Non-Fiction Book Club

  • Non-Fiction Book Club

This book group meets virtually on the first Wednesday of the month, from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm. New members are always welcome. Copies of the title to be discussed will be available at the Circulation Desk a month prior to each meeting.

Please contact Sean Thibodeau for the Zoom meeting link or for more information.



Rough Sleepers by Tracy Kidder

After Jim O’Connell graduated from Harvard Medical School and was nearing the end of his residency at Massachusetts General, the hospital’s chief of medicine made a proposal: Would he defer a prestigious fellowship and spend a year helping to create an organization to bring health care to homeless citizens? That year turned into O’Connell’s life’s calling. Tracy Kidder spent five years following Dr. O’Connell and his colleagues as they work with thousands of homeless patients, some of whom we meet in this illuminating book. We travel with O’Connell as he navigates the city streets at night, offering medical care, socks, soup, empathy, humor, and friendship to some of the city’s most endangered citizens.


Born of Lakes and Plains: Mixed-Descent Peoples and the Making of the American West by Anne F. Hyde

Vividly combining the panoramic and the particular, Anne F. Hyde’s pathbreaking history follows five mixed-descent families whose lives were inscribed by history: corporate battles over control of the fur trade, the extension of American power into the West, the ravages of imported disease, the violence triggered by Indian removal, the incessant battles for land with encroaching American settlement, and the mix of opportunity and disaster in post-Civil War reservations and allotment. Occupying a dangerous intermediate ground in a continent of conflict, mixed-descent families were pivotal in the events that made the West.


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