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
Meeting: Third Tuesday of the Month- 6:30pm
Title List for 2014-2015
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.