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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 Edge of the Earth | Monday September 14 | 1pm & 7pm

Join us on Monday September 14 at 1pm in the MacLeod Room or 7pm in the Hilton Garden Room to discuss The Edge of the Earth by Christina Schwarz (2013).


In her impressive fourth novel, Schwarz (Drowning Ruth) illuminates the difficult lives led by lighthouse keepers in the late 1890s. Well-schooled Trudy (Gertrude) Schroeder abandons both her well-ordered life as a teacher in Milwaukee, Wis., and her engagement to childhood friend Ernst Dettweiler after she falls for and marries his cousin, Oskar Swann. An unconventional dreamer, Oskar decides to move to California to work in a lighthouse. - Publishers Weekly

The Girls | Monday October 19 | 1pm & 7pm

Join us Monday, October 19 at 1pm in the MacLeod Room or 7pm in the Hilton Garden Room to discuss The Girls by Lori Lansens (2007).

 

Conjoined twins Rose and Ruby Darlen are linked at the side of the head, with separate brains and bodies. Born in a small town outside Toronto in the midst of a tornado and abandoned by their unwed teenage mother two weeks later, the girls are cared for by Aunt Lovey, a nurse who refuses to see them as deformed or even disabled. She raises them in Leaford, Ontario, where, at age 29, Rose, the more verbal and bookish twin, begins writing their story…

- Publishers Weekly

Letters from Skye | Monday November 9 | 1pm & 7pm

Join us Monday, November 9 at 1pm in the MacLeod Room or 7pm in the Hilton Garden Room to discuss Letters from Skye by Jessica Brockmole (2013).

 

Brockmole uses letters to tell a remarkable story of two women, their loves, their secrets, and two world wars, cutting to the important matters that letter writers struggle to put into just the right words. In 1912, young poet Mrs. Elspeth Dunn, who has never left Scotland’s Isle of Skye because of her fear of boats, receives her first fan letter from David Graham, a college student in Urbana, Ill. They begin a long correspondence. - Publishers Weekly




Nonfiction Book Discussions

The library's Nonfiction Book Discussion Group meets once a month on Tuesdays 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.


Portsmouth Women | September 15 | 7 PM

Join us on Tuesday September 15 at 7pm in the Hilton Garden Room to discuss Portsmouth Women: Madams & Matriarchs Who Shaped New Hampshire's Port City edited by Laura Pope.

 

In the history of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, countless women rose above a rigid society to make their marks on the seaport city. In the eighteenth century, Allice Shannon Hight became a successful tavern keeper, outliving two husbands and providing for ten children. Others flourished in more scandalous ventures, like Alta Roberts, otherwise known as the Black Mystery of Portsmouth--always donned in black, she operated a successful brothel at the Roberts House Saloon in the nineteenth century. Even greater achievements would come in later years from the likes of Mary Carey Dondero, who became one of the first women elected mayor in New England. This collection of essays, compiled by author and historian Laura Pope, celebrates the victories--large and small--of Portsmouth's notable women.





Speculative Fiction Book Discussions

The library's NEW Speculative Fiction Book Club meets once a month on Mondays 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.

Vicious by V.E. Schwab | October 26 | 7 PM

Join us on Monday October 26 at 7pm in the Hilton Garden Room to discuss Vicious by V.E. Schwab.


College friends and roommates Victor and Eli discover a way to become superheroes. After an experiment goes wrong, the two men will stop at nothing to seek revenge—on each other.  

 


Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin | November 30 | 7 PM

Join us on Monday November 30 at 7pm (location TBD) to discuss the classic Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin.


In an alien world where people can change their gender at-will, one man aims to bridge the gap between opposing civilizations. 


The Magicians by Lev Grossman | December 28 | 7 PM

Join us on Monday December 28 at 7pm (location TBD) to discuss The Magicians by Lev Grossman.


Quentin Clearwater is admitted to an elite college of magic in upstate New York, but he still can’t stop obsessing over a Narnia-like otherworld that doesn’t exist outside of books. Or does it?





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