2011 Morning Book Group Schedule
Meets the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 10 am.

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January 19

Thinking In Pictures by Temple Grandin


Welcome to the life of Temple Grandin, Ph.D.. Temple is a gifted animal scientist, a professor and lecturer, who just happens to be autistic. In this, her biography, Grandin delivers a moving account on what it feels like to experience the autistic world.

February 16

The Tale of Genji by Murasaki Shikibu


Discover one of the world's first books.The Tale of Genji was written in the eleventh century by Murasaki Shikibu, a lady of the Heian court. It is generally recognized as the greatest masterpiece of Japanese prose narrative, perhaps the earliest true novel in the history of the world.

March 16

The Good Good Pig by Sy Montgomery


Sy Montgomery,a NH writer and world traveler, the grounding force of her home was a 750-pound pig. This book is not merely a chronicle of her love for and life with Christopher Hogwood, but also a testament to the lessons learned through her 14-year relationship with him. This memoir blends facts about animal behavior, natural history, geography, and culture with myths, legends, and a large helping of adventure all in one satisfying read.

April 20

Middlesex by Jeffery Eugenides


"Cal" Stephanides, narrates his unforgetable story of an immigrant family with eloquence and poise. Cal begins his tale with the story of his Turkish grandparents, Desdemona and Lefty, who are on board the ship taking them from war-torn Turkey to America. Cal's story, which is necessarily interwoven with his parents' and grandparents' stories, shows a family's struggle up the social ladder. A story of immigration, love, and what it truly means to find oneself.

May 18

Stones Into Schools by Greg Mortenson


Greg Mortenson continues the story he started in his bestseller, Three Cups of Tea. In Stones Into Schools, Mortenson describes how the Central Asia Institute (CAI) built schools in northern Afghanistan. Descriptions of the harsh geography and more than one near-death experience impress readers as new faces join Mortenson’s loyal “Dirty Dozen” as they carefully plot a course of school-building through the Badakshan province and Wakhan corridor. Mortenson also shares his friendships with U.S. military personnel, including Admiral Mike Mullen, and the warm reception his work has found among the officer corps. The careful line CAI threads between former mujahideen commanders, ex-Taliban and village elders, and the American soldiers stationed in their midst is poetic in its political complexity and compassionate consideration. Using schools not bombs to promote peace is a goal that even the most hard-hearted can admire, but to blandly call this book inspiring would be dismissive of all the hard work that has gone into the mission in Afghanistan as well as the efforts to fund it. Mortenson writes of nothing less than saving the future, and his adventure is light years beyond most attempts. Mortenson did not reach the summit of K2, but oh, the heights he has achieved

June 15

Island Beneath the Sea by Isabel Allende


TÉtÉ—is the daughter of an African mother she never knew and one of the white sailors who brought her into bondage on the island of Saint-Dominigue. When twenty-year-old Toulouse Valmorain arrives on the island in 1770, he purchases young TÉtÉ for his bride. Yet it is he who will become dependent on the services of his teenaged slave. Against the merciless backdrop of sugar cane fields, the lives of TÉtÉ and Valmorain grow ever more intertwined. When the bloody revolution of Toussaint Louverture arrives, they flee the brutal conditions of the French colony that will become Haiti for the raucous, free-wheeling enterprise of New Orleans. There, TÉtÉ finally forges a new life, but her connection to Valmorain is deeper than anyone knows and not easily severed. Isabel Allende crafts the riveting story of one woman's determination to find love amid loss... to offer humanity though her own.

July 20

Savage Beauty by Nancy Milford


Savage Beauty is the portrait of a passionate, fearless woman who obsessed American ever as she tormented herself. If F. Scott Fitzgerald was the hero of the Jazz Age, Edna St. Vincent Millay was it's most notorious heroine.

August 17

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez


One Hundred Years of Solitude tells the story of the rise and fall of the mythical town of Macondo through the history of the Buendía family. It is a rich and brilliant chronicle of life and death, and the tragicomedy of humankind. In the noble, ridiculous, beautiful, and tawdry story of the Buendía family, one sees all of humanity, just as in the history, myths, growth, and decay of Macondo, one sees all of Latin America. Love and lust, war and revolution, riches and poverty, youth and senility -- the variety of life, the endlessness of death, the search for peace and truth -- these universal themes dominate the novel. Whether he is describing an affair of passion or the voracity of capitalism and the corruption of government, Gabriel García Márquez always writes with the simplicity, ease, and purity that are the mark of a master. Alternately reverential and comical, One Hundred Years of Solitude weaves the political, personal, and spiritual to bring a new consciousness to storytelling.

September 21

Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History by S.C.Gwynne


Parker grew up to become the last and greatest chief of the Comanche, the tribe that ruled the Great Plains for most of the 19th century. That's his one-sentence biography. The deeper, richer story that unfolds in Empire of the Summer Moon is nothing short of a revelation. Gwynne…doesn't merely retell the story of Parker's life. He pulls his readers through an American frontier roiling with extreme violence, political intrigue, bravery, anguish, corruption, love, knives, rifles and arrows. Lots and lots of arrows. This book will leave dust and blood on your jeans.

October 19

Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw


In "Pygmalion" we are treated with George Bernard Shaw's most successful comedy. Pygmalion has been a success both on the stage, as a popular film and as a musical hit (My Fair Lady). With its irresistible theme of the emerging butterfly, Pygmalian is one of the most acclaimed comedies in the English language.

November 16

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd


Set in South Carolina in 1964, The Secret Life of Bees tells the story of Lily Owens, whose life has been shaped around the blurred memory of the afternoon her mother was killed. When Lily's fierce-hearted "stand-in mother," Rosaleen, insults three of the town's fiercest racists, Lily decides they should both escape to Tiburon, South Carolina--a town that holds the secret to her mother's past. There they are taken in by an eccentric trio of black beekeeping sisters who introduce Lily to a mesmerizing world of bees, honey, and the Black Madonna who presides over their household. This is a remarkable story about divine female power and the transforming power of love--a story that women will share and pass on to their daughters for years to come.

December 21

A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway


A Moveable Feast remains one of Ernest Hemingway's most beloved works. It is his classic memoir of Paris in the 1920s, filled with irreverent portraits of other expatriate luminaries such as F. Scott Fitzgerald and Gertrude Stein; tender memories of his first wife, Hadley; and insightful recollections of his own early experiments with his craft. It is a literary feast, brilliantly evoking the exuberant mood of Paris after World War I and the youthful spirit, unbridled creativity, and unquenchable enthusiasm that Hemingway himself epitomized.