Booked for Lunch

The Stars Are Fire coverBooked for Lunch is facilitated by Library Director Karen Demers and meets the first Tuesday of every month at noon. No sign up is necessary and newcomers are always welcome!

The selection for March 6 is The Stars Are Fire by Anita Shreve, which you can request through the catalog or by calling the library at 413-596-6141.

In October 1947, after a summer-long drought, fires began near Bar Harbor, Maine, and raced along the coast, ravaging 200,000 acres. Five months' pregnant, Grace Holland is left alone to protect her two toddlers when her husband Gene joins the volunteer firefighters, Along with her best friend, Rosie, and Rosie's two young children, the women watch in horror as their houses go up in flames, then walk into the ocean as a last resort. They miraculously survived, but their lives are forever changed. As Grace awaits news of her husband's fate, she is thrust into a new world in which she must make a life on her own. In the midst of devastating loss, Grace discovers glorious new freedoms and her spirit soars. And then the unthinkable happens.


 

Evening Book Discussion

The Harbinger coverThe Evening Book Discussion meets on the third Wednesday of every month at 7:00 p.m. and is facilitated by Adult Services Librarian Mary Bell. No sign up is necessary and newcomers are always welcome!

The selection for February 21 is The Harbinger by Jonathan Cahn, which you can request through the catalog or by calling the library at 413-596-6141.

The Harbinger opens with the appearance of a man burdened with a message he has received from a mysterious figure called The Prophet. The Prophet has given him nine seals, each containing a message about America's future. As the story unfolks, each revelation becomes a piece in a greater puzzle -- the ramifications of which will even alter the course of world history. Copies of next month's book will be at the Front Desk in the days leading up to the discussion.

Classics Book Club

The Awakening cover, blue with the outline of a woman standing with arms spread wide.The Classics Book Club meets the fourth Wednesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. and is facilitated by Jessica Magill.

The selection for Tuesday, February 27 is The Awakening by Kate Chopin. Copies are available to pick up at the Front Desk or you can request them through the catalog or calling the library at 413-596-6141.

When first published in 1899, The Awakening shocked readers with its honest treatment of female marital infidelity. Audiences accustomed to the pieties of late Victorian romantic fiction were taken aback by Chopin's daring portrayal of a woman trapped in a stifling marriage, who seeks and finds passionate physical love outside the straitened confines of her domestic situation.