Book Group

Last Monday of the Month at 6:00PM

The Raymond Village Library Book group has a wonderful selection for 2022.  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.

Book Group Titles for 2022

Hermit: the Mysterious Life of Jim Whyte by Jeffrey H. Ryan

When Jim Whyte settled outside Monson, Maine, in 1985, people did not know what to make of him.  Almost 130 years later, we still don’t.  Jim was a world traveler who spoke six languages with sacks of money and the desire to keep to himself.  What was he hiding?  Even the FBI couldn’t figure him out.  Based on a true story, Hermit follows the quest to find out all about Whyte’s secret life before it’s too late.

The Plot by Jean Hanff Korelitz

Jacob Finch Bonner was once a promising young novelist.  Today, he’s teaching in a third-rate MFA program and struggling to maintain what’s left of his self-respect.  When his student Evan parker refuses Jake’s help with the plot of Evan’s pending book, Jake finds that this will be a spectacular novel.  When the novel never comes out, Jake learns that his student has died.  So he decides to complete the book himself.  From the book, he becomes a wealthy, famous author.  But then an e-mail arrives, You are a thief, it says.  Jake tries to hide the truth from his public.  What he learns more about his late student terrifies him.  Who was Evan Parker?  What is the real story and who stole it from whom?

The Paris Library by Janet Skeslian Charles

Paris, 1939:  Young Odile Souchet has it all; her handsome police officer beau and a dream job at the American Library in Paris.  The the Nazis march into Paris.  Odile joins the Resistance fighting with the best weapons she has: books.  But when the war finally ends, Odile tastes the bitter sting of unspeakable betrayal.  Montana, 1983: Lily is a lonely teenagers looking for adventure in a small town.  Her interest is piqued by her solitary, elderly neighbor and her mysterious past.  We find that extraordinary heroism can sometimes be found in the quietest of places.

Sigh, Gone: A Misfit’s Memoir of Great Books, Punk Rock, and the Fight to Fit In by Phuc Tran

In 1975, during the fall of Saigon, Phuc Tran immigrates to America along with his family.  They land in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, a small town where the Trans struggle to assimilate into their new life.  In this memoir, Tran learns to accept himself despite the challenges of immigration and traditional parents, feelings of isolation, and teenage rebellion.  Sigh, Gone explores the bewildering experiences of abuse, racism, and tragedy- and the redemption found in classic literature and in the subculture of punk rock.

Lemon Tree: An Arab, a Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East by Sandy Tolan

In 1967, Bashir Al-Khayri, a Palestinian 25-year-old, journeyed to Israel, with he goal of seeing the beloved old stone house, with the lemon tree behind it, that he and his family had fled nineteen years earlier.  To his surprise, he was greeted by Dalia Ashkenazi Landau, a 19-year-old Israeli college student, whose family fled Europe for Israel following the Holocaust.  Dalia and Bashir begin a rare friendship, forged in the aftermath of war and tested over the next thirty-five years in ways that neither could imagine.

The Music of Bees by Eileen Garvin

Three lonely strangers in a rural Oregon town are serendipitously brought together on a honeybee farm.  44-year-old Alice Holtzman is reeling from the unexpected death of her husband and subject to panic attacks.  In the grip of a panic attack, she nearly collides with Jake, a troubled, paraplegic teenager with the tallest mohawk in Hood River County, while carrying 120,000 honeybees in the back of her pickup truck.  And then there’s Harry, a 24-year-old with debilitating social anxiety who is desperate for work. An unexpected friendship grows between them as they fight a local pesticide company in order to save the bees.

A Secret Gift: How One Man’s Kindness & a Trove of Letters Revealed the Hidden History of the Great Depression by Ted Gup

Shortly before Christmas 1933 in Depression era Canton, Ohio, a newspaper ad offered $10 to 75 families in distress obtained by submitting a letter describing their hardships to a benefactor called Mr. B. Virdot.  The author’s grandfather Sam Stone placed this ad to help his fellow Cantonians.  75 years later, Ted Gup sets out to unveil the lives and the family sagas behind those letters, and how that gift helped to turn people’s lives around.  In the process, Gup also learned that Sam Stone was more complex than the lovable persona he’d shown his grandson.