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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 (email@example.com / 781-942-6703).
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You may have heard this book is for teens but it really should not be categorized for a particular age. This book touches that scared child that still lives within all of us.
Discussion led by Bob Montgomery (September 12, 2017)
Our new season kicks off with a book the critics call “a perfect gem of a novel”. Continue Reading →
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.
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?”
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.