book groups

EVENING BOOK GROUP – via – ZOOM

The Evening Book Group usually meets the last Thursday of every month at 6:00 p.m.   This month, the group will meet on April 29 at 6:00 pm.  If you would like to participate in our meeting via Zoom, please call the Library (207-967-2778) or email ml@graves.lib.me.us  to be added to the invitation list.

A link will be sent to all participants early in the day to access the meeting.  We will be discussing American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson.

“An excitingly sharp debut novel by the talented newcomer Lauren Wilkinson . . . Rest assured that American Spy will not only keep you turning the pages, it will do much more than that. Wilkinson steeps her thriller in a complicated awareness of huge, thorny themes: race, Cold War amorality, the politics of our intelligence services and the ease with which we can become complicit with deeds we actually abhor.”—NPR “Fresh Air”

EVENING BOOK GROUP – via – ZOOM

The Evening Book Group usually meets the last Thursday of every month at 6:00 p.m.   This month, the group will meet on March 25 at 6:00 pm.  If you would like to participate in our meeting via Zoom, please call the Library (207-967-2778) or email ml@graves.lib.me.us  to be added to the invitation list.

A link will be sent to all participants early in the day to access the meeting.  We will be discussing The Book of Two Ways by Jodi Picoult.

 

The Book of Two Ways is a return for Picoult to the themes of her earliest books—motherhood, complicated romantic love. . . . Picoult, at this point in her career, could skillfully build tension in a broom closet, but the best part of this book is not the suspense; it’s the look at the complexity of a woman as she enters middle age. . . . Picoult always tells both sides of a story not with judgment, but with grace.”The Washington Post

EVENING BOOK GROUP – via – ZOOM

The Evening Book Group usually meets the last Thursday of every month at 6:00 p.m.   This month, the group will meet on February 25 at 6:00 pm.  If you would like to participate in our meeting via Zoom, please call the Library (207-967-2778) or email ml@graves.lib.me.us  to be added to the invitation list.

A link will be sent to all participants early in the day to access the meeting.  We will be discussing Let the Great World Spin written by Colum McCann.

 

In the dawning light of a late-summer morning, the people of lower Manhattan stand hushed, staring up in disbelief at the Twin Towers. It is August 1974, and a mysterious tightrope walker is running, dancing, leaping between the towers, suspended a quarter mile above the ground. In the streets below, a slew of ordinary lives become extraordinary in bestselling novelist Colum McCann’s stunningly intricate portrait of a city and its people.  [Amazon.com]

EVENING BOOK GROUP – via – ZOOM

The Evening Book Group usually meets the last Thursday of every month at 6:00 p.m.   This month, the group will meet on January 28 at 6:00 pm.  If you would like to participate in our meeting via Zoom, please call the Library (207-967-2778) or email ml@graves.lib.me.us  to be added to the invitation list.

A link will be sent to all participants early in the day to access the meeting.  We will be discussing Let the Great World Spin written by Colum McCann.

 

In the dawning light of a late-summer morning, the people of lower Manhattan stand hushed, staring up in disbelief at the Twin Towers. It is August 1974, and a mysterious tightrope walker is running, dancing, leaping between the towers, suspended a quarter mile above the ground. In the streets below, a slew of ordinary lives become extraordinary in bestselling novelist Colum McCann’s stunningly intricate portrait of a city and its people.  [Amazon.com]

EVENING BOOK GROUP – via – ZOOM

The Evening Book Group usually meets the last Thursday of every month at 6:00 p.m.   If you would like to participate in our meeting via Zoom, please call the Library (207-967-2778) to be added to the invitation list.

Because of Thanksgiving, this month’s meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 18 at 6:00 pm.  A link will be sent to all participants early in the day to access the meeting.  We will be discussing Light on Snow by Anita Shreve.

 

What makes a family? That’s what twelve-year-old Nicky Dillon wonders after she and her widowed father discover a wailing abandoned baby in the snow-filled woods near their New Hampshire home. Through the days that follow, the Dillons and an unexpected visitor who soon turns up at their door-a young woman evidently haunted by her own terrible choices-face a thicket of decisions, each seeming to carry equal possibilities of heartbreak and redemption. Writing with all the emotional resonance that has drawn millions of readers around the world to her fiction, Anita Shreve unfolds in Light on Snow a tender and surprising novel about love and its consequences. [Amazon.com]

EVENING BOOK GROUP – via – ZOOM

The Evening Book Group usually meets the last Thursday of every month at 6:00 p.m.   If you would like to participate in our meeting via Zoom, please call the Library (207-967-2778) to be added to the invitation list.

This month, the meeting will be held on Thursday, October 29 at 6:00 pm.  A link will be sent to all participants early in the day to access the meeting.  We will be discussing Catch and Kill by Ronan Farrow.

 

In a dramatic account of violence and espionage, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter Ronan Farrow exposes serial abusers and a cabal of powerful interests hell-bent on covering up the truth, at any cost. [Blackwell’s]

EVENING BOOK GROUP – via – BACK GARDEN OR ZOOM (RAIN)

The Evening Book Group usually meets the last Thursday of every month at 6:00 p.m.  If it rains, we will have our meeting via Zoom.  If you would like to participate in our meeting via Zoom, please call the Library (207-967-2778) to be added to the invitation list.

This month, the meeting will be held on Thursday, August 27 at 6:00 pm.  A link will be sent to all participants early in the day to access the meeting.  We will be discussing Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead.

The Nickel Boys is a 2019 novel by American novelist Colson Whitehead. It was based on the real story of the Dozier School, a reform school in Florida that operated for 111 years and had its history exposed by a university’s investigation. It was named one of TIME’S best books of the decade.  It is set in Florida and New York City.

 

 

 

 

EVENING BOOK GROUP – via – BACK GARDEN OR ZOOM (RAIN)

The Evening Book Group usually meets the last Thursday of every month at 6:00 p.m.  If it rains, we will have our meeting via Zoom.  If you would like to participate in our meeting via Zoom, please call the Library (207-967-2778) to be added to the invitation list.

This month, the meeting will be held on Thursday, July 30 at 6:00 pm.  A link will be sent to all participants early in the day to access the meeting.  We will be discussing The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek written by Kim Richardson.

 

 

In 1936, Bluet is the last of the Kentucky Blues. In the dusty Appalachian hills of Troublesome Creek, nineteen and blue-skinned, Bluet has used up her last chance for “respectability” and a marriage bed. Instead, she joins the historical Pack Horse Library Project of Kentucky and becomes a librarian, riding up treacherous mountains on a mule to deliver books and other reading material to the poor hill communities of Eastern Kentucky.

Along her dangerous route, Bluet confronts many who are distrustful of her blue skin. Not everyone is so keen on Bluet’s family or the Library Project, and the impoverished Kentuckians are quick to blame a Blue for any trouble in their small town.

Inspired by the true and historical blue-skinned people of Kentucky and the dedicated Kentucky Pack Horse Library Project, The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek provides an authentic Appalachian voice to a story of hope, heartbreak and raw courage and shows one woman’s strength, despite it all, to push beyond the dark woods of Troublesome Creek.

 

 

EVENING BOOK GROUP – via – ZOOM MEETING FORMAT

The Evening Book Group usually meets the last Thursday of every month at 6:00 p.m.  If you would like to participate in our meeting via Zoom, please call the Library (207-967-2778) to be added to the invitation list.

This month, the meeting will be held on WEDNESDAY, June 24 at 6:00 pm.  A link will be sent to all participants early in the day to access the meeting.  We will be discussing  Wildfire Loose by local historian, Joyce Butler.

 

Many people still recall October 1947, when Maine experienced the worst fire disaster in its history. Wildfire Loose is the definitive history of those terrible and exciting days.  This remarkable regional history book was written at a time when many of the witnesses were still alive, yet before the time of the internet and digital media. A tour de force of old fashion research and dedication.

 

 

 

EVENING BOOK GROUP – via – ZOOM MEETING FORMAT

The Evening Book Group meets the last Thursday of every month at 6:00 p.m.  If you would like to participate in our meeting via Zoom, please call the Library (207-967-2778) to be added to the invitation list.  A link will be sent to all participants on Thursday, May 28 (around 5:30) to access the meeting.  We will be discussing  The Dutch House by Ann Patchett.

At the end of the Second World War, Cyril Conroy combines luck and a single canny investment to begin an enormous real estate empire, propelling his family from poverty to enormous wealth. His first order of business is to buy the Dutch House, a lavish estate in the suburbs outside of Philadelphia. Meant as a surprise for his wife, the house sets in motion the undoing of everyone he loves.  The story is told by Cyril’s son Danny, as he and his older sister, the brilliantly acerbic and self-assured Maeve, are exiled from the house where they grew up by their stepmother. The two wealthy siblings are thrown back into the poverty their parents had escaped from and find that all they have to count on is one another. It is this unshakable bond between them that both saves their lives and thwarts their futures.  Set over the course of five decades, The Dutch House is a dark fairy tale about two smart people who cannot overcome their past. Despite every outward sign of success, Danny and Maeve are only truly comfortable when they’re together. Throughout their lives, they return to the well-worn story of what they’ve lost with humor and rage. But when at last they’re forced to confront the people who left them behind, the relationship between an indulged brother and his ever-protective sister is finally tested.  [GoodReads]

 

 

 

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