Our longest running book group brings together readers who enjoy discussing and sharing insights about a single title each month. Facilitated conversations are lively, intelligent, and insightful. The titles are mostly fiction, with one nonfiction choice included each year. The group chooses titles for the coming year by ballot in the spring. Book discussions are held on the third Wednesday of the month, September through June (no July or August meetings), and all adult patrons enthusiastic about reading and talking about books are invited to join us as often as they can. Before each meeting, you can pick up your copy for the next month’s discussion at the Circulation Desk. If you have questions, please contact Karen Stern at stern@noblenet.org.


Next Meeting: December 16, 2020, 7:00 pm (virtually with an emailed link from the coordinator)
To Discuss: Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts by Kate Racculia

Tuesday Mooney is a loner. She keeps to herself, begrudgingly socializes, and spends much of her time watching old Twin Peaks and X-Files DVDs. But when Vincent Pryce, Boston’s most eccentric billionaire, dies—leaving behind an epic treasure hunt through the city, with clues inspired by his hero, Edgar Allan Poe—Tuesday’s adventure finally begins. But Pryce’s clues can’t be cracked with sharp wit alone; Tuesday and her fellow searchers must summon the courage to face painful ghosts from their pasts (some more vivid than others) and discover their most guarded desires and dreams. A deliciously funny ode to imagination, overflowing with love letters to art, Tuesday Mooney is the perfect read for thrill seekers, wanderers, word lovers, and anyone looking for an escape to the extraordinary. Also recommended for lovers of Mr. Penumbra, Boston, and character-driven fun.

Kate Racculia is a novelist living in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. She is the author of the novels This Must Be the Place and Bellweather Rhapsody, winner of the American Library Association’s Alex Award. Her third novel, Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts, was published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in October 2019.

Kate was a teenage bassoonist in her hometown of Syracuse, and studied illustration, design, Jane Austen, and Canada at the University of Buffalo. She moved to Boston to get her MFA from Emerson College, and stuck around for 11 years. She has been a cartoonist, a planetarium operator, a movie and music reviewer, a coffee jerk, a bookseller, a designer, a finance marketing proposal writer, and a fundraising prospect researcher. She teaches online for Grub Street, works at her local public library, and sings in the oldest Bach choir in America. (From the author’s website: kateracculia.com)


Web Articles for Further Reading:
Review: Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts KirkusReviews.com July 15, 2019.
An Interview with Kate Racculia, Author of Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts by Helen Bronk, Deaddarlings.com, October 8, 2019.
More at the author’s website: kateracculia.com


2020-21 SCHEDULE (Meetings are currently virtual. Please contact stern@noblenet.org if you would like to join the group and receive meeting links. No Meetings in July and August)
2020-2021 discussion titles were voted on by group members in May 2020. Click each title for more information from our catalog.

December 16      Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts by Kate Racculia
January 20          Lanny by Max Porter
February 17        A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win WWII by Sonia Purnell
March 17            Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips
April 21              Case Histories by Kate Atkinson
May 19               House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
June 16              Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield

Previous Discussions (1998 to 2020)