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Main Library Book Group

Where: Main Library, Conference Room - 361 Washington St.
When: First Monday of the month from 7:00-8:30 PM.
Led by Reference Librarian Brian Hodgdon.

No sign-up necessary - read the book, join the conversation!
Upcoming titles are available at the circulation desk one month before the meeting.
Please email any questions to BHodgdon@minlib.net.


Lore Segal, Half the Kingdom (2013)

Jan 5, 2015 Main Library, Conference Room



Jane Gardam, The Man in the Wooden Hat (2009)

Feb 2, 2015 Main Library, Conference Room



Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness (2010)

Mar 2, 2015 Main Library, Conference Room



Hillary Mantel, Fludd (2000)

Apr 6, 2015 Main Library, Conference Room



Laurel Braitman, Animal Madness (2014)

May 4, 2015 Main Library, Conference Room



Amos Oz, My Michael (1972)

Jun 1, 2015 Main Library, Conference Room



Alexandra Horowitz, On Looking: Eleven Walks with Expert Eyes (2013)

Jul 6, 2015 Main Library, Conference Room



Teju Cole, Open City (2011)

Aug 3, 2015 Main Library, Conference Room



Rachel Joyce, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry (2012)

Sep 14, 2015 Main Library, Conference Room

Fiction NOTE: As the Library will be closed on the first Monday in September, we will meet on the second Monday this month.


Linda Tirado, Hand to Mouth (2014)

Oct 5, 2015 Main Library, Conference Room



Ian McEwan, The Children Act (2014)

Nov 2, 2015 Main Library, Conference Room



Edith Pearlman, Honeydew: Stories (2015)

Dec 7, 2015 Main Library, Conference Room




Jesmyn Ward, Men We Reaped (2013)

Ian McEwan, Sweet Tooth (2012)

Cheryl Strayed, Wild (2012)

Robertson Davies, Fifth Business (1970)

Kate Atkinson, Behind the Scenes at the Museum (1996)

Gertrude Stein, The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas (1933)

Ivan Doig, Work Song (2010)

Willa Cather, A Lost Lady (1923)

William Landay, Defending Jacob (2012)

Edna O'Brien, Country Girl: a Memoir (2013)

David Malouf, Remembering Babylon (1993)


Colm Toibin, The Empty Family (2010)
Short stories by the author of Brooklyn imagine a widow’s dinner party conversation with Henry James, an exile’s tumultuous return to a post-Franco Spain and a taboo relationship between Pakistani workers in Barcelona, among others. 275p. Fiction.

Ayad Akhtar, American Dervish (2012)
A new voice in American letters examines the balancing act of growing up Muslim-American in the Midwest, made only more complicated by the adolescent hallmarks of family strife and untried love. 368p. Fiction.

Jesmyn Ward, Salvage the Bones (2011)
This National Book Award winner set in rural Mississippi follows Esch - fourteen and pregnant - and her brothers as they navigate a life of poverty while their father drinks away his concern for the storm brewing in the Gulf of Mexico. 261p. Fiction.

Rye Barcott, It Happened on the Way to War: A Marine's Path to Peace (2011)
Barcott uses the skills honed as a humanitarian organizer in Kenya to inform his military service in Iraq and Bosnia, combining seemingly disparate training to forge a model of effective peacekeeping. 352p. Nonfiction.

Ali Smith, There but for the (2011)
Miles Garth excuses himself from a dinner party only to lock himself in an upstairs bathroom where he will remain for months. Four neighbors who share only a passing acquaintance with the man tell his story. 256p. Fiction.

Michio Kaku, Physics of the Future: How Science Will Shape Human Destiny and our Daily Lives by the Year 2100 (2011)
Drawing on interviews with 300 scientists who are creating the next scientific revolution, the author explores projected developments in medicine, energy, nanotechnology, computers, space travel and other areas that will affect how we live on - and off of - this planet. 389p. Nonfiction.

Julie Otsuka, The Buddha in the Attic (2011)
The lives of Japanese “picture wives” - women imported to the United States by immigrant workers in the early 20th century - are explored in this novel. 129p. Fiction.

Jamil Ahmad, The Wandering Falcon (2011)
A descendant of both tribal chiefs and outlaws, Tor Baz travels the unforgiving terrain where Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan meet, exploring the cultural extremes of its inhabitants. 243p. Fiction.

Sarah Bakewell, How to Live: Or, a Life of Montaigne, in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer (2010)
The Renaissance intellectual Michel de Montaigne spent a lifetime grappling with this essential question. Bakewell’s biography follows his pursuit, yielding a portrait of the man and his influential thoughts in the process. 389p. Nonfiction.

Justin Torres, We the Animals (2011)
Three brothers somersault through childhood in a biracial household fueled by a fierce love bordering on pain. 144p. Fiction.

Siobhan Fallon, You Know When the Men are Gone (2011)
Life goes on at Fort Hood, Texas while the men are on active duty, but some families handle this “muted life” better than others in these interconnected short stories. 226p. Fiction.

Kristin Kimball, The Dirty Life (2011)
This Brookline Reads 2013 selection charts the author’s path from city-loving night-owl to barn-dwelling early-bird as she attempts to adapt to a new life (and a new husband) on a sustainable farm in upstate New York. 287p. Nonfiction.