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Chicopee Book Discussion Group

Upcoming Dates:

Thursday, February 8, 2018 - 6:30pm

In February the Chicopee Book Club will be discussing A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole. The discussion will be led by group member Sandra Madamba.

"Meet Ignatius J. Reilly, the hero of John Kennedy Toole's tragicomic tale, A Confederacy of Dunces. This 30-year-old medievalist lives at home with his mother in New Orleans, pens his magnum opus on Big Chief writing pads he keeps hidden under his bed, and relays to anyone who will listen the traumatic experience he once had on a Greyhound Scenicruiser bound for Baton Rouge. ("Speeding along in that bus was like hurtling into the abyss.") But Ignatius's quiet life of tyrannizing his mother and writing his endless comparative history screeches to a halt when he is almost arrested by the overeager Patrolman Mancuso--who mistakes him for a vagrant--and then involved in a car accident with his tipsy mother behind the wheel. One thing leads to another, and before he knows it, Ignatius is out pounding the pavement in search of a job." - Goodreads

Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 6:30pm

In March the Chicopee Book Club will be discussing Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly. The discussion will be led by group member JoanEllen Bedinotti.

"Before John Glenn orbited the earth or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of dedicated female mathematicians known as “human computers” used pencils, slide rules, and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space. This audiobook brings to life the stories of Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Christine Darden, four African-American women who lived through the Civil Rights era, the Space Race, the Cold War, and the movement for gender equality, and whose work forever changed the face of NASA and the country." -Goodreads

*Book Talk with Laura @ 6:15. Please arrive by 6:10 for meeting.

Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 6:30pm

In April the Chicopee Book Club will be discussing A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley. The discussion will be led by group member Judy Chelte.

"When Saroo Brierley used Google Earth to find his long-lost home town half a world away, he made global headlines.
Saroo had become lost on a train in India at the age of five. Not knowing the name of his family or where he was from, he survived for weeks on the streets of Kolkata, before being taken into an orphanage and adopted by a couple in Australia.
Despite being happy in his new family, Saroo always wondered about his origins. He spent hours staring at the map of India on his bedroom wall. When he was a young man the advent of Google Earth led him to pore over satellite images of the country for landmarks he recognised. And one day, after years of searching, he miraculously found what he was looking for.
Then he set off on a journey to find his mother." - Goodreads

Thursday, May 10, 2018 - 6:30pm

In May the Chicopee Book Club will be discussing Nighthawk by Clive Cussler. The discussion will be led by group member Sharon Turcotte.

"When the most advanced aircraft ever designed vanishes over the South Pacific, Kurt Austin and Joe Zavala are drawn into a deadly contest to locate the fallen machine. Russia and China covet the radical technology, but the United States worries about a darker problem. They know what others don’t—that the X-37 is carrying a dangerous secret, a payload of exotic matter, extracted from the upper reaches of the atmosphere and stored at a temperature near absolute zero. As long as it remains frozen, the cargo is inert, but if it thaws, it will unleash a catastrophe of nearly unthinkable proportions.
From the Galapagos Islands to the jungles of South America to an icy mountain lake many believe to be the birthplace of the Inca, the entire NUMA team will risk everything in an effort to avert disaster . . . but they may be caught in a race that no one can win." - Goodreads

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402 Britton St
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  1. Monday: 10am-5pm
  2. Tuesday: 1pm-8pm
  3. Wednesday: 10am-5pm
  4. Thursday: 4pm-8pm
  5. Friday: 9am-12pm