Monday Afternoon Book Group
The Monday afternoon book discussion group meets at 1 PM on the first Monday of each month, with adjustments for holidays. Everyone who has read the book and would like to discuss it is welcome to attend meetings and join the discussion. Some people come every month; others drop in when their schedules permit or when a title appeals to them. Books are selected by the group a few months in advance and are readily available for borrowing. For more information please contact Paula by email or by phone, 207-725-5242, ext 208.
2013 meetings and dates selected by the book group
January 7, 2013 – Border songs by Jim Lynch.
February 4, 2013 – Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity by Katherine Boo.
March 4, 2013 – The Poacher’s Son by Paul Doiron.
April 1, 2013 – The Devil in the White City : Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America by Erik Larson.
May 6 – The Beginner’s Goodbye by Ann Tyler
June 3 – The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
July 8 – The Snow child by Eowyn Ivey
Aug 5 – Quiet: The power of Introverts in a world that can’t stop talking by Susan Cain
Sep 9 – The Round house by Louise Erdrich
Oct 7 – A Long fatal love chase by Louisa May Alcott
Nov 4 – A Thousand mornings by Mary Oliver
Dec 2 – When we were the Kennedys: a memoir from Mexico, Maine by Monica Wood
2012 meetings and dates selected by the book group
Jan 9 – The Immortal life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
Feb 6 – The Imperfectionists : a novel by Tom Rachman
March 5 – Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah
April 2 – Unbroken :a World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand
May 7 – The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa
June 4 – The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender
July 2 – The sound of a wild snail eating by Elisabeth Tova Bailey.
August 6 – The school of essential ingredients by Erica Bauermeister.
September 10 – The gravedigger’s daughter : a novel by Joyce Carol Oates.
October 1 – Silent spring by Rachel Carson.
November 5 – Caleb’s crossing by Geraldine Brooks.
December 3 – 84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff.
2011 meetings dates and books selected by the group
January 3 – Brooklyn: a novel by Colm Toibin
February 7 – Still Alice: a novel by Lisa Genova
March 7 – Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet: a novel by Jamie Ford
April 4 – The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay
May 2 – Outwitting History: the Amazing Adventures of a Man Who Rescued a Million Yiddish Books by Aaron Lansky
June 6- Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand: a Novel by Helen Simonson
July 11-The Art of Racing in the Rain: a Novel by Garth Stein.
August 1 - Cutting for stone : a novel by Abraham Verghese.
September 12 - Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout.
October 3 -The weight of silence by Heather Gudenkauf.
November 7 -The happiness project or why I spent a year trying to sing in the morning, clean my closets, fight right, read Aristotle, and generally have more fun by Gretchen Rubin.
December 5 -The dirty life : on farming, food, and love by Kristin Kimball
2010 meeting dates and books selected by the group
January 4 – The Space Between Us: a novel by Thrity Umrigar
February 1 – Vagrants: a novel by Yiyun Li
March 1 – Glory in the Name: a novel …Confederate Navy by James Nelson
April 5 – Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
May 3 – The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
June 7 – The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff
July 12 – The Girls From Ames: a Story of Women… by Jeffrey Zaslow
August 2 – Death with Interruptions by Jose Saramago
September 13 – readers’ choice of books by Leslie Wheeler and Leslie Meier
October 4 – Pocketful of Names by Joe Coomer. Also any books by Janet Morgan & Barbara Ross, the mystery writers visiting October 5 & 12.
November 1 – Harriet and Isabella by Patricia O’Brien
December 6 – The Toss of a Lemon by Padma Viswanathan
2009 meeting dates and books selected by the group
January 5 - Breakfast with Buddha by Roland Merullo
February 2 – The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett
March 2 – Animal, Vegetable, Miracle… by Barbara Kingsolver – cancelled snow day
April 6 – The Highest Tide: a novel by Jim Lynch
May 4 – The Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula Le Guin
June 1 – The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: a Hmong Child.. by Anne Fadiman
July 6 – People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks
August 3 – Last Night at the Lobster by Stewart O’Nan
September 14 - readers’ choice of books by Lee Child
October 5 - reader’s choice of books by Kate Flora
November 2 – Hemingses of Monticello: an American Family by Annette Gordon-Reed
December 7 – Wasted Vigil by Naleem Aslam
2008 meeting dates and books selected by the group
January 7 – A Certain Slant of Light by Cynthia Thayer
February 4 – Without a Map: A Memoir by Meredith Hall
March 3 – Shadow Divers by Robert Kurson – this is the 2008 Community Read choice
April 7 – Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
May 5 – Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission… by Greg Mortensen
June 2 – Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky
July 7 – Chant to Soothe the Wild Elephants by Jaed Coffin
August 4 – reader’s choice of books by Sarah Graves & Katharine Hall Page
September 8 – reader’s choice of books by Julia Spencer-Fleming and Tess Gerritsen
October 6 – Whistling Season by Ivan Doig
November 3 – A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
December 1 – Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson
2007 meeting dates and selections
January 8 – The March by E.L. Doctorow
February 5 – Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
March 5 – Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck – this the 2007 Community Read selection
April 2 – Garbage Land: on the Secret Trail of Trash by Elizabeth Royte
May 7 – Snow by Orhan Pamuk
June 4 – The Road by Cormac McCarthy
July 2 – Spoonhandle by Ruth Moore
August 6 – The Sea by John Banville
September 10 – Rowan Head by Elizabeth Ogilvie
October 1 – Faithful Traveler: a Father, a Daughter, a Fly-Fishing Journey of the Heart by James Dodson
November 5 – Any Bitter Thing by Monica Wood
December 3 – A Certain Slant of Light by Cynthia Thayer (cancelled because of storm)
2006 meeting dates and selections
January 9 – Blue Shoe by Anne Lamott
February 6 – Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder
March 6 – The Bone People by Keri Hulme
April 3 – The Spiral Staircase by Karen Armstrong
May 1 – Saving Fish from Drowning by Amy Tan
June 5 – The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
July 10 – Moon Tiger by Penelope Lively
August 7 – Teacher Man by Frank McCourt
September 11 – The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
October 2 – The World is Flat by Thomas Friedman
November 6 – The Romance Reader by Pearl Abraham
December 4 – Lesson Before Dying by Ernest Gaines
2005 meeting dates and selections
(The group formed in May 2005)
June 6 – The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler
July 11 – Stolen Lives: Twenty Years in a Desert Jail by Malika Oufkir
August 1 – The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien
August 29 – The Walk Down Main Street by Ruth Moore
October 3 – The Colony of Unrequited Dreams by Wayne Johnston
November 7 – Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner
December 5 – Gilead by Marilynne Robinson