2018 Book Group Selections
Last Monday of the Month 6:00PM
The Raymond Village Library Book group has a wonderful selection for 2018. 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.
For more information contact Allison Griffin, Library Director at 207-655-4283 or email email@example.com.
The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Journey into the Wonder of Consciousness
An exploration of the emotional and physical world of the octopus – a surprisingly complex, intelligent, and spirited creature named Athena – and the remarkable connections Athena makes with humans. With a brain the size of that of an African grey parrot and neural matter in each of it eight arms, octopuses have varied personalities and intelligence they show in a myriad of ways – playful, thoughtful and elusive.
I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World
When the Taliban took control. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for the right to an education. When she as fifteen, she was shot in the head at point-blank range while ridding the bus home from school and few expected her to survive. Instead, Malala’s miraculous recovery has taken her on an extraordinary journey from a a remote valley in northern Pakistan to the youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize laureate.
The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane
This is the story of a Li-yan, a Chinese mother who is a tea farmer and that of her out-of-wedlock daughter who is adopted by an American couple. Haley, the daughter, grows up a privileged and well-loved California girl who comes to wonder about her origins. Meanwhile, Li-yan has longed for her lost daughter for ears. They both search for and find answers in the tea that has shaped their family’s destiny for generations.
A Piece of the World
Christina Baker Lee
”Later he told me that he’d been afraid to show me the painting. He thought I wouldn’t like the way he portrayed me: dragging myself across the field, fingers clutching dirt, my legs twisted behind. The arid moonscape of wheatgrass and timothy. That dilapidated house in the distance, looming up like a secret that won’t stay hidden.” To Christina Olson, her entire world was her family’s remote farm in the small coastal town of Cushing, Maine. She becomes the inspiration for the artist Andrew Wyeth and the subject of one of his best known paintings. The story
Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker
This is a fictional account of the real friendship between Mary Todd Lincoln and her seamstress, Elizabeth “Lizzie” Keckley, a former slave who outfitted the Capitol’s elite. Lizzie Keckley becomes part of the Lincoln family’s daily life, supporting Mary Todd Lincoln through the loss of her son and then the assassination of her husband – the President. Lizzie Keckley saved scraps from the many gowns she made for Mrs. Lincoln, piecing together a tribute known as the Mary Todd Lincoln Quilt. She also saves her memories in a book, Behind the Scenes: Thirty
The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend
Broken Wheel, Iowa, has never seen anyone like Sara, who has traveled all the way from Sweden just to meet her pen pal Amy of Broken Wheel. When Sara arrives she finds that Amy’s funeral has just ended. The townspeople are kind enough to look after Sara even if they don’t understand her peculiar need for books. Sara starts a bookstore in honor of her friend’s memory and to share the books she loves with the citizens of Broken Wheel to show them that reading is one of the great joys of life.
A Man Called Ove
Ove is a curmudgeon. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him “the bitter neighbor from hell.” One November morning a young chatty family move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove’s mailbox, which leads-in to a comical and gentle tale of unkempt
Born A Crime: Stories From A south African Childhood
Born A Crime: Stories From A South African Childhood Trevor Noah August Trevor Noah’s unlikely path from apartheid South Africa to the desk of The Daily Show began with a criminal act: his birth. Trevor was born to a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother at a time when such a union was punishable by five years in prison. To keep the secret, Trevor was kept mostly indoors under often absurd measures to hide him from a government that could steal him away. Finally liberated by the end of apartheid, Trevor and his mother set forth on a grand adventure. Trevor tells his story with wit and honesty and how he survived a damaged world in a dangerous time armed only with his sense of humor and his mother’s unconditional love.
My Name Is Lucy Barton
Lucy, an aspiring writer, ends up spending nine weeks in the hospital when she develops complications from a routine operation. During this time, she is visited by the mother she hasn’t seen for many years and this short visit is where the story blossoms. The thorny and intricate relationship between mother and daughter is at the heart of the novel. It is a story of beginnings, the way people are shaped by their backgrounds, how much is often left unsaid in families and about the richness of connections that form between people over time
Flight Behavior is set in present day Appalachia ; a parable of catastrophe and denial that explores how life leads us to believe in our own chosen truths. A young wife and mother, Dellarobia, on a failing farm in rural Tennessee experiences something she cannot explain. Her discovery – the arrival of the butterflies – energizes various competing factions – religious leaders, media, climate scientists, environmentalists, politicians, trapping her in the center of the conflict. As the media exploit the event, Dellarobia notices that “nobody was asking why the butterflies were
Can’t Wait to Get to Heaven
A gem of Southern story-telling with side-splitting hilarity. Fannie Flagg takes readers back to Elmwood Springs, Missouri, where the unlikely experiences of a high-spirited octogenarian inspire a town to ponder the age-old question: Why are we here? Life is the strangest thing and always an adventure.