About the Novel:
From the New York Times best-selling author of The Emperor’s Children, a masterly new novel: the riveting confession of a woman awakened, transformed and betrayed by a desire for a world beyond her own.
Nora Eldridge, an elementary school teacher in Cambridge, Massachusetts, long ago compromised her dream to be a successful artist, mother and lover. She has instead become the “woman upstairs,” a reliable friend and neighbor always on the fringe of others’ achievements. Then into her life arrives the glamorous and cosmopolitan Shahids–her new student Reza Shahid, a child who enchants as if from a fairy tale, and his parents: Skandar, a dashing Lebanese professor who has come to Boston for a fellowship at Harvard, and Sirena, an effortlessly alluring Italian artist.
When Reza is attacked by schoolyard bullies, Nora is drawn deep into the complex world of the Shahid family; she finds herself falling in love with them, separately and together. Nora’s happiness explodes her boundaries, and she discovers in herself an unprecedented ferocity–one that puts her beliefs and her sense of self at stake.
Told with urgency, intimacy and piercing emotion, this brilliant novel of passion and artistic fulfillment explores the intensity, thrill–and the devastating cost–of embracing an authentic life.
Reference Librarian, Heidi Fowler will lead a book discussion group for adults on Monday, May 19, 2014 at 7:30pm at the Grafton Public Library. Stop by the library to sign up and check out a copy of this month’s book: A Grown-up Kind of Pretty, by Joshilyn Jackson.
Three generations of the Slocumb family must deal with a traumatizing family secret after 15-year-old Mosey finds a small grave in their backyard.
For more information, or to sign up, please contact the Grafton Public Library, at email@example.com or 508-839-4649.
This program is free and open to the public.
Welcome to the first ever The Perks of a Being a Wandering Book Club. Each week for 7 weeks, wander to a new library for a book discussion!
This is a collaborative program that travels from library to library and open to all teens in grades 6-12. This is a great opportunity to meet new teens who love to read, to discuss your favorite books with other fans, or to just get out of the house. You can also participate online at: www.facebook.com/groups/TPBWbookclub
For a full list of titles, participating libraries and dates visit the teen page.
Come discuss Rainbow Rowell’s book Eleanor & Park. Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits–smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.
Pick up a copy in the library or place one on hold.
This program is for teens in grades 6-12 and is a part of the summer reading, Spark a Reaction program. Teens will earn three tickets towards this summer’s grand prize by participating. Sign up for this program in the library or by emailing the teen librarian.
The “Not Just for Young Adults” book discussion group will be meeting on Monday, December 8th at 7:30 p.m. The title the group will be reading and discussing for December is The Miracle Stealer by Neil Connelly: In small-town Pennsylvania, nineteen-year-old Andi Grant will do anything to protect her six-year-old brother Daniel from those who believe he has a God-given gift as a healer—including their own mother.
The “Not Just for Young Adults” Book Discussion Group is for adults who enjoy reading and talking about young adult literature. Stop by the Library to sign up and pick up a copy of the book. For more details or to register for the program, please contact Heidi Fowler, Reference Librarian, at 508-839-4649 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
This month we will be reading and talking about The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes.
This book group is open to adults. Stop by the Library to sign up and pick up a copy of the book.
THIS PROGRAM IS CANCELLED DUE TO LIBRARY CLOSING AT 5 p.m. due to winter storm Juno.
We will be reading and talking about The Knitting Circle by Ann Hood.
Grieving over the sudden loss of her only child, Mary Baxter joins a knitting circle in Providence, Rhode Island, whose members not only teach her a variety of knitting techniques but also valuable lessons about friendship, love, and redemption.
The group is open to adults. Stop by the Library to sign up and pick up a copy of the book.
We will be reading and talking about This Wicked Game by Michelle Zink:
Seventeen year-old Claire Kincaid, a descendant of Marie Leveau, is forced to embrace her voodoo heritage when mysterious strangers threaten to use an age-old curse to destroy her family and the boy she loves.
This group is open to adults. Stop by the Library to sign up and pick up a copy of the book.