Book Groups

Let's Talk About It: Points of View

Sponsored by the Maine Humanities Council

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A series developed by Deborah Amos as part of the Muslim Journeys Project.
To be held the third Tuesday of the month at 6:00 pm in the Community Room of the Library.

The dates and titles are:
January 16: Dreams of Trespass: Tales of a Harem Girlhood by Fatima Mernissi
February 20: In the Country of Men: A Novel by Hisham Matar
March 20: House of Stone: A Memoir of Home, Family, and a Lost Middle East by Anthony Shadid
April 17: Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
May 15: Broken Verses: a Novel by Kamila Shamsie

The most recognized narratives of the Islamic world often come to Westerners in the daily news. The drama of conflict, chaos, and war abruptly arrives in the morning newscast or paper along with the toast and coffee. But the “news” gives us scant details about how people live their lives in Islamabad, Fez, Cairo, or Tehran. The human experience—loves, losses, births, deaths—is the currency of the novel, the memoir, the personal history. These stories can provide the riveting and recognizable details of falling in love, coming of age, navigating irreconcilable loss, or making difficult choices.

Understanding and examining Islamic culture through memoirs and fictional works can bring a new awareness of our shared values and difficulties, as well as our shared successes. Islam as a religion often fits into these stories’ plots in the way that a local church community might play a role in an American work of fiction.

The five narratives in “Points of View” are a diverse sampling across geography, time, and culture. The voices they feature are not only those of Muslims, but also non-Muslims reflecting on the experience of living in Muslim-majority societies in all their diversity. Although in no way an exhaustive collection, these books—like Muslim-majority societies—do not offer one story, but tell many stories and represent some of the best in contemporary storytelling.

Tuesday Morning Bookgroup

The Tuesday Morning and Wednesday Afternoon groups have combined into one supergroup! The library book club will meet at 10:15 am the third Tuesday of the month. Please check this page for updates.

The dates for the fall meetings will be the following Tuesdays:
September 18: Seed Of Sarah by Judith Magyar Isaacson
October 16: The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende

Previously discussed titles for this group include:
September 19 (2017): The Orphan's Tale by Pam Jenoff
October 17 (2017): The Glass Universe by Dava Sobel
November 21 (2017): Hillbilly Elegy by JD Vance
December 19 (2017): Notorious RBG: the Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Irin Carmon & Shana Knizhnik
January 16 (2018): A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline
February 20 (2018): A Gentleman In Moscow by Amor Towles
March 20 (2018): The Chilbury Ladies' Choir by Jennifer Ryan

The Evening Book Group

Books to Movies will be the theme for The Evening Book Group.

The following books will be discussed at the assigned date at 6pm. The group will decide on a date and time to meet at a local theater to view the newly released movie. There will be a drawing for a free ticket to see the movie at Spotlight Cinemas in Orono.


Sept 19 – Tulip Fever by Deborah Moggach

Oct 17 – The Snowman by Jo Nesbo

Nov 14 – Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Chrisite

Dec 19 – Let it Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson, Lauren Myracle
Fields Pond Audubon Book Group
The group meets at 6:30pm on the following dates:

  • September 14, 2017 --  Sex in the Sea: Our Intimate Connection with Sex-Changing Fish, Romantic Lobsters, Kinky Squid, and Other Salty Erotica of the Deep by Marah J. Hardt. 
  • October 12, 2017 -- The Inner Life of Cats: The Science and Secrets of Our Mysterious Feline Companions by Thomas McNamee.
  • November 9, 2017 -- The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness by Sy Montgomery.
  • February 8, 2018 -- Half Earth: Our Planet's Fight for Life by E. O. Wilson.
  • March 8, 2018 -- Mozart's Starling by Lyanda Lynn Haupt.
  • April 12, 2018 -- Rat Island: Predators in Paradise and the World's Greatest Wildlife Rescue by William Stolzenburg.
  • May 10, 2018 -- The Forest Unseen by David George Haskell
  • June 14, 2018 -- The Invention of Nature: Alexander Von Humboldt's New World by Andra Wulf. 

Previous meetings and book titles are below:

Tuesday Morning Readers 

  • This group meets on the third Tuesday of the month at 10:15 am - September-May of each year.  Please check back, as this page continues to be updated with upcoming titles.
  1.  The Sisters in Law by Linda R. Hershman - September 20th 
  2.  Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver - October 18th
  3.  In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson - November 15th
  4. The Secret Chord by Geraldine Brooks - December 20th
  5. Total Recall by Sara Paretsky - January 17th
  6. At the Water's Edge, by Sara Gruen - February 21st
  7. Relativity, by Antonia Hayes - March 21st
  8. A Man Called Ove, by Fredrik Backman - April 18th
  9. Hidden Figures, by Margot Lee Shetterly - May 16th

Wednesday Afternoon Readers

  • This group meets on the third Wednesday of the month at 1 pm - September-May of each year.  Please check back, as this page continues to be updated with upcoming titles.
  1. My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout - September 21st
  2.  The Road to Little Dribbling: Adventures of an American in Britain by Bill Bryson - October 19th
  3. Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood by A. Fuller - November 16th
  4. Today's Best Maine Fiction, edited by Wesley McNair - December 21st
  5. Martian Chronicles, by Ray Bradbury - January 18th
  6. Lost in Translation, by Eva Hoffman - February 15th
  7. Anna-In-Between, by Elizabeth Nunez - March 15th
  8. Just Mercy, by Bryan Stevenson - April 19th
  9. The Healing of America, by T. R. Reid - May 17th

Books & Buzz: an Evening Book Group sponsored by The Maine Humanities Council

Books & Buzz 

at 6:00pm at The Store Ampersand (located at 22 Mill Street).

Let's Talk About IT: Growing Up Between Cultures

A series developed by Kathleen Ashley, University of Southern Maine

Issues of cultural, ethnic or national identity—once considered relatively simple and unproblematic—move to the foreground in this reading series that includes memoirs, a novel, and essays. Whether the setting is colonial and post-colonial Africa, the American Southwest in the 1940’s and 1950’s, post-World War II Poland, the intellectual scene of New York City, the class conscious Caribbean, or political Washington D.C., all of the central characters in these books wrestle with questions about their own individual identity, questions complicated by their experiences growing up among multiple cultures.

Copies of the following titles are available at the library.

  • Oct 4 2016: Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood by Alexandra Fuller
  • Nov 1 2016: The Names: A Memoir by N. Scott Momaday
  • Dec 6 2016: Lost in Translation: A Life in a New Language by Eva Hoffman
  • Jan 3 2017: The Accidental Asian: Notes of a Native Speaker by Eric Liu
  • Feb 7 2017: Anna In-Between by Elizabeth Nunez
  • Mar 7 2017: Being Mortal by Atul Gawande. This meeting will be held at the Orono Public Library and copies are available by The John T. Gorman Foundation and the Portland Public Library. Take a copy to keep or pass it on.