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The 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org / 781-942-6703).
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
There are no meetings for the RPL Book Group in July and August. Hope you have a fun-filled summer! Remember…if you read anything over the summer you would like to share with the group…we are always on the lookout for leaders.
Please contact Kathy Miksis – email@example.com or 781-944-0840 for more information or to sign up to lead next season.
Looking back at a tragic event that occurred during his thirteenth year, Frank Drum explores how a complicated web of secrets, adultery, and betrayal shattered his Methodist family and their small 1961 Minnesota community. Join the discussion of this thoughtful literary mystery.
Atul Gawande tackles the hardest challenge of his profession: how medicine can not only improve life but also the process of its ending. Full of eye-opening research and riveting storytelling, Gawande asserts that medicine can comfort and enhance our experience even to the end, providing not only a good life but also a good end. Guaranteed to be a thought-provoking discussion.
J.H. “Billy” Williams always had an affinity for animals. So, when he responded to job offer with the East India Company to work with logging elephants his family wasn’t surprised, though worried that he had already come back from World War I in one piece, would he be so lucky with India? Not only did he find his calling with the elephants in India, Billy and his elephants became war heroes. Part biography, part war story, and part wildlife adventure, Croke delivers an utterly charming narrative and an important, little-known piece of the legacy of World War II.