Book Discussion Group

Attention: The location of the book discussion group has changed to the Main Library at 449 Front St.

Chicopee Main Library
449 Front St
(413) 594-1800

Meeting: Third Tuesday of the Month- 6:30pm

Title List for 2014-2015

The Girls of Atomic City Book Cover

Sept 16

The Girls of Atomic City by Denise Kiernan

Reviewer: Flo Jacksen

Publisher's Summary: Looks at the valuable contributions made by the thousands of women who worked at a secret uranium-enriching facility in Oak Ridge, Tennessee during World War II.

A Promise to Astrid Book Cover Star Crossed Book Cover

Oct. 21

A Promise to Astrid by Michael K. Tourville

Author Visit from Michael K. Tourville - 6:15 - 7:00

Star Crossed by Bette Isacoff

Book Talk - author Bette Isacoff - 7:-8:15

Star Crossed Publisher's Summary: Bette Isacoff, on a student-teaching assignment at a New Haven, CT high school, walked into the Teachers' Lounge one day. There, she spotted a seventeen-year-old Jewish kid. She, twenty-one and Catholic, already had college graduation in her sights. Seven weeks later, the two were engaged. This was 1968, when Jews and Catholics rarely married "outside." To say their courtship was ill-received is an understatement. And so the fun began....Yet from this unlikely set of circumstances came a forty-four year (and counting) marriage and eventual --if grudging-- acceptance all around. Poignant, funny, and inspirational, this memoir will make even the most hard-nosed cynic believe in love.

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Nov. 18

The Light Between the Oceans by M.L. Stedman

Reviewer: Sue Moesley

Publisher's Summary: Moving his young bride to an isolated lighthouse home on Australia's Janus Rock where the couple suffers miscarriages and a stillbirth, Tom allows his wife to claim an infant who has washed up on the shore only to witness a rift in their marriage that is further complicated by a search by the baby's desperate mother.

Madonnas of Leningrad Book Cover

Dec. 16

The Madonnas of Leningrad by Debra Dean

Reviewer: Chris Wrona

Publisher's Summary: In a novel that moves back and forth between the Soviet Union during World War II and modern-day America, Marina, an elderly Russian woman, recalls vivid images of her youth during the height of the siege of Leningrad when, as a tour guide at the Hermitage, she and other staff members removed the museum's priceless artworks for safekeeping.

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Jan. 20

Rabbit, Run by John Updike

Reviewer: Denise Wallace

Publisher's Summary: Harry Angstrom was a star basketball player in high school and that was the best time of his life. Now in his mid-20s, his work is unfulfilling, his marriage is moribund, and he tries to find happiness with another woman. But happiness is more elusive than a medal, and Harry must continue to run--from his wife, his life, and from himself, until he reaches the end of the road and has to turn back...

Loving Frank Book Cover

Feb. 17

Loving Frank by Nancy Horan

Reviewer: Judy Chelte

Publisher's Summary: Fact and fiction blend in a historical novel that chronicles the relationship between seminal architect Frank Lloyd Wright and Mamah Cheney, from their meeting, when they were each married to another, to the clandestine affair that shocked Chicago society.

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Mar. 17

Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

Reviewer: Ann Hammon

Publisher's Summary: Close to aging out of the foster care system, Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer takes a community service position helping an elderly woman named Vivian clean out her home and discovers that they are more alike than different as she helps Vivian solve a mystery from her past.

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Apr. 21

The Spirit Keeper by K.B. Laugheed

Reviewer: Kayla Weagle-Bruso

Publisher's Summaries: Katie O'Toole, thirteenth child of Irish exiles, is taken captive in 1747 by two Native Americans who tell her that a young holy man, Syawa, believes Katie is destined to bring a great gift to his people, but she must first become his Spirit Keeper.

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May 19

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Reviewer: Gerry Cove

Publisher's Summary: Recounts the adventures of a young boy and an escaped slave as they travel down the Mississippi River on a raft.