To arrange to visit a book club, please call (207) 621-3551
or send a message.

UMASC BOOK CLUBS

Winter 2021-2022

Discussions are currently held on Zoom.

MONDAY BOOK CLUB

Group Leader: Patrice Wehner
Third Monday of the Month
1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

UPCOMING MEETINGS :
November 15, 2021
December 20, 2021
January 17, 2022
February 21, 2022
March 21, 2022
April 18, 2022

UPCOMING BOOKS:
Nov: Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell
Dec: The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams
(2022 books are chosen at November meeting.)

THURSDAY BOOK CLUB

Group Leader: Norma Blazer
Fourth Thursday of the Month
(earlier date in December)
1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

UPCOMING MEETINGS:
No meeting in November
December 9, 2021
January 27, 2022
February 24, 2022
March 24, 2022
April 28, 2022

UPCOMING BOOKS:
Dec: A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
Jan: This Boy’s Life: A Memoir by Tobias Wolff

Join the Club!

 

Peter Rosenberg

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The UMASC is blessed with not one but two book clubs that are easily identified as the Monday or the Thursday Book Club. I am a member of the Thursday group that usually meets on the fourth Thursday at 1 pm. For the past oneandahalf years, we have been meeting by Zoom—you know why. Some of our group have been members for several years, and we have become friends as we have learned more about each other when critiquing each book. Our next meeting will take place on December 9th, maintaining a distance between Thanksgiving and Christmas. The December selection is A Gentleman in Moscow (2016) by Amor Towles.

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

This novel centers on Count Alexander Ilyich Rostov, a member of the Jockey Club, Master of the Hunt, who lived at Suite 317 of the Metropole Hotel, a luxury hotel in the center of Moscow. In 1922 he was arrested for writing an inflammatory poem and was given an unusual sentence—confinement to the hotel, subject to being shot on sight if found outside the hotel. I have no room to describe the plot of this 462-page novel in this short note but, for me, the joy is the language that one can enjoy, chew on, savor and digest. There are vivid portraits of those who work at the hotel or are guests, and there are numerous literary allusions, making this book a must for English lovers. Does our hero leave the Metropole Hotel alive? The exciting conclusion awaits the reader.

Did I whet your appetite? Are you intrigued? Would you like to attend one of our meetings, learn what books we have lined up, meet fellow book lovers, and join in the discussion?  If you would like more information or would like to join either book club, please contact the UMA Senior College office by phone (207-621-3551) or by email (office@umasc.org) with “UMASC Book Club” in the subject line. 

This Boy’s Life by Tobias Wolff.The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip WilliamsHamnet by Maggie O'FarrellMONDAY BOOK CLUB
The November book is Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell; and the December book is The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams.
THURSDAY BOOK CLUB
The December book is A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles and the January book is This Boy’s Life by Tobias Wolff.

To arrange to visit a book club, please call (207) 621-3551
or send a message.

UMASC BOOK CLUBS

Winter 2021-2022

Discussions are currently held on Zoom.

MONDAY BOOK CLUB

Group Leader: Patrice Wehner
Third Monday of the Month
1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

UPCOMING MEETINGS :
January 17, 2022
February 21, 2022
March 21, 2022
April 18, 2022

UPCOMING BOOKS:
Dec: The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams

Jan: The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek 
by Kim Michele Richardson
(2022 books TBA)

THURSDAY BOOK CLUB

Group Leader: Norma Blazer
Fourth Thursday of the Month
1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

UPCOMING MEETINGS:
January 27, 2022
February 24, 2022
March 24, 2022
April 28, 2022

UPCOMING BOOKS:
Jan: This Boy’s Life: A Memoir by Tobias Wolff
(2022 books TBA)

Join the Club!

Norma Blazer

THURSDAY BOOK CLUB
January book:
This Boy’s Life: A Memoir
by Tobias Wolff
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This Boy’s Life by Tobias Wolff.The UMASC Thursday Book Group will meet at 1 PM on Zoom, Thursday, January 27, to discuss This Boy’s Life: A Memoir by Tobias Wolff. We first encounter Toby and his beautiful, but flakey, mother shortly after the boy’s 10th birthday and follow him through escapades that include theft, vandalism, fistfights, drinking, and poor grades to his expulsion from an elite boys’ school ten years later. This coming-of-age story, told with remarkable candor, is non-fiction that reads like a novel. In fact, critics have compared Wolff’s memoir to coming-of-age classics such as Huckleberry Finn and The Catcher in the Rye. If you are not familiar with Tobias Wolff or what he is doing today, try reading his memoir first, as I did. Google him afterward for a nice surprise.  

The UMASC Thursday Book Group currently has room for new members. If you would like more information or would like to join our group, please contact the UMA Senior College office by phone (207-621-3551) or by email (office@umasc.org) with “Thursday Book Club” in the subject line.

 
MONDAY BOOK CLUB
December book:
The Dictionary of Lost Words
by Pip Williams.
January book:
The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek 
by Kim Michele Richardson
 

To arrange to visit a book club, please call (207) 621-3551
or send a message.

UMASC BOOK CLUBS

2022 Season

Discussions are currently held on Zoom.

MONDAY BOOK CLUB

Group Leader: Patrice Wehner
Third Monday of the Month
1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

UPCOMING MEETINGS :
• January 17, 2022
February 21, 2022
March 21, 2022
April 18, 2022

UPCOMING BOOKS:
January:

The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek
by Kim Michele Richardson
February:
The Shape of Night
by Tess Gerritsen
March:  
Caste
by Isabel Wilkerson
April:
Emily’s House 
by Amy Belding Brown
May:
State of Terror
by Louise Penny & Hillary Clinton
June:
Cloud Cuckoo Land
by Anthony Doerr

(July-December books TBA)

THURSDAY BOOK CLUB

Group Leader: Norma Blazer
Fourth Thursday of the Month
1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

UPCOMING MEETINGS:
• January 27, 2022
February 24, 2022
March 24, 2022
April 28, 2022

UPCOMING BOOKS:
January:
This Boy’s Life: A Memoir

by
Tobias Wolff

(February-December books TBA)

Join the Club!

Patrice Wehner

MONDAY BOOK CLUB

January book:
The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek 
by Kim Michele Richardson
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“One of the best things about being part of this group is reading titles that I never would have explored on my own.”    This is a common refrain among our UMASC Monday Book Group members!   The joy of discovering books outside our “comfort zones” and sharing our personal favorites with each other are the magnets that draw us together the third Monday afternoon of every month.   

Our 2021 reading list was diverse:  “whodunit” novels featuring unfamiliar cultures and unconventional detectives; novels and non-fiction set in locations across Maine, by Maine authors; and historical fiction that took us to England in Shakespeare’s time, the late 1800’s and the 20th century.  Even as we stayed home reading and meeting on Zoom this year, we traveled  through time, across Maine and around the world!

Our January, 2022 title is The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson.  Set in Eastern Kentucky during the 1930s, this novel tells the story of Cussy Mary, one of the “Packhorse Librarians,” whose courage and belief in the power of literacy were her weapons against hate, bigotry and fear.    

If you would like more information about our group, please contact the UMA Senior College office by phone (207-621-3551) or by email (office@umasc.org) with “Monday Book Club” in the subject line.

Norma Blazer

THURSDAY BOOK CLUB

January book:
This Boy’s Life: A Memoir
by Tobias Wolff

This Boy’s Life by Tobias Wolff.The UMASC Thursday Book Group will meet at 1 PM on Zoom, Thursday, January 27, to discuss This Boy’s Life: A Memoir by Tobias Wolff. We first encounter Toby and his beautiful, but flakey, mother shortly after the boy’s 10th birthday and follow him through escapades that include theft, vandalism, fistfights, drinking, and poor grades to his expulsion from an elite boys’ school ten years later. This coming-of-age story, told with remarkable candor, is non-fiction that reads like a novel. In fact, critics have compared Wolff’s memoir to coming-of-age classics such as Huckleberry Finn and The Catcher in the Rye. If you are not familiar with Tobias Wolff or what he is doing today, try reading his memoir first, as I did. Google him afterward for a nice surprise.  

The UMASC Thursday Book Group currently has room for new members. If you would like more information or would like to join our group, please contact the UMA Senior College office by phone (207-621-3551) or by email (office@umasc.org) with “Thursday Book Club” in the subject line.

 
 
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Join the Group!

  • All Book Club discussions are currently held on Zoom.
  • To arrange to visit a book club, please call (207) 621-3551 or send a message.
By Patrice Wehner

MONDAY BOOK CLUB

January book:
The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek 
by Kim Michele Richardson

“One of the best things about being part of this group is reading titles that I never would have explored on my own.”    This is a common refrain among our UMASC Monday Book Group members!   The joy of discovering books outside our “comfort zones” and sharing our personal favorites with each other are the magnets that draw us together the third Monday afternoon of every month.   

Our 2021 reading list was diverse:  “whodunit” novels featuring unfamiliar cultures and unconventional detectives; novels and non-fiction set in locations across Maine, by Maine authors; and historical fiction that took us to England in Shakespeare’s time, the late 1800’s and the 20th century.  Even as we stayed home reading and meeting on Zoom this year, we traveled  through time, across Maine and around the world!

Our January, 2022 title is The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson.  Set in Eastern Kentucky during the 1930s, this novel tells the story of Cussy Mary, one of the “Packhorse Librarians,” whose courage and belief in the power of literacy were her weapons against hate, bigotry and fear. 

By Norma Blazer

THURSDAY BOOK CLUB

January book:
This Boy’s Life: A Memoir
by Tobias Wolff

This Boy’s Life by Tobias Wolff.The UMASC Thursday Book Group will meet at 1 PM on Zoom, Thursday, January 27, to discuss This Boy’s Life: A Memoir by Tobias Wolff. We first encounter Toby and his beautiful, but flakey, mother shortly after the boy’s 10th birthday and follow him through escapades that include theft, vandalism, fistfights, drinking, and poor grades to his expulsion from an elite boys’ school ten years later. This coming-of-age story, told with remarkable candor, is non-fiction that reads like a novel. In fact, critics have compared Wolff’s memoir to coming-of-age classics such as Huckleberry Finn and The Catcher in the Rye. If you are not familiar with Tobias Wolff or what he is doing today, try reading his memoir first, as I did. Google him afterward for a nice surprise.

MONDAY BOOK CLUB INFORMATION

The Monday Book Club meets the third Monday of the month from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Group Leader: Patrice Wehner

UPCOMING BOOKS:
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

THURSDAY BOOK CLUB INFORMATION

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

UPCOMING BOOKS:
January 27: This Boy’s Life: A Memoir by Tobias Wolff
February 24: TBA
March 24: TBA
April 28: TBA
May 26: TBA
June 23: TBA

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