Main Library Book Club:
The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud
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
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
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.
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
| Adler-Olsen, Jussi.
Alphabet house : a novel
| Berenson, Alex.
| Connolly, John & Jennifer Ridyard.
Empire: Book 2, The Chronicles of the Invaders.
| Freveletti, Jamie.
The Geneva Strategy
| Gardner, Lisa.
Crash & Burn
| Hornby, Nick. Funny girl
| Kellerman, Jonathan.
Motive: An Alex
| Lippman, Laura.
Hush: A Tess Monaghan Novel
| Robb, J.D.
Obsession in Death
| Tyler, Anne.
A Spool of Blue Thread
| Cornwell, Bernard.
| Dorsey, Tim.
Shark Skin Suite
| Grippando, James.
Cane and Abe
| Kava, Alex.
| Krentz, Jayne Ann.
Trust no one.
|Moning, Karen Marie.
Burned: A Fever Novel
| Patterson, James and Maxine Paetro.
| Pelecanos, George P.
| Perry, Thomas.
String of beads
| Woods, Stuart.
| Gerritsen, Tess. Die Again:
A Rizzoli &
| Griffin, W E B.
| Higgins, Jack.
Rain on the Dead
| Koontz, Dean R.
Saint Odd : an Odd Thomas
| Margolin, Phillip.
Woman with a gun
| Robards, Karen.
| Baldacci, David.
| Brown, Rita Mae.
Let seeping dogs lie
| Preston, Douglas and Lincoln Child.
| Clark, Mary Higgins.
| Connelly, Michael. The Burning room
Flesh and blood.
| Duenas, Maria.
Heart has its reasons
| Evanovich, Janet.
| Finch, Charles.
Laws of Murder: A Charles Lenox Mystery
| McCall Smith, Alexander.
Handsome Man's Deluxe Cafe: No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency
| Nicholls, David.
| Patterson, James.
Hope to die
| Rendell, Ruth.
Girl next door
| Roby, Kimberla Lawson.
Betrayed: A Rosato
| VanLiere, Donna.
| Macomber, Debbie.
Mr. Miracle: a
| Hilderbrand, Elin. Winter street
| Littlefield, Sophie.
| Cussler, Clive.
Wait for Signs: Twelve Longmire Stories
| Lovett, Charlie.
First Impressions: A Novel of Old Books, Unexpected Love, and Jane Austen
| Chamberlain, Diane.
| Woods, Stuart.
| Sandford, John.
| Shannon, Samantha.
| St. Aubyn, Edward.
On the edge
| Ryan, Hank Phillippi.
Truth be told
| Jones, Darynda.
Seventh Grave and No Body
| Atwood, Margaret.
|Follett, Ken. Edge
| French, Tana.
The Secret Place
|Kellerman, Faye. Murder
The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher and Other Stories
| Patterson, James and Michael Ledwidge.
| Perry, Anne.
Blood on the
| Brown, Sandra.
| Child, Lee.
Personal: A Jack Reacher Novel
| Coleman, Reed Farrel. Robert B. Parker's Blind Spot
| Coulter, Catherine.
| Cussler, Clive and Russell Blake.
The Eye of
| Gregory, Philippa.
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.
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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 early 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 while 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 can 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.
else library staff recommend.
Book Group Kits To Go
We now have book
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
For other ideas for your next book group pick, see the
Book Group Choices list.
to the Homebound
Services to the
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.