Book Groups

FPL Main Library Book Groups

  • Main Library Book Club: The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson
    Tuesday March 7, 7:00pm
    Main Library, Trustees Room

    Join us to discuss this breathtaking novel of love on the eve of World War I that reaches far beyond the small English town in which it is set. “A novel to cure your Downton Abbey withdrawal . . . a delightful story about nontraditional romantic relationships, class snobbery and the everybody-knowseverybody complications of living in a small community.”–The Washington Post

  • Sci-Fi Book Club: Feed by M.T. Anderson
    Wednesday March 8, 7:00pm
    Main Library, Trustees Room

    “We went to the moon to have fun, but the moon turned out to completely suck.” If that opening line doesn’t hook you, keep reading. In a near future world of consumerism gone mad, brains are hooked up to the Feed at birth, allowing television and computers to continually broadcast the latest news, trends and ads directly to one’s mind. When Titus and his friends travel to the moon to party at the “stupid lowgrav Ricochet Lounge,” his meaningless existence takes a new direction upon meeting Violet, a home-schooled girl who thinks for herself and opens Titus’ eyes to the true agenda of the Feed.

  • Art Lovers Book Club: The Last Nude by Ellis Avery
    Saturday March 18, 10:00am
    Main Library, Trustees Room

    In 1927 Paris a young American named Rafaela Fano agrees to model for the Art Deco painter Tamara de Lempicka. The two become lovers, and Rafaela inspires Tamara’s most iconic Jazz Age images. Tamara is a cocktail of raw hunger and glittering artifice and a season as the painter’s muse teaches Rafaela some hard lessons. Inspired by real events in de Lempicka's history, The Last Nude is a stunning story of love, sexual obsession, treachery, and tragedy.

  • Art Lovers Book Club: The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud
    Saturday April 8, 10:00am
    Main Library, Trustees Room

    Join us to discuss this page turning novel named one of the best books of the year by The New York Times and other newspapers. Nora Eldridge once dreamed of being an artist, a wife, and a mother. Instead she has ended up a single, middle-aged elementary school teacher in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Nora befriends the family of one of her students, Reza Shahid. His mother is Sirena, an Italian artist who invites Nora to share her studio space and return to her work as an artist, and his father is a professor in Boston. When Reza is attacked by school bullies, Nora is drawn deep into their family dynamics and discovers a ferocity in herself that she did not know was there.

Christa McAuliffe Branch Library Book Group

  • McAuliffe Branch Book Discussion: I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
    Thursday March 16, 10:00am
    Christa McAuliffe Branch Library, Community Room

    I Capture the Castle tells the story of seventeen-year-old Cassandra and her family, who live in not-so-genteel poverty in a ramshackle old English castle. Here she strives, over six turbulent months, to hone her writing skills. She fills three notebooks with sharply funny yet poignant entries. Her journals candidly chronicle the great changes that take place within the castle's walls, and her own first descent into love. By the time she pens her final entry, she has "captured the castle"-- and the heart of the reader-- in one of literature's most enchanting entertainments. Led by Dawn Dellasanta.

Book groups are for everyone’s enjoyment. No registrations required.


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Community Book Groups:  Callahan Senior Center

  • The Book Discussion Group- The Other Side of the Bridge
    Thursday, January 26, 1:00pm
    Callahan Senior Center, 535 Union Ave., Framingham, MA 01702, 508-872-6162
    The book under discussion is The Other Side of the Bridge by Mary Lawson.

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We Recommend

Book Talk: We Recommend
Recommended by Mary Murphy, Borrower Services
Inside the O’Brien’s by Lisa Genova

Neuroscientist Lisa Genova has written this novel bringing attention to the lethal neurodegenerativedisease called Huntington’s.There is no current treatment or cure for this disease. This story is about Joe O’Brien who is a 44 year old police officer who begins to display uncharacteristic bouts of rage and uncontrolled movements. These symptoms make his family and his fellow officers think that he has either a drinking or a drug problem. Finally, his wife and his partner convince him to see a neurologist and this is when he is handed down the diagnosis. Joe and his wife Rose have four adult children who have a 50% chance of developing Huntington’s. Life continues in turmoil as he has to give up his job and tell his children that he has possibly given them this disease. Joe comes to realize that each moment is precious and with his self-awareness tries to comfort his family members. This novel skillfully emphasizes the emotional struggle of friends and family and how they try to pull together and live their lives.
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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.