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Not Too Stuffy Book Group

Not Too Stuffy is a book group open to all readers. We read both fiction and nonfiction.
Copies of each month’s selection are available in the Hold Shelf area of Borrower Services and
at the Pleasant Street Center Welcome Desk.

When: The third Wednesday of the month, January through December, at 10:45 to 11:45 a.m.

Where: Lounge, Pleasant Street Center – 49 Pleasant Street

Who: Everyone is welcome to read and participate!

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May 2019: A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor TowlesIn 1922, Count Alexander Rostov is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, and is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life, and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel’s doors. Unexpectedly, his reduced circumstances provide him entry into a much larger world of emotional discovery.

April 2019: Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century by Jessica Bruder

Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century by Jessica Bruder“Across the nation employers have discovered a new, low-cost labor pool, made up largely of transient older Americans. Finding that social security comes up short, often underwater on mortgages, these invisible casualties of the Great Recession have taken to the road by the tens of thousands in late-model RVs, travel trailers, & vans, forming a growing community of nomads. An eye-opening tale of the dark underbelly of the American economy–one that foreshadows the precarious future that may await many more of us. Yet, celebrates the resilience & creativity of these quintessential Americans who have given up rootedness to survive.”

March 2019: Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen“It was the Great Depression and Jacob Janowski, orphaned and penniless, had no direction until he landed on a rickety train that was home to the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth. As veterinary student he was put in charge of caring for the circus menagerie. There he met Marlena the beautiful equestrian star, and Rosie an untrainable elephant. The bond that grew among them was one of love and trust, and ultimately, it was their only hope for survival.”

February 2019: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Eleanor Oliphant struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. She is a bit of a loner, but all that changes when she meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office. When they rescue an elderly gentleman who has fallen on the sidewalk, the three become the kind of friends who save each other from the lives of isolation they have each been living.

January 2019: The Girl Who Fell From the Sky by Heidi W. Durrow

Forced to move to a new and strange city, with her strict African American grandmother, Rachel wonders why she has to be defined by her light brown skin and whether labels say more about who she is or more about a world that attempts to brand her as black or as white.

December 2018: The Story of Arthur Truluv by Elizabeth Berg

The Story of Arthur Truluv by Elizabeth BergArthur Truluv is a novel about three people, a widower, his nosy neighbor, and a friendless teen, and their unlikely friendship after each lost the person they love most. It is a story about finding happiness when hope seems lost.

You are invited for a friendly discussion; books are available to borrow at the Center & the Library.

November 2018: The Stars Are Fire by Anita Shreve

The Stars Are Fire by Anita ShreveBased on the historic October 1947 Maine fire, the largest in its history, the novel follows the experiences of a pregnant woman who struggles to protect her two young children and watches her home burn while her husband joins the volunteer firefighters.

You are invited for a friendly discussion; books are available to borrow at the Center & the Library.
Please note this month we will meet on November 14 due to the Thanksgiving Holiday.

October 2018: It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis

It Can't Happen Here by Sinclair LewisA cautionary tale about the rise of fascism in the United States first published in 1935. During the presidential election of 1936, Doremus Jessup, a newspaper editor, observes with dismay that many of the people he knows support the candidacy of a fascist, Berzelius Windrip. When Windrip wins the election, he turns the United States into a totalitarian state.

September 2018: Lillian Boxfish Take a Walk by Kathleen Rooney

Lillian Boxfish takes a walk across New York City on the eve of the new year, reminiscing about the past and the witnessing of changing times in a city she loves.

You are invited for a friendly discussion; books are available to borrow at the Center & the Library.