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 Programs for Readers

Main Library Book Club: Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Tuesday, March 10, 7:00pm
Main Library, Trustees Room

Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction, the book chronicles the social and personal struggles of Ifemelu, a Nigerian immigrant who surmounts the challenges of racism and culture shock by eventually launching an audacious blog in which she explores what she calls Racial Disorder Syndrome. Led by Ruth Winett.

McAuliffe Branch Book Discussion- Mastering the Art of French Eating: Lessons in Food and Love from a Year in Paris by Ann Mah
Thursday March 19, 10:00am
McAuliffe Branch

Journalist Ann Mah writes a savory account of her travels through the different regions of France and the authentic and traditional food that is served. She is inspired by Julia Child, a beloved chef from her childhood, who also was alone in France while her diplomat husband was away. The history she shares of these famous dishes is particularly interesting and recipes are included! 

You Must Read This!
Saturday March 21, 10:00am
Main Library, Trustees Room

Looking for a good book? Join other readers in this informal book chat. Participants have the opportunity to share with the group a book or two they have enjoyed. Everyone leaves with a list of recommended titles. To see what was reviewed at previous meetings, please click here. Refreshments.  

Main Library Book Club: The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling
Tuesday, April 7, 7:00pm
Main Library, Trustees Room

The group will discuss The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling. Liz Fideler will lead the discussion. 

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 Ideas for Readers

Book Group Choices
If you're a member of a book group or simply enjoy literary fiction, you might discover some intriguing titles in our new booklist, Book Group Choices: Recent Titles for People Who Enjoy Literary Reads.

New and Forthcoming Books 
To reserve a book in the Minuteman Library Network catalog, click on the title.

June 2015
Delinsky, Barbara. Blueprints: a novel
Deveraux, Jude. Ever After
Finder, Joseph. Fixer
Frank, Dorothea Benton. All the single ladies
Green, Jane. Summer secrets
Hilderbrand, Elin. Rumor: a novel
Meltzer, Brad. President's Shadow
Reich, Christopher. Invasion of Privacy
Slaughter, Karin. Pretty girls
Steel, Danielle. Country: a novel
 
May 2015
Atkins, Ace. Robert B. Parker's Kickback
Atkinson, Kate. God in ruins
Brown, Dale. Iron wolf
Brown, Rita Mae. Tail Gait : A Mrs. Murphy Mystery
Child, Lincoln. Forgotten room
Crais, Robert. Promise: An Elvis Cole and Joe Pike Novel
Cussler, Clive. Piranha
Deaver, Jeffery. Solitude Creek
DeMille, Nelson. Quiet End
De Rosnay, Tatiana. A Paris Affair
Kellerman, Jonathan. Murderer's daughter: a novel
Levitt, Steven D. and Dubner, Stephen J. Hurray for High Gas Prices
McCullough, David. Wright brothers
Patterson, James. 14th Deadly Sin
Sandford, John. Gathering Prey
Smiley, Jane. Early warning
Thayer, Nancy. Guest cottage
 
April 2015
Baldacci, David. Memory Man
Berg, Elizabeth. Dream lover: a novel
Iles, Greg. Bone Tree
Johansen, Iris. Your Next Breath
Leon, Donna. Falling in love
Macomber, Debbie. Last One Home
Morrison, Toni. God help the child
Nesbo, Jo. Blood on snow
Quick, Amanda. Garden of lies
Scottoline, Lisa. Every fifteen minutes
Woods, Stuart. Hot pursuit
 
March 2015
Berry, Steve. The Patriot Threat
Box, C. J. Endangered
Coben, Harlan. Stranger
Cook, Robin. Host
Cussler, Clive. Assassin
Evanovich, Janet. Wicked charms 
Fielding, Joy. Someone Is watching
Jance, Judith A. Cold betrayal
Larson, Erik. Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania
Lehane, Dennis. World gone by
Patterson, James. NYPD Red 3
Steel, Danielle. Prodigal son
Winspear, Jacqueline. Dangerous Place : a Maisie Dobbs novel
 
February 2015
Adler-Olsen, Jussi. Alphabet house : a novel
Berenson, Alex. Twelve Days
Connolly, John & Jennifer Ridyard. Empire: Book 2, The Chronicles of the Invaders. 
Freveletti, Jamie. Robert Ludlum's™ The Geneva Strategy 
Gardner, Lisa. Crash & Burn
Hornby, Nick. Funny girl
Kellerman, Jonathan. Motive: An Alex Delaware Novel
Lippman, Laura. Hush: A Tess Monaghan Novel
Robb, J.D. Obsession in Death 
Tyler, Anne. A Spool of Blue Thread

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Looking for more ideas?
Check out the library's fiction & leisure reading lists to find more books on your favorite themes. Spies or romance, thrillers or friendship - our booklists cover a range of themes and tastes. 

Visit the Novelist database, where you can find lists of books with your favorite plots, themes, or settings.

To find out what's hot this month, take a look at the Minuteman Top Requests List to see what's hot. 

The Staff Recommends page spotlights books library staff have enjoyed.

Looking for information you can use? Check the library's resource lists on subjects from home repair to small businesses.

Find a magazine to inform, entertain, or intrigue you. Take a look at our periodicals list.

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 We Recommend

Book Talk: We Recommend
Recommended by Laraine Worby, Reference Librarian

These two novels, Nora Webster by Colm Toibin and We Are Not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas, feature Irish working class women, one in 1960’s Ireland and one in mid-20th century New York. Their lives are somewhat parallel, with each finding their way as an independent woman and both making questionable choices in her journey.

Nora Webster by Colm Toibin
Nora Webster’s journey is one of mourning, healing and a slow awakening. As a young widow, she is living a lonely life, wanting only to protect and be surrounded by her children as she grieves and attempts to ignore the society around her. We realize that her whole life has been lived through her beloved husband, with opportunities unexplored and rejected, never having had a chance to form her own self or create her own life.

As she comes to terms with her new situation, she is slowly and cautiously drawn back into a world filled with outside relationships and interests. Through the re- discovery of her love of music she begins to find her own voice.

We Are Not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas
We Are Not Ourselves is both a tale of the changing landscape and values of middle class America in the late 20th century, and one of enduring familial love.

Eileen Leary, the main character at the heart of the novel, longs to leave behind the harsh, working class world in which she was raised. She marries a man, Ed, who she believes will facilitate that escape, and is disillusioned when she realizes that he is not interested in the upward climb that she desires.

A strong woman, Eileen embarks on the path to rising mobility anyway, with determination and fierceness. They have a son, Connell, who they both adore. Eileen is constantly pushing Connell academically while Ed is more affectionate.

Along the way, Ed begins to exhibit uncharacteristic, strange behavior and the family dynamic is altered dramatically. His decline occupies the final two-thirds of the novel, as Eileen and Connell struggle for normalcy, but the consequences of his disease are inevitable. Eileen soon learns that plans and dreams have no power over reality as she attempts to maintain his dignity and her control.

See what else library staff recommend.

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 Book Group Kits

Book Group Kits To Go Book Groups to Go!


We now have book group kits with everything (except refreshments) you need for your next meeting. These kits contain 8–10 copies of a popular book group title, reviews, author information and a guide for discussion. We will continue to add to this collection and welcome your suggestions. Do you belong to a book group or have you thought about starting or joining one? You can check out the kit for four weeks, distribute the copies to members and return the kit for your next month’s choice!

The following titles are available:
- The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta
- Caleb's Crossing by Geraldine Brooks
- The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown
- The Tiger's Wife by Tea Obreht
- The Three Wisemans by Cathleen Schine
- Room by Emma Donoghue

Click here to reserve a book group kit or call the Information Desk at 508-532-5570 x4351.

For other ideas for your next book group pick, see the Book Group Choices list.

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 Services to the Homebound

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.

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