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 Programs for Readers

Main Library Book Club: The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud
Tuesday, November 4, 7:00pm
Main Library, Trustees Room

The group will discuss The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud. Messud delivers an emotionally intense novel that explores the thrill, as well as the cost, of embracing an authentic life. Nora Eldridge has a safe life as an elementary school teacher in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and has long ago given up her dreams of being a successful artist, mother and lover until the cosmopolitan Shahid family enters her life. Nancy Coville Wallace will lead the discussion. 

You Must Read This!
Saturday, November 15, 10:00am
Main Library, Trustees Room

Looking for a good book? Join other readers in this informal book chat. Participants have the opportunity to share with the group a book or two they have enjoyed. Everyone leaves with a list of recommended titles. Refreshments.

McAuliffe Branch Book Discussion: Confederates in the Attic by Tony Horwitz
Thursday, November 20, 10:00am
McAuliffe Branch

As an adult, Tony Horwitz acted on his childhood passion for the Civil War by joining with a band of dedicated reenactors to visit the original battle sites. An eccentric band, they obsessively ate, slept and tramped through the South in their solemn search for authenticity, which Horwitz captures with dead-on observations and outrageous humor. Led by Evelyn Berezin. 

Main Library Book Club: My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor
Tuesday, December 2, 7:00pm
Main Library, Trustees Room

The group will discuss My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor. Linda Colby will lead the discussion. 

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 Ideas for Readers

Book Group Choices
If you're a member of a book group or simply enjoy literary fiction, you might discover some intriguing titles in our new booklist, Book Group Choices: Recent Titles for People Who Enjoy Literary Reads.

New and Forthcoming Books 
To reserve a book in the Minuteman Library Network catalog, click on the title.

February 2015
Adler-Olsen, Jussi. Alphabet house : a novel
Berenson, Alex. Twelve Days
Connolly, John & Jennifer Ridyard. Empire: Book 2, The Chronicles of the Invaders. 
Freveletti, Jamie. Robert Ludlum's™ The Geneva Strategy 
Gardner, Lisa. Crash & Burn
Hornby, Nick. Funny girl
Kellerman, Jonathan. Motive: An Alex Delaware Novel
Lippman, Laura. Hush: A Tess Monaghan Novel
Robb, J.D. Obsession in Death 
Tyler, Anne. A Spool of Blue Thread
January 2015
Cornwell, Bernard. Empty throne 
Dorsey, Tim. Shark Skin Suite 
Grippando, James. Cane and Abe
Kava, Alex. Breaking creed 
Krentz, Jayne Ann. Trust no one.
Moning, Karen Marie. Burned: A Fever Novel 
Patterson, James and Maxine Paetro. Private Vegas 
Pelecanos, George P. Martini shot 
Perry, Thomas. String of beads
Woods, Stuart. Insatiable appetites 
December 2014
Gerritsen, Tess. Die Again: A Rizzoli & Isles Novel
Griffin, W E B. Deadly assets
Higgins, Jack. Rain on the Dead 
Koontz, Dean R. Saint Odd : an Odd Thomas 
Margolin, Phillip. Woman with a gun 
McCarthy, Cormac. Gardener's Son 
Robards, Karen. Hush 
 
November 2014
Baldacci, David. Escape
Brown, Rita Mae. Let seeping dogs lie
Preston, Douglas and Lincoln Child. Blue Labyrinth
Clark, Mary Higgins. Cinderella murder
Connelly, Michael. The Burning room
Cornwell, Patricia. Flesh and blood.
Duenas, Maria. Heart has its reasons
Evanovich, Janet. Job
Finch, Charles. Laws of Murder: A Charles Lenox Mystery
McCall Smith, Alexander. Handsome Man's Deluxe Cafe: No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency
Nicholls, David. Us
Patterson, James. Hope to die
Rendell, Ruth. Girl next door
Roby, Kimberla Lawson. Christmas prayer
Scottoline, Lisa. Betrayed: A Rosato & Associates
VanLiere, Donna. Christmas light
October 2014
Macomber, Debbie. Mr. Miracle: a Christmas novel
Hilderbrand, Elin. Winter street
Steel, Danielle. Pegasus
Littlefield, Sophie. Missing place
Cussler, Clive. Havana Storm
Johnson, Craig. Wait for Signs: Twelve Longmire Stories
Lovett, Charlie. First Impressions: A Novel of Old Books, Unexpected Love, and Jane Austen
Chamberlain, Diane. Silent sister
Woods, Stuart. Paris Match
Sandford, John. Deadline
Shannon, Samantha. Mime order
St. Aubyn, Edward. On the edge
Ryan, Hank Phillippi. Truth be told
Jones, Darynda. Seventh Grave and No Body
September 2014
Atwood, Margaret. Stone Mattress: Nine Tales
Follett, Ken. Edge of Eternity
French, Tana. The Secret Place
Kellerman, Faye. Murder 101
Mantel, Hilary. The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher and Other Stories
Patterson, James and Michael Ledwidge. Burn
Perry, Anne. Blood on the water
Brown, Sandra. Mean Streak
Child, Lee. Personal: A Jack Reacher Novel
Coleman, Reed Farrel. Robert B. Parker's Blind Spot
Coulter, Catherine. Lost Key
Cussler, Clive and Russell Blake. The Eye of Heaven
Gregory, Philippa. King's Curse

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Looking for more ideas?
Check out the library's fiction & leisure reading lists to find more books on your favorite themes. Spies or romance, thrillers or friendship - our booklists cover a range of themes and tastes. 

Visit the Novelist database, where you can find lists of books with your favorite plots, themes, or settings.

To find out what's hot this month, take a look at the Minuteman Top Requests List to see what's hot. 

The Staff Recommends page spotlights books library staff have enjoyed.

Looking for information you can use? Check the library's resource lists on subjects from home repair to small businesses.

Find a magazine to inform, entertain, or intrigue you. Take a look at our periodicals list.

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 We Recommend

Book Talk: We Recommend
Recommended by Lucy Loveridge, Supervisor of Children’s Services

Three years and counting since the last Game of Thrones volume; it’s time to start looking for some new sprawling, world-ranging, multi-character fantasies.

I just enjoyed Brent Weeks’ Lightbringer series, books 1-3: The Black Prism, The Blinding Knife, and The Broken Eye. Color magic gives you power but also binds you to work for the good of the people and to an early death. The Prism, the empire’s religious leader, has the most power and magic but usually burns out very earlyBP after 7 or 14 years of rule. Gavin Guile, the current Prism, having survived 16 years of rule, is looking forward to 5 more years to accomplish certain goals he’s had. So far, he’s managed to navigate the politics of the Color Council and heal some of the wounds in the Seven Satrapies that were created by the False Prism’s War. That was led by his younger brother and ended with Dazen’s death 14 years ago. He’s also managed to contain the machinations of his power-mad father and to keep a very deep, life-threatening secret from him and the rest of the country. Alas, all his hopes for the next five years begin to fall apart in a very short time with the advent of a religious movement intent on bringing back the old gods and destroying the Prism’s rule through war; the discovery of a fat, inept, uneducated bastard son, Kip, conceived during the False Prism’s War who upsets many of the Prism’s relationships in the capital when Kip’s sent there for education and safety; and the rumored resurrection of a secret society of assassins who may or may not be behind some attempts on Kip’s life (Kip suspects it’s his grandfather wanting him dead). Throw in a prophecy, a spy network or two, some conflicted oath holders and old lovers, an army of insane color mages or color wights, and another bastard—this one educated, powerful and a complete psychopath—and the stage is set for an absorbing read. Unfortunately, this is not a trilogy--there’ll be a two year wait for book 4, and who knows how many more books will be necessary to finish the story.

This year finally brought the last book in Laini Taylor’s YA fantasy trilogy about Karou: Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Days of Blood and Starlight, and Dreams of Gods and Monsters. We meet the mysterious Karou living in Prague and attending art school. She has startling blue hair achieved by wishes rather than hair dye and was brought up by four teeth-collecting monsters—half snake/half woman, half ram/half dragon, etc—who have a magical portal that can open in many cities around the world and another possibly magic door that is forbidden to Karou; if anyone even knocks at it, she’s kicked out till they’re gone. One day whileDSB collecting teeth in Morocco for her monster family, Karou runs into and is almost killed by a beautiful angel with flaming wings. While recovering from her wounds, she sneaks through the forbidden door and finds another world with two moons and a plethora of monstrous types, and is attacked there by a human/wolf hybrid. Her family, incensed by her transgression, exiles her to Prague, and then, bad timing, the angels burn all the magic portals on Earth. Karou is determined to make it to the other world to try and find her family again while the angel, Akiva, is drawn back to Earth to watch Karou who reminds him of another woman in his world who was horribly executed. It turns out the angels and monsters are locked in a millennium-long war on that other world and that Karou is part of a Romeo and Juliet love story that could change the fate of that world (and ours, too, which may become a new battleground in the war when the angels discover our advanced weaponry) if revenge and retribution don’t get in the way. Of course, although this story ends in book three, there are hints of another trilogy to come involving an even greater conflict between worlds and involving Karou, Akiva and their peoples, so more waiting for the true end of the story is necessary.

A promising new series just started this year with Brian Staveley’s The Emperor’s Blades, book 1 of the Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne. The emperor of Annur has set three different paths for his children: the eldest, Adare, a female who canEB never be emperor, has been educated to be a minister in the empire’s government and has spent her life at court learning the ins and outs of courtly politics; his heir, Kaden, has been sent to a remote monastery to learn the strange disciplines of the monks of the Blank God; and his youngest son, Valyn, has been sent to a remote island to train to become a Kettral, an elite soldier who works with giant hawks as transport. All of them have their trials and tribulations with their upbringing but all love their father and want to serve the empire. However, their father is suddenly dead, betrayed by someone close to him. Adare, Kaden and Valyn must now try to figure out who can be trusted while trying to identify their father’s murderer, protect the new emperor, and grow into their new duties as their paths through the lives their father set for them continue to unwind. The characters, and the different environments and situations they find themselves in, make it worth waiting for the rest of the series.

See what else library staff recommend.



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 Book Group Kits

Book Group Kits To Go Book Groups to Go!


We now have book group kits with everything (except refreshments) you need for your next meeting. These kits contain 8–10 copies of a popular book group title, reviews, author information and a guide for discussion. We will continue to add to this collection and welcome your suggestions. Do you belong to a book group or have you thought about starting or joining one? You can check out the kit for four weeks, distribute the copies to members and return the kit for your next month’s choice!

The following titles are available:
- The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta
- Caleb's Crossing by Geraldine Brooks
- The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown
- The Tiger's Wife by Tea Obreht
- The Three Wisemans by Cathleen Schine
- Room by Emma Donoghue

Click here to reserve a book group kit or call the Information Desk at 508-532-5570 x4351.

For other ideas for your next book group pick, see the Book Group Choices list.

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 Services to the Homebound

Services to the Homebound
The library's in-home program makes books, books on tape, large-print books, and CDs available to any Framingham resident with a valid library card needing home delivery.  Please call the Community Services Librarian at 508-532-6347, for more information.

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