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The Holmes Library offers three book discussion groups for adult readers, an evening group, an afternoon group and a mystery readers group. Please feel free to try any group!

Copies of the books are available at the Circulation Desk, or can be reserved through our iBistro catalog. For more information or to sign up, contact Jean for the evening group and Susan for the afternoon and mystery group.

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The Orchardist

by Amanda Coplin

Tuesday, March 24

Discussion at 6:30

At the turn of the twentieth century, in a rural stretch of the Pacific Northwest, a reclusive orchardist, William Talmadge, patiently tends to his apples and apricots. A gentle man, he's found solace in the sweetness of the fruit he grows and the land he cultivates.

One day two teenage girls appear and steal his fruit from the market; they later return to the outskirts of his orchard to see the man who gave them no chase. Scared and pregnant, the girls take up on Talmadge's land and indulge in his deep reservoir of compassion. Just as the girls begin to trust him, men arrive in the orchard with guns, and the tragedy that follows will set Talmadge on an irrevocable course not only to save and protect but also to reconcile the ghosts of his own troubled past.

Books We Have Read

February Delicious! by Ruth Reichl
January '15 Night Road by Kristin Hannah
December The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman
October Skeletons at the Feast by Chris Bohjalian
September Blink by Malcolm Gladwell
August The Art Forger by B.A. Shapiro
July The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
May/June The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
April The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
March Looking for Me by Beth Hoffman
January '14 The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker
November Doc by Mary Doria Russell
October The Age of Desire by Jennie Fields
September The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom
August The Memory of Running by Ron McLarty
July Rules of Civility by Amor Towles
June Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
May Beyond the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo
April The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton
March Sutton by J.R. Moehringer
February The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
January Agnes and the Hitman by Jennifer Crusie
December Double Shot by Diane Shot Davidson
November Only Time Will Tell by Jeffrey Archer
October This Time Together by Carol Burnett
September Sex on the Moon by Ben Mezrich
August Looking for Salvation at the Dairy Queen by Susan Gilmore
July Chocolat by Joanne Harris
June No One You Know by Michelle Richmond
May Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson
April Born on a Blue Day by Daniel Tammet
March An Irish Country Doctor by Patrick Taylor
January '12 Garden of Lies by Eileen Goudge
December The Necklace by Cheryl Jarvis
November A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian by Marina Lewycka
October Breakfast with Buddha by Roland Merullo
September Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter
August Pay It Forward by Catherine Ryan Hyde
July A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
June Hank & Chloe by Jo-Ann Mapson
May Alice's Tulips by Sandra Dallas
April The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen
March The Sweet By and By by Todd Johnson
February Merlot Murders by Ellen Crosby
January '11 A Perfect Crime by Peter Abrahams
November Family Acts by Louise Shaffer
October The Scent of Rain and Lightning by Nancy Pickard
September The Girls by Lori Lansens
August The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean
July Bad Things Happen by Harry Dolan
June The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
May The Penny by Joyce Meyer and Deborah Bedford
April The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Allen Bradley
March Sudden Sea by R. A. Scotti
February Beat the Reaper by Josh Bazell
January '10 The Gardner Heist by Ulrich Boser
December In a Gilded Cage by Rhys Bowen
November Never Tell a Lie by Hallie Ephron (author visit)
October The History of Love by Nicole Krauss
September The Widow's War by Sally Gunning
August The Eleventh Man by Ivan Doig
June First Light by Philip R. Craig and William Tapply
May Black Mass by Dick Lehr
April Luncheon of the Boating Party by Susan Vreeland
March Limitations by Scott Turow
February Harriet and Isabella by Patricia O'Brien
January How Elizabeth Barrett Browning Saved My Life by Mameve Medwed
December The Childrens Blizzard by David Laskin
November Deafening by Frances Itani
October Blessings by Anna Quindlen 
September North River by Pete Hamill
Death in Belmont by Sebastion Junger
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro


The Afternoon Readers' Book Club

For more information or to sign up, please contact Susan at (781)293-2271 or by email. This month's selection...


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The Good House

by Ann Leary

Tuesday, April 14

1 p.m.

As a townie in a small community on Boston's North Shore, Hildy knows pretty much everything about everyone. She’s successful real-estate broker, mother, and grandmother. Her days are full. But her nights are lonely ever since her daughters, convinced their mother was drinking too much, sent her off to rehab. Now she's in recovery--more or less.

Alone and feeling unjustly persecuted, Hildy finds a friend in Rebecca McAllister, one of the town's wealthy newcomers. Rebecca is grateful for the friendship and Hildy feels like a person of the world again, as she and Rebecca escape their worries with some harmless gossip and a bottle of wine by the fire--just one of their secrets.

When a cluster of secrets becomes dangerously entwined, the reckless behavior of one person threatens to expose the other, and this darkly comic novel takes a chilling turn.

 

Books We Have Read

April The Good House by Ann Leary
March An Invisible Thread by Laura Schroff
February The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
January '15 Island Beneath the Sea by Isabel Allende
December Bad Monkey by Carl Hiaasen
November Still Life With Bread Crumbs by Anna Quindlen
October North of Boston by Elisabeth Elo
September The Movement of Stars by Amy Brill
August The Art Forger by B.A. Shapiro
July The Hearts of Horses by Molly Gloss
June Supreme Courtship by Christopher Buckley
May The Paris Wife by Paula McLain
April Sunset Park by Paul Auster
March Wild Indigo by Sandi Ault
February The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
January '14 The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker
December December 6 by Martin Cruz Smith
November The Last Child by John Hart
October The Night Strangers by Chris Bohjalian
September Swim Back to Me by Ann Packer
August The Memory of Running by Ron McLarty
July The Cat's Table by Michael Ondaatje
June Fresh Disasters by Stuart Woods
May The Columbus Affair by Steve Berry
April The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe
March March by Geraldine Brooks
February The Flight of Gemma Hardy by Margot Livesey
January '13 Agnes and the Hitman by Jennifer Crusie
December Lost in Shangri-La by Mitchell Zuckoff
November State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
October Mennonite in a Little Black Dress by Rhoda Janzen
September Honeymoon with my Brother by Franz Wisner
August Illumination Night by Alice Hoffman
July Chocolat by Joanne Harris
June Juneteenth by Ralph Ellison
May The Maytrees by Annie Dillard
April Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen
March The Murder of King Tut by James Patterson
February Shadow Tag by Louise Erdrich
January '12 Wench by Dolen Perkins-Valdez
December The Christmas Train by David Baldacci
November Thanksgiving Night by Richard Bausch
October The Dressmaker of Khair Khana
Sept. Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
August Pay It Forward by Catherine Ryan Hyde
July The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff
June The Brutal Telling by Louise Penny
May The Postmistress by Sarah Blake
April The Girl Who Stopped Swimming by Joshilyn Jackson
March Burning Marguerite by Elizabeth Inness-Brown
February I Was Amelia Earhart by Jane Mendelsohn
January'11 A Perfect Crime by Peter Abrahams
Dec Plum Pudding Murder by Joanne Fluke
Nov High Plains Tango by Robert James Waller
Oct Wind, Sand and Stars by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Sept The Secret by Beverly Lewis
August Away With the Fairies by Kerry Greenwood
July Bad Things Happen by Harry Dolan
June Atmospheric Disturbances by Rivka Galchen
May Good Bones and Simple Murders by Margaret Atwood
May Run by Ann Patchett
April Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi
March Watchers of Time by Charles Todd
February The Seduction of Water by Carol Goodman
January A Wedding in December by Anita Shreve
December The Cat Who Came For Christmas by Cleveland Amory
November Lily of the Valley by Suzanne Strempek Shea
   


The Mystery Readers' Book Club

For more information or to sign up, please contact Susan at (781)293-2271 or by email. This month's selection...


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Dog On It

by Spencer Quinn

Wednesday, April 22

2 pm

Chet, the wise and lovable canine narrator of Dog on It, and Bernie, a down-on-his-luck private investigator, are quick to take a new case involving a frantic mother searching for her teenage daughter. This well-behaved and gifted student may or may not have been kidnapped, but she has definitely gotten mixed up with some very unsavory characters.

With Chet’s highly trained nose leading the way, their hunt for clues takes them into the desert to biker bars and other exotic locales—until the bad guys try to turn the tables and the resourceful duo lands in the paws of peril. Spencer Quinn’s irresistible mystery kicks off a delightful new series that will have readers panting for more.

Books We Have Read

   
April Dog On It by Spencer Quinn
March Sworn to Silence by Linda Castillo
February Suspect by Michael Robotham
January '15 The Other Woman by Hank Phillippi Ryan
November Beautiful Lies by Lisa Unger
October Vanished by Joseph Finder
Sept. '14 Alone by Lisa Gardner