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Cover ImageBrown Bag Book Group

November 30, 2023 at Noon. The Christmas Pearl by Dorothea Benton Frank. Feel free to bring your lunch.  Refreshments served.

Theodora is the matriarch of a family that, in her opinion, has grown into a bunch of truculent knuckleheads. They've all come together to South Carolina to celebrate Christmas. But this Christmas looks nothing like the extravagant, homey Christmases Theodora grew up with. What happened to the days when the holiday spirit meant tables groaning with home cooked goodies, over–the–top decorations, and long chats in front of the fire with Pearl, her grandmother's housekeeper/manager/caterer/psychiatrist/best friend? Luckily someone hears Theodora's plea for help and Merle (possibly Pearl?) arrives, pockets filled with Gullah magic and common sense to straighten everyone out.

Brown Bag Book Group MPL's bookshelf: read
Brown Bag Book Group MPL 18 members
Lunch time Book Group of the Meredith Public Library. You must ask to join the group before you can post on the discussion boards.

Books we've read

One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd
Ten Days in a Mad-House
A Christmas Journey
Velva Jean Learns to Drive
Wuthering Heights
A Study in Scarlet
The Housekeeper and the Professor
The Autobiography of Eleanor Roosevelt
The Kitchen Boy: A Novel of the Last Tsar
In the Woods
House of Sand and Fog
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
Old School
My Life in France
The Interpretation of Murder
alias Grace.
Shutter Island
The Pale Blue Eye
To Kill a Mockingbird

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Cover ImageClassics Book Group 

November 2, 2023 at 1 PM: The Classic Literature Book Group will be reading Dracula by Bram Stoker. Copies will be available at the circulation desk. This event is open to the public.

Written in the form of letters, diary entries, and news bits, Dracula chronicles the vampire's journey from his Transylvanian castle to the nighttime streets of London. There, he searches for the blood he needs to stay alive - the blood of strong men and beautiful women - while his enemies plot to rid the world of his frightful power. The now-famous cast of characters includes the English solicitor Jonathan Harker; his fiancee, the enchanting Mina Murray; and Van Helsing, the mysterious Dutch doctor and expert vampire killer.

CONTACT: Samantha

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Mystery Book Group

Cover ImageNovember 9th at 10:30 AM: The mystery book club will be reading Catch of the Day: A Newfound Lake Cozy Mystery by Virginia K. Bennett. Virginia K. Bennett will be joining us as we discuss her book. Copies will be available at the circulation desk. Open to the public. 

When the town librarian is an avid mystery and true-crime reader, the local law enforcement must need a book-smart assistant like her, right?

Rebecca Ramsey returned to the Newfound Lake area of New Hampshire because it feels like home. The library is Rebecca's safe place, but the local seafood restaurant at the foot of the lake is where all the action happens. While dining on the patio of the seasonal hotspot on her day off, a body is pulled from the lake. Kenny Towne, Chief of Police, is on the scene to investigate and catalog the evidence.

Rebecca and Kenny grew up around Newfound, along with the collection of suspects in the ongoing investigation. Since the deceased is also a Newfound native, old rivalries come into play, including feuds dating back to high school.

Will Chief Towne and Rebecca solve this mystery together or end up getting in each other's way?

CONTACT: Samantha


Cover ImageScience Fiction & Fantasy Book Group

November 28th at 6:30 PM: The Fantasy/Sci-fi Book Group will be reading Hogfather by Terry Pratchett. Copies can be picked up at the previous month's book group meeting and additional copies will be available at the front desk. 

It's the night before Hogswatch. And it's too quiet.
Where is the big jolly fat man? Why is Death creeping down chimneys and trying to say Ho Ho Ho? The darkest night of the year is getting a lot darker... Susan the gothic governess has got to sort it out by morning, otherwise there won't be a morning. Ever again...
The 20th Discworld novel is a festive feast of darkness and Death (but with jolly robins and tinsel too).
As they say: "You'd better watch out..."


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Meredith Library Sci-Fi Fantasy Book Group 2 members
Each month we switch off between Sci-Fi and Fantasy

Books we've read

A Psalm for the Wild-Built
The Midnight Library
Every Heart a Doorway
Childhood's End
The Bear and the Nightingale
The Deep
All Systems Red
Night of the Living Rez
We Have Always Lived in the Castle
This is How You Lose the Time War
A Master of Djinn Sneak Peek
A Wizard of Earthsea
The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy
The House in the Cerulean Sea
Backyard Starship

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