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.
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
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
|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
| Adler, Elizabeth.
| Beverly-Whittemore, Miranda.
| Bradford, Barbara.
| Cline, Emma. The Girls
| Evanovich, Janet.
The Pursuit: A Fox and O'Hare Novel
| Finder, Joseph.
| Frank, Dorothea Benton.
All Summer Long
| Furst, Alan.
A Hero of France
| Griffin, Emily.
First Comes Love
| Hamilton, Laurell K.
| 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.
| Pratchett, Terry & Stephen Baxter. The Long Cosmos
| Proulx, Annie.
| 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.
| Williams, Beatriz.
A Certain Age
| Woods, Stuart. Dishonorable Intentions
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
Find a magazine to inform,
entertain, or intrigue you. Take a look at our
Book Talk: We Recommend
by Mary Murphy, Borrower Services
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
else library staff recommend.
Book Group Kits To Go
We now have book
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
For other ideas for your next book group pick, see the
Book Group Choices list.
to the Homebound
Services to the
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.