Book Discussion Group

Attention: The location of the book discussion group has changed to the Main Library at 449 Front St.

Chicopee Main Library
449 Front St
(413) 594-1800

Meeting: Third Tuesday of the Month- 6:30pm

Title List for 2013- 2014

Angle of Repose book jacket

Sept 17

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 Book Jacket

Oct. 15

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 Book Jacket

Nov. 19

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 Book Jacket

Dec. 17

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 Book Jacket

Jan. 21

Please note: Because of last month's snow cancellation, this month we will discuss The Great Gatsby in addition to The Painted Veil.

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 Book Jacket

Feb. 18

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 Book Jacket

Mar. 18

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 Five People You Meet in Heaven book Jacket Calico Joe Book Jacket

Apr. 16

The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom

Calico Joe by John Grisham

Reviewer: Craig Hutchinson

Publisher's Summaries: The Five People You Meet in Heaven weaves three stories about 83-year-old Eddie, the head maintenance person at Ruby Point Amusement park. Eddie meets 5 individuals in heaven each with a story to share, a secret to reveal and a lesson. The have profound meanings for Eddie on the real purpose of his life.


Calico Joe follows the divergent paths of a rookie hitter for the Chicago Cubs and a hard-hitting Mets pitcher.

Paradise City Book Jacket

May 21

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.