The Noon Book Group meets at the Central Library, 220 State Street in the lower level Community Room on the second Tuesday of each month from noon to 1:00 p.m. Newcomers are always welcome. Ask for a copy of the book at the Second Level (Rotunda) Circulation Desk. Copies of each book are kept at the desk during the month prior to the selection discussion.

For further information, contact Chris at 413-263-6828 ext. 442 or email:

Reading Selections for 2016

January 12 — The Wives of Los Alamos by TaraShea Nesbit (2014) fiction.
Their average age was twenty-five. They came from Berkeley, Cambridge, Paris, London, Chicago—and arrived in New Mexico ready for adventure, or at least resigned to it. But hope quickly turned to hardship as they were forced to adapt to a rugged military town where everything was a secret, including what their husbands were doing at the lab.

February 9 – The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh (2011) fiction.
The story of a woman whose gift for flowers helps her change the lives of others even as she struggles to overcome her own past.

March 8 – Last Bus to Wisdom by Ivan Doig (2015) fiction.
A lively and poignant coming-of-age story about a boy and his great-uncle on a cross-country odyssey. The road trip to Wisconsin takes place during the summer of 1951.

April 12 – The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin (2012) fiction.
At the turn of the 20th century in a rural stretch of the Pacific Northwest, a gentle solitary orchardist, Talmadge, tends to apples and apricots. Then two feral, pregnant girls and armed gunmen set Talmadge on an irrevocable course not only to save and protect but to reconcile the ghosts of his own troubled past.

May 10 – The Hanging Judge by Michael Ponsor (2013) fiction.
Local Federal judge Ponsor presided over the Commonwealth’s first death penalty case in more than 50 years. He wrote this novel which is about a drive-by-shooting in Holyoke, MA, which claims the lives of a Puerto Rican drug dealer and a hockey mom volunteering at an inner-city clinic.

June 14 – The Round House by Louise Erdrich (2012) fiction.
When his mother, a tribal enrollment specialist living on a reservation in North Dakota, slips into an abyss of depression after being brutally attacked, 14-year-old Joe Coutz sets out with his three friends to find the person that destroyed his family.

July – December 2016: To be announced.