From Nonfiction to Hard SF

Zeitoun-book-coverHello all, and happy summer! It looks like we might get rained out on June 25 so we probably won’t be sitting on the deck, but will instead meet in the left-hand-side bar at Napper Tandy’s to discuss “Zeitoun” by Dave Eggers. This award-winning nonfiction book chronicles one family’s experience during Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.

collapsing-empire-book-coverCan’t join us 6/25 at 7:30 pm? Next month we’ll be tackling our first-ever space opera by a master of modern sci-fi: “The Collapsing Empire” by John Scalzi, winner of the Locus Award for SF Novel. Copies of the book and audiobook will be available to pick up at the Reference Desk, and the ebook is available through Overdrive.

Also, Summer Reading for Adults is in full swing and our BINGO sheet is ready to go! I’ll have some copies at our meeting on 6/25, and you can find all the details here.

See you at book group!


Would you want to know?

Immortalists-book-coverIf a mysterious woman rumored to be a psychic could tell you your future, including the date you were going to die, would you want to know? The Gold children did, and what they heard shaped the lives of all four from that day forward. Were they fulfilling the prophecy, or can you beat destiny?

Pick up a copy of The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin and join us on Tuesday May 28 at 7:30 pm to discuss! We have copies of the book and book on CD at the MML Reference Desk, and the ebook and audiobook versions are available through Overdrive (psst! If these look like they’re all checked out, go ahead and place a hold. I bought extra copies for us so you’ll skip the line and get it much sooner. You’re welcome!).

Fingers crossed super-duper hard that we can sit on the back deck at Napper Tandy’s! If the weather refuses to cooperate however, we’ll be in the left-hand-side bar at Napper Tandy’s. Cheers!

Less is more

In case you haven’t heard, our next title to read is “Less” by Andrew Sean Greer, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2017 as well as a list of accolades as long as your arm. The description of the book reads like a rom-com, complete with high jinks, daring-do, misadventure, and impulsive decisions.

“You are a failed novelist about to turn fifty. A wedding invitation arrives in the mail: your boyfriend of the past nine years now engaged to someone else. You can’t say yes–it would all be too awkward–and you can’t say no–it would look like defeat. On your desk are a series of half-baked literary invitations you’ve received from around the world.

QUESTION: How do you arrange to skip town?

ANSWER: You accept them all.

If you are Arthur Less.

Thus begins an around-the-world-in-eighty-days fantasia that will take Arthur Less to Mexico, Italy, Germany, Morocco, India and Japan and put thousands of miles between him and the problems he refuses to face. What could possibly go wrong?

A love story, a satire of the American abroad, a rumination on time and the human heart, by an author The New York Times has hailed as “inspired, lyrical,” “elegiac,” “ingenious,” as well as “too sappy by half,” Less shows a writer at the peak of his talents raising the curtain on our shared human comedy.”

I’m excited – are you excited?? Good. Meet us at Napper Tandy’s on Tuesday April 23 at 7:30 pm to discuss “Less.” We’re usually in the left-hand-side bar, but by a fluke of the weather we may be able to sit on the back deck. Copies of the book and book on CD are available to pick up at the second floor Reference Desk at MML, and the ebook and audiobook versions are available digitally through Overdrive. See you then!

(Tip: go ahead and put yourself on hold for the ebook and audiobook. I bought extra copies for us and they’ll go to Norwood patrons first, so you’ll skip the big scary line!)

And you thought your family had issues

Spoonbenders-book-coverMeet the Telemachases. They’re a family of gifted people – mind readers, psychics, magicians, you name it – but between run-ins with the CIA and with the local mob, they can’t seem to stay out of trouble. Their exploits and misadventures are the subject of Dary’s Gregory’s new novel, Spoonbenders. A Nebula Award Finalist and one of NPR’s Best Books of 2017, this book should be a fun read.

We’ll be meeting in Napper Tandy’s left-hand-side bar (still too chill for the back deck I think!) on Tuesday March 26 at 7:30 pm to discuss Spoonbenders. Copies of the book and book on CD are available to pick up at the Reference Desk, and ebook and audiobook copies are available to borrow digitally through Overdrive. Abra cadabra!

You Are Cordially Invited

We’ll be meeting on Tuesday February 26 at 7:30 pm to discuss one of the run-away hit books of 2018, “The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle” by Stuart Turton. Welcome to Blackheath House…

The Rules of Blackheath

Evelyn Hardcastle will be murdered at 11:00 p.m.

There are eight days, and eight witnesses for you to inhabit.

We will only let you escape once you tell us the name of the killer.

Understood? Then let’s begin . . .

Evelyn Hardcastle will die. Every day until Aiden Bishop can identify her killer and break the cycle. But every time the day begins again, Aiden wakes up in the body of a different guest. And some of his hosts are more helpful than others . . . The most inventive debut of the year twists together a mystery of such unexpected creativity it will leave listeners guessing until the very last second.”

Reminiscent of Twin Peaks and books by the great Agatha Christie, this debut novel is already winning awards. Join us in the left-hand-side bar of Napper Tandy’s in Norwood on Tuesday 2/26 at 7:30 pm to eat, drink, be merry, and discuss. Copies of the book are available to pick up at the Reference Desk, and BOTH the ebook and e-audiobook are available instantly through hoopla!!


… I let the blog go for a bit. We’ve been meeting right along on schedule but updating the blog fell by the wayside, because things have been very busy at the library and:






Here’s a quick recap of what we read in 2018, starting in May:

All Our Wrong Tomorrows by Elan Mastai


The Vanishing Year by Kate Moretti


Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer


Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman


One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus


Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi


Homegoing by Yaa Gyazi


In January 2019 we met to discuss the first book in N.K. Jemisin’s Hugo Award-winning Broken Earth series, “The Fifth Season.”

Lone Star State and an ancient vampire couple

Bluebird-bluebirdJoin us tonight at 7:30 pm in the left-hand-side bar of Napper Tandy’s to talk about a modern crime thriller set in rural East Texas. Bluebird, Bluebird is the latest novel by the authorial powerhouse, Attica Locke. This first novel in the Highway 59 series will soon be turned into a TV show on FX.


Vampires-in-the-lemon-groveCan’t make it tonight? Come to our next meeting on Tuesday April 24 at 7:30 pm, again at Napper Tandy’s – maybe on the back deck if it’s warm enough??? We’ll be discussing Vampires in the Lemon Grove, a collection of off-beat short stories by the bestselling author of Swamplandia!, Karen Russell. Copies of the book and audiobook are available at the Reference Desk, and the ebook and audiobook are available through Overdrive. Happy spring!