Book Group Books

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

Step Back in Time: Prize-winning Historical Fiction

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Imperial Woman-- - Pearl S. Buck
An extraordinary life written by a Nobel author.
March - Geraldine Brooks
A novel spun off Little Women; won the Pulitzer prize
Love in the Time of Cholera-- - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Magical realism and 622 love affairs by the Nobel laureate
The Secret River - Kate Grenville
Australian pioneers in a Man-Booker finalist

The Voice of Experience

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The Scalpel and the Silver Bear: The first Navajo woman surgeon combines Western medicine and traditional healing
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Nine Parts of Desire: the hidden world of Islamic women - Geraldine Brooks
A firsthand account of 6 years covering the Middle East
The Songlines - Bruce Chatwin
Chatwin follows and ponders the Dreaming Tracks across Central Australia
The Scalpel and the Silver Bear: The first Navajo woman surgeon combines Western medicine and traditional healing - Lori Alvord
A memoir of two cultures
Tender at the Bone: Growing up at the table-- - Ruth Reichel
Gourmet magazine editor remembers her early life.
The Glass Castle - Jeanette Walls
An unusual upbringing had its highs and lows

Life’s Work: Reflections on Vocation

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Blue Blood - Edward Conlon
Harvard grad follows the family tradition in NYPD
Complications: a surgeon’s notes on an imperfect science - Atul Gawande
The power and limits of medicine
Swimming to Antarctica: Tales of a long-distance swimmer - Lynne Cox
Undaunted by the harshest conditions, pressing on to new challenges.
A Primate's Memoir: a neuroscientist’s unconventional life among the baboons - Robert M. Sapolsky
The wilds of Kenya and the wilds of the human mind--instructive and very funny.
Thinking in Pictures: and Other Reports from My Life with Autism - Temple Grandin
Grandin applies the scientific method to managing and understanding her own life.

Life on the land

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O Pioneers - Willa Cather
Immigrant struggles and triumphs on the prairie
Midwives - Chris Bohjalian
A woman’s work in a country setting comes under scrutiny
Wish You Well - David Baldacci
A 12-year-old girl moves from New York City to Appalachia in 1940
In the Fall - Jeffrey Lent
A New Hampshire family from the Civil War to the Great Depression
StringToo Short to be Saved - Donald Hall
A future poet grows up on his grandparents’ NH farm
Summer - Edith Wharton
A young woman seeks romance in rural New England

School Days

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The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie - Muriel Spark
How wonderful, how dangerous our teachers can be!
Old School - Tobias Wolff
At a prep school in 1960 a literary competition changes lives
The Finishing School - Gail Godwin
The inspiration of a mentor, and the cost of adulthood for a 14-year-old..
The Road from Coorain - Jill Ker Conway
Education--from an Australian sheep ranch to Sydney and beyond.

Explore! Expeditions in Novels

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Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
How much has changed since this classic was published in 1899?
Voyage of the Narwhal - Angela Barrett
Arctic exploration and the lives of those left at home
The Darwin Conspiracy - John Darnton
How does new information-- and personal ambition change science?
Things Fall Apart - Chinua Achebe
The Heart of Darkness from the Nigerian point of view. Another classic

Travel with Dagger Award Winners

The murder of the maharajah - H.R.F. Keating
1930s India, the British raj and pranks gone awry.
Two for the lions - Lindsey Davis
Vespasian’s Rome and Africa, gladiators and a murdered lion.
Small boat of Great Sorrows - Dan Fesperman
War crimes in Sarajevo and ex-Nazis drag Petric all over Europe