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RPL Book Group

Open BookThe RPL Book Group is a participant-run adult book discussion group that meets to discuss a broad range of book selections, both fiction and nonfiction. Copies of each months selection are available in the hold shelf area of Borrower Services under RPL Book Group.

When: Meetings are on the second Tuesday of the month and run from 7-9 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

Where: 64 Middlesex Avenue

Who: All are invited. If you are interested in leading a book discussion, please contact the Research & Reader Services Desk (rdgref@noblenet.org / 781-942-6703).

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RPL Book Group Selections

June 2017 RPL Book Group Title: Perfect by Rachel Joyce

Discussion led by Diane Young (June 13, 2017)

In the aftermath of a life-shattering accident in the English countryside in 1972, twelve-year-old Byron Hemming struggles with events that his mother does not seem to remember and embarks on a journey to discover what really did or did not happen.

May 2017 RPL Book Group Title: The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

Discussion led by Karyn Storti (May 9, 2017)

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over and see everything anew.

 

April 2017 RPL Book Group Title: Atmosphere of Hope : Searching for Solutions to the Climate Crisis by Tim Flannery

Discussion led by Ron D’Addario (April 11, 2017)

Just in time for Earth Day.

A decade after his groundbreaking book The Weather Makers, acclaimed scientist Tim Flannery argues that Earth’s climate system is fast approaching a crisis but that there is a promising “third way” forward.

 

March 2017 RPL Book Group Title: West of Sunset by Stewart O’Nan

Discussion led by Dianne Kennedy (March 14, 2017)

 A glimmering fictional biography of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s last, troubled years in Hollywood.   A sympathetic and deeply personal portrait of a flawed man who never gave up in the end, even as his every wish and hope seemed thwarted.
“One brilliant American writer meditating on another…what’s not to love?”

 

February 2017 RPL Book Group Title: One Thousand White Women by Jim Fergus

Discussion led by Sheila Young (February 14, 2017)

One Thousand White Women is historical fiction with a unique twist and begins with May Dodd’s journey west, into the unknown. Yet the unknown is a far better fate than the life she left behind: committed to an insane asylum by her blueblood family for the crime of loving a man beneath her station, May finds that her only hope of freedom is to participate in a secret government program whereby women from the “civilized” world become the brides of Cheyenne warriors. What follows is the story of May’s breathtaking adventures. This very imaginative work of fiction is a favorite with book groups.  Here is your chance to find out why.

 

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January 2017 RPL Book Group Title: Bettyville by George Hodgman

Discussion led by Cherrie Dubois (January 10, 2017)

When George Hodgman leaves Manhattan for his hometown of Paris, Missouri, he finds himself, an unlikely caretaker and near-lethal cook, in a head-on collision with his aging mother, Betty, a woman of wit and will. Will George lure her into assisted living? When hell freezes over. He can’t bring himself to force her from the home both treasure.  Betty, who speaks her mind but cannot quite reveal her heart, has never really accepted the fact that her son is gay. As these two unforgettable characters try to bring their different worlds together, Hodgman reveals the challenges of Betty’s life and his own struggle for self-respect in this touching and humorous memoir.

December 2016 RPL Book Group Title: Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff

Discussion led by Bob Montgomery   (December 13, 2016)

Every relationship has two perspectives. And sometimes, it turns out, the key to a great marriage is not its truths but its secrets.  Lauren Groff presents the story of one such marriage over the course of twenty-four years in this satisfying novel about love, art, creativity, and power. A story told from two points of view.  Join us and add yours.

November 2016 RPL Book Group Title: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Discussion led by Ardella Montgomery   (November 8, 2016)

From the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr, a stunningly ambitious and beautiful novel about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.  Join us to see why this book has been on the bestseller list since publication.

October 2016 RPL Book Group Title: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Discussion led by Diana Rhudick   (October 11, 2016)

Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning, flashing past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stopping at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. Their life, as she sees it, is perfect … until she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but now everything is changed. Rachel goes to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?