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October 20, 2016 - "The Things They Carried"
Third Thursday Book Group - 1pm

This month, the Third Thursday book group will take part in a larger community program. Community Stories originated among four local libraries: Plaistow Public Library, Kimball Library in Atkinson, Hampstead Public Library, and Sandown Public Library.  Our common goal was to bring our towns together to enjoy a shared reading experience.  The project expanded into so much more than a book discussion and will offer more than 50 programs over nine weeks among nine community libraries - Atkinson, Chester, Danville, Hampstead, Hudson, Newton, Plaistow, Sandown, and Salem - as well as Timberlane Regional School District.  We are funded in large part by New Hampshire Humanities along with numerous other local businesses and organizations. We are also grateful to the Hampstead Civic Club for donating copies of this title that were placed around town

For a full program of all the events, see the website http://www.communitystoriesnh.org/

This year's project is inspired by Tim O’Brien’s classic Vietnam War novel The Things They Carried and will focus on the experience of war in the modern era.  Our overarching goal is to connect veterans and non-veterans with one another in order to share experiences, build relationships, and reflect on our mutual obligations.

O’Brien’s semi-autobiographical novel captures the experiences of a young platoon in Vietnam on a battlefield without a front, dodging sniper fire and their own misgivings. A classic work of American literature and a profound study of men at war, this novel illuminates the challenges facing Soldiers Home & Away throughout modern history.

NOTE: on Tuesday October 25 at 7 pm, Janet Arden hosts another discussion of this book for anyone who wants to join for an evening session.

Newcomers to the book group are always welcome. Copies of the book can be picked up at the library's main desk.
NON-FICTION Book Group : "Until Tuesday: A Wounded Warrior and the Golden Retriever Who Saved Him""
Tuesday October 4 at 1PM

In support of the Community Stories: Soldiers Home & Away project, the Nonfiction Book Club discusses Until Tuesday: A Wounded Warrior and the Golden Retriever Who Saved Him by Luis Carlos Montalvan.

A highly decorated captain in the U.S. Army, Luis Montalván never backed down from a challenge during his two tours of duty in Iraq. After returning home from combat, however, the pressures of his physical wounds, traumatic brain injury, and crippling post-traumatic stress disorder began to take their toll. Haunted by the war and in constant physical pain, he soon found himself unable to climb a simple flight of stairs or face a bus ride to the VA hospital. He drank; he argued; ultimately, he cut himself off from those he loved. Alienated and alone, unable to sleep or bend over without pain, he began to wonder if he would ever recover.

Then Luis met Tuesday, a beautiful and sensitive golden retriever trained to assist the disabled. Tuesday had lived among prisoners and at a home for troubled boys, blessing many lives; he could turn on lights, open doors, and sense the onset of anxiety and flashbacks. But because of a unique training situation and sensitive nature, he found it difficult to trust in or connect with a human being―until Luis.  Until Tuesday is the story of how two wounded warriors, who had given so much and suffered the consequences, found salvation in each other.

Copies of the book will be available to borrow from the Library.

Newcomers are always welcome to read the book and join the group.

The author has to cancel his engagements  in Plaistow unfortunately.

Upcoming Book group selections

Here's the list of the upcoming titles for our Third Thursday Book Group:

Nov 17 - Invention of Wings  by Sue Monk Kidd

The Non-Fiction Book Group meets the first Tuesday of the month, at 1PM.
July and August, the group takes a break, to return in September.

Here are future titles:

November 1  - The Wright Brothers by David McCullough
December 6 - No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State by Glen Greenwald
January 3, 2017 - The Underground Girls of Kabul by Jenny Nordberg