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 Programs for Readers

Main Library Book Club: Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser
Tuesday, February 3, 7:00pm
Main Library, Trustees Room

The group will discuss Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser. Theodore Dreiser’s revolutionary first novel, published in 1900, tells the story of Carrie Meeber, a young girl who decides to leave her country life to move to Chicago. Carrie is without means or position, and ultimately becomes a kept woman. Dreiser was ahead of his time, writing a nonmoralizing account of a late-19th-century American woman who faced very limited options. Robert Dodd will lead the discussion.  

McAuliffe Branch Book Discussion: Still Life by Louise Penny
Thursday February 19, 10:00am
McAuliffe Branch

Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Québec is called in to the scene of a suspicious death in a rural village south of Montréal and yet a world away. Jane Neal has been found dead in the woods. The locals are certain it’s a tragic hunting accident and nothing more but Gamache smells something foul…and is soon certain that Jane died at the hands of someone much more sinister than a careless bowhunter.  

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

The group will discuss Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Ruth Winett will lead the discussion.  

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.  


 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.

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
January 2015
Cornwell, Bernard. Empty throne 
Dorsey, Tim. Shark Skin Suite 
Grippando, James. Cane and Abe
Kava, Alex. Breaking creed 
Krentz, Jayne Ann. Trust no one.
Moning, Karen Marie. Burned: A Fever Novel 
Patterson, James and Maxine Paetro. Private Vegas 
Pelecanos, George P. Martini shot 
Perry, Thomas. String of beads
Woods, Stuart. Insatiable appetites 


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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 Jennifer T., Information and Research Services

The Return of the Soldier (1918) by Rebecca West
A short but powerful read, this World War I novel tells the story of a shell-shocked soldier named Chris Baldry whose injury during the war leaves him with partial amnesia. After a concussion, Chris wakes up in a hospital bed and cannot remember anything from the past fifteen years of his life. His cousin Jenny and wife Kitty are strangers to him, but who he does remember is his first love, a woman from his past named Margaret Allington. More cheerful than ever, Chris eagerly telegrams the now Mrs. Margaret Grey to arrange for a meeting, despite not having spoken to her in over a decade. Shocked, Kitty and Jenny watch helplessly as he falls in love with Margaret all over again, as they are left wondering whether he was ever happy living with them in the first place, or if his amnesia unmasked the inner feelings he had been harboring all along.
Read Online: Project Gutenberg EBook

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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