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
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
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.
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
| Box, C.J. Badlands.
| Coulter, Catherine.
| Garwood, Julie.
| Jance, J. A.
Stand down: a Beaumont and Walker novel
| Johnasen, Iris.
| Keyes, Marian.
The Woman Who Stole My Life
| Lindsay, Jeff.
Dexter is dead
| Lowell, Elizabeth.
| McCall Smith, Alexander.
Novel habits of happiness: an Isabel Dalhousie novel
| Silva, Daniel.
| Woods, Stuart.
| Delinsky, Barbara.
Blueprints: a novel
| Deveraux, Jude.
| Finder, Joseph.
| Frank, Dorothea Benton.
All the single ladies
| Green, Jane.
| Hilderbrand, Elin.
Rumor: a novel
| Meltzer, Brad.
| Reich, Christopher.
Invasion of Privacy
| Slaughter, Karin.
| Steel, Danielle.
Country: a novel
| Atkins, Ace.
Robert B. Parker's Kickback
| Atkinson, Kate.
God in ruins
| Brown, Dale.
| Brown, Rita Mae.
Tail Gait : A Mrs. Murphy Mystery
| Child, Lincoln.
| Crais, Robert.
Promise: An Elvis Cole and Joe Pike Novel
| Cussler, Clive.
| Deaver, Jeffery.
| DeMille, Nelson. Radiant
| 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.
| Patterson, James.
14th Deadly Sin
| Sandford, John.
| Smiley, Jane.
| Thayer, Nancy.
| Baldacci, David.
| Berg, Elizabeth.
Dream lover: a novel
| Iles, Greg.
| 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.
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
Find a magazine to inform,
entertain, or intrigue you. Take a look at our
Book Talk: We Recommend
by Lena Kilburn, Assistant Supervisor, Branch Services
The 5th Wave, by Rick Yancey
(Also available as an
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.
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.