Book Group Books

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.

Out of this world: Science Fiction for the rest of us

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Pastwatch: the redemption of Christopher Columbus - Orson Scott Card
Alternate history/time travel
The Left Hand of Darkness - Ursula LeGuin
Classic alien worlds with contemporary implications (1970 Hugo & Nebula Best Novel)
The Year of the Flood - Margaret Atwood
Speculative fiction
Darwin's Radio - Greg Bear
Hard-science science fiction

Making a Difference

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The Town that Food Saved - Ben Hewitt
What does a nearby Vermont community show us about food and sustainability?
Uncommon Carriers - John McPhee
How do the ways our "stuff" gets to us affect us as a nation?
Strength in What Remains From Burundi to the U.S. and back again - Tracy Kidder
Can barriers be toppled in our new small world or are some problems insurmountable?
Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet - Bill McKibben
Can we understand the planet's plight and still maintain our hope?

Novel Destinations: Individuals in Community

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A Short History of Women - Kate Walbert
Five generations of women, from the early 1900s to 2007 wrestle with the question: What do women want?
The Plague of Doves-- - Louise Erdrich
A 1911 murder in a small midwestern town near an Ojibwe reservation affects the lives of descendants who unravel the mystery.
Let the Great World Spin - Colum McCann
How can the sight of Philippe Petit’s wire-dancing connect a random ten people on a New York City street in 1974?
Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand - Helen Simonson
An unlikely love story rattles two families and unsettles the most settled of English villages.

The Outsider’s View:Biographies and Memoirs

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The Color of Water: A black man’s tribute to his white mother - James McBride
Strength and resilience in an unusual family.
Persepolis: The story of a childhood - Marjane Satrapi
Growing up in Iran and elsewhere
Zeitoun - Dave Eggers
A Syrian-American survives Katrina, but its aftermath?
Welfare Brat - Mary Childers
What determines who succeeds?

Mysteries of Emily Dickinson: Big Read

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Afternoons with Emily - Rose MacMurray
Historical fiction starring the poet
Emily Dickinson is Dead - Jane Langton
Death stalks the Dickinson scholars
An Arsonist’s Guide to Writers’ Homes in New England-- - Brock Clarke
Who’s torching authors’ homes?
The Poet and the Murderer - Simon Worrall
A 20th century con man forges a “new” poem

Travelers’ Tales

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Down the Nile: Alone in a fisherman’s skiff - Rosemary Mahoney
Solo in Egypt
The Places in Between - Rory Stewart
Walking across Afghanistan
Tales of a Female Nomad: Living at Large in the World - Rita Golden Gelman
Really participating, not just visiting
My Invented Country: A nostalgic journey through Chile - Isabel Allende
A wide-ranging memoir

Mysteries with a Difference

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Daughter of Time— - Josephine Tey
From his hospital bed he solves a 500-year-old mystery
Birds of a feather - Jacqueline Winspear
Not a murder mystery, but still life-and-death
TheThirteenth Tale - Diane Setterfield
Family secrets and ghostly mysteries
Three Bags Full - Leonie Swann
Leonie Swann A flock of Irish sheep are on the case!

First Person: Distinctive voices, near and far

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The Diving Bell and the Butterfly - Dominique Bauby
When a stroke leaves him paralyzed, the former editor of Elle dictates this moving memoir through eye-blinks.
Here at Eagle Pond - Donald Hall
From his grandparents’ farm, the poet laureate (2006-07) reflects on New Hampshire’s uniqueness
Entering the Circle: ancient secrets of Siberian wisdom discovered by a Russian psychiatrist – - Olga Kharitidi
What happens when modern medicine meets a shaman in the Altai Mountains?
My Garden - Jamaica Kincaid
Can an Antiguan woman cultivate happiness in Vermont (with a side-trip to Kumming China)?

Mystery and Mastery: Murders and the Classics

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My Antonia-- - Willa Cather
Inspiring story of prairie immigrants’ struggles and triumphs
Open Season - Archer Mayor
Action-packed police procedural set in Brattleboro VT
Ethan Frome & “The Pelican” - Edith Wharton
Winter and summer tragedies in New England
The Poet - John Connelly
A crime reporter investigates: is it a suicide or serial killing?
The Turn of the Screw - Henry James
An impressionable governess, strange children