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 rescheduled as time and space permit. Cancellation information is posted on the Library’s website. 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.
September 1 – Summer Reading Round-Up!
Join us for our annual book-review-fest of all the books we read this summer that we loved and hated! Come prepared to talk about at least one or two books you read this summer, and armed with a pencil to jot down suggestions from group members.
Fall Series: Native Americans in New England
Compared to the literature about the Western Indian, there are few books for the general reader that illuminate the encounters between New England Indian tribes and European settlers & descendants. We have selected 3 books for this short fall series that may shed some light on the Native experience in early New England, and the treatment of Native People by the majority culture in later generations.
October 6 – Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks
The encounter between native tribal people in New England and the first European settlers is explored in this novel about the life of one of the first native Americans to attend Harvard in the 1600s. Moving from Martha’s Vineyard to the streets of colonial Cambridge, this is a remarkable story of cross-cultural understanding and conflict.
November 3 – Massacre on the Merrimackby Jay Atkinson
Methuen resident Jay Atkinson’s newest book traces the history of Haverhill’s Hannah Duston who became a captive of the Indians in 1697 and famously escaped from her captors. A compelling true story that is told with vivid detail. This book helps to expand our understanding of the relationships between settlers and native people in colonial America.
December 1 – Second Glance by Jodi Picoult
Generations after first encounters, the ripples of the troubled racial relationships between whites and Indians continue to spread. This novel brings the history of the Abenaki people in Vermont into focus, and Picoult crafts an ingenious ghost story around the sad tale of the exploitation of native people by the eugenics movement in the early 20th century.
Spring Series: Earth, Sea & Sky
This year the Nevins Library will be exploring the scientific essentials of the world we live in…our home (the earth), our origins (the sea) and our future (the sky.) As part of this exploration of the worlds around us, this spring we will be reading fiction and non-fiction books about people, places and experiences related to science and scientific thought. We are excited to share thoughts about how science relates to our everyday lives.
January 5 – Rocket Boys by Homer Hickam
The true story of a young man living in coal country, who finds the lure of science and learning stronger than family and tradition. Homer Hickam became one of the key figures in America’s race to the moon…
February 2 – The Botany of Desire by Michael Pollan
A “biography” of four familiar plant species, and how they interact with humans and the environment. You will never look at a plant the same way again!
March 2 – Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier
In 19th century Lyme Regis, on the southern coast of England, two women make a series of remarkable and important fossil discoveries…and stir up religious, gender, and community controversies in the wake of their work. Once again author Tracy Chevalier takes us to a very different time and place and illuminates it for us.
April 6 – The Martian by Andy Weir
The remarkable science fiction novel about a near-future space expedition to Mars, which goes wrong and tests one of our own species to the limits of human endurance, ingenuity, and courage.
May 4 – The Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery
An octopus is not necessarily a creature you think about as a companion animal or a sentient being…and certainly not one you think that humans can connect and communicate with…Sy Montgomery will give you a whole new view of these amazing creatures and the ocean that surrounds them.
June 1 – Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver
What happens when global climate change comes to roost (literally) in a small Appalachian community? It changes the lives of the people that live there, and especially one young mother who sees her world changing, along with the potential ecological catastrophe taking place in her back yard.
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