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"Off the Shelf" Adult Book Group

Our “Off the Shelf” book group meets at 7:00 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month in the library's meeting room. Books are available at the front desk one month before the meeting. When available we will try to provide large print and audio copies of the monthly book.

2017

 

Kabul Beaty School by Deborah Rodriguez

Tuesday, March 7, 7:00 p.m.
Meet at the Barber Shoppe, 0S120 Church St.

Soon after the fall of the Taliban, in 2001, Deborah Rodriguez went to Afghanistan as part of a humanitarian aid group. Surrounded by people whose skills--as doctors, nurses, and therapists--seemed eminently more practical than her own, Rodriguez, a hairdresser, despaired of being of any real use. Yet she found she had a gift for befriending Afghans, and once her profession became known she was eagerly sought out by Westerners desperate for a good haircut and by Afghan women, who have a long and proud tradition of running their own beauty salons. Thus the idea for the Kabul Beauty School was born.
 
 

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Tuesday, April 4, 7:00 p.m.

Over seventy-five years since its first publication, Steinbeck's tale of commitment, loneliness, hope, and loss remains one of America's most widely read and taught novels. An unlikely pair, George and Lennie, two migrant workers in California during the Great Depression, grasp for their American Dream. When they land jobs on a ranch in the Salinas Valley, the fulfillment of their dream seems to be within their grasp. But even George cannot guard Lennie from the provocations, nor predict the consequences of Lennie's unswerving obedience to the things George taught him.
 
 

Someone by Alice McDermott

Tuesday, May 2, 7:00 p.m.

Our first glimpse of Marie is as a child: a girl in glasses waiting on a Brooklyn stoop for her beloved father to come home from work. A seemingly innocuous encounter with a young woman named Pegeen sets the bittersweet tone of this remarkable novel. Pegeen describes herself as an "amadan," a fool; indeed, soon after her chat with Marie, Pegeen tumbles down her own basement stairs. The magic of McDermott's novel lies in how it reveals us all as fools for this or that, in one way or another. Marie's first heartbreak and her eventual marriage; the Second World War; her parents' deaths; the births and lives of Marie's children-- this is a novel that speaks of life as it is daily lived.