DIXFIELD – The Adult Reading Group of the Ludden Memorial Library met from 11 a.m. to noon on the first Tuesday of January in the reading corner and shared their reading experiences along with a cup of coffee.

Members discussed “House of Sand and Fog” by Andrea DuBus III. It is an Oprah selection that deals with misunderstandings that happen to people due to cultural differences. It was found to be dark in nature with an unhappy ending.

Members consider Ruth Moore, a Maine author, to be a great writer. Her books include “The Weir,” which was a best seller of its time; “Spoon Handle”; and “Candalmas Bay.” All of her stories take place in the 1930s and 1940s. Using the coast of Maine as a background, they are family stories about people, lives and customs of the times.

“Lovely Bones” by Alice Sebold was also discussed. It is a troubling story about a 14-year-old girl who was raped and murdered and is written from her perspective in heaven. The ending was felt to be unsatisfying. It is a book that has left a lasting impression.

“The Last Juror” by John Grisham was found to be one of his better reads. It is a story about a young man who moves into a small town and starts a newspaper. He gets involved with a family and their lives intertwine as the woman of the family is chosen to be “the last juror.” Not too much can be told, as it would give away the plot.

“Eats, Shoots and Leaves” by Lynne Truss is a new donation to the library and will be processed for the new arrivals shelf shortly.

“The Secret Life of Bees” by Sue Monk Kidd, is being read by the group, and Anita Diamant’s “The Red Tent” was also mentioned as a future read.

Victoria Holt wrote “Woman of Deceit,” an historical romance with some mystery. It was reported as a light and enjoyable read.

“The Left Behind Series” is being read by a member of the group. It has to be read in order as it follows family and friends through the troubling end times. It is fiction, but based on the Bible as its background.

“Grimm’s Fairy Tales” was read by a member of the group. Although found in the juvenile section, it is enjoyed by adults as well. The book at the library is very old. There is no date of publication noted in the front. The fairy tales were written down by Jakob and Wilhelm in the early 1800s. All of the fairy tales have a good and an evil side to them. There is always an ending where the good lives on and the wicked perish. It was recommended that adults revisit the collection.

The group is open to the public, and one does not need to be a member of the library to attend. The next meeting will be from 11 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Feb. 1, in the reading group area of the Community Room.


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