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 Programs for Readers

Main Library Book Club: The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
Tuesday, October 6, 7:00pm
Main Library

Sue Monk Kidd’s masterpiece is inspired by the true story of early-nineteenth-century abolitionist and suffragist Sarah Grimké. Sarah is the outspoken daughter of a wealthy Southern plantation owner, and Handful is an urban slave in the Grimké household yearning to break free from her bonds of servitude. “Kidd is a master storyteller… she immerses the reader in the lives of these fascinating women as they navigate religion, family drama, slave revolts, and the abolitionist movement.” (Booklist). Led by Elizabeth Fideler.

McAuliffe Branch Book Discussion: Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman
Thursday, October 15, 10:00am
McAuliffe Branch

When the beautiful and precocious sisters Sally and Gillian Owens, are orphaned at a young age, they are taken to a small Massachusetts town to be raised by their eccentric aunts, who live in the darkest, eeriest house in town. As they become aware of their aunts' mysterious and sometimes frightening powers -- and as their own powers begin to surface -- the sisters grow determined to escape their strange upbringing by blending into "normal" society. Led by Dawn Dellasanta. 

Y’ALL (Young Adult Literature Lovers) Book Group for Teens and Adults
Thursday October 22, 7-8:00pm
Main Library, J Program Room

It’s no secret that adults love YA books as much as teens do, so if you’re one of those 20-something or older adults, openly embrace your passion for YA literature with other aficionados! We’ll be discussing A.S. King’s Reality Boy, the at times hilarious story of Gerald, a former reality show child star who is now seventeen and desperately trying to manage his rage while figuring out some disturbing things about his family. Also we’ll cast votes online for the annual YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) Top Ten! Snacks and beverages provided. For adults and teens grades 9 and up. 

Main Library Book Club: The Bird Artist by Howard Norman
Tuesday, November 3, 7:00pm
Main Library

Discussion to be led by Beth Beloff.


 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.

November 2015
Albom, Mitch. Magic strings of Frankie Presto: a novel
Allende, Isabel. Japanese lover
Baldacci, David. Guilty
Clark, Mary Higgins. All dressed in white: an under suspicion novel
Connelly, Michael. Crossing
Crais, Robert. Promise: An Elvis Cole and Joe Pike Novel
Cussler, Clive. Pharaoh's secret 
Evanovich, Janet. Tricky twenty-two: a Stephanie Plum novel
Kellerman, Jonathan and Kellerman, Jesse. Golem of Paris
Patterson, James. Cross justice
Irving, John. Avenue of mysteries
King, Stephen. Bazaar of bad dreams : stories
Preston, Douglas. Crimson Shore
October 2015
Brooks, Geraldine. The Secret chord
Cook, Robin. Host
Flynn, Vince. Survivor 
George, Elizabeth. Banquet of consequences: a Lynley novel
Gerritsen, Tess. Playing With Fire
Grisham, John. Rogue lawyer
Kellerman, Faye. Theory of death: a Decker/Lazarus novel
McCall Smith, Alexander. Woman who walked in sunshine: No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency
Maguire, Gregory.  After Alice
Mitchell, David. Slade house : a novel
Morton, Kate. Lake House
Sandford, John. Saturn run: a novel of 2066
Sheldon, Sidney. Sidney Sheldon's Reckless: a Tracy Whitney Novel
Schiff, Stacy. Witches: Salem, 1692
Scottoline, Lisa. Corrupted
Smiley, Jane. Golden Age : a novel
Sparks, Nicholas. See me
Trigiani, Adriane. All the stars in the heavens
Woods, Stuart. Foreign affairs
September 2015
Adler-Olsen, Jussi. Hanging girl
Atwood, Margaret. Heart goes last: a novel
Child, Lee. Make me
Connolly, John. Song of shadows
Coulter, Catherine. End game
Cussler, Clive. Solomon curse
Johansen, Iris. Shadow Play: an Eve Duncan Novel
Lagercrantz, David. Girl in the Spider's Web: A Lisbeth Salander Novel, Continuing Stieg Larsson's Millennium Series
Moyes, Jojo. After you
Patterson, James. Murder House 
Perry, Anne. Corridors of the night: a William Monk novel
Steel, Danielle. Undercover: a novel


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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.


 We Recommend

Book Talk: We Recommend
Recommended by Mary Murphy, Borrower Services

Inside the O’Brien’s by Lisa Genova
Neuroscientist Lisa Genova has written this novel bringing attention to the lethal neurodegenerative disease called Huntington’s. There is no current treatment or cure for this disease. This story is about Joe O’Brien who is a 44 year old police officer who begins to display uncharacteristic bouts of rage and uncontrolled movements. These symptoms make his family and his fellow officers think that he has either a drinking or a drug problem. Finally, his wife and his partner convince him to see a neurologist and this is when he is handed down the diagnosis. Joe and his wife Rose have four adult children who have a 50% chance of developing Huntington’s. Life continues in turmoil as he has to give up his job and tell his children that he has possibly given them this disease. Joe comes to realize that each moment is precious and with his self-awareness tries to comfort his family members. This novel skillfully emphasizes the emotional struggle of friends and family and how they try to pull together and live their lives.
Also available as an E-Book and Audiobook.

See what else library staff recommend.


 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.


 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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