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Oct 19: "The Fifth Petal" by Brunonia Barry
Third Thursday Book Group - 1pm

Books are now available to borrow for the Third Thursday Book Club’s October meeting. The group discusses The Fifth Petal by Brunonia Barry. All book lovers are welcome to the discussion. 

Brunonia Barry is the author of the bestseller The Lace Reader.  Her newest novel, involves some of the same characters, such as the Salem MA police chief John Rafferty and his wife, gifted lace reader Towner Whitney.  When a teenage boy dies suspiciously on Halloween night, Rafferty, wonders if there is a connection with Salem’s most notorious cold case in which three young women, all descended from accused Salem witches, were killed on Halloween night in 1989. Rafferty finds unexpected help in the daughter of one of the victims newly returned to town. Neither believes that the main suspect, a respected local historian, is guilty of murder or witchcraft.

NON-FICTION Book Group : "Home Town" by Tracy Kidder
First Tuesday at 1PM

In this splendid book, one of America's masters of nonfiction takes us home--into Hometown, U.S.A., the town of Northampton, Massachusetts, and into the extraordinary, and the ordinary, lives that people live there.

As Tracy Kidder reveals how, beneath its amiable surface, a small town is a place of startling complexity, he also explores what it takes to make a modern small city a success story. Weaving together compelling stories of individual lives, delving into a rich and varied past, moving among all the levels of Northampton's social hierarchy, Kidder reveals the sheer abundance of life contained within a town's narrow boundaries.

Does the kind of small town that many Americans came from, and long for, still exist?  Kidder says yes, although not quite in the form we may imagine. A book about civilization in microcosm, Home Town makes us marvel afresh at the wonder of individuality, creativity, and civic order--how a disparate group of individuals can find common cause and a code of values that transforms a place into a home. And this book makes you feel you live there.       

Upcoming Book Group Selections

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

Nov 16:  Girl in Hyacinth Blue by Susan Vreeland (1999)
Dec 21:  The High Mountains of Portugal by Yann Martel

The Non-Fiction Book Group meets the first Tuesday of the month, at 1PM.
July and August, the group takes a break, to return in September.
December- Massacre on the Merrimack by Jay Atkinson
January (2018) - Immortal life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot