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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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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.

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.