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Book Discussion Groups, Book Lists and Reviews

BOOK DISCUSSION GROUPS:
Book discussion groups meet monthly in the Westborough Public Library meeting room on the lower level. The evening book discussion group meets on the first Monday of each month at 7pm. The morning discussion group meets on the third Thursday of each month (September-June) at 10:30am.*  New members are always welcome!   Please call the library for more information.
*Dates of book discussions occasionally change due to weather or group scheduling requirements.

Thursday Morning Book Discussion Selection:



Monday Evening Book Discussion Selection:

STAFF RECOMMENDATIONS:   
Fiction:
Plainsong, by Kent Haruf
Our Souls at Night, by Kent Haruf
Still Life, by Louise Penny - first in a mystery series featuring Inspector Armand Gamache.  Novel takes place in the ficitional Quebec village of Three Pines
News of the World, by Paulette Jiles - Following the Civil War in Texas " itinerant news reader agrees to transport a young captive of the Kiowa back to her people"
My Name is Lucy Barton, by Elizabeth Strout
Moby Dick, by Herman Melville
The Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead
Anna Karenina, by Leo Tolstoy - Tolstoy’s epic novel studies how the choices we make in our personal relationships affect the outcomes of our family life.
The Little Friend, by Donna Tartt
Nora Webster, by Colm Toibin
Arthur & George, by Julian Barnes
Crusoe's Daughter, by Jane Gardam
Mischling, by Affinity Konar - "A best book of 2016"  Beautiful writing and hard to put down.  Twin girls forced to take part in Mangele experiments in Auschwitz.
The Patriots, by Sana Krasikov - A young woman leaves college during the Depression and travels to Moscow and is unable to leave.
Blessings, by Anna Quindlen - A heartwarming story about how an abandoned baby changes the lives of the characters in the novel.  
The Witness, by Nora Roberts - A mystery/thriller/suspense about a teen-aged girl, living a pre-planned life scripted by her unemotional mother, and how her first act of rebellion changes her life in unimaginable ways.  
When We Meet Again, by Kristin Harmel -  The main character receives a mysterious painting which leads her on a search that uncovers the fascinating story of her heritage.
Aunt Dimity series, by Nancy Atherton - A charming series, the main character turns into an amateur detective with a little ghostly help from someone she always thought was just a bedtime story.  Most of the stories are set in a little village in England.
Maisie Dobbs series,  by Jacqueline Winspear - A series of mysteries set between World War I and II.  Maisie, the main character, opens her own private inquiry business in London, being one of the "surplus women" of the time.  Each book is it's own case to be solved, but the stories are set chronologically and the characters develop over time.

Nonfiction:
The Orchard: A Memoir, by Adele Crockett Robertson
The Romanovs: 1614-1918, by Simon Sebag Montefiore - Montefiore chronicles the family that managed to rule Russia for over 300 years despite scandals and constant deadly threats to their reign.
Abraham Lincoln: Speeches and Writings - The poetic beauty of Lincoln’s writing provides some measure of comfort during our divided time.
A Hope More Powerful than the Sea : One Refugee's Incredible Story of Love, Loss, and Survival, by Melissa Fleming - For a real understanding of the plight of Syrian refugees, read about Doaa Al Zamel's harrowing experience as Syrian refugee and her ultimate survival of a shipwreck that kills almost 500.  
Quiet: the Power of Introverts in a World that Can't Stop Talking, by Susan Cain - Cain argues for the reflective value of the introvert in a world where extroverts tend to dominate the discussion.
The First American Revolution: Before Lexington and Concord, by Ray Raphael and The Spirit of '74: How the Revolution Began, by Ray Raphael and Marie Raphael - The Raphaels argue that the American Revolution truly began in western Massachusetts, when people from the surrounding towns of Worcester entered the city and kicked out the ruling British administration. From that day forward, the British never returned to power in our part of the country.
Life Reimagined: The Science, Art, and Opportunity of Midlife, by Barbara Bardley Hagerty - Hagerty refutes the cliché of the midlife crisis and uses neurology, psychology, biology, genetics, and sociology to show that midlife offers an opportunity for reinvention and mastery over our lives.


LISTS AND REVIEWS OF BOOKS:
NoveList Plus (In-Library) (Library database)
Wowbrary (new books at the Westborough Library)
Gale Books and Authors (Library database)
Stop, You're Killing Me  (for mystery readers)

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