Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library Pilots Book Group Sponsored by Thorndike Press

Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library Pilots Book Group Sponsored by Thorndike Press

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| By Meg Donaldson, originally published in the Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library Newsletter |

Books and Bites started out as a pilot book group at Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library sponsored by Thorndike Press, a large print publisher. The group meets at St. Andrew’s Village as a way to broaden the Library’s reach. After just a few sessions, it transformed from an idea to a dynamic, vibrant, and inquisitive book group filled with a century of memories and life.

As a pilot group, we were tasked with testing out the first year of books chosen by Thorndike. Our first title was A Man Called Ove by Frederick Backman. We found that we all had read this book much quicker than other books, and many had recommended it to others. I shared the book with my father and honorary grandfather; one of our group shared it with her daughter, who said upon finishing it: “Mom, that’s a book!”

With our collective memory, the group span a slice of history that has seen much change. The books will reflect this, too: some based in the World Wars, others in contemporary grief or wonder. We walked Manhattan through the eyes of Ms. Boxfish in Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney, and later were transported to the Carnegie family home where we met a fictionalized Andrew in Carnegie’s Maid by Marie Benedict. We look forward to April when we will explore The Garden of Small Beginnings by Abbi Waxman.

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