DIXFIELD – The Adult Reading Group at Ludden Memorial Library met June 1 for the monthly discussion of reading materials. Present were Mandy Parsons, Pat McBride, Missy Timberlake, Felicia Pietila, Caron Cantin and the coordinator, Diane Stanley.

The meeting corner of the community room where the group gathers has had a couple of new donations since last month. It has furniture, an afghan and foot stool. Also donated was a sum of money from the Rumford Book Club, used to buy a coffee pot and coffee for the sessions.

On the list discussed this time were “Revenge of a Middle Aged Woman” by Buchan; “Bet Me” by Crusie; “Hot Flash Club” by Thayer; “Young Wives” by Goldsmith; “The Five People You Meet in Heaven” by Albom; “Never Change” by Berg; and “The Law of Similars” by Bohjalian. Also by Bohjalian were “Mid Wives,” which was also picked as an Oprah book, and “The Buffalo Soldier.”

“The Messenger” by Lowry was discussed as a new genre to the library, now catalogued as “young adult.” Adults as well as youth can enjoy the reading. The book was found to contain a thoughtful and caring message.

Missy Timberlake shared a chapter from the novel, The Dean Mountain Story. She also explained the similarities with another book, “Memories of a Louis Mountain Man.” Her reading was a description of the work and labor that went into living in the latter part of the 1800s and early part of the 1900s.

It led to discussion of “A Midwife’s Tale. The life of Martha Ballard,” based on her diary from 1785 to 1812, which can be found at the library.

The next meeting will be held from 11 a.m. to noon Tuesday, July 6. Tea and coffee will be served. The group is open to the public, and one does not have to be a library member to participate.


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