Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Book Pickup August 10th & 17th

Book Group Pickup Calendar for September's Group:

Book Group members will be able to pickup the September book group books in August.

Evening Book Group:        Catch-22 by Joseph Heller                       Available on August 10th
Morning Book Group:       The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach         Available on August 17th

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Special Co-Book-Group Event: Skype with Jennifer Morales July 13 @ 6:30pm

Limited copies are available at our adult circulation. Checkout a copy for two weeks. 

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

The Giver by Lois Lowry- February 10 Book Discussion

Our Evening Book Group is reading the book The Giver by Lois Lowry in February. To go along with the discussion we will be watching a movie on February 3rd at 6:00pm. Due to licensing agreements the library cannot announce the title of the movie being screened. Call the library for more information.
Evening Book Group will meet at its normal time on February 10th at 6:30 pm in the library's Study Room A. Plenty of copies of The Giver by Lois Lowry are still available at the library's adult circulation desk. New group members are warmly welcome.


Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Morning Book Group - June 17 - Stranger in a Strange Land

Read A Science Fiction Masterpiece - Join Exeter Public Library's Morning Book Group in Reading:

Stranger in a Strange Land
by Robert A. Heinlein

June 17th from 10:00 am -11:30 am
Stranger in a Strange Land, winner of the 1962 Hugo Award, is the story of Valentine Michael Smith, born during, and the only survivor of, the first manned mission to Mars. Michael is raised by Martians, and he arrives on Earth as a true innocent: he has never seen a woman and has no knowledge of Earth's cultures or religions. But he brings turmoil with him, as he is the legal heir to an enormous financial empire, not to mention de facto owner of the planet Mars. With the irascible popular author Jubal Harshaw to protect him, Michael explores human morality and the meanings of love. He founds his own church, preaching free love and disseminating the psychic talents taught him by the Martians. Ultimately, he confronts the fate reserved for all messiahs.
       The impact of Stranger in a Strange Land was considerable, leading many children of the 60's to set up households based on Michael's water-brother nests. Stranger in a Strange Land is one of the master's best entertainments, provocative as he always loved to be. Can you grok it? 

Useful Resources 
Library of Congress- Books that Shaped America
U.C. Santa Cruz Robert A. Heinlein Archive
Robert A. Heinlein Archives
The Heinlein Society  
Worlds Without End Listing
Sting- Don't Stand Too Close to Me (Inspired by SIASL)
Official Website of the Church of All Worlds (CAWEB) 
NYT- Heinlein Gets the Last Word, by Kurt Vonnegut
The Hippie Narrative- The Ecstasy of Grokking 
TOR: Smug Messiah
Science Fiction and Scripture
Jubal's Sculptures
Rodin- She Who Was the Helmet-Maker's Beautiful Wife
Rodin- Caryatid Who Has Fallen under Her Stone 
Edvard Eriksen- The Little Mermaid

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Evening Book Group - June 10 - A Great Deliverance

It would be a crime to miss this Evening Book Group selection.

Exeter Public Library's Evening Book Group Presents:
A Great Deliverance 
by Elizabeth George

To this day, the low, thin wail of an infant can be heard in Keldale's lush green valleys. Three hundred years ago, as legend goes, the frightened Yorkshire villagers smothered a crying babe in Keldale Abbey, where they'd hidden to escape the ravages of Cromwell's raiders.

Now into Keldale's pastoral web of old houses and older secrets comes Scotland Yard Inspector Thomas Lynley, the eighth earl of Asherton. Along with the redoubtable Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers, Lynley has been sent to solve a savage murder that has stunned the peaceful countryside. For fat, unlovely Roberta Teys has been found in her best dress, an axe in her lap, seated in the old stone barn beside her father's headless corpse. Her first and last words were "I did it. And I'm not sorry."

Yet as Lynley and Havers wind their way through Keldale's dark labyrinth of secret scandals and appalling crimes, they uncover a shattering series of revelations that will reverberate through this tranquil English valley—and in their own lives as well.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Morning Book Group - May 20th - Frog Music

Discover One of America's Great Unsolved Murder Mysteries
by Emma Donoghue

May 20 
10:00 -11:30 am 
in Study Room A

        Summer of 1876: San Francisco is in the fierce grip of a record-breaking heatwave and a smallpox epidemic. Through the window of a railroad saloon, a young woman called Jenny Bonnet is shot dead. The survivor, her friend Blanche Beunon, is a French burlesque dancer. Over the next three days, she will risk everything to bring Jenny’s murderer to justice – if he doesn’t track her down first.The story Blanche struggles to piece together is one of free-love bohemians, desperate paupers and arrogant millionaires; of jealous men, icy women and damaged children.  It’s the secret life of Jenny herself, a notorious character who breaks the law every morning by getting dressed: a charmer as slippery as the frogs she hunts.
In thrilling, cinematic style, Frog Music digs up a long-forgotten, never-solved crime. Full of songs that migrated across the world, Emma Donoghue’s lyrical tale of love and bloodshed among lowlifes captures the pulse of a boom town like no other.This is Donoghue's eighth novel and twelfth book of fiction. A bestseller in Canada before publication, it spent 10 weeks on the Maclean's list of Canadian bestsellers and was a New York Times Bestseller and a bestseller in Ireland too. 

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Evening Book Group - May 13 - The Language of Flowers

Bring Your Favorite Flower/s
 (either real or a picture) to the Meeting

Join the Evening Book Group for our discussion of
The Language of Flowers
by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
May 13
6:30-7:30 pm in the Library's Study Room A

     The Victorian language of flowers was used to convey romantic expressions: honeysuckle for devotion, asters for patience, and red roses for love. But for Victoria Jones, it’s been more useful in communicating mistrust and solitude. After a childhood spent in the foster-care system, she is unable to get close to anybody, and her only connection to the world is through flowers and their meanings. Now eighteen and emancipated from the system with nowhere to go, Victoria realizes she has a gift for helping others through the flowers she chooses for them. But an unexpected encounter with a mysterious stranger has her questioning what’s been missing in her life. And when she’s forced to confront a painful secret from her past, she must decide whether it’s worth risking everything for a second chance at happiness.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Morning Book Group - April 15 - Life Work

Discover the beauty of everyday life through the eyes of one of our greatest living poets.
Join the Morning Book Group for our discussion of:

Life Work

by Donald Hall

From well-known poet and memoirist Hall, a meditation-memoir on the theme of work that becomes something much more when, midway through the writing, the author learns he has cancer. At 63, Hall is mightily productive in poetry, memoir, essay, letter, story, and review, and he sets out to devote part of each working day (for Hall, there are seven of these a week) to writing this book, its title bespeaking its theme. In 1975, we learn, Hall gave up teaching and became a full-time writer, retiring to the farm in Vermont that had once belonged to his grandparents. As the book begins, Hall mourns the recent death of a close friend, preacher, and hard worker; settles on a definition of productive work as a state of ``absorbedness''; touches on history, family, his own literary output, his great love of the work he does, the number of revisions he puts poems through, what time he gets up, what he eats for breakfast and lunch, even when he walks the dog and drops manuscripts off with the typist. A phone call changes the tone of all of this when a routine blood test shows a recurrence of cancer and sends the poet into surgery. A couple of weeks later, facing both chemotherapy and newly diminished odds for living more than another few years, Hall picks up his narrative and--keeps going. Under the deepened shadow of mortality, he writes with eloquent simplicity about the old-fashioned working farm-life of his Vermont grandparents, the declining health of his aging mother, and--with a consummate and moving poise--his father's unhappiness in his own work, and his early death from cancer. History, life, work, art, dedication, love, and courage--all without becoming saccharine or smug or maudlin, in a treasurable small book, poetic in its plainness, about how to live well.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Evening Book Group - April 8 - Mercy Snow

Good to the thrilling end!
Mercy Snow
April 8
6:30 - 7:30 p.m. in Study Room A

       In the tiny town of Titan Falls, New Hampshire, the paper mill dictates a quiet, steady rhythm of life. But one day a tragic bus accident sets two families on a course toward destruction, irrevocably altering the lives of everyone in their wake. June McAllister is the wife of the local mill owner and undisputed first lady in town. But the Snow family, a group of itinerant ne'er-do-wells who live on a decrepit and cursed property, have brought her--and the town--nothing but grief.  June will do anything to cover up a dark secret she discovers after the crash, one that threatens to upend her picture-perfect life, even if it means driving the Snow family out of town. But she has never gone up against a force as fierce as the young Mercy Snow. Mercy is determined to protect her rebellious brother, whom the town blames for the accident, despite his innocence. And she has a secret of her own. When an old skeleton is discovered not far from the crash, it beckons Mercy to solve a mystery buried deep within the town's past.

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