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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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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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June 2016: The Rosie Project

Not Too Stuffy Book Group discusses The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

June 15th, 11:00 a.m. -12:00 noon @ The Pleasant Street Center

Don Tillman, genetics professor, is getting married. Or he will be, when his sixteen-page, scientifically valid survey yields a candidate for “the Wife Project”.  Enter Rosie Jarmin who is on a quest to find her biological father, “the Father Project”. When a friendship develops, Don must confront the decidedly unscientific conclusion that sometimes you don’t find love, it finds you.

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 2016: All the Light We Cannot See

Not Too Stuffy Book Group discusses All the Light We Cannot See  by Anthony Doerr

May 18th, 11:00 a.m. -12:00 noon @ The Pleasant Street Center

Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind; when she is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo bringing with them what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

In a mining town in Germany, the orphan Werner grows up enchanted by a crude radio. He becomes an expert at building and fixing them, a talent that during WWII results in a special assignment to track the resistance. More and more aware of the human cost of his intelligence, Werner travels through the heart of the war and, finally, into Saint-Malo, where his story and Marie-Laure’s converge. –book jacket

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 2016: The Boys in the Boat

Not Too Stuffy Book Group discusses The Boys in the Boat  by Daniel James Brown

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

“Out of the depths of the Depression comes an irresistible story about beating the odds and finding hope in the most desperate of times—the improbable, intimate account of how nine working-class boys from the American West showed the world at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin what true grit really meant.

It was an unlikely quest from the start. With a team composed of the sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the University of Washington’s eight-oar crew team was never expected to defeat the elite teams of the East Coast and Great Britain, yet they did, going on to shock the world by defeating the German team rowing for Adolf Hitler. The emotional heart of the tale lies with Joe Rantz, a teenager without family or prospects, who rows not only to regain his shattered self-regard but also to find a real place for himself in the world. Drawing on the boys’ own journals and vivid memories of a once-in-a-lifetime shared dream, Brown has created an unforgettable portrait of an era, a celebration of a remarkable achievement, and a chronicle of one extraordinary young man’s personal quest.” –back cover

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. Eileen Barrett leads the discussion.

March 2016: Mister Owita’s Guide to Gardening

Not Too Stuffy Book Group discusses Mister Owita’s Guide to Gardening  by Carol Wall

March 16th, 11:00 a.m. -12:00 noon @ The Pleasant Street Center

Carol Wall does not like to garden, or does she like to dig in the dirt, and she certainly does not like azaleas. Her yard is a free-spirited mess created by years of neglect. This was fine until she notices her neighbor’s garden and meets the gifted Kenyan gardener, Giles Owita. Throughout their many seasons together, Wall and Owita embarked on a cross-cultural exchange of histories, ideas, respect and gardening – he gets her to dig. Mr. Owita not only performed an aesthetic miracle on Wall’s property, but he also educates, enlivens and transforms her life and surroundings in unexpected ways.

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. Eileen Barrett leads the discussion.