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2017-18 Morning Paperback Book Group

Here’s our reading list for the coming year.

Sept. 21           Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Oct. 19             The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry

Nov. 16            The Sea by John Banville

Jan. 18             Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

Feb. 15            A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

Mar. 15            The Road by Cormac McCarthy

April 19            The Noise of Time by Julian Barnes

May 17            How it all Began by Penelope Lively

See the Branch Calendar to find out how to join us!



NEW in 2017-18 Our Nonfiction Book Group

Here’s our plan for the year:

9/7/17 Silent Spring by Rachel Carson

10/5/17 Glass Universe by Dava Sobel

11/2/17 Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

1/4/18 Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow

2/1/18 Black Earth by Timothy Snyder

3/1/18 Earning the Rockies by Robert Kaplan

4/5/18 Born A Crime by Trevor Noah

5/3/18 The Lost City of Z by David Grann

See the Branch Calendar for more details.

April 2016 Update

The afternoon book group meets next Tuesday, April 5, 1:00 at Pat’s. Linda will be reviewing “Dead Wake” by Erik Larson. I’m halfway through the book and find it quite interesting. Pat reminded us the other day that a documentary of the Lusitania will be on the Smithsonian channel (Comcast 915 or 124) Monday 8-9. Will try to watch.

Diane Rehm had a few good book interviews this week.

The Midtown Cinema will be showing “Hello, My Name is Doris” with Sally Field. Saw the promos and it looked funny. Check website for schedule.

We have a few suggestions for next year’s afternoon group:Lillian:  “The Lifeboat” by Charlotte Regan, “Winter Men” by Jasper Bugge. Lorraine:  “My Brilliant Friend” by Elena Ferrante, “Circling the Sun” by Paula McClane, (sp), “The Witches” by Stacy Schiff, “Austerlitz” by W.G. Sebald (morning group).

The HD Live presentation of Madame Butterfly will be at The Camp Hill Cineplex, 2 April at 1:00. Can’t wait to see the staging, and of course, the singing.

Hope everyone has a healthy and Happy Passover and Easter.

Hope to see you soon.


“I don’t avoid housework for reading. In fact, I see it all the time. We’re just not speaking to each other right now”

Hamlet & Pulitzer Prize Winner

Thoughts shared by Helen:
I thoroughly enjoyed last night’s performance of “Hamlet.” It was a 21st-century, highly modernized, very dynamic production. Dorothy called it “gripping”, and I think it is a wonderful way to describe it. I think Benedict Cumberbatch succeeded in creating his own outstanding Hamlet. Ophelia, Claudius, Polonius were also excellent. Claudius’ soliloquy was probably the most powerful I have ever seen. He appeared to be crushed by the weight of his sin, by the burden of guilt and impossibility of repentance. The most admirable feature of this production, in my view, was that they focused their main attention of the brilliant text itself; they highlighted every word. And another good news: there were quite a few people in the audience, many of them young, even though it was a week-day, late performance. I found it very exciting.
On another matter: Lillian asked if any of Svetlana Alexievich’s works were available in English. Yes, they are – “Voices from Chernobyl” and older “Zinky Boys” (about Soviet soldiers in Afghanistan) and “War’s Unwomanly Faces” (about women in WWII). Her works are similar in genre to Studs Terkel’s “Working” if you remember it: it’s s series of interviews on an issue. She is a courageous and gifted journalist, but the Nobel Prize? I wish it were not so political…
Thank you for sharing!

Book Group Update

The Morning Book group met Thursday at Joyce’s. We had an interesting discussion of Toni Morrison’s “A Mercy”. Next month Helen will be reviewing “Anna Karenina” at Pat S’s home. Can’t wait for that!

Helen should be at the Hamlet simulcast (starring Benedict Cumberbatch) at the Regal Theater tonight. Sorry to have missed it. Helen, if you have a few free moments can you do a little review?

Pat R’s son Marty will be reviewing Orhan Pamuk’s upcoming book for the NY Times soon.

Colm Toibin’s book “Brooklyn” was made into a movie and will be coming out next month. Two popular Irish actors will be the leads. I recognized them from previous films. Helen did a wonderful review of the book two years ago.

Station 11 by Emily St. John Mandel is our next book for the Tuesday afternoon group on Nov. 3.  It will be reviewed by Marcia at Carol N’s home. It was a book I never would have chosen on my own, but I’m glad I read it and will discuss with friends.

Take care, Bookhound

“May all your days be filled with open books”

Summer Thoughts

Hope you are all well and enjoying your summer. Both reading groups had successful planning pot lucks and it seems we’re all set for the new season.

Please note, the Afternoon Book Group’s selection for Feb. has 2 titles. I have a used hardback book “Daughters” and the newer title is “Three Daughters”. The important name is the author CONSUELO SAAH BAEHR. It can be ordered on Amazon.

Have you been reading any good books this summer? Most of you know I really enjoyed “Boys in the Boat” by Daniel James Brown and can’t wait until Kathy’s review in March. I also read “The Little Paris Bookshop” by Nina George which reminded me a bit of  “The Elegance of the Hedgehog”. I’m re-reading it almost back to back. I bought Donna Leon’s “Through a Glass Darkly” for my Amtrak book on my way home. By page 20…”did I read this book already?”….by page 100….”I may have read this book…” and then comes the murder… “I DID read this book!” Oh well, it was an OK Amtrak read. “Station 11” is available at B&N. I’m trying not to read our book club selections too early. The new Harper Lee book is getting a great deal of publicity. It may be good for discussion next year.

Have a good summer. I miss the book group. Feel free to post recommendations.

Thanks, Bookhound

“Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them” Lemony Snicket

“Books…a nice change from reading prescription labels”

Reading Lists for 2015-16

The Afternoon Book Group:
Oct 6            A Spool of Blue Thread, By Ann Tyler
Nov 3           Station 11, by Emily St. John Mandel
Jan 5            Norah Webster, by Colm Toibin
Feb 2           Daughters, by Consuelo Saah Baehr
Mar 1           Boys in the Boat, by Daniel James Brown
Apr 5            Dead Wake, by Erik Larson
May 3          The Nightingale, by Kristen Hannah
This group meets the first Tuesday of the month. See the Branch Calendar for details.

The Paperback Book Group: 
SEPT 17        The Keeper of the Bees, by Gene Stratton-Porter
OCT. 15         A Mercy, by Toni Morrison
NOV.19         Anna Karenina, by Leo Tolstoy
JAN. 21         Children of the Arbat, by Anatoli Rybakov
FEB. 18         A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, by Anthony Mara
MAR. 17       An Unnecessary Woman, by Rabin Alameddine
APRIL 21      Orhan’s Inheritance, by Aline Ohanesian
MAY 19        How To Be Both, by Ali Smith
This group meets the third Thursday of the month. See the Branch Calendar for details.

More about Tuesday….

I left out some important info from our meeting! We decided it was at the discretion of the host and reviewer as to whether to cancel book group due to snow. Considerations were:location of meeting, parking available close to location, no BIG HILLS, and reviewers ability to attend. The hostess or reviewer would notify me, preferably by phone, and then I would send out a group e-mail with the info. Remember to check your e-mail on a questionable day before leaving the house.

Enjoyed seeing Mary Linn’s enthusiasm over Patrick O’Brien. My husband has been encouraging me to read a few, but it wasn’t until Mary Linn’s recommendation that I considered it. But I won’t tell HIM that.

Some ladies mention surprise on the brutality during the French Revolution. I have a good coffee table book called ”Voices of the French Revolution”. Good pictures with good historical descriptions.

I also have “The Orientalist” by Tom Reiss, his book before  “The Black Count”. Don’t have “The Count of Monte Cristo” but do have “The Black Tulip” by Alexandre Dumas.  It was his last major historical novel. All available.

Have a good week,


“When you reread a classic you do not see more in the book than you did before; you see more in you than was there before”.  Clifton Fadiman

Tuesday’s Meeting

Another informative and enjoyable book group for all 19 of us! Special thanks to Beth for hosting. Her “long” living room gave us the space. No rears on rugs.

Lillian did an outstanding presentation on “The Black Count” and the Dumas family. Mary Jean shared her excitement on “The Count of Monte Cristo”. I know I have the book SOMEWHERE. Simpson Library in Mechanicsburg will have their book sale Friday, Feb. 13, 6-8 P.M. for members, Sat. Feb. 14, 9-2 P.M. and Sun. Feb. 15, 1-3 P.M.

Cheryl asked about a new book by the reclusive Harper Lee. Came home and there was a blurb on my blogs about a new book in July “Go Set A Watchman” by Harper Lee written in the 1950’s. Keep an eye out for it. Will probably have a great deal of interest. Carol L was unable to attend, but recommended “Florence Gordon” by Brian Morton. Disappointed she missed the group after having enjoyed the book. Looking forward to reading “The Good Lord Bird” for March.


Chalkboard sign outside a book store: “COLD? Buy a book. You’ll still be cold but you’ll have a book”.


February 3 Book Group

Last call for RSVP’S to Beth for book group on Tuesday, Feb. 3 at 1:00.  Lillian will be reviewing The Black Count by Tom Reiss.

B&N alert…. The Long Way Home by Louise Penny hardback is on 50% sale table. Also All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr hardback is on sale for 40% off by the front entrance. I’ll be leading the review for this book in March for the morning group. Doesn’t come out in paperback for a few months.

Wolf Hall will be on PBS in early April. Testament of Youth by Vera Brittain is on now on TV in the UK and may come to us in a few months. I have a number of her books for borrowing. She’s a very interesting woman at a significant time in European history. I have Martin Walker’s second French countryside mystery novel The Dark Vineyard for borrowing. Will start Boris Akunin’s second mystery The Turkish Gambit this evening.

We will need to discuss a “snow policy” for our group. When to cancel or make-up. It could also apply to the morning group if agreed upon.

Stay safe in this challenging weather,


“Interrupt my reading again, and even Miss Marple won’t find your remains”.