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Fiction Book Discussions

The library's Fiction Book Club meets one Monday each month at 1 or 7 PM. All are welcome! Whenever possible copies of each title are borrowed from New Hampshire libraries in advance. Books are available for check out with your PPL card.


The Silver Star | Monday September 8, 1pm & 7pm

Join us on Monday, September 8 at 1pm in the MacLeod Room or 7pm in the Hilton Garden Room to discuss The Silver Star by Jeannette Walls.


The tale of the two Holladay sisters—12-year-old Bean, pragmatic but also an idealist, and 15-year-old Liz, a free-spirited artist. Abandoned by their charismatic but mentally unstable mother, Bean and Liz board a Greyhound bus and travel cross-country from California to their mother’s childhood home in rural Virginia, where they are taken in by their reclusive Uncle Tinsley. – Publishers Weekly


Learn more about Jeannette Walls.

Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter | Monday October 20, 1pm & 7pm

Join us Monday, October 20 at 1pm in the MacLeod Room or 7pm in the Hilton Garden Room to discuss Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin.

Franklin's third novel is a meandering tale of an unlikely friendship marred by crime and racial strain in smalltown Mississippi. - Publishers Weekly

Learn more about Tom Franklin.

A Long Long Way | Monday November 10, 1pm & 7pm

Join us Monday, November 10 at 1pm in the MacLeod Room or 7pm in the Hilton Garden Room to discuss A Long Long Way by Sebastian Barry.


“Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori -" that's the line from Horace that Irish poet, playwright and novelist Barry seeks to debunk in this grimly lyrical WWI novel. – Publishers Weekly

Learn more about Sebastian Barry.


Nonfiction Book Discussions

The library's Nonfiction Book Club meets once a month at 7 PM. All are welcome! Whenever possible copies of each title are borrowed from New Hampshire libraries in advance. Books are available for check out with your PPL card.


Nothing to Envy | Tuesday August 5, 7pm

Join us Tuesday, August 5 at 7pm in the Hilton Garden Room to discuss Nothing to Envy by Barbara Demick.

Demick kept track of six refugees from Chongjin as they moved on, usually into new lives in South Korea. Over five years she was able to glean details of what they had gone through, painting a portrait of life in Chongjin through their memories. What Demick found was an affirmation that contemporary life in North Korea draws directly out of the darkest days of Stalinism... - Publishers Weekly

Learn more about Barbara Demick.

The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down | Wednesday September 17, 7pm

Join us Wednesday, September 17 at 7pm in the Hilton Garden Room to discuss The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman.

When two divergent cultures collide, unbridgeable gaps of language, religion, social customs may remain between them. This poignant account by Fadiman, editor of the American Scholar, of the clash between a Hmong family and the American medical community reveals that among the gaps yawns the attitude toward medicine and healing. - Publishers Weekly

Learn more about Anne Fadiman.

Unbroken | Wednesday October 15, 7pm

Join us Wednesday, October 15 at 7pm in the Hilton Garden Room to discuss Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand.

From the 1936 Olympics to WWII Japan's most brutal POW camps, Hillenbrand's heart-wrenching new book is... a page-turner, and its hero, Louie Zamperini, is just as loveable: a disciplined champion racer who ran in the Berlin Olympics, he's a wit, a prankster, and a reformed juvenile delinquent who put his thieving skills to good use in the POW camps. - Publishers Weekly

Learn more about Laura Hillenbrand.

Black, White, Jewish | Wednesday November 19, 7pm

Join us Wednesday, September 17 at 7pm in the Hilton Garden Room to discuss Black, White, Jewish by Rebecca Walker.

The daughter of famed African American writer Alice Walker and liberal Jewish lawyer Mel Leventhal brings a frank, spare style and detail-rich memories the this compelling contribution to the growing subgenre of memoirs by biracial authors about life in a race-obsessed society... Walker uses the same elegant, discreet candor she brings to her discussion of her mother and the development of her free-spirited sexuality.
- Publishers Weekly

Learn more about Rebecca Walker.

The Railway Man | Wednesday December 17, 7pm

Join us Wednesday, September 17 at 7pm in the Hilton Garden Room to discuss The Railway Man by Eric Lomax.

Lomax, a British Army signals officer, was captured by the victorious Japanese during the Singapore campaign in 1942... [In] torture sessions, the interpreter, a young man named Nagase Takeshi, played a prominent role in the effort to break him down. Half a century later, by what he calls 'an incredible and precious coincidence,' Lomax learned that Takeshi was still living... His graceful and restrained account... is deeply moving. - Publishers Weekly

Learn more about Eric Lomax.


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