Book Club


General Info, News and Updates

north-plains-book-clubNew members are always welcome to join in our monthly discussions. We regularly meet once a month, usually on the last Wednesday of each month at 7 PM at the North Plains Public Library.

Books are chosen every year by a consensus of all members. The following are our upcoming book choices and discussion dates, plus a list of some of our past book choices.

Next Meeting

Wednesday, February 28th – 7 pmThe Good Daughters by Joyce Maynard

    The bestselling author of Labor Day returns with a spellbinding novel about friendship, family secrets, and the strange twists of fate that shape our lives.

    They were born on the same day, in the same small New Hampshire hospital, into families that could hardly have been less alike.

    Ruth Plank is an artist and a romantic with a rich, passionate, imaginative life. The last of five girls born to a gentle, caring farmer and his stolid wife, she yearns to soar beyond the confines of the land that has been her family’s birthright for generations.

    Dana Dickerson is a scientist and realist whose faith is firmly planted in the natural world. Raised by a pair of capricious drifters who waste their lives on failed dreams, she longs for stability and rootedness.

    Different in nearly every way, Ruth and Dana share a need to make sense of who they are and to find their places in a world in which neither has ever truly felt she belonged. They also share a love for Dana’s wild and beautiful older brother, Ray, who will leave an indelible mark on both their hearts.

    Told in the alternating voices of Ruth and Dana, The Good Daughters follows these “birthday sisters” as they make their way from the 1950s to the present. Master storyteller Joyce Maynard chronicles the unlikely ways the two women’s lives parallel and intersect—from childhood and adolescence to first loves, first sex, marriage, and parenthood; from the deaths of parents to divorce, the loss of home, and the loss of a beloved partner—until past secrets and forgotten memories unexpectedly come to light, forcing them to reevaluate themselves and each other.

    Moving from rural New Hampshire to a remote island in British Columbia to the ’70s Boston art-school scene, The Good Daughters is an unforgettable story about the ties of home and family, the devastating force of love, the healing power of forgiveness, and the desire to know who we are.

New patrons are welcome to join us.

Upcoming Meetings

    Wednesday, March 28th – 7 pmThe Wright Brothers – David McCullough

    Wednesday, April 25th – 7 pm The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving – Jonathan Evision

    Wednesday, May 30th – 7 pmThe Woman Who Smashed Codes – Jason Fagone

    Wednesday, June 27th – 7 pmLittle Fires Everywhere – Celeste Ng

    Wednesday, July 25th – 7 pmLab Girl – Hope Jahren

    Wednesday, August 29th – 7 pmThe Bright Hour – Nina Riggs

    Wednesday, September 26th – 7 pmThe Great Alone – Kristin Hannah

    Wednesday, October 31st – 7 pmHappiness is a Choice You Make – John Leland

    Wednesday, November 28th – 7 pmLove and Other Consolation Prizes – Jamie Ford

    Wednesday, December 26th – 7 pmBefore we were yours – Lisa Wingate

Book Club Past Selections

Book Club Member Reading Recommendations

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