Fourth Monday Book Group

Meets on Zoom every fourth Monday at 10:00am.
All are invited to join the Fourth Monday Book Group on Zoom. The book group meets on the 4th Monday at 10:00am (book group does not meet in December). Just read the chosen book and join us ready for discussion. Listeners are always welcome too. Books are selected by the group and include a variety of fiction and nonfiction titles. See below for upcoming Zoom book group meetings. For additional information including Zoom meeting details, contact Shirley Solberg by email.

April Book

Date: April 22                                  
Title: Tom Lake                    
Author: Ann Patchett                          
Leader: TBA

“Tom Lake is a meditation on youthful love, married love, and the lives parents have led before their children were born. Both hopeful and elegiac, it explores what it means to be happy even when the world is falling apart. As in all of her novels, Ann Patchett combines compelling narrative artistry with piercing insights into family dynamics. The result is a rich and luminous story told with profound intelligence and emotional subtlety…”

May Book

Date: May 20                      
Title: Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the Law  
Author: Mary Roach              
Leader: TBA

We’re due for a nonfiction selection. Mary Roach’s “weirdly delightful dive into scientific nonfiction” (Marie Claire) should fill the bill as it “investigates the unpredictable world of human-wildlife conflict.” Roach travels the globe to explore and explain ways laws and customs in other countries as well as our own have coped with animal incursions into people’s lives. Or is it the other way around? The crisp, witty writing style makes a difficult subject sparkle.

June Book

Date: June 24                      
Title: Horse: A Novel                      
Author: Geraldine Brooks                    
Leader: TBA
“Every character is carefully and believably explored, including Lexington, the horse, an excellent racehorse … whose closest relationship is with his enslaved caretaker and exercise rider,… [Brooks] reveals a lot about racing art and biological science. Best horse book I’ve ever read, including all of my own.” —Jane Smiley, The New York Times Book Review

We are in line for a book group set. June and July choices may need to be reversed.

July Book

Date: July 22                    
Title: Rough Sleepers                      
Author: Tracy Kidder                          
Leader: TBA
Dr. Jim O’Connell undertakes an urgent mission to bring healing to homeless people in Boston. Tracy Kidder [you may remember him from Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer] chronicles O’Connell’s many years of outreach. This multifaceted account details effects of abuse, illness, drugs and alcohol along with poorly designed legal, medical, and housing rules.