• Discussions are currently held on Zoom and in-person. 
  • To arrange a visit, please call (207) 621-3551 or send a message.


November book:

The Address

by Fiona Davis

The Senior College Monday Book Group has had a dynamic year of reading: history and social issues, historical fiction, science fiction, memoirs, and coming-of age stories. After meeting on Zoom for over two years, we resumed in-person meetings in June this year, and we expect to meet in person until December, when we will move to Zoom for the winter months. We have also welcomed four new members over the past year, adding new perspectives and reading interests!

We have modified our meeting time and week of the month to accommodate members’ needs and to avoid conflicts with Monday holidays (when the University is closed), so beginning in November 2022, we will meet the second Monday of each month, from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm.

In November and December, our book selections are again historical fiction:
• The Address by Fiona Davis tells tales of love, loss and mystery at New York City’s most famous address, The Dakota.
The Plum Tree by Ellen Marie Wiseman explores the horrors and complexities of World War II and the Holocaust from the perspective of a young German girl.

We hope our reading list has given you some new titles to enjoy!


December book:

Klara and the Sun: A Novel

by Kazuo Ishiguro

Review by Ed Atlee

Our next read takes you to a fictional world where you can buy a robotic companion known as an artificial friend or AF for your teenage child.  Klara and the Sun, written by Kazuo Ishiguro is the story of Klara, an AF who is unusually observant and sensitive, and her life with Josie. Narrated by Klara, we learn about the life span of such a robot, her special relationship with the sun, and how she helps Josie through her teenage years and illness.

To learn more about the book and why you would be happy to have Klara as your friend, join us for a discussion of the book on December 8th.



The Monday Book Group meets the second Monday of the month from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Group Leader: Patrice Wehner

  • January 17: The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson
  • February 21: The Shape of Night by Tess Gerritsen
  • March 21: Caste by Isabel Wilkerson
  • April 18: Emily’s House by Amy Belding Brown
  • May 16: State of Terror by Louise Penny & Hillary Clinton
  • June 20: Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr
  • July 18:  Sigh, Gone by Phuc Tran
  • August 15:  The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles
  • September 19:  Oh, William! by Elizabeth Strout
  • October 17:  The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict, Victoria Christopher Murray
  • NOVEMBER 14:  THE ADDRESS by Fiona Davis
  • December 12:  The Plum Tree by Ellen Marie Wiseman


The Thursday Book Group meets the fourth Thursday of the month from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Group Leader: Norma Blazer

  • January 27: This Boy’s Life: A Memoir by Tobias Wolff
  • February 24: Oh William! a Novel by Elizabeth Strout
  • March 24:The Duke of Deception: Memories of My Father by Geoffrey Wolff
  • April 28: The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story by Douglas Preston
  • May 26: Guests of the Sheik by Elizabeth Warnock Fernea
  • June 23: Life is So Good by George Dawson
  • July 28: The Lions of Fifth Avenue: A Novel by Fiona Davis
  • August 25: Anxious People: A Novel by Fredrik Backman
  • September 22: Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  • October 27: Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh
  • November: No Meeting
  • DECEMBER 8: KLARA AND THE SUN: A NOVEL by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • January 26: The Lincoln Highway: A Novel by Amor Towles

  • February 23: The U. S. and the Holocaust – Full Documentary on Maine Public TV
    – The Golden Door (Beginnings – 1938) 129 minutes
    – Yearning to Breathe Free (1938 – 1942) 138 minutes
    – The Homeless Tempest-Tossed (1942 – ) 131 minutes

  • March 23: Time and Again by Jack Finney
  • April 27: No-No Boy by John Okada
  • May 25: Night of the Living Rez by Morgan Talty
  • June 22: The Girl Who Fell from the Sky by Heidi W. Durrow
  • July 27: The Exiles by Christina Baker Kline
  • August 24: Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck
  • September 28: Deadline by Gerry Boyle
  • October 26: Birds of a Feather(Maisie Dobbs Book 2) by Jacqueline Winspear
  • No Meeting in November

If you would like more information about either book group, please contact the UMASC office by phone (207-621-3551) or send a message.