July talks and recommendations


the wayside
The Wayside in Concord MA


During our meeting in July, 2016, we had a nice time on the porch, as the weather was so nice. We had books, movies and even suggestions of historical homes we should visit. And we sorely missed Cathy, not only for her wonderful contributions, but also for her thorough note-taking. Enjoy our reading, folks!


“Quitters, Inc.”, ” The Boogeyman” and “The Lawnmower Man” short stories by Stephen King, from his book “Night Shift” (Judy B.)

Shorts stories by Algernon Blackwood (Elizabeth C.)

Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury (Daniela C.)

The Mare” by Mary Gaitskill (Starr M.)

Following her National Book Award–nominated Veronica, here is Mary Gaitskill’s most poignant and powerful work yet—the story of a Dominican girl, the Anglo woman who introduces her to riding, and the horse who changes everything for her.

A Man Called Ove” by Fredrick Backman (Jessica B.)

A Little Life: A Novel” by Hanya Anagihara (Starr M.)

When four classmates from a small Massachusetts college move to New York to make their way, they’re broke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition.

Blindness” by Jose Saramago (Daniela C.)

The powerful novel of man’s will to survive against all odds, by the winner of the 1998 Nobel Prize for Literature.

Rebecca” by Daphne Du Maurier (?)

Nancy Drew and Clue Crew Collection” by  Carolyn Keene (Judy B.)


On Writing” by Stephen King (Daniela C.)

Bird by Bird” by Anne Lamott (Daniela C.)

Sapiens – A Brief History of Humankind” by Yuval Noah Harari (Jessica B.)

Curious” by Ian Leslie (Jessica B.)

Into the Magic Shop” by James R. Doty M.D. (Carmela D.)

“We can all be Astronauts” by Paul Fleishour – To Be Published (Carmela D.)

Labor of Love: The Invention of Dating” by Moira Weigel (Jessica B.)

Does anyone date anymore? Today, the authorities tell us that courtship is in crisis. But when Moira Weigel dives into the history of sex and romance in modern America, she discovers that authorities have always said this.

Weeds of the Northeast” by Richard H. Uva et al (Daniela C.)

48 Laws of Power” by Robert Greene (Debbie D.)

The Night Battles: Witchcraft and Agrarian Cults in the 16th & 17th Centuries” by Carlo Ginzburg (Elizabeth C.)

Based on research in the Inquisitorial archives, the book recounts the story of a peasant fertility cult centred on the benandanti.

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil” by John Berendt (Starr M.)


The Wayside” Concord MA (Judy B.)


Bedknob and Broomstick” by Mary Norton (Judy B.)

Misty of Chincoteague” by Marguerite Henry (Starr M.)

The Snow Queen” by Hans Christian Andersen (Elizabeth C.)

Peter Rabbit” by Beatrix Potter (?)



Portlandia” TV show (Daniela)

Portlandia is a sketch comedy television series set and filmed in and around Portland, Oregon starring Carrie Brownstain and Fred Armisen. (Daniela C.)

Food Fight” documentary (Judy B.)

Browsing through Birke’s” documentary (Jessica B.)

The Tudors” TV show (Debbie D.)

The Music of Strangers” Yo-Yo Ma (Carmela D.)

Genius” movie (Carmela D.)

The story of Genius follows the story of American Southern writer Thomas Wolfe and his connections with New Yorker Maxwell Perkins, the publisher. Perkins had already previously published works by the great American writers Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Mr. Turner” movie (Carmela D.)

A look at the last quarter century of the great British painter J. M. W. Turner. Profoundly affected by the death of his esteemed father, loved by his housekeeper, Hannah Danby, whom he takes for granted and occasionally exploits sexually, he forms a close and loving relationship with a seaside landlady with whom he eventually lives incognito in Chelsea, where he dies.


” The Raggedy Man” and ” The Nine Little Goblins” from “Riley Child-Rhymes” by James Whitcomb Riley (Debbie D.)


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