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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

June 2019 RPL Book Group Title: 22 Britannia Road by Amanda Hodgkinson

Discussion led by Ardella Montgomery  (June 11, 2019)

This historical novel chronicles the tale of a Polish family desperately trying to put itself back together after WWII.
Silvana and Janusz travel to England where they attempt to put the past behind them. But the secrets they carry pull at the threads of their fragile peace.
What comes after surviving?

RPL Book Group takes the summer off, so this is your last chance to join them this season!


May 2019 RPL Book Group Title: White Houses by Amy Bloom

Discussion led by Kathy Miksis  (May 14, 2019)

White Houses is a novel of historical fiction that presents a smooth blend of fact and imagination in recreating the relationship between Eleanor Roosevelt and journalist, Lorena Hickok.  If you read for character, you’re going to enjoy “Hick” in this love story mixed with history and fiction.

April 2018 RPL Book Group Title: The Stars Are Fire by Anita Shreve

Discussion led by Sarah Fennelly  (April 16, 2019)

A novel based on the true story of the largest fire in Maine’s history follows the experiences of a young woman who struggles to protect her children when her husband joins the volunteer firefighters.
Awaiting news of his fate and facing an uncertain future in a town that no longer exists, Grace discovers joys and triumphs she could never have expected.
Join us to discuss this richly-detailed historical novel.


March 2019 RPL Book Group Title: The Stranger in the Woods by Michael Finkel

Discussion led by Diana Rhudick  (March 12, 2019)


In 1986, twenty-year-old Christopher Knight left his home in Massachusetts, drove to Maine, and disappeared into the woods. He would not have a conversation with another human being until nearly three decades later when he was arrested for stealing food. Living in a tent even in winter, he had survived by his wits, developing ingenious ways to store food and water and to avoid freezing to death. Join us to discuss this riveting true story of survival that asks the question…what makes a good life?

RPL Book Group Postponed

The RPL Book Group is postponing their meeting from Tuesday, February 12  to next Tuesday, February 19, due to weather concerns.

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.


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