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Monday Afternoon Book Group

Hosted by Paula Tefft

Hosted by Paula Tefft

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.

2015 Book Group Discussions

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January 5, 2015 – We celebrated Downtown Abbey’s return to the screen by reading: The American Heiress by Daisy Goodwin and/or Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey by The Countess of Carnarvon

February 2, 2015Dreams of My Russian Summers by Andreï Makine

March 2, 2015The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker

April 6, 2015The Giver by Lois Lowry

May 4, 2015The Girls of Atomic City by Denise Kiernan

June 1, 2015Italian Shoes by Henning Mankell

July 6, 2015Euphoria : a novel by Lily King

August 3, 2015Pigs can’t swim : a memoir by Helen Peppe

2014 Book Group Discussions

January 6, 2014The Boys in the boat: nine Americans and their epic quest for gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown

February 3, 2014Ape house: a novel by Sara Gruen

March 3, 2014 – You can read either, or, or both:

The Curious incident of the dog in the night-time by Mark Haddon

Animals make us human: creating the best life for animals by Temple Grandin

April 7, 2014Paris wife: a novel by Paula McLain

May 5, 2014 – Reread a childhood favorite and share.

June 2, 2014God's hotel: a doctor, a hospital, and a pilgrimage to the heart of medicine by Victoria Sweet

July 7, 2014An unexpected forest: a novel by Eleanor Lincoln Morse

August 4, 2014The Country of the Pointed Firs by Sarah Orne Jewett

September 8, 2014Orphan Train: A Novel by Christina Baker Kline

October 6, 2014The One-Way Bridge: A Novel by Cathie Pelletier

November 3, 2014The Postmistress by Sarah Blake

December 1, 2014In Paradise by Peter Matthiessen

2013 Book Group Discussions

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 Book Group Discussions

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 Book Group Discussions

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 Book Group Discussions

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 Book Group Discussions

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 Book Group Discussions

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 Book Group Discussions

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 Book Group Discussions

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 Book Group Discussions

  (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

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