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 Programs for Readers

Main Library Book Club: The Space Between Us by Thrity Umrigar
Tuesday, May 5, 7:00pm
Main Library, Trustees Room

This poignant novel about a wealthy woman and her servant, sheds light on class and gender roles in modern day Bombay. Ronda Andrews will lead the discussion.

Guys Read! With Mark Peter Hughes, author of Lemonade Mouth
Friday, May 8, 4-7:00pm
Main Library

Are you a middle school guy who doesn’t like to read? Or you like to read but can’t find books that interest you? Come to our first ever Guys Read event and hear from guys who like to read, including Mark Peter Hughes, author of Lemonade Mouth, which was made into a Disney movie! We’ll have a Mind and Muscle contest, pizza, prizes, a showing of the Lemonade Mouth movie, lots of books, and a raffle drawing for a GoPro camera! Copies of Lemonade Mouth are available for checkout at both Libraries in advance of the event.

You Must Read This!
Saturday May 16, 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.  
For lists of past titles, please click here.

McAuliffe Branch Book Discussion: Little Children by Tom Perrotta
Thursday, May 21, 10:00am-12pm
McAuliffe Branch Library

Little Children captures a summer snapshot of what seems like an ordinary, American suburb. But a look below the surface reveals murky things below. Characters like the young Prom King stay-at-home dad, the ambitious working mother, the feminist who finds herself suddenly traditional, the alpha mom and the accused pedophile orbit the playground and the results are anything but ordinary. Evocative and darkly funny, this novel is a slice of life story – with a heck of a twist. Led by Dawn Dellasanta.  

Main Library Book Club: The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
Tuesday, June 2, 7:00pm
Main Library, Trustees Room
Annabel Dodd 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.

July 2015
Box, C.J.  Badlands.
Coulter, Catherine. Nemesis
Garwood, Julie. Wired.
Jance, J. A. Stand down: a Beaumont and Walker novel
Johnasen, Iris. Naked Eye
Keyes, Marian. The Woman Who Stole My Life
Lindsay, Jeff. Dexter is dead
Lowell, Elizabeth. Perfect touch
McCall Smith, Alexander. Novel habits of happiness: an Isabel Dalhousie novel
Silva, Daniel. English spy
Woods, Stuart. Naked greed
 
June 2015
Delinsky, Barbara. Blueprints: a novel
Deveraux, Jude. Ever After
Finder, Joseph. Fixer
Frank, Dorothea Benton. All the single ladies
Green, Jane. Summer secrets
Hilderbrand, Elin. Rumor: a novel
Meltzer, Brad. President's Shadow
Reich, Christopher. Invasion of Privacy
Slaughter, Karin. Pretty girls
Steel, Danielle. Country: a novel
 
May 2015
Atkins, Ace. Robert B. Parker's Kickback
Atkinson, Kate. God in ruins
Brown, Dale. Iron wolf
Brown, Rita Mae. Tail Gait : A Mrs. Murphy Mystery
Child, Lincoln. Forgotten room
Crais, Robert. Promise: An Elvis Cole and Joe Pike Novel
Cussler, Clive. Piranha
Deaver, Jeffery. Solitude Creek
DeMille, Nelson. Radiant Angel
De Rosnay, Tatiana. A Paris Affair
Kellerman, Jonathan. Murderer's daughter: a novel
Levitt, Steven D. and Dubner, Stephen J. Hurray for High Gas Prices
McCullough, David. Wright brothers
Patterson, James. 14th Deadly Sin
Sandford, John. Gathering Prey
Smiley, Jane. Early warning
Thayer, Nancy. Guest cottage
 
April 2015
Baldacci, David. Memory Man
Berg, Elizabeth. Dream lover: a novel
Iles, Greg. Bone Tree
Johansen, Iris. Your Next Breath
Leon, Donna. Falling in love
Macomber, Debbie. Last One Home
Morrison, Toni. God help the child
Nesbo, Jo. Blood on snow
Quick, Amanda. Garden of lies
Scottoline, Lisa. Every fifteen minutes
Woods, Stuart. Hot pursuit
 

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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 Lena Kilburn, Assistant Supervisor, Branch Services
The 5th Wave, by Rick Yancey
(Also available as an eBook)

An immersive and breathtakingly thrilling read, The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey tells the story of an alien invasion and the subsequent systematic annihilation of the human race, unleashed in four waves of destruction upon the Earth. Cassie, a 16-year-old girl who has managed to survive the first four waves, is left alone in a nightmarish world where the invaders have suddenly become indistinguishable from humans and no one can be trusted. Alone and devastated by the loss of her parents, she survives harrowing brushes with death, clinging to the hope that she will be reunited with her 6-year-old brother Sam.

When Cassie nearly dies from a gunshot by an invader, she is rescued and nursed back to health by a mysterious young man named Evan Walker. Though Evan has become the only person Cassie can possibly call a friend, she begins to notice unsettling peculiarities about him, which become increasingly difficult to ignore. Cassie must choose whether to trust Evan and accept his help in what seems the impossible task of rescuing her brother from an encampment controlled by, Cassie suspects, humans under alien mind control. Here the narrative begins to switch between Cassie and another young survivor, known as Zombie, also being held at this same encampment where he is being trained as a soldier, ostensibly to wage war on the invaders. As Cassie's and Zombie's narrative evolve, both are forced to question the true nature and intentions of those around them. Cassie finds her relationship with Evan growing more complex and Zombie begins to realize his mission is not what it appears. When their narratives meet in the novel's heart-stopping climax, both are forced to confront the horror of the fifth and final wave of annihilation already underway.

Though The 5th Wave has all the hallmarks of popular YA fiction, it differs from other post-apocalyptic YA books in its unrelenting detail and realism. Were it not for the young protagonists, this book could easily have been billed as a novel for adults. The novel evokes brutal images of post-apocalyptic destruction and it's unflinching in its depiction of human suffering, both emotional and physical. This grim backdrop however is tempered by Cassie's and Zombie's pitch-perfect adolescent voices, funny and smart and full of the unfailing drive and optimism that could arguably only be sustained in the face of such horrors by someone so young. Overall, The 5th Wave is a great story about survival and human resilience. I highly recommend it for readers of any age.


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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