Book Discussion Group
Attention: The location of the book discussion group has changed to the Main Library at 449 Front St.
Chicopee Main Library
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Meeting: Third Tuesday of the Month- 7:00pm
Title List for 2013- 2014
Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner
Reviewer: Judy Chelte
Publisher's Summary: Wallace Stegner's Pultizer Prize-winning novel is a story of discovery: personal, historical, and geographical. Confined to a wheelchair, retired historian Lyman Ward sets out to write his grandparents' remarkable story, chronicling their days spent carving civilization into the surface of America's western frontier. But his research reveals even more about his own life than he's willing to admit. What emerges is an enthralling portrait of four generations in the life of an American family.
Monday Mornings by Sanjay Gupta
Reviewer: Lynn Frain
Publisher's Summary: Monday Mornings, by Dr. Sanjay Gupta, follows the lives of five surgeons at Chelsea General as they push the limits of their abilities and confront their personal and professional failings, often in front of their peers at M & M. It is on Monday mornings that reflection and introspection occurs, usually in private. It is Monday Mornings that provides a unique look at the real method in which surgeons learn - through their mistakes. It is Monday Mornings when, if you're lucky, you have a chance at redemption.
Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
Reviewer: Flo Jacksen
Publisher's Summary: Rachel Carson's Silent Spring was first published in three serialized excerpts in the New Yorker in June of 1962. The book appeared in September of that year and the outcry that followed its publication forced the banning of DDT and spurred revolutionary changes in the laws affecting our air, land, and water. Carson's passionate concern for the future of our planet reverberated powerfully throughout the world, and her eloquent book was instrumental in launching the environmental movement. It is without question one of the landmark books of the twentieth century.
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Reviewer: Chris Wrona
Publisher's Summary: Jay Gatsby, a self-made millionaire, passionately pursues the elusive Daisy Buchanan. Nick Carraway, a young newcomer to Long Island, is drawn into their world of obsession, greed and danger. The breathtaking glamour and decadent excess of the Jazz Age come to the stage in F. Scott Fitzgerald s classic novel.
The Painted Veil by W. Somerset Maugham
Reviewer: Wilma Aiken
Publisher's Summary: Set in England and Hong Kong in the 1920s, The Painted Veil is the story of the beautiful but love-starved Kitty Fane. When her husband discovers her adulterous affair, he forces her to accompany him to the heart of a cholera epidemic. Stripped of the British society of her youth and the small but effective society she fought so hard to attain in Hong Kong, she is compelled by her awakening conscience to reassess her life and learn how to love.
Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout
Reviewer: Pat Kusiak
Publisher's Summary: Catalyzed by a nephew's thoughtless prank, a pair of brothers confront painful psychological issues surrounding the freak accident that killed their father when they were boys, a loss linked to a heartbreaking deception that shaped their personal and professional lives.
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
Reviewer: Barbara Pronovost
Publisher's Summary: In 1943, a British fighter plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France and the survivor tells a tale of friendship, war, espionage, and great courage as she relates what she must to survive while keeping secret all that she can.
The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression by Amity Shlaes
Reviewer: Craig Hutchinson
Publisher's Summary: A reinterpretation of the Great Depression seeks to demonstrate how the failures of Hoover and Roosevelt to understand the prosperity of the 1920s directly contributed to massive national burdens that marginalized everyday citizens, in an account that shares the survival stories of lesser-known historical figures from the period.
Paradise City by Herman Wouk
Reviewer: Gerry Cove
Publisher's Summary: When the murder of an elderly woman in Boston is tied to a string of unrelated burglaries across the state of Vermont, Joe Gunther tries to discover who is purchasing the stolen objects in the "Paradise City" of Northampton, Massachusetts.