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Not Too Stuffy Book Group

Not Too Stuffy LogoWhen: 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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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.

June 2017 Our Souls At Night

Not Too Stuffy Book Group discusses Our Souls At Night by Kent Haruf

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

In Holt, Colorado, widower Louis Waters is initially thrown when the widowed Addie Moore suggests that they spend time together, in bed, to stave off loneliness. They have known of each other for decades; but now both are living alone, and with no one to talk with the nights are terribly lonely. Soon they are exchanging confidences and memories.

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.

May 2017: The Orchid Thief

Not Too Stuffy Book Group discusses The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean

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

A fascinating tale of obsession. Determined to clone an endangered flower—the rare ghost orchid Polyrrhiza lindenii—a deeply eccentric and oddly attractive man named John Laroche leads Orlean on an unforgettable tour of America’s strange flower-selling subculture, through Florida’s swamps and beyond. Orlean intersperses into this tale the story of orchid collecting throughout history – the passion for orchids is one of bravery and madness!

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.

April 2017: The Lemon Tree

Not Too Stuffy Book Group discusses The Lemon Tree by Sandy Tolan

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

In 1967, not long after the Six-Day War, three young Arab men ventured into the town of Ramla in what is now Jewish Israel, on a pilgrimage to see their childhood homes; their families had been driven out nearly twenty years earlier. Two were turned away, but the third, named Bashir, was met by a young woman, Dalia who invited him in. This is the starting point for a true story of a remarkable relationship between two families, one Arab, one Jewish. Their unlikely friendship over the ensuing four decades represents the region’s hope for peace, self-determination, and reconciliation.

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.

March 2017: A Thousand Acres

Not Too Stuffy Book Group discusses A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley

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

A successful Iowa farmer decides to divide his farm between his three daughters. When the youngest objects, she is cut out of his will. An ambitious re-imagining of Shakespeare’s King Lear cast upon a typical American community in the late twentieth century, A Thousand Acres takes on themes of truth, justice, love, and pride, and reveals the beautiful yet treacherous topography of humanity.

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.

February 2017: Delicious! a novel

Not Too Stuffy Book Group discusses Delicious! by Ruth Reichl

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

Working as a public relations hotline consultant for a once-prestigious culinary magazine, Billie Breslin unexpectedly enters a world of New York restaurateurs and artisanal purveyors while reading World War II letters exchanged between a plucky 12-year-old and James Beard.

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.

January 2017: Those Who Save Us

Not Too Stuffy Book Group discusses Those Who Save Us by Jenna Blum

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

For fifty years, Anna Schlemmer has refused to talk about her life in Germany during World War II. Her daughter, Trudy, was only three when she and her mother were liberated by an American soldier and went to live with him in Minnesota. Driven by the guilt of her heritage, Trudy, now a professor of German history, begins investigating the past and finally unearths the dramatic and heartbreaking truth of her mother’s life.

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.

December 2016: City of Thieves

Not Too Stuffy Book Group discusses City of Thieves by David Benioff

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

WWII Leningrad, young Lev is sent to jail for looting. There he meets the charismatic and grandiose Kolya, a handsome young soldier arrested on desertion charges. Instead of the standard bullet in the head, they are told to secure a dozen eggs for a powerful colonel to use in his daughter’s wedding cake. In a city suffering unbelievable deprivation and cut off from all supplies, Lev and Kolya embark on a hunt to find the impossible.

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.

November 2016: Cold Sassy Tree

Not Too Stuffy Book Group discusses Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns

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

Cold Sassy, Georgia is full of characters, wise and witty, and a scandalous romance; all of which young Will Tweedy witnesses and shares in a delightful look at a year in a small Southern town at the turn of the 19th century.

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.