Book Discussions

The book discussion group meets the fourth Thursday of the month from 6:30 – 7:45pm. Books are available at the front desk about a month before the meeting where we will discuss them. All are welcome. This is a great way to get to know your neighbors. If you have questions, contact Emily at eclasson@pelhamweb.com.

Thursday, January 25, 2018
Dark Tide: the Great Boston molasses flood of 1919 by Puleo (2003)
Explore the curious and tragic molasses flood through a political, social, and legal lens in 1919 Boston.

February 22, 2018
Baker Towers by Haigh (2013)
A compelling story of love and loss in a western Pennsylvania mining town in the years after World War II.

March 22, 2018
All the Light We Cannot See by Doerr (2014)
A stunningly ambitious and beautiful novel about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.

April 26, 2018
Midwives by Bohjalian (1998)
On an icy winter night in an isolated house in rural Vermont, a seasoned midwife named Sibyl Danforth takes desperate measures to save a baby’s life. She performs an emergency cesarean section on a mother she believes has died of stroke. But what if—as Sibyl’s assistant later charges—the patient wasn’t already dead?

 May 24, 2018
The Thirteenth Tale by Setterfield (2007)
Reclusive author Vida Winter, famous for her collection of twelve enchanting stories, has spent the past six decades penning a series of alternate lives for herself. Now old and ailing, she is ready to reveal the truth about her extraordinary existence and the violent and tragic past she has kept secret for so long.

June 28, 2018
The Underground Girls of Kabul: in Search of a Hidden Resistance in Afghanistan by Nordberg (2014)
An investigative journalist uncovers the hidden Afghan custom of bacha posh, translated as “dressed up like a boy,” in which a girl is temporarily raised as a boy and presented as such to the outside world.

July 26, 2018
Where’d You Go Bernadette? by Semple (2012)
A high schooler looks for her quirky architect mother who is married to a Microsoft guru.

August 23, 2018
Calling Invisible Women by Ray (2012)
The story of a mom in her fifties who becomes invisible, but her family doesn’t notice. She uses her invisibility to get to know her family and her town better and leads the way in helping invisible women become recognized and appreciated.

September 27, 2018
Eternal on the Water by Joseph (2010)
Falling in love with the free-spirited Mary during a sabbatical from his teaching job, the nature loving Cobb is devastated to learn that Mary may be carrying a gene for an incurable illness that runs in her family.

October 25, 2018
Homegoing by Gyasi (2017)
Two half-sisters are born into different villages, unaware of each other.  Follow the paths of their lives—one marries an Englishman and lives in comfort; one is captured, sold as a slave, and imprisoned in the very same castle.

November 29, 2018
Life after Life by Atkinson (2014)
What if you could live again and again, until you got it right? On a cold and snowy night in 1910, Ursula Todd is born, but she dies before she can draw her first breath. On that same night, Ursula Todd is born and embarks upon a life that will be, to say the least, unusual. What power and force can one woman exert over the fate of civilization — if only she has the chance?

December 20, 2018
The Radium Girls: the Dark Story of America’s Shining Women by Moore (2017)
The story of the women who worked in radium-dial factories curing World War I.  While they were assured that the material was safe, they shone brightly in the dark and became very ill.  They became embroiled in one of America’s biggest scandals and a groundbreaking battle for workers’ rights.

January 2019
The Midwife’s Confession by Chamberlain (2011)
An unfinished letter is the only clue Tara and Emerson have to the reason behind their close friend Noelle’s suicide. Everything they knew about Noelle—her calling as a midwife and her love for her friends and family—described a woman who embraced life. Yet there was so much they didn’t know.