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May 21, 2015 - "The Chaperone" by Laura Moriarty
Third Thursday Book Group - 1pm
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The Third Thursday Book Group at the Library will be discussing The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty.

A New York Times bestseller,The Chaperone is a captivating novel about a woman who chaperoned an adolescent, pre-movie-star to New York City in the 1920s and the summer that would change them both.


Only a few years before becoming a famous silent-film star and an icon of her generation, a fifteen-year-old Louise Brooks leaves Wichita, Kansas, to study with the prestigious Denishawn School of Dancing in New York. Much to her annoyance, she is accompanied by a thirty-six-year-old chaperone, who is neither mother nor friend. Cora Carlisle, a complicated but traditional woman with her own reasons for making the trip, has no idea what she’s in for. Young Louise, already stunningly beautiful and sporting her famous black bob with blunt bangs, is known for her arrogance and her lack of respect for convention. Ultimately, the five weeks they spend together will transform their lives forever.

Drawing on the rich history of the 1920s, ’30s, and beyond—from the orphan trains to Prohibition, flappers, and the onset of the Great Depression to the burgeoning movement for equal rights and new opportunities for women—Laura Moriarty’sThe Chaperone illustrates how rapidly everything, from fashion and hemlines to values and attitudes, was changing at this time and what a vast difference it all made for Louise Brooks, Cora Carlisle, and others like them.

Newcomers are always welcome, and people who wish to read the book can pick up a copy at the Library's main desk.






NON-FICTION Book Group
Wednesday June 3 at 1pm and Thursday June 4 at 6:30 pm

Readers of non-fiction will discuss I am Malala I am Malala book coverby Malala Yousafzai for their June meetings.

When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education. On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, when she was fifteen, she almost paid the ultimate price. She was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school, and few expected her to survive.

Instead, Malala's miraculous recovery has taken her on an extraordinary journey from a remote valley in northern Pakistan to the halls of the United Nations in New York. At sixteen, she has become a global symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest nominee ever for the Nobel Peace Prize. I AM MALALA is the remarkable tale of a family uprooted by global terrorism, of the fight for girls' education, of a father who, himself a school owner, championed and encouraged his daughter to write and attend school, and of brave parents who have a fierce love for their daughter in a society that prizes sons. I AM MALALA will make you believe in the power of one person's voice to inspire change in the world.


For more information, email director@hampsteadlibrary.org or call 603/329-6411.

UPDATE: This book group will take a break during July and August. 
The September meeting with be Tuesday the 8th, due to the Labor Day holiday.
Starting in OCTOBER, the group will meet at 1PM on the first TUESDAY of the month.


Join the group at any time; newcomers are always welcome. Bring ideas for books you'd like to discuss to the meetings.



Upcoming Book group selections

Here's the list of the upcoming titles for our Third Thursday Book Group:

June – The Distant Hours by Kate Morton


The Non-Fiction Book Group meets the first week of the month, Wednesday and Thursday.
Here are future titles:

September - Ponzi's Scheme  by  Mitchell Zuckoff
October - Boys in the Boat  by  Daniel James Brown
November -The Brothers   by  Stephen Kinzer
December -  Dark Star Safari  by  Paul Theroux