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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 ( / 781-942-6703).

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RPL Book Group Selections

February 2019 RPL Book Group Title: News of the World by Paulette Jiles

Discussion led by Lisa Goldsmith (February 12, 2019)


In the aftermath of the Civil War, Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd, an elderly widower and itinerant news reader, is offered fifty dollars to bring an orphan girl, who was kidnapped and raised by Kiowa raiders, from Wichita Falls back to her family in San Antonio. Come along for the ride and enjoy historical fiction at its finest.

January 2019 RPL Book Group Title: Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

Discussion led by Cherrie Dubois (January 8, 2019)

Living with his grandparents and sister on a Gulf Coast farm, Jojo navigates the challenges of his mother’s addictions and his
grandmother’s cancer before the release of his father from prison prompts a road trip of danger and hope.  Join us to discuss this epic family saga, an odyssey through rural Mississippi’s past and present.
Winner of the National Book Award for Fiction in 2017.

December 2018 RPL Book Group Title: The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce

Discussion led by Karen Smith (December 11, 2018)

The Music Shop is a story about good, ordinary people who take on forces too big for them. It’s about falling in love and how hard it can be. And it’s about music – how it can bring us together when we are divided and save us when all seems lost.  Join the fun when we talk about this quirky, upbeat novel.

November 2018 RPL Book Group Title: A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

Discussion led by Bob Montgomery  (November 13, 2018)

A curmudgeon hides a terrible personal loss beneath a cranky exterior while clashing with new neighbors, a boisterous family whose chattiness lead to unexpected friendship.
Fredrik Backman’s novel about the angry old man next door is a thoughtful exploration of the profound impact one life has on countless others.


October 2018 RPL Book Group Title: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Discussion led by Susanne Sullivan (October 9, 2018)

Caught between her poor neighborhood and her fancy prep school, sixteen-year-old Starr Carter becomes the focus of intimidation and more after witnessing the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend, Khalil, by a police officer. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? But what Starr does or does not say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life. Don’t let the “young adult” label on this book throw you…there’s lots to discuss here.

September 2018 RPL Book Group Title: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Discussion led by Maria Blanchard (September 11, 2018)

Meet Eleanor Oliphant. She struggles with appropriate social skills and is a creature of habit and a loner. Her weekends are spent with frozen pizza and large amounts of vodka. But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling  IT guy from her office whose big heart will ultimately help Eleanor find the way to repair her own damaged one. Join us for this heartwarming season opener!

June 2018 RPL Book Group Title: The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck

Discussion led by Sarah Fennelly  (June 12, 2018)

Three German women, left widows by the cruelties of WWII in their own country, form tenuous friendships while living together in a crumbling Bavarian castle that once played host to all of German high society.  In war they made impossible choices.  Now can they live with them?

May 2018 RPL Book Group Title: The Delight of Being Ordinary by Roland Merullo

Discussion led by Karyn Storti  (May 8, 2018)

Roland Merullo’s playful novel asks, “What happens when the Pope and the Dali Lama decide they need an undercover vacation?”  During a highly publicized official visit at the Vatican, the Pope suggests an adventure so unexpected and appealing that neither man can resist. Before dawn, two of the most beloved and famous people on the planet don disguises, slip into a waiting car, and experience the countryside as regular people. Charming and…hardly ordinary.

April 2018 RPL Book Group Title: The River of Doubt by Candice Millard

Discussion led by Brenda Wettergreen (April 10, 2018)

Both an incredible adventure story and a biographical portrait, The River of Doubt is the true story of Theodore Roosevelt’s harrowing exploration down the Amazon, one of the most dangerous rivers on earth.
You will never look at river cruises the same way again!


Past Book Selections
2015-2016 Season, 2016-2017 Season
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