Monday Night Book Group
We usually meet on the 4th or 5th Monday of the month, **barring Holiday interference or other scheduling conflicts,
from 7:15 to 8:30pm.
September 30, 2013 - The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
"Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer, yet her cells--taken without her knowledge--became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first "immortal" human cells grown in culture, they are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than sixty years. ... The story of the Lacks family is inextricably connected to the dark history of experimentation on African Americans, the birth of bioethics, and the legal battles over whether we control the stuff we are made of."
October 21, 2013 - Skeletons At the Feast by Chris Bohjalian
"As Hitler's Third Reich crumbles, an aristocratic Prussian woman and her child flee west away from the approaching Russian army. Eventually they form an unlikely alliance with a Jewish man escaping from the concentration camps."
November 18, 2013 - Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende
"A Chilean woman searches for her lover in the goldfields of 1840s California. Arriving as a stowaway, Eliza finances her search with various jobs, including playing the piano in a brothel."
December 16, 2013 - The Art Forger by Barbara Shapiro
"Making a living reproducing famous artworks for a popular online retailer and desperate to improve her situation, Claire is lured into a Faustian bargain with Aiden Markel, a powerful gallery owner. She agrees to forge a painting, a Degas masterpiece stolen from the Gardner Museum, in exchange for a one-woman show in his renowned gallery. But when that very same long-missing Degas painting is delivered to Claire's studio, she begins to suspect that it may itself be a forgery."
January 27, 2014 - The Shoemaker's Wife by Adriana Trigiani
"Two star-crossed lovers--Enza and Ciro--meet and separate, until, finally, the power of their love changes both of their lives forever. Set during the years preceding and during World War I."
February 24, 2014 - Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver
"Tired of living on a failing farm and suffering oppressive poverty, bored housewife Dellarobia Turnbow, on the way to meet a potential lover, is detoured by a miraculous event on the Appalachian mountainside that ignites a media and religious firestorm that changes her life forever."
March 24, 2014 - The Aviator's Wife by Melanie Benjamin
"Despite her own major achievements--she becomes the first licensed female glider pilot in the United States--Anne Morrow Lindbergh is viewed merely as Charles Lindbergh's wife. The fairy-tale life she once longed for will bring heartbreak and hardships, ultimately pushing her to reconcile her need for love and her desire for independence, and to embrace, at last, life's infinite possibilities for change and happiness."
April 28, 2014 - My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor
"An instant American icon--the first Hispanic on the U.S. Supreme Court--tells the story of her life before becoming a judge in an inspiring, surprisingly personal memoir. With startling candor and intimacy, Sonia Sotomayor recounts her life from a Bronx housing project to the federal bench, a progress that is testament to her extraordinary determination and the power of believing in oneself."
May 19, 2014 - The Golden Egg by Donna Leon
"At the request of his wife, Commissario Brunetti looks into the death of a deaf, mentally disabled man who worked at their dry-cleaners and uncovers a mystery when the man left no official records and his mother is reluctant to speak to him."
June 23, 2014 - Islands of Time by Barbara Lawrence
Join the group to discuss Barbara Lawrence's Islands of Time. This local author delves into affairs of the heart, growing up, and the particular place setting of coastal Maine.