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.

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Reading Selections for 2015

January 13-The Oracle of Stamboul by Michael Lukas (2011) fiction.
It is 1877, when a heartbreaking tragedy leaves Eleanora Cohen marooned in Istanbul during the last days of the Ottoman Empire. But young Eleonora, clever and engaging beyond her years, soon catches the attention of the Sultan’s court.

February 10 — The Good Lord Bird by James McBride (2013) fiction.
Fleeing her violent master at the side of legendary abolitionist John Brown at the height of the slavery debate in mid-19th-century Kansas Territory, Henry pretends to be a girl to hide his identity throughout the historic raid on Harpers Ferry in 1859. By the best-selling author of The Color of Water.

March 10 –The World We Found: a novel by Thrity Umrigar (2012) fiction.
American divorcée Armaiti has six months to live and her last wish is to see her three best friends again–Laleh, Kavita, and Nishta, all in Bombay. But Nishta’s husband, Iqbal, a fellow university idealist turned fundamentalist, will be the biggest obstacle to fulfilling Armaiti’s final desire.

April 14 – Lisette’s List by Susan Vreeland (2014) fiction.
A young Parisian woman is exiled to Provence to take care of her husband’s ailing grandfather during the Vichy regime, but discovers that despite the horrors of war, paintings of famous artists bring to life the landscape around her and allow her once again to experience love. The same author wrote Clara & Mr. Tiffany and Girl in Hyacinth Blue.

May 12 –Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng (2014) fiction.
A profoundly moving story of family, history, and the meaning of home. The book uncovers the ways in which mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, and husbands and wives struggle to understand one another.

June 9 – Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Brunt (2012) fiction.
Her world upended by the death of a beloved artist uncle who was the only person who understood her, fourteen-year-old June is mailed a teapot by her uncle’s grieving friend, with whom June forges a poignant relationship.

July 14 – One Plus One: a novel by Jojo Moyes (2014) fiction.
A single mom trying to raise a bullied stepson and a mathlete daughter finds an unexpected rescue in the form of an obnoxious tech millionaire named Geeky Ed.

August 11 – The Widower’s Tale by Julia Glass (2010) fiction.
Enjoying an active but lonely rural life, 70-year-old Percy haplessly allows a progressive preschool to move into his barn and transform his quiet home into a lively, youthful community that compels him to reexamine the choices he made in the decades after his wife’s death.

September 8 – Mandela: My Prisoner, My Friend by Christo Brand (2014) nonfiction.
After more than a decade as a prison guard overseeing Nelson Mandela (1918-2013), Brand, with the assistance of Mail on Sunday Africa correspondent Jones, chronicles the unlikely personal relationship they built.

October 13 – The Secret Place by Tana French (2014) fiction.
The photo on the card shows a boy who was found murdered on the grounds of a girls’ boarding school in the suburbs of Dublin. The caption says “I know who killed him” and it is found on “The Secret Place” – a board where the girls at St. Kilda’s School can pin up their secrets anonymously.

November 10 – All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (2014) fiction.
From the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr, a stunningly ambitious and beautiful novel about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.

December 8 – Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (2003) fiction.
Growing up in a wealthy Nigerian home with a tyrannical father, Kambili and her brother find happiness during a visit to their Aunty Ifeoma. But as Kambili enjoys her freedom and falls in love, the country begins to fall under a military coup.