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The Holmes Library offers two book discussion groups for adult readers, an evening group and an afternoon group. Please feel free to try either 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 group.

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The Thirteenth Tale

by Diane Setterfield

Tuesday, April 29

Discussion at 6:30

All children mythologize their birth...So begins the prologue of reclusive author Vida Winter's collection of stories, which are as famous for the mystery of the missing thirteenth tale as they are for the delight and enchantment of the twelve that do exist. 

The enigmatic Winter has spent six decades creating various outlandish life histories for herself -- all of them inventions that have brought her fame and fortune but have kept her violent and tragic past a secret. Now old and ailing, she at last wants to tell the truth about her extraordinary life. She summons biographer Margaret Lea, a young woman for whom the secret of her own birth, hidden by those who loved her most, remains an ever-present pain. Struck by a curious parallel between Miss Winter's story and her own, Margaret takes on the commission. 

As Vida disinters the life she meant to bury for good, Margaret is mesmerized. It is a tale of gothic strangeness featuring the Angelfield family, including the beautiful and willful Isabelle, the feral twins Adeline and Emmeline, a ghost, a governess, a topiary garden and a devastating fire. 

Books We Have Read

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 Paris Wife

by Paula McLain

Tuesday, May 27

1 p.m.

A deeply evocative story of ambition and betrayal, The Paris Wife captures a remarkable period of time—Paris in the twenties—and an extraordinary love affair between two unforgettable people: Ernest Hemingway and his wife Hadley.

In Chicago in 1920, Hadley Richardson is a quiet twenty-eight-year-old who has all but given up on love and happiness—until she meets Ernest Hemingway and finds herself captivated by his good looks, intensity, and passionate desire to write. Following a whirlwind courtship and wedding, the pair set sail for Paris, where they become the golden couple in a lively and volatile group of expatriates that includes Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, and F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald.

But the hard-drinking and fast-living café life does not celebrate traditional notions of family and monogamy. As Hadley struggles with jealousy and self-doubt and Ernest wrestles with his burgeoning writing career, they must confront a deception that could prove the undoing of one of the great romances in literary history.

Books We Have Read

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