methodist minister father, his passionate, artistic mother, Juilliard-bound older sister, and wise-beyond-his years kid brother, Frank finds himself thrust into an adult world full of secrets, lies, adultery, and betrayal.

On the surface, Ordinary Grace is the story of the murder of a beautiful young woman, a beloved daughter and sister. At heart, it’s the story of what that tragedy does to a boy, his family, and ultimately the fabric of the small town in which he lives. Told from Frank’s perspective forty years after that fateful summer, it is a moving account of a boy standing at the door of his young manhood, trying to understand a world that seems to be falling apart around him. It is an unforgettable novel about discovering the terrible price of wisdom and the enduring grace of God. 

Upcoming Fall Dates:
September 25th ------   Hostess .......Kelly Bell
November 20th or December 4th.....Mary Marotta

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Resolve and Rescue: The True Story of Frances Drake and the Antislavery Movement - Sunday's Book Club, August 28th.

Updated date - Sunday's Book Club, August 28th !
Elizabeth  Raymond will be hostessing!
Our next meeting is ............................. Sunday, August 28th, 7pm
Our next hostess is ...........................Elizabeth Raymond,
72 Olde Tavern Rd.

Resolve and Rescue; The true story of Francis Drake and the antisalvery movement" by Mark Bodanza

Also if enough of us read Kelly Bell's summer selection ........"The Weight of Water" by Anita Shreve

Resolve and Rescue: The True Story of Frances Drake and the Antislavery Movement 

Where Frances Drake saw injustice, she tried to right it, and where freedom was denied, she fought to secure it. In Resolve and Rescue, author and historian Mark C. Bodanza explores the life of this Massachusetts woman who took up the cause of the slave early in the antislavery movement. He shows how, in an age dominated by men, Drake never allowed the disadvantages suffered by her gender to impede the great object of her work, the end of slavery in America. Resolve and Rescue narrates the story of this woman, born in 1814, who had an uncommon energy. She toiled for more than two decades to end slavery in ways great and small, including the promotion of some of the greatest speakers of the abolition movement. Her efforts were not limited to speeches or theory, but she publicly participated in the rescue of many fugitive slaves, including the first test case in New England under the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850; Bodanza also demonstrates that her fight wasn't limited to ending slavery, as she worked tirelessly for racial equality and women's rights. Resolve and Rescue shares the life story of Frances

Next Book Club - May 22nd / Hostess Kelly Bell
More local information-  Leominster's Southeast School renamed for abolitionist Drake
"Drake was a Leominster abolitionist who, according to City Councilor Mark Bodanza, speaking in support of the name change, accomplished the most "significant historic act ever on Leominster soil." The home Drake and her husband, Jonathan, owned was a stop on the Underground Railroad, and one refugee they helped on his journey to freedom was Shadrach Minkins. He was captured by federal marshals after the passage of the Fugitive Slave Act. His subsequent rescue from a Boston courtroom by a crowd of black men who then sent him to freedom on the Underground Railroad led him to the Drakes' home.
"We'll revive her as part of the general legacy and past of Leominster. The naming of this school will rebuild what we've lost. This is a piece of our past that we need to revive," said Bodanza, who, during his presentation held up a small beaded purse Minkins sent to Drake after he found his freedom in Canada.
"It's something we can be proud of, not only because of the important history involved in it, but because of the moral lesson that this lady will give to our children and to all of our citizens for a number of years," Bodanza said."

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

The Pocket Wife : a novel by Susan Crawford

Our next meeting is ............................. Sunday, April 10th 2016 *updated Change!
Our next hostess is   ............................Lou Ann Arquilla, 35 Kendall Hill Rd.
Our next Book Club selection......." The Pocket Wife : a novel " by Susan Crawford

The Pocket Wife : a novel " by Susan Crawford
An amazing talent makes her debut with this stylish psychological thriller—with the compelling intrigue of The Silent Wife and Turn of Mind and the white-knuckle pacing of Before I Go to Sleep—in which a woman suffering from bipolar disorder cannot remember if she murdered her friend during a breakdown.

Dana Catrell is horrified to learn she was the last person to see her neighbor Celia alive. Suffering from a devastating mania, a result of her bipolar disorder, Dana finds that there are troubling holes in her memory, including what happened on the afternoon of Celia's death. As evidence starts to point in her direction, Dana struggles to clear her name before her own demons win out.

Is murder on her mind—or is it all in her head?

The closer she comes to piecing together shards of her broken memory, the more Dana falls apart. Is there a murderer lurking inside her... or is there one out there in the shadows of reality, waiting to strike again? A story of marriage, murder and madness, The Pocket Wife explores the world through the foggy lens of a woman on the edge.

SPRING 2016:
April 10th...........Lou Ann Arquilla
May 22nd ............Kelly Bell