Book Group Books

Families and Sagas: the power of stories

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Land of Love and Drowning - Tiphanie Yanique
The Virgin Islands is home to three generations of the Bradshaw family, where legends, history under colonial rule, and individuals’ stories shape two sisters, Eeona and Anette.
The Storied Life of A. J. Fickry - Gabrielle Zevin
An independent bookstore owner, a foundling child, a traveling sales rep on a small island off the coast of Massachusetts—ingredients for a literary love story?
The Tiger's Wife - Téa Obreht
Legends and superstitions, the history of the Balkans, and her beloved physician grandfather’s untold secrets shape a young doctor, returning to her family’s roots.
The Round House - Louise Erdrich
A 13 year old boy tries to win justice for his mother, from the courts and community in North Dakota’s complex of cultures, on and off the reservation.

Far-Flung Places

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Shadow of the Silk Road - Colin Thubron
A journey of thousands of years, thousands of miles
A Thousand Days in Venice: an unexpected romance - Marlena di Blasi
In love with a place and a person
The Longest Road: Overland in search of America, from Key West to the Arctic Ocean - Philip Caputo
Driving with an Airstream, a wife and a dog.
A Sense of the World: How a blind man became history’s greatest traveler - Jason Roberts
Logging more than 250,000 miles in mid-19th century

Back and Forth: Fiction with Shared Themes

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To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
Is it the classic we remember from the film and from high school?
Americanah - Chiminanda Nogzi Adiche
A Nigerian in the US encounters race issues for the first time.
The Best Revenge - Rebecca Rule
Short stories about New Hampshire
Blackbird House - Alice Hoffman
A web of tales in 200 years in a salt water farm on Cape Cod

Extraordinary Women: Biographies and memoirs

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Desert Queen: The extraordinary life of Gertrude Bell - Janet Wallach
The woman who invented the Middle East as we know it.
The art of scandal: the life and times of Isabella Stewart Gardner - Douglas Shand-Tucci
The woman whose home and collection is a jewel in Boston’s crown
King Peggy: An American Secretary, Her Royal Destiny, and the Inspiring Story of How She Changed An African Village - Peggielene Bartels & Eleanor Herman
A DC secretary becomes an African king
My Beloved World - Sonia Sotomayor
The Supreme Court justice’s journey.

Across America in Historical Fiction

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Doc - Mary Doria Russell
This novel re-imagines the life of Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday and the denizens of Dodge City.
The Orchardist - Amanda Coplin
William Talmadge and his lovingly cultivated orchards of apples and apricots set against the rugged beauty of Washington State at the turn of the twentieth century.
Snow Child - Eowyn Ivey
Alaska, 1920: a brutal place to homestead, and especially tough for recent arrivals Jack and Mabel. Childless, they are drifting apart--until they build a child out of snow.
Mudbound - Hillary Jordan
In 1946, a family is struggling on the Mississippi Delta, when two young men arrive.

Granite State Reads: New Hampshire in Novels

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Look to the Mountain - LeGrand Cannon
NH in the Revolutionary War times
The Old American - Ernest Hebert
The experience of the “other side” of the French and Indian War
Aunt Sarah Woman of the Dawnland - Trudy Ann Parker
An Abenaki healer and basket-maker
The Dearly Departed - Elinor Lipman
Death brings two young adults together in a New Hampshire small town.

“Touched by the Arts”: Biographies and memoirs about painters, actors, dancers, & musicians

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The Private Lives of the Impressionists - Sue Roe
How do artists influence and support each other?
Hamlet’s Dresser - Bob Smith
Could Shakespeare save your life?
Mao’s Last Dancer - Cunxin Li
Ballet is the ticket out of dire poverty in Communist China.
The Soloist - Steve Lopez
Music and friendship vs. homelessness and mental illness.

Families in the Melting Pot: Novels of Immigration & Assimilation

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Crescent - Diana-Abu Jaber
Sirine, a half-Iraqi chef in California falls in love with a Middle Eastern studies professor and through stories, food, and relationships discovers her roots and her destiny.
Away - Amy Bloom
Lilian Leyb’s quest for a better life takes her from Russia to New York to Alaska in this historical novel.
The House on Mango Street - Sandra Cisneros
Esperanza Cordero, a young Latina comes of age in Chicago, as did the author, who was born in 1954.
The Buddha in the Attic - Julie Otsuka
The story of the lives of “picture brides” brought to San Francisco from Japan in the 1920s until World War II upends their world is told in lyrical succinct writing.

Wanderlust: Let’s Go!

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Maphead: charting the wide, weird world of geography wonks - Ken Jennings
What is so fascinating about geography?
Nothing Daunted: The Unexpected Education Of Two Society Girls In The West - Dorothy Wickenden
In 1916 the author’s grandmother and her friend travel across the United States to teach school in the new settlements of Colorado.
Turn Right At Machu Picchu: Rediscovering The Lost City One Step At A Time - Mark Adams
A humorous account of an armchair traveler’s experiences in Peru, and a recounting of the wondrous discovery first made in 1911 by Hiram Bingham III.
Sideways on a Scooter: life and love in India - Miranda Kennedy
A twenty-something leaves her American life for Delhi and learns about a developing country and herself.

Tales for a Winter’s Night

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The Ha-Ha - Dave King
A vet injured Viet Nam is mute and misunderstood by his hometown until he is transformed by a relationship with a 9-year-old boy.
The Distant Hours - Kate Morton
A lost letter, a crumbling English castle, family mystery and a tragic love story—Gothic fiction for the 21st century
One Amazing Thing - Chitra Divakaruni
Nine people trapped in a building after an earthquake make a pilgrimage without moving as they reflect on their lives—and are saved by the power of story.
My name is Mary Sutter - Robin Olivera
A 20-year-old midwife who wants to be a surgeon gets a lifetime’s experiences tending the wounded in Washington, D. C. during the Civil War.