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Not Too Stuffy Book Group

Not Too Stuffy is a book group open to all readers. We read both fiction and nonfiction.
Copies of each month’s selection are available in the Hold Shelf area of Borrower Services and
at the Pleasant Street Center Welcome Desk.

When: The third Wednesday of the month, January through December, at 11 a.m. to 12 noon.

Where: Lounge, Pleasant Street Center – 49 Pleasant Street

Who: Everyone is welcome to read and participate!

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April 2018 Not Too Stuffy: The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant

A young Jewish girl, Addie Baum, growing up in Boston in the early 1900’s dreams of a life different from her immigrant parents. She wants to go to college, have a career and find true love.  When her twenty-two-year-old granddaughter, asks her “How did you get to be the woman you are today”, the now eighty-five-years-old Addie tells the  the story of her life.

You are invited for a friendly discussion; books are available to borrow at the Center & the Library.

March 2018 Not Too Stuffy: Commonwealth by Ann Patchett

Commonwealth tells the fate of two families over five decades that began one Sunday afternoon in Southern California when Bert Cousins shows up at Franny Keating’s christening party uninvited. Before evening falls, he has kissed Franny’s mother, Beverly, setting in motion the dissolution of their marriages and the joining of their families.

You are invited for a friendly discussion; books are available to borrow at the Center & the Library.

February 2018 Not Too Stuffy: The Passion of Artemisia by Susan Vreeland

The Italian post-Renaissance painter Artemisia Gentileschi was unique for her times, not only did she achieve fame in her lifetime, but was also the first female elected to the Accademia dell’Arte. Her paintings are simply amazing and have stood the test of time. Her life, though, was not without its struggles.

You are invited for a friendly discussion; books are available to borrow at the Center & the Library.

January 2018 No Meeting

Not Too Stuffy Book Group will meet again in February.

11:00 a.m. -12:00 noon @ The Pleasant Street Center, 3rd Wednesday.

December 2017 A Man Called Ove

Not Too Stuffy Book Group discusses A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

11:00 a.m. -12:00 noon @ The Pleasant Street Center, 3rd Wednesday of each month

Behind Ove’s curmudgeon-y facade is a lonely man who misses his recently deceased wife. When a boisterous young family moves next door, their chattiness and habits lead to an unexpected friendship.

You are invited for a friendly discussion; books are available to borrow at the Center & the Library.

November 2017 Wonder & El Deafo

Not Too Stuffy Book Group discusses Wonder by R.J. Palacio & El Deafo by Cece Bell

11:00 a.m. -12:00 noon @ The Pleasant Street Center, 3rd Wednesday of each month

Ten-year-old Auggie Pullman was born with extreme facial abnormalities. In Wonder, he goes from being home-schooled to entering fifth grade at a private middle school, where he must endure the taunting and fear of his classmates as he struggles to be seen as just another student.

El Deafo is a funny, poignant graphic novel memoir; author/illustrator Cece Bell chronicles her hearing loss at a young age and her subsequent experiences with the Phonic Ear, a very powerful–and very awkward–hearing aid.

You are invited for a friendly discussion; books are available to borrow at the Center & the Library.

October 2017 Grandma Gatewood’s Walk

Not Too Stuffy Book Group discusses Grandma Gatewood’s Walk by Ben Montgomery

11:00 a.m. -12:00 noon @ The Pleasant Street Center, 3rd Wednesday of each month

Emma Gatewood told her family she was going on a walk & left her small Ohio hometown with a change of clothes & less than $200.00. When they next heard from her, this sixty-seven-year-old great-grandmother had walked 800 miles along the 2,050-mile Appalachian Trail. In September 1955, she stood atop Maine’s Mount Katahdin, sang “America, the Beautiful,” & proclaimed, “I said I’ll do it, & I’ve done it.”
You are invited for a friendly discussion; books are available to borrow at the Center & the Library.

September 2017 Not Too Stuffy Book Group: Plainsong by Kent Haruf

11:00 a.m. -12:00 noon @ The Pleasant Street Center

National Book Award Finalist. A story of family, romance, tribulation and tenacity spanning four generations. Written in a spare yet descriptive style, Haruf tells a compelling and compassionate tale of the community of people in Holt Colorado, a tiny ranching town in the high plains east of Denver.

You are invited for a friendly discussion; books are available to borrow at the Center & the Library. Not-Too-Stuffy meets the 3rd Wednesday of each month in the Center Lounge.

July 2017 Get the Scoop on Summer Reading

Ice Cream Social and Book Reviews
Two women in bathing suits reading
July 19, Wednesday, 11:00 a.m. -12:00 noon @ The Pleasant Street Center

Looking for the perfect book to entertain, enlighten, engage or escape with this summer?
Join your favorite literary librarians as they dish out hot summer reads and cool ice cream scoops.

NO registration necessary; all are invited.