Friends of the Cambridge Community Library
Book Discussion Groups
Monday Evening Book Group
Meets the 2nd Monday of each month 6:30 P.M.
Cambridge Community Library
Call the library with questions
New members are welcome to the group at any time! There is no pressure to attend every session–come when you can!
Wednesday Evening Book Group
Meets the third Wednesday of each month at 7:00 P.M.
This group, also known as the Ladies’ Rhythm and Movement Society, has limited its members to 12, but has a waiting list at the circulation desk.
The group meets in the homes of its members.
Monday Book Club Titles:
“Euphoria” by Lily King
Inspired by events in the life of revolutionary anthropologist Margaret Mead, Euphoria is the story of three young, gifted anthropologists of the 1930s caught in a passionate love triangle that threatens their bonds, their careers, and, ultimately, their lives.
“For Keeps: Women Tell the Truth About Their Bodies, Growing Older, and Acceptance” edited by Victoria Zackheim
An inspirational collection of personal essays from 27 writers on their ever-changing bodies that will resonate with every maturing woman. From a mastectomy that renewed one woman’s lease on life, to the emergence of gray hairs and wrinkles, each woman addresses aging, illness, injury, and life circumstances with humor and grace. Ultimately, For Keeps challenges every woman to rethink the way she sees her body through various life-altering changes in order to lead a more healthy, satisfying, and productive life.
“Plainsong” by Kent Haruf
A heartstrong story of family and romance, tribulation and tenacity, set on the High Plains east of of Denver.
“Resonant and meaningful…A song of praise in honor of the lives it chronicles [and] a story about people’s ability to adapt and redeem themselves, to heal wounds of isolation by moving, gropingly and imperfectly, toward community.” -Richard Tillinghast Washington Post Book World
“Orphan Train: A Novel” By Christina Baker Kline
Between 1854 and 1929, so-called orphan trains ran regularly from the cities of the East Coast to the farmlands of the Midwest, carrying thousands of abandoned children whose fates would be determined by pure luck. Moving between contemporary Maine and Depression-era Minnesota, Orphan Train is a powerful tale of upheaval and resilience, second chances, and unexpected friendship.
“Still Life” By Louise Penny
Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Québec and his team of investigators are called in to the scene of a suspicious death in a rural village south of Montréal and yet a world away. With this award-winning first novel, Louise Penny introduces an engaging hero in Inspector Gamache, who commands his forces–and this series–with power, ingenuity, and charm.
“A perfectly executed traditional mystery” – Denver Post
“Me Before You” By JoJo Moyes
Brings to life two people who couldn’t have less in common—a heartbreakingly romantic novel that asks, What do you do when making the person you love happy also means breaking your own heart?
“Tenth of December” by George Saunders
In a collection of short stories about class, sex, love, loss, work, despair and war, the author explores the question of what makes us good and what makes us human.
“The Vacationers” by Emma Straub
A vacation with family and friends may not turn out as we envisioned it. “The Vacationers” is irresistibly funny and enchantingly warm as it shows us the wonderful, messy truth about family, friendship, and love.
“The Husband’s Secret” by Liane Moriarty
Imagine that your husband wrote you a letter to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret. Then, imagine that you stumble across that letter while your husband is very much alive.
“The Scent of God” a memoir by Beryl Singleton Bissell
In spare but lyric language, Bissell weaves a powerful story of love, death, guilt, and redemption–a pilgrimage that reaches beyond dogma to personal truth and evokes a transformation that changes not only Beryl but the lives of those whom she most loves.
“The Marriage Plot” by Jeffrey Eugenides
A National Books Critics Circle Award Finalist. A year or so in the lives of three college seniors at Brown in the early 80s. This is a thoughtful and at times disarming novel about life, love, and discovery, set during a time when so much of life seems filled with deep portent.
“Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker” by Jennifer Chiaverini
A sweeping historical novel, Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker illuminates the extraordinary relationship the two women shared, beginning in the hallowed halls of the White House during the trials of the Civil War and enduring almost, but not quite, to the end of Mrs. Lincoln’s days.