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 2014

January 14 — Birds of Paradise: A Novel by Diana Abu-Jaber (fiction) 2011
After a five year absence, an eighteen-year-old runaway returns to her family in Miami to deal with the guilty secret that caused her to flee.

February 11 — The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid (fiction) 2007
A young Muslim American, Changez is living the American dream, with a Princeton education and high-paying job, until the events of September 11th force him to confront his personal allegiances.

March 11 — The Art Forger (fiction) by Barbara A. Shapiro (2012)
On March 18, 1990, thirteen works of art worth today over $500 million were stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. It remains the largest unsolved art heist in history, and Claire Roth, a struggling young artist, is about to discover that there’s more to this crime than meets the eye.

April 8 — I Shall Not Hate: a Gaza Doctor’s Journey on the Road to Peace and Human Dignity (nonfiction) by Izzeldin Abuelaish (2011)
Harvard-trained Palestinian doctor Izzeldin Abuelaish, who lost three daughters in the bombardment of Gaza, recounts his extraordinary life of devotion to medicine and reconciliation between Israelis and Palestinians.

May 13 — Waitin’ for the Train to Come In: a novel of World War II by David Garnes (2013)
This is a historical novel about a New England family from 1943 – 1946 on the home front during the tumultuous years that changed the world–and the lives of all Americans. The novel follows the Stewarts of Springfield, Massachusetts as they cope with the sacrifices, adventures, and drama of World War II.

June 10 — Claire of the Sea Light (fiction) by Edwidge Danticat (2013)
The interconnected secrets of a coastal Haitian town are revealed when one little girl, the daughter of a fisherman, goes missing.

July 8 — The Sandcastle Girls: a novel by Chris Bohjalian (2012)
Parallel stories of a woman who falls in love with an Armenian soldier during the Armenian Genocide and a modern-day New Yorker prompted to rediscover her Armenian past.

August 12 — The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry: a novel by Rachel Joyce (2012)
Harold Fry is convinced that he must deliver a letter to an old love in order to save her, meeting various characters along the way and reminiscing about the events of his past and people he has known, as he tries to find peace and acceptance.

September 9 — The Death of Santini: the Story of a Father and His Son (non-fiction) by Pat Conroy (2013)
A memoir by the bestselling author of The Prince of Tides about his father–the inspiration for The Great Santini–and a reaffirmation that love can conquer even the meanest of men.

October 14 — White Dog Fell from the Sky (fiction) by Eleanor Morse (2013)
A portrait of 1970s Botswana is told through the intertwined stories of three people, including a medical student who is forced to flee apartheid South Africa after witnessing a murder and an American Ph.D. student who abandons her studies to follow her husband to Africa.

November (holiday – no meeting)

December 9 — Sweet Tooth: a novel by Ian McEwan (2012)
Cambridge student Serena Frome’s beauty and intelligence make her the ideal recruit for MI5. The year is 1972. The Cold War is far from over. England’s legendary intelligence agency is determined to manipulate the cultural conversation by funding writers whose politics align with those of the government. The operation is code named “Sweet Tooth.”