Crosstalk by Connie Willis Join Public Services Librarian Lisa Sprague for a discussion.
In the not-too-distant future, a simple outpatient procedure to increase empathy between romantic partners has become all the rage. And Briddey Flannigan is delighted when her boyfriend, Trent, suggests undergoing the operation prior to a marriage proposal—to enjoy better emotional connection and a perfect relationship with complete communication and understanding. But things don’t quite work out as planned, and Briddey finds herself connected to someone else entirely—in a way far beyond what she signed up for.
Wonder Woman An Amazon princess (Gal Gadot), trained to be warrior, leaves her island paradise home and journeys to the outside world, which is being consumed by a massive war. With the help of an American pilot (Chris Pine) she works to put an end to the conflict. Fighting alongside men in a war to end all wars, she finally discovers her full powers and true destiny. (2 hours, 21 minutes)
The Taste Testers Cookbook Club invites all bakers to join them in their first annual cookie exchange. Bake 5 dozen of your favorite holiday cookies to share and take home new holiday favorites. Hot chocolate and coffee will be served. Register at the Reference Desk. Please label cookies with allergens (peanuts, soy, nuts, etc.)
The Art Forger by Barbara A. Shapiro Join Katie for a discussion.
Almost twenty-five years after the infamous art heist at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum-still the largest unsolved art theft in history-one of the stolen Degas paintings is delivered to the Boston studio of a young artist. Claire Roth has entered into a Faustian bargain with a powerful gallery owner by agreeing to forge the Degas in exchange for a one-woman show in his renowned gallery.
Join us for the opening reception of our gallery of handmade trees. Meet Jingles the Elf on the Shelf, enjoy the music of Enfield High School music ensembles, a story and more. Light refreshments will be served. Co-sponsored by the Enfield Culture and Art Commission. Drop-in
The Founder Struggling salesman Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton) meets Mac and Dick MacDonald (John Carroll Lynch and Nick Offerman) running a wildly successful burger operation in 1950s Southern California. So impressed, Kroc then maneuvers and fights for control of McDonald's, and turns it into a global multi-billion dollar empire. (1 hour, 55 minutes)
Page Turners The Light in the Ruins by Chris Bohjalian Join Sam for a discussion.
1943: Tucked away in the idyllic hills of Tuscany, the Rosatis, an Italian family of noble lineage, believe that the walls of their ancient villa will keep them safe from the war raging across Europe. But when two soldiers—a German and an Italian—arrive at their doorstep asking to see an ancient Etruscan burial site, the Rosatis’ bucolic tranquility is shattered.
1955: Serafina Bettini, an investigator with the Florence Police Department, has successfully hidden her tragic scars from WWII, at least until she’s assigned to a gruesome new case—a serial killer who is targeting the remaining members of the Rosati family one by one. Soon, she will find herself digging into past secrets that will reveal a breathtaking story of moral paradox, human frailty, and the mysterious ways of the heart.
Other Worldly Words Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper Join Lisa for a discussion.
On the Midwinter Day that is his eleventh birthday, Will Stanton discovers a special gift -- that he is the last of the Old Ones, immortals dedicated to keeping the world from domination by the forces of evil, the Dark. At once, he is plunged into a quest for the six magical Signs that will one day aid the Old Ones in the final battle between the Dark and the Light. And for the twelve days of Christmas, while the Dark is rising, life for Will is full of wonder, terror, and delight.
The Hero An over-the-hill movie star Lee Hayden (Sam Elliott) spends his days reliving old glories. Then life deals him a cancer diagnosis and with a lifetime of regrets, he tries to mend fences with his ex-wife and daughter (Katharine Ross and Krysten Ritter). At the same time, he pursues a new romantic interest (Laura Prepon). (1 hour, 36 minutes)
The Big Sick Pakistani-American man (Kumal Nanjiani) falls for white grad student (Zoe Kazan), and hides their romance from his family. As their relationship blossoms, he soon becomes worried about what his traditional Muslim parents will think of her. However, their relationship gets more serious when she develops a mysterious illness, which in turn forces him to bond with her parents (Holly Hunter and Ray Romano). (1 hour, 59 minutes)
Join Reference Librarian Sam Lee for a discussion of The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah.
Despite their differences, sisters Vianne and Isabelle have always been close. Younger, bolder Isabelle lives in Paris while Vianne is content with life in the French countryside with her husband Antoine and their daughter. But when the Second World War strikes, Antoine is sent off to fight and Vianne finds herself iso-lated so Isabelle is sent by their father to help her.
Join Reference Librarian Sam Lee for a discussion of Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates.
In a series of essays, written as a letter to his son, Coates confronts the notion of race in America and how it has shaped American history, many times at the cost of black bodies and lives. Thoughtfully exploring personal and historical events, from his time at Howard University to the Civil War, the author poignantly asks and attempts to answer difficult questions that plague modern society.
Join Reference Librarian Sam Lee for a discussion of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Lie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows.
January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she’s never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb….
Join Reference Librarian Sam Lee for a discussion of A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler.
"It was a beautiful, breezy, yellow-and-green afternoon." This is how Abby Whitshank always begins the story of how she fell in love with Red that day in July 1959. The Whitshanks are one of those families that radiate togetherness: an indefinable, enviable kind of specialness. But they are also like all families, in that the stories they tell themselves reveal only part of the picture.
Join Reference Librarian Sam Lee for a discussion of Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult.
Ruth Jefferson is a labor and delivery nurse at a Connecticut hospital with more than twenty years' experi-ence. During her shift, she begins a routine checkup on a newborn, only to be told a few minutes later that she's been reassigned to another patient. The parents are white supremacists and don't want Ruth, who is African American, to touch their child. The hospital complies with their request, but the next day, the baby goes into cardiac distress while Ruth is alone in the nursery. Does she obey orders or does she intervene?
Connecticut: Rock 'n' Roll: A History with Author Tony Renzoni
Tony will discuss his book and leads a sonic trip that captures the spirit and zenith of the local scene. He will have books available for sale and signing.
Join Assistant Director Katie Werth for a discussion of The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey.
Inspector Alan Grant of Scotland Yard, recuperating from a broken leg, becomes fascinated with a contemporary portrait of Richard III that bears no resemblance to the Wicked Uncle of history. Could such a sensitive, noble face actually belong to one of the world’s most heinous villains—a venomous hunchback who may have killed his brother’s children to make his crown secure? Or could Richard have been the victim, turned into a monster by the usurpers of England’s throne? Grant determines to find out once and for all, with the help of the British Museum and an American scholar, what kind of man Richard Plantagenet really was and who killed the Little Princes in the Tower.
Join Mike Cascia as he lectures on Adès’ The Exterminating Angel. A great way to experience the wonders of opera without leaving Enfield. Sponsored by the Friends of the Enfield Library.
The Exterminating Angel is a surreal fantasy about a dinner party from which the guests can’t escape. Tom Cairns, who wrote the libretto, directs the new production, and Adès conducts his own adventurous new opera.
Join Public Services Librarian Lisa Sprague for a discussion of Rainbows End by Vernor Vinge. Robert Gu is a recovering Alzheimer's patient. The world that he remembers was much as we know it today. Now, as he regains his faculties through a cure developed during the years of his near-fatal decline, he discovers that the world has changed and so has his place in it.
Remembering the Shakers on the 100th Anniversary of Their Departure from Enfield with Stephen Paterwic
Although the Shakers sold most of their remaining land to a tobacco syndicate in November, 1914, Church Family members decided to remain on the property. The continuing decline of Shakerism made this impossible, and they decided to join other Shaker communities where their presence was needed. Consequently, the last handful of Shakers left Enfield on October 15 and 16, 1917. Today, after so much passage of time the Shaker presence is vague to most residents of Enfield. This presentation will highlight a look at the people and places that visitors would have seen if they visited the Shakers from 1875 until 1910. Issues that plagued the society will also be discussed and there will be ample time for questions.
Stephen Paterwic has been studying the Shakers for over 50 years and is a well-known speaker and author. He is a trustee of Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village in Maine, home to the remaining Shakers. He is also a corporator of Hancock Shaker Village in Pittsfield.
Join Reference Librarian Sam Lee for a discussion of When Breath Becomes
Air by Paul Kalanithi.
At the age of thirty-six, on the verge of completing a decade’s worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, and the next he was a patient struggling to live. And just like that, the future he and his wife had imagined evaporated. When Breath Becomes Air chronicles Kalanithi’s transformation from a naïve medical student “possessed,” as he wrote, “by the question of what, given that all organisms die, makes a virtuous and meaningful life” into a neurosurgeon at Stanford working in the brain, the most critical place for human identity, and finally into a patient and new father confronting his own mortality.