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 Programs for Readers

McAuliffe Branch Book Discussion
Thursday April 24, 10:00am
McAuliffe Branch

Topic: The Professor and the Madman: a Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary by Simon Winchester. Copies of the book are available at the McAuliffe Library circulation desk. Discussion led by Emily Donnelly. Refreshments. 

Main Library Book Club: Someone by Alice McDermott
Tuesday May 6, 7:00pm
Main Library, Trustees Room

Someone is a fully realized portrait of one woman’s life. Booklist says the novel “celebrates family, community, and the grace of a shared past.” Copies are available at the Main Library or the Library catalog. Led by Annabel Dodd.

(Our last Book Club meeting of the year will be on Tuesday, June 3rd and will be Defending Jacob by William Landy. The discussion will be led by Ronda Andrews.) 

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

Come to this monthly Saturday morning book chat. Bring books or titles others may enjoy, and gather suggestions for great reads you may have missed. Refreshments.

McAuliffe Library Book Discussion: A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
Thursday May 15, 10:00am
McAuliffe Branch

Read about what happens when magic, history, and science collide! Discussion led by Kim Jung. Refreshments.  

You Must Read This!
Saturday, June 14, 10:00am
Main Library, Trustees Room

Come to this monthly Saturday morning book chat. Bring books or titles others may enjoy, and gather suggestions for great reads you may have missed. Refreshments.  


 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.

June 2014
Evanovich, Janet. Top secret twenty-one : a Stephanie Plum novel
Fairstein, Linda. Terminal City
Hilderbrand, Elin. The Matchmaker
King, Stephen. Mr. Mercedes
Lustbader, Eric. Robert Ludlum's the Bourne ascendancy
Miller, Sue. The Arsonist 
See, Lisa. China dolls 
Slaughter, Karin. Cop town
Thayer, Nancy. Nantucket Sisters
May 2014
Andrews, Mary Kay. Save the date
Atkins, Ace. Robert B. Parker's Cheap shot
Berry, Steve. The Lincoln Myth
Brown, Dale. Starfire
Cussler, Clive. Ghost Ship
Deaver, Jeffery. The Skin Collector
Evans, Richard Paul.  Walking on Water
Giffin, Emily. One and Only
Iles, Greg. Natchez Burning
Lescroart, John. The Keeper
Lowell, Elizabeth. Night Diver
Palmer, Michael. Resistant
Patterson, James. Unlucky 13
Sandford, John. Field of Prey
April 2014
Iles, Greg. Natchez burning
Lowell, Elizabeth. Night diver
Barr, Nevada. Destroyer angel : an Anna Pigeon novel
Bell, Ted. Warriors: An Alex Hawke Novel
Binchy, Maeve. Chestnut Street
Brennan, Allison. Notorious
Connolly, John. Wolf in winter
Crombie, Deborah. To Dwell in Darkness
De Rosnay, Tatiana. The Other Story
Glass, Julia. And the dark sacred night
Leon, Donna. By Its Cover: A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery
Moore, Christopher. The Serpent of Venice
Perry, Anne. Death on Blackheath
Scottoline, Lisa. Keep quiet
March 2014
Grippando, James. Black horizon
Gabaldon, Diana. Written in My Own Heart's Blood
Patterson, James NYPD red 2
Coben, Harlan. Missing You
Box, C.J.  Stone Cold
Coben, Harlan. Missing You
Cussler, Clive. The Bootlegger
Deaver, Jeffrey. Trouble in Mind
Estleman, Loren D. Don't Look for me
Dahiem, Mary. The Alpine Yeoman
Garrison, Paul. Robert Ludlum's the Janson Option
Grippando, James. Black Horizon
Patterson, James. NYPD 2
February 2014
Fluke, Joanne.  Blackberry Pie Murder
Hoffman, Alice. The Museum of Extraordinary Things : a novel
Harrison, Kim. The Undead Pool
Berenson, Alex. Counterfeit Agent
Kellerman, Jonathan. Killer
Allen, Sarah Addison. Lost Lake
Brockmann, Suzanne. Do or die.
January 2014
Allende, Isabel. Ripper : a novel
Riggs, Ransom. Hollow City: The Second Novel of Miss Peregrine's Children
Bradley, C. Alan. The dead in their vaulted arches : a Flavia de Luce novel
Siddons, Anne Rivers. Girls of August
Gardner, Lisa.  Fear nothing
Krentz, Jayne Ann. River Road 
Cornwell, Bernard. The pagan lord
December 2013
Clancy, Tom. Command Authority
Dunn, Carola. Heirs of the body : a Daisy Dalrymple mystery
Robards, Karen. Hunted
Rollins, James. Innocent blood : the order of the sanguines series
Connelly, Michael. Gods of guilt.
November 2013
Baldacci, David. King and Maxwell
Child, Lincoln and Douglas Preston. White fire
Cornwell, Patricia. Dust
Cussler, Clive. Mirage: an Oregon novel
Flagg, Fannie. All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion
Evanovich, Janet. Takedown twenty
Lamb, Wally. We Are Water
McCall Smith, Alexander. Minor adjustment beauty salon
McCullough, Colleen. Sins of the flesh
Rendell, Ruth. No man's nightingale : an Inspector Wexford novel
Setterfield, Diane. Bellman & Black : A Ghost Story
Shreve, Anita. Stella Bain
Shreve, Anita. Stella Bain
October 2013
Bryson, Bill. One summer : America, 1927
Fielding, Helen. Bridget Jones: Mad about the Boy
Gladwell, Malcolm. David and Goliath : The Triumph of the Underdog
Grisham, John. Sycamore Row
Johansen, Iris. Silencing Eve
Paretsky, Sara. Critical Mass
Parker, Robert B. with Helen Brann. Silent Night: A Spenser Holiday Novel
Pelecanos, George P. The Double
Sandford, John. Storm Front
Scottoline, Lisa. Accused
Steel, Danielle. Winners
Thayer, Nancy. A Nantucket Christmas
Woods, Stuart. Doing hard time
September 2013
Atwood, Margaret. Maddaddam
Brown, Sandra. Deadline
Ford, Jamie. Songs of Willow Frost
George, Elizabeth. Just one evil act
King, Stephen. Doctor Sleep
Lahiri, Jhumpa. The lowland
Lindsay, Jeff. Dexter's Final Cut
Moyes, Jojo. The Girl you left behind
Naslund, Sena Jeter. Fountain of St. James Court : Or, Portrait of the Artist As an Old Woman
Sparks, Nicholas. Longest ride
August 2013
Cain, Chelsea. Let me go
Ellis, David. The Last alibi
Fairstein, Linda. Death's Angel
Garwood, Julie. Hotshot
Gregory, Philippa. The White Princess
Griffin, W.E.B. Last witness
Jance, J.A. Second Watch
Kellerman, Faye. Beast : a Decker/Lazarus novel
McLaughlin, Emma. The Girl in the Blue Dress
Macomber, Debbie. Rose Harbor in bloom
Patterson, James and David Ellis. Mistress
Reichs, Kathy. Bones of the Lost
Robards, Karen. Last kiss goodbye
Siddons, Anne Rivers. Girls of August
July 2013
Bohjalian, Chris. The Light in the Ruins
Burke, James Lee. Light of the world
Coulter, Catherine. Bombshell
Deveraux, Jude. True Love
Johansen, Iris. Hunting Eve
Kepler, Lars. The Fire Witness
Slaughter, Karin. Unseen
Silva, Daniel. The English Girl
Thor, Brad. Hidden Order
Walls, Jeannette. Silver Star


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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.


 We Recommend

Book Talk: We Recommend
Recommended by Mary Wasmuth

DiazThis Is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz. 213 pages
If your group thrives on controversy, Junot Diaz is your man. And if you see in fiction a means to move past, as Diaz puts it “the checkpoints on your social borders,” you’ll do well to jump the fences of language and attitude and venture deep into the, as Publisher’s Weekly puts it, “precarious, unappreciated, precious lives in which intimacy is a lost art, masculinity a parody, and kindness, reason, and hope struggle to survive like seedlings in a war zone.”

Many of Diaz’s compelling, perfectly made, stories focus on a recurring character, Junior, as he moves from the Dominican Republic to New Jersey and later to Boston. With him, we watch his womanizing older brother flail against the cancer that will kill him. And we watch Junior fall in love, destroy love, and mourn its loss, over and over. This funny, aching, thought-provoking collection is guaranteed to get your book group talking.

ErdrichThe Round House by Louise Erdrich. 321 pages
Joe Coutts is thirteen years old when his mother is brutally raped. She’s further brutalized by a justice system skewed against native women. Joe’s attempt to achieve some resolution thrusts him into the complexities and traumas of adult life, and he learns he can no longer rely on the connections that had sustained him—his easy friendships, his open and loving parents, and the unquestioning acceptance of his extended family.

Over the years, Louise Erdrich has created a unique body of work, vividly populated and richly described; hilarious and heart-wrenching; many of them set in the Ojibwe reservation in North Dakota. Introduce your book group to this amazing writer, and they’ll be forever grateful.

McDermottSomeone by Alice McDermott. 232 pages
Someone opens with a crowded Brooklyn street viewed through the eyes of seven-year-old Marie, who, she says, is the “sole survivor, now, of that street scene.” We know from this that we’re reading about a community deeply connected in a way few today have experienced. We see that we’ll be moving back and forward through time with Marie, an extraordinarily perceptive guide. McDermott’s layered, moving novel is dense with reflection and feeling, a deceptively simple story about the life of an apparently ordinary woman. But we know better.

Unlike many titles recommended for groups, Someone doesn’t take on contemporary issues. Instead, it examines the meaning of family, love, loss, and community and shows us, subtly and beautifully, how a life accrues value and purpose. I’d call these topics worth discussing.

SmithThere But For The by Ali Smith. 236 pages
At a suburban-London dinner party, a guest locks himself in the bathroom and refuses to come out. Extending from days to weeks, Miles’s stay turns into a media circus, and an unlikely group of people assembles to support him. The book is narrated by four characters who know Miles slightly: Anna, a woman in her forties who encountered him on a high-school trip; Mark, a gay man in his sixties who met him at the theater; May, an elderly woman suffering from dementia; and "preternaturally articulate" ten-year-old Brooke. It may well take a book group to unravel the mysteries of this intricate, funny, literate, and affecting novel. Mine had a great time doing it.

And a Few More
The long and the short: The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin, 426 pages; The Buddha in the Attic* by Julie Otsuka, 129 pages
For controversy: The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud, 253 pages; The Middlesteins by Jami Attenberg, 273 pages

*reviewed in 2013's Staff Recommends

Even More Ideas
Book Browse Book Club Resources
Great Group Reads (selected by the Women’s National Book Association)
Indiebound’s Indie Next Lists (focus on book groups several times a year)
Reading Group Choices
Reading Group Guides

See what else library staff recommend.


 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.


 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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