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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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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.

 

October 2016: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Not Too Stuffy Book Group discusses The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer

October 19th, 11:00 a.m. -12:00 noon @ The Pleasant Street Center

German occupation during WWII leads creative villagers on the British island of Guernsey, caught out after curfew, to invent an on-the-spot book club. After the war, 1946, in an exchange of letters between London author Juliet Ashton and its club members, a heartwarming tale is told of the resilient spirit of the islanders during that dark time.

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.

August/September 2016

Not Too Stuffy Book Group will not meet in either August or September

Our next Not Too Stuffy Book Group meeting will be on Wednesday October 19, 11:00 a.m. – 12 noon.  We will be discussing The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer. More information will be forthcoming.

 

Get the Scoop on Summer Reading

 n2s-icecream-coneJuly 20th, 11:00 a.m. -12:00 noon @ The Pleasant Street Center

This month instead of our usual Not Too Stuffy Book Group discussion, all are welcome to:
Join your favorite literary librarians as they dish out hot summer reads and cool ice cream scoops.

Not-Too-Stuffy’s next meeting will be October 19. We will be discussing The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer.  We meet the 3rd Wednesday of each month from 11 AM to 12 noon in the Center Lounge.

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