Booked for Lunch

Book Cover, On Oct. 9, the noontime book club meets to discusClose Your Eyes, Hold Handsby M.L. Stedman.

Living in an igloo of ice and trash bags half a year after a cataclysmic nuclear disaster, Emily, convinced that she will be hated as the daughter of the drunken father who caused the meltdown, assumes a fictional identity while protecting a homeless boy. Six months ago, a nuclear plant in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom experienced a cataclysmic meltdown, and both of Emily's parents were killed. Her father was in charge of the plant-- was he drunk when it happened? Instead of following the rest of the refugees after the meltdown, Emily takes off on her own for Burlington, where she survives by stealing, sleeping on the floor of a drug dealer's apartment, and inventing a new identity for herself. When Emily befriends Cameron, a homeless boy, she protects him with a ferocity she didn't know she had. But can she outrun her past, or escape her grief?

Request the book through the catalog or by calling the library at 413-596-6141.

Booked 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!


Evening Book Discussion

On Oct. 17 at 7 p.m., the group will meet to discuss “The Book of Illusions” by Paul Auster.

In this rich and emotionally charged work, a man's obsession with a silent film star sends him on a journey into a shadowy world of lies, illusions, and unexpected love. Six months after losing his wife and two young sons in an airplane crash, Vermont professor David Zimmer spends his waking hours mired in a blur of alcoholic grief and self-pity. Then, watching television one night, he stumbles upon a clip from a lost silent film by comedian Hector Mann. Zimmer's interest is piqued, and he soon finds himself embarking on a journey around the world to research a book on this mysterious figure, who vanished from sight in 1929 and has been presumed dead for sixty years.

Request the book through the catalog or by calling the library at 413-596-6141.

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


Classics Book Club

The selection for Sept. 26 is "The Little Prince" by Antoine de Saint-Exupery. 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.

An aviator whose plane is forced down in the Sahara Desert encounters a little prince from a small planet who relates his adventures in seeking the secret of what is important in life.

The Classics Book Club meets the fourth Wednesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. and is facilitated by Jessica Magill. Please contact Jessica at 603-969-3207 or with any questions.