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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
Wed. May 6 at 1pm and Thursday May 7 at 6:30 pm

Cover image-Lost in Shangri-LaReaders of non-fiction will discuss Lost in Shangri-La by Mitchell Zuckoff, during the May discussion. Meeting times are Wed. May 6 at 1pm and Thursday May 7 at 6:30 pm.

On May 13, 1945, twenty-four American servicemen and WACs boarded a transport plane for a sightseeing trip over "Shangri-La," a beautiful and mysterious valley deep within the jungle-covered mountains of Dutch New Guinea. But the pleasure tour became an unforgettable battle for survival when the plane crashed. Miraculously, three passengers pulled through. Margaret Hastings, barefoot and burned, had no choice but to wear her dead best friend's shoes. John McCollom, grieving the death of his twin brother also aboard the plane, masked his grief with stoicism. Kenneth Decker, too, was severely burned and suffered a gaping head wound. Caught between man-eating headhunters and enemy Japanese, the wounded passengers endured a harrowing hike down the mountainside--a journey into the unknown that would lead them straight into a primitive tribe of superstitious natives who had never before seen a white man--or woman.

Drawn from interviews, declassified U.S. Army documents, personal photos and mementos, a survivor's diary, a rescuer's journal, and original film footage, Lost in Shangri-Larecounts this incredible true-life adventure for the first time. By trekking into the New Guinea jungle, visiting remote villages, and rediscovering the crash site, Zuckoff captures the contemporary natives' remembrances of the long-ago day when strange creatures fell from the sky.

A riveting work of narrative nonfiction that vividly brings to life an odyssey at times terrifying, enlightening, and comic, Lost in Shangri-La is a thrill ride from beginning to end.

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

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:

June -- I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

Boys in the Boat will be discussed in the near future.