Book discussions are held at the Library on Thursday evenings 7-9pm. Books are available one month prior to the discussion. You may pick up books at the previous meeting, or you may get them at the Main Desk any time the Library is open. Please bring your library card to the meeting to check books out. In the case of cancellation for bad weather or any other reason, the meeting will be held on the following Thursday evening. Cancellation information is posted on the Library’s voice mail, and announced on WCCM-Radio. Additional Book Discussion information is available on our website at www.nevinslibrary.org . All books announced in this flyer are tentative, based on availability of multiple copies. To confirm dates, book selections, or for more information call the Library at 978-686-4080 ext. 10.
The Nevins Library GLBT group is open to any adult (18+) who is interested in reading quality fiction, non-fiction and biography on GLBT topics and themes or by gay/lesbian authors.
September 8 – Then Comes Marriage by Roberta Kaplan & Lisa Dickey
Subtitled United States v. Windsor and the Defeat of DOMA this is a gripping, definitive account of one of our nation’s most important Civil Rights victories. Author Kaplan was the attorney in this landmark case.
October 13 – Aristotle & Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
When two boys meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship—the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime.
November 10–On the Move: A Life by Oliver Sacks
Spurred by his mother’s rejection of his lifestyle when he came out, the brilliant and indomitable Oliver Sacks begins to move, both his body and his mind. The author, scientist and storyteller tells his own story here, full of passion and joy.
December 8 – Pope Joan by Donna Woolfolk Cross
This historical novel, set in the Dark Ages (ca. 800 CE) takes on gender roles and the places of men and women in the early Christian church. Based on the legend (the facts are buried by the church and by time) of the only woman to ascend to the Papacy.
January 12 – Movie Night: “Cloudburst” starring Olympia Dukakis
Participants will view the film at home and we will gather to discuss the story and characters of this 2011 film about a long-time couple who flee to Canada to marry and secure their rights to care for each other “til death do they part.”
February 9 – Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin
For almost four decades Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City has blazed its own trail through popular culture—from a groundbreaking newspaper serial to a classic novel, to a public television event. This is the first of nine novels about the denizens of the mythic apartment house at 28 Barbary Lane, San Francisco. An indelible portrait of an era that changed forever the way we live.
March 9 – Angels in America Part One: Millenium Approaches by Tony Kushner
The Pulitzer Prize-winning play that changed the American theatre. America in the 1980’s, New York in the grip of the AIDS crisis – the setting for this “fantasia” which illuminates a culture on the brink of monumental change.
April 13– Beijing Comrades by Bei Tong
This is the story of a tumultuous love affair set against the sociopolitical unrest of late-eighties China. Due to its depiction of gay sexuality and its critique of the totalitarian government, itwas originally published anonymously in China. The novel developed a cult following, and remains a central work of queer literature from the People's Republic of China. Recently translated into English, and available in the US, it gives us a glimpse into a culture where homosexuals are still an officially repressed minority.
May 11 – The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth
A first novel. This tale is set in Montana and is the coming of age story of a young woman who discovers herself and her sexuality within a family that does not support her, her choices, or anything outside their known world.
June 8 -- Fairyland: A memoir of my Father by Alysia Abbott
After his wife dies in a car accident, bisexual writer and activist Steve Abbott moves with his two-year-old daughter to San Francisco. There they discover a city in the midst of revolution, bustling with gay men in search of liberation―few of whom are raising a child.