Booked for Lunch

Recipes for Love and Murder 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 October 3 is Recipes for Love and Murder by Sally Andrews, which you can request through the catalog or by calling the library at 413-596-6141. A bright new talent makes her fiction debut with this first novel in a delicious crimes series set in rural South Africa: a flavorful blend of The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency and Goldy Schulz, full of humor, romance, and recipes, and featuring a charming cast of characters. Tannie Maria ("tannie" meaning auntie, a respectful Afrikaans address for a woman older than you) is a middle-aged widow who likes to cook and eat. She shares her culinary love through her work as a recipe columnist for the local paper, until the Gazette decides its readers are hungrier for advice on matters of the heart than for lunch and dinner ideas. Tannie Maria doesn't like the change but soon discovers she has a knack and a passion for helping people. Of course, a recipe is always part of the remedy she offers. Assisting other people with their problems, Tannie Maria is eventually forced to face her own issues.

Classics Book Club

The Great Gatsby coverThe Classics Book Club meets the second Wednesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. and is facilitated by Jessica Magill. Since this is a new group, please sign up so she can anticipate how many people are coming. Newcomers are always welcome. Copies are available to pick up at the Front Desk or you can request them through the catalog.

The selection for October 11 is The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Jay Gatsby had once loved beautiful, spoiled Daisy Buchanan, then lost her to a rich boy. Now, mysteriously wealthy, he is ready to risk everything to woo her back.




 

Evening Book Discussion

Ragtime 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 September 20 is Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow, which you can request through the catalog or by calling the library at 413-596-6141. Ragtime recounts the interrelated twentieth-century lives of the families of a New Rochelle manufacturer, an immigrant socialist, and a Harlem musician and their involvement with Henry Ford, Harry Houdini, Sigmund Freud, and other period notables. Copies of next month's book will be at the Front Desk in the days leading up to the discussion.