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Thursday Night Book Club -- February, 2019

When the Thursday Night Book Club gathers each month in the Collins Room, we sit in a circle to discuss the book we've collectively read. When we met last Thursday to talk about the February, 2019 selection They May Not Mean To, But They Do, Cathleen Schine's wonderful novel whose title is taken from the famous Philip Larkin poem This Be The Verse, the circle devolved into something of a distorted and elongated oval as we added more and more chairs to accommodate the number of people who wanted to join the conversation about the book. They May Not Mean To, But They Do features the Bergman family: "They were like a cult, one that did not accept disciples or converts...The Bergmans were a clan, tight knit and suspicious of strangers. They were tribal and closed, bound by blood. They were one, the world the other." Joy, the 86-year-old matriarch, has been married for all of her adult life to Aaron, a man who had wanted to be a classical singer but instead had gone into…

What I'm Reading

I don't know if this happens to you, but people often ask me what I'm reading, or what books I've read recently that I particularly liked, or what I'm planning to read next. As occupational hazards go, this is a pretty good one. At breakfast in the Staff Room this past Saturday morning, Wallingford's librarians went around the table sharing the books we're reading (or the Netflix series we're binge watching), and the variety of reading interests on display was commendable! Graeme Greene! Thomas Pynchon! Kristin Higgins! Delia Owens! And, of course, Amy Stewart (One Book, One Wallingford extends to the staff as well)!
It's a tremendous compliment to be asked about my reading preferences and habits, and one that I take very seriously. But it should be said that my motivations in choosing some of the books I read may be different from yours. Sometimes I read a book because it's getting talked about so much in the book publishing press that I feel like…

One Book, One Wallingford 2019

If you are new to town, you may not know that the library launched Wallingford's first-ever One Book One Town extravaganza, called (of course) One Book, One Wallingford, in 2018. The goal of One Book, One Wallingford is to bring members of the Wallingford community together in reading a specific book and then gathering to discuss both the book and topics related to its themes. The culminating event of last year's inaugural One Book, One Wallingford event was the visit to Wallingford by Matthew Quick, the author of the 2018 One Book, One Wallingford selection The Reason You're Alive. Quick spoke to a full house at the Paul Mellon Arts Center, answered questions and then signed copies of his novels, taking the time to chat with the scores of Wallingford residents who had waited to meet him. As people were leaving the PMAC that evening, several of them approached me and other library staff members and asked us to promise that we would run another One Book, One Wallingford pr…