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Adult Book Discussion


On the first Thursday of every month, the Book Bin sponsors a group discussion led by Sheila Whalen.  The group meets at the Book Bin with the discussion beginning promptly at 7:00 P M and ending at 8:00 P M.  Members of the group are encouraged to read the book for a more animated discussion; however, we invite you to come even if you have not read the selection.  The books for the upcoming months are listed below.  All members of the discussion group are given a 20% discount on the "book of the month". The store will remain open after each discussion in case you wish to purchase the following month's selection.

These are our selections for our adult discussion group in 2018:


The Trespasser: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143110385
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Penguin Books - August 8th, 2017

Discussion on January 4, 2018

We have discussed Tana French's mysteries in our discussion group before, and they are always well received.  These layered and atmospheric stories link together when minor characters in one novel take a major role in the next.  In The Trespasser, Detective Conway must figure out from where she has previously seen the most recent victim.  Her instincts tell her there is more to the crime than her male partners suspect, but no one is taking her seriously.

Hero of the Empire: The Boer War, a Daring Escape, and the Making of Winston Churchill Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307948786
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Anchor - May 30th, 2017

Discussion on February 1, 2018

We have loved Candice Millard's previous narrative nonfiction works about Teddy Roosevelt and James Garfield (River of Doubt and Destiny of the Republic).  Now she turns her keen eye for detail and her superb writing chops towards Sir Winston Churchill as a young soldier.

Tess of the D'Urbervilles (Vintage Classics) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780345803986
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Vintage - March 3rd, 2015

Discussion March 1, 2018

This is our classic for the year.  It is the story of a young woman victimized by the double standards of the day.  It is truly appropriate today and should generate a great discussion.

Setting Free the Kites Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399576485
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - January 9th, 2018

Discussion April 5, 2018

This is a story of friendship, family, and loss set in 1970's Maine.  Robert and Nathan become unlikely friends in middle school.  Tragedies bind them together in this beautiful story. 

Idaho: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812984460
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - November 7th, 2017

Discussion May 3, 2018  

 Have you ever wondered about mothers who snap and murder their children?  This compelling novel explores one such character and many other people around her.   

Beartown: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501160776
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Washington Square Press - February 6th, 2018

Discussion June 7, 2018

"Late one evening toward the end of March, a teenager picked up a double-barreled shotgun, walked into the forest, put the gun to someone else's forehead and pulled the trigger.  This is the story of how we got there."  So begins Mr. Backman's 5th book, a novel much different than his previous ones.  It revolves around a youth hockey team in a small Swedish town.  You don't have to love hockey to appreciate the way he builds characters,  delves into the day to day grind of sports and takes us into the deep intrigues that can come from living in a close community. We think this may be his best work to date and can't wait to see what he has coming next.

A Piece of the World: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062356277
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - January 30th, 2018

Discussion July 5 2018

Blending fact with fiction, this moving story brings to life the woman in Andrew Wyeth's 1948 painting Christina's World. We see her at the bottom of the hill, looking toward the farmhouse.  She seems thin and  fragile.  We don't know if she can walk up that hill.  All we know is that her focus takes our eye up to that building and perhaps makes us wonder who Christina was. That is what inspired Ms. Kline to write her moving tale of a woman with inner strength even when life was not kind.  Inflicted from childhood with a debilitating disease that made it increasingly difficult to walk, Christina lived her entire life on the family farm in Cushing, Maine. Her friendship with Wyeth --he spent his summers in Maine--and the story of this courageous woman will stay with you.

Waking Lions Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316395410
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Back Bay Books - February 27th, 2018

Discussion August 2, 2018

Eitan Green, a neurosurgeon living in a small city in Israel, is out driving his SUV in the desert late at night when he accidentally hits and kills an illegal Eritrean immigrant.  He leaves the scene, returns to his home where his wife, a police detective,  and his two sons are sound asleep, and unknowingly sets off a series of unexpected, sometimes dangerous, events.  From that night on, Eitan's life is one lie after another.  And each new happening means he has to cover his tracks more scrupulously.

Waking Lions has it all-great writing, suspense, fleshed-out characters and moral dilemmas.  Furthermore, it brings up themes of guilt, the Mideast conflict, illegal immigrants and how well do we truly know ourselves or others.  I eagerly await Gundar-Goshen's second novel.

The Little Red Chairs Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316378246
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Back Bay Books - December 6th, 2016

Discussion Septembe 6, 2018

News of the World: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062409218
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - June 20th, 2017

Discussion October 4, 2018

A Gentleman in Moscow: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780670026197
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Viking - September 6th, 2016

Discussion November 1, 2018

Rules of Civility, Mr. Towles first novel, was set in New York in 1938.  A Gentleman in Moscow is set in Russia at the beginning of the revolution.  Count Alexander Rostov is placed under house arrest at the Metropol Hotel in 1922 for merely being a part of the royal family.  Banished from his luxurious suite to an attic room, this 30 year saga, set mostly in the hotel, plays out.  The Count is an intelligent and educated man who is an expert on food and wine.  He finds love, friendship and an ability to nurture a lovely child.  With the most tumultuous decades of Russian history unfolding outside the hotel, the Count finds a rich emotional life with the other people he associates with inside the hotel.  The story is filled with humor and we watch as Alexander learns how to be a man of purpose.