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 Programs for Readers


McAuliffe Branch Book Discussion: The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez
August 18, 2016 , 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Christa McAuliffe Branch Library, Community Room

You see them in the periphery of your everyday world -- the immigrants who clean your cars, paint your houses, bus your restaurant tables -- whose stories and complex inner lives are lost to us over a linguistic and cultural divide. These are the unknown Americans of Henriquez' simple but powerful novel, whose stories of love, longing and hardship are given an articulate voice. The plot centers on the Rivera family, who leave a comfortable life in Mexico and move to bleak, cold Delaware in hopes of finding treatment for their 15 year old recently brain damaged daughter, Maribel. As their lives become intertwined with those of the Latino families from various countries who share their dilapidated building, Maribel and a boy from Panama fall in love, igniting a swirl of prejudices that ultimately leads to tragic consequences. Through the vehicle of first person narratives, Henriquez provides a seat for the reader at her characters' kitchen tables, so that we may recognize their common humanity and their rightful place as Americans.

Main Library Book Club: A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
Tuesday September 06, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Main Library, Trustees Room

More details coming soon.

 

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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.

September 2016
Griffin, W. E. B. Broken trust.
August 2016

Coulter, Catherine. Insidious

Patterson, James. Bullseye
Brown, Sandra. Sting
Scottoline, Lisa. Damaged: a Rosato & DiNunzio novel
Woods, Stuart. Smooth operator
Steel, Danielle. Rushing waters: a novel
Penny, Louise. A Great Reckoning: a novel
Evanovich, Janet. Curious Minds: a Knight and Moon Novel
James Lee Burke. Jealous Kind: a novel
Gregory, Philippa. Three sisters, three queens.
Michaels, Fern. Crash and burn.
Phillips, Susan Elizabeth. First Star I See Tonight
 
July 2016
 
Abbott, Megan E. You Will Know Me
Atkins, Ace. Innocents
Castillo, Linda. Among the Wicked: A Kate Burkholder Novel
Connolly, John. Time of Torment: a Charlie Parker Thriller
Fairstein, Linda. Killer look
Green, Jane. Falling
Johansen, Iris. Night and day
Lawson, Mike. House Revenge: a Joe DeMarco Thriller
McCall Smith, Alexander. Chance Developments : Stories
Mallery, Susan.  Daughters of the Bride
Moriarty, Liane. Truly madly guilty
Pearson, Ridley. White bone
Silva, Daniel. Black widow
Steel, Danielle. Magic
 Weiberger, Lauren. Love in a short white dress
 

June 2016

Adler, Elizabeth. The Charmers
Beverly-Whittemore, Miranda. June
Bradford, Barbara. Cavendon Luck
Cline, Emma. The Girls
Evanovich, Janet. The Pursuit: A Fox and O'Hare Novel
Finder, Joseph. Guilty Minds
Frank, Dorothea Benton. All Summer Long
Furst, Alan. A Hero of France
Griffin, Emily. First Comes Love
Hamilton, Laurell K. Crimson Death
Hilderbrand, Elin. Here's to Us
King, Stephen. End of watch: a novel
Meltzer, Brad. The House of Secrets
Mosley, Walter. Charcoal Joe: An Easy Rawlins Mystery
Patterson, James. Private Rio
Pratchett, Terry & Stephen Baxter. The Long Cosmos
Proulx, Annie. Barkskins
Roach, Mary. Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War
Schine, Cathleen. They May Not Mean To, but They Do
Thor, Brad. Foreign Agent: A Thriller
Tyler, Anne. Vinegar Girl
Williams, Beatriz. A Certain Age
 Woods, Stuart. Dishonorable Intentions
 

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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 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.

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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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