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Thursday Night Book Group

This long-standing book club has been at the store about as long as I have! We meet the fourth Thursday of every month except November and December, when we have a combined month holiday party. We read great books and have a lot of fun.

september

The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry
Thursday, September 27, 7 p.m.

A Kirkus Review Best Book of 2017 and a Washington Post Notable Work of Fiction. Winner of the British Book Awards Fiction Book of the Year and overall Book of the Year, selected as the Waterstones Book of the Year, and a Costa Book Award Finalist
"A novel of almost insolent ambition--lush and fantastical, a wild Eden behind a garden gate...it's part ghost story and part natural history lesson, part romance and part feminist parable. I found it so transporting that 48 hours after completing it, I was still resentful to be back home." -New York Times

The Essex Serpent by Sarah PerryAn exquisitely talented young British author makes her American debut with this rapturously acclaimed historical novel, set in late nineteenth-century England, about an intellectually minded young widow, a pious vicar, and a rumored mythical serpent that explores questions about science and religion, skepticism, and faith, independence and love.
When Cora Seaborne’s brilliant, domineering husband dies, she steps into her new life as a widow with as much relief as sadness: her marriage was not a happy one. Wed at nineteen, this woman of exceptional intelligence and curiosity was ill-suited for the role of society wife. Seeking refuge in fresh air and open space in the wake of the funeral, Cora leaves London for a visit to coastal Essex, accompanied by her inquisitive and obsessive eleven-year old son, Francis, and the boy’s nanny, Martha, her fiercely protective friend.

october

ONE BOOK, ONE VALLEY
KENNETT HIGH SCHOOL
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 25 AT 7PM

WHERE YOU’LL FIND ME by New Hampshire author, Ty GagneThis is the 13th Annual One Book One Valley program and this year’s book will be WHERE YOU’LL FIND ME by New Hampshire author, Ty Gagne.
The mission of this program is to strengthen community ties and promote literacy through reading and discussing a book with a theme that resonates locally. The vision: Imagine if folks throughout Mount Washington Valley read the same book. Then talked about it. And THEN got to come together to meet the author at a special valley-wide event. One Book One Valley is successful because of you, the individual reader, and YOU, our community of readers, coming together.

ABOUT THE BOOK:
On February 15, 2015, Kate Matrosova, an avid mountaineer, set off before sunrise for a traverse of the Northern Presidential Range in New Hampshire's White Mountains. Late the following day, rescuers carried her frozen body out of the mountains amid some of the worst weather ever recorded on these deceptively rugged slopes.
At 32, she was ultra-fit and healthy and had already summited much larger mountains on several continents. Her gear included a rescue beacon and a satellite phone. Yet, despite their best efforts, forty-two expert search and rescue personnel, a New Hampshire Army National Guard Blackhawk helicopter, and a Civil Air Patrol Cessna airplane could not reach her in time to save her.
What went wrong? Where You'll Find Me offers possible answers to that question, demonstrating why Matrosova's story - what we know and what we will never know - represents such an intriguing and informative case study in risk analysis and decision-making.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Ty Gagne is chief executive officer of New Hampshire Public Risk Management Exchange (Primex3), a public entity risk pool serving local governments in New Hampshire. He is a certified wilderness first responder, and serves on the Androscoggin Valley Search and Rescue Team and Board of Directors. He lives in New Hampshire with his wife.

BOOK GROUPS AND EVENT:
We will be reading and discussing this book for our October Mystery Book Group and encourage anyone to join us at the bookstore on October 11 at 7pm for our discussion. Or be sure to connect with another book group in town at one of your local libraries!
Then meet us all at Kennett High School on Thursday, October 25 at 7pm to hear author Ty Gagne!
FLATBREAD FUNDRAISER KICK-OFF
Mark your calendars, come enjoy some delicious pizza and raise money for One Book One Valley at Flatbread Company, North Conway on Thursday, September 13 from 4:00 to 9:00 pm. A portion of each order, both eat-in and take-out, will be donated to our program.

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