2019 Book Group


Last Monday of the Month 6:00PM

The Raymond Village Library Book group has a wonderful selection for 2019.  We hope you can join us. The book group will allow you to read something you might not normally select. Read, unwind and have a discussion with friends new and old.

January 2019

Bear Town 

by Fredrick Backman

People say Beartown is finished. A tiny community deep in the forest, it is slowly losing ground to the ever-encroaching trees. But down by the lake is an old ice rink, built generations ago by the working men who founded the town, and that ice rink is the reason town people believe tomorrow will be better. Winning an ice hockey championship means everything and they actually have a shot at winning. All the dreams of this town now rest on the shoulders of a handful of teenage boys. Beartown explores the hopes, the secrets and the courage of a community.

February 2019

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry

by Gabrielle Zevin

Fikry is a bookseller with a shop in a sleepy island resort town off the coast of Massachusetts. He’s cantankerous, but with good reason. His wife has recently died and his prized possession, a rare copy of Tamerlane, has gone missing. And then, there’s the strange addition of a baby girl left on his doorstep with a request for Fikry to take her in. The novel deals with the reality of both death and rebirth, and how unexpected love can rescue you and bring you back to real life in a world that you won’ t want to leave.


March 2019

The God of Small Things

by Arundhati Roy

Set in Kerala, India, in the 1960s when Communism threatened the age-old caste system, the story is about the childhood of fraternal twins whose lives are destroyed by the “Love Laws” that lay down “who should be loved, how and how much”. The story begins with a funeral. Interwoven in this tragedy is a tapestry of local politics, social taboos and of history–all of which fatefully come together leaving a shattered family. 
Rahel, one of the twins, notices that “at times like these. Only the Small Things are ever said. The Big Things lurk unsaid inside.”


April 2019

The Stranger in the Woods

by Michael Finkel

The true story of a man who lived alone in a tent in the Maine woods, through every season, surviving by stealing food, clothes, books and other supplies from nearby cabins for twenty-seven years. In 1986. twenty-year-old Christopher Knight left h is home and disappeared into the Maine woods. He is finally caught and arrested for stealing. This is an account of the why and how of his secluded life–as well as the challenges he has faced returning to the world. A story that asks fundamental questions about solitude, community and what makes a good life.

May 2019


by Clarissa Goenawan

Ren Ishida is nearly done with grad school when he receives news of his sister, Keiko’s death. She was stabbed one rainy night. Her murder remains unsolved. Ren heads to Akakawa to close out his sister’s affairs, unsure why she chose to abandon the family and move to this desolate town. He soon finds himself picking up where Keiko left off, accepting both her teaching job and the odd arrangement of free lodging in exchange for reading to a wealthy man ‘s catatonic wife. As he comes to know the town people, Ren struggles to find solace in the void h is sister has left behind .

June 2019

The Beekeeper


by Dunya Mikhail

Since 2014, ISIS has been brutalizing the Yazidi people of northern lraq, killing those who won’t convert to Islam and enslaving young girls and women . “The Beekeeper” tells the stories of several women who managed to escape with the help of an unlikely hero. a beekeeper who uses his knowledge of the local terrain along with a wide network of helpers to bring these women through the war-torn lands of lraq, Syria and Turkey , back into safety .


July 2019

A Gentlemen in Moscow

by Amor Towles

In 1922, Count Alexander Rostov is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, and is sentenced to house arrest in the grand
Metropol hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an erudite and witty man. has never worked a day in his life, and must now live in an attic room while the most tumultuous decades in Russian history unfold outside the hotel’s doors.

Unexpectedly , his confinement provides him entry into a much larger world of discovery . He lives a full, rich life according to the principle that, “If one did not master one’s circumstances, one was bound to be mastered by them.”


August 2019

The Stars Are Fire

by Anita Shreve

In October 1947 more than 200,000 acres of Maine burned, including half of Acadia National Park. Nine towns were destroyed. Fi res are racing
along the coast of Maine after a summer-long drought. Five months pregnant, Grace Holland is left alone to protect her two toddlers when her husband Gene joins the volunteer fire-fighters. Grace and Her best friend Rosie and their children watch as their houses go up in flames and the are forced to flee to the ocean to survive When dawn comes the are left to face an uncertain future in a town that no Ion er exists.


September 2019

Elephant Company

by Vicki Constantine Croke

The remarkable story of James Howard “Billy” Williams, whose uncanny rapport with the world’s largest land animals transformed him from a carefree young man into the charismatic war hero known as Elephant Bill. Billy Williams came to Burma in 1920 fresh from World War l to work as a “forest man” for a British teak company. Enchanted by the intelligence, character and humor of elephants, he became a gifted “elephant wallah .” The elephants provide lessons in courage, trust, and
gratitude. This is also a tale of daring and bravery during WW11 when Japanese forces invade Burma. The elephants will carry supplies, build bridges. transport the needy over treacherous paths and help with the escape of refugees over the mountains to India.


October 2019

Year of Wonders

by Geraldine Brooks

When an infected bolt of cloth carries plague from London to an isolated village, a housemaid named Anna Frith emerges as an unlikely heroine and healer. This is the fateful year of 1666, when Anna and the villagers confront the spread of disease and superstition. As death touches
everyone the village villagers turn from prayers to witch-hunting. This year of catastrophe instead becomes annus mirabilis , a “year year of wonders .”

November 2019

The Friend

by Sigrid Nunez

 A story of love, friendship, grief, healing, and the magical bond between a woman (who likes cats) and a dog. When a woman loses her lifelong best friend she finds herself bequeathed with the unwanted dog he has left behind. Her own battle against grief is intensified by the mute suffering of the dog, a huge Great Dane traumatized by the inexplicable disappearance of its master. The two become unlikely companions in mourning and in healing.