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June 18, 2015 - "The Distant Hours" by Kate Morton
Third Thursday Book Group - 1pm

Cover image of Distant HoursThe Third Thursday Book Group at the Library will be discussing The Distant Hours by Kate Morton.

Another unforgettable tale weaving together history and mystery from the bestselling author of "The House at Riverton” and "The Forgotten Garden”.

A long lost letter arrives in the post and Edie Burchill finds herself on a journey to Milderhurst Castle, a great but moldering old place, where the Blythe spinsters live and where her mother was billeted fifty years before as a thirteen-year-old child during WW II.

The elder Blythe sisters are twins and have spent most of their lives looking after the third and youngest sister, Juniper, who hasn't been the same since her fiancé jilted her in 1941. Inside the decaying castle, Edie begins to unravel her mother's past. But there are other secrets hidden in the stones of Milderhurst, and Edie is about to learn more than she expected. The truth of what happened in "the distant hours" of the past has been waiting a long time for someone to find it. Morton once again enthralls readers with an atmospheric story featuring characters beset by circumstance and haunted by memory that reminds us of the rich power of storytelling.

Newcomers are always welcome, and people who wish to read the book can pick up a copy at the Library's main desk.







NON-FICTION Book Group
Wednesday June 3 at 1pm and Thursday June 4 at 6:30 pm

Readers of non-fiction will discuss I am Malala I am Malala book coverby Malala Yousafzai for their June meetings.

When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education. On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, when she was fifteen, she almost paid the ultimate price. She was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school, and few expected her to survive.

Instead, Malala's miraculous recovery has taken her on an extraordinary journey from a remote valley in northern Pakistan to the halls of the United Nations in New York. At sixteen, she has become a global symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest nominee ever for the Nobel Peace Prize. I AM MALALA is the remarkable tale of a family uprooted by global terrorism, of the fight for girls' education, of a father who, himself a school owner, championed and encouraged his daughter to write and attend school, and of brave parents who have a fierce love for their daughter in a society that prizes sons. I AM MALALA will make you believe in the power of one person's voice to inspire change in the world.


For more information, email director@hampsteadlibrary.org or call 603/329-6411.

UPDATE: This book group will take a break during July and August. 
The September meeting with be Tuesday the 8th, due to the Labor Day holiday.
Starting in OCTOBER, the group will meet at 1PM on the first TUESDAY of the month.


Join the group at any time; newcomers are always welcome. Bring ideas for books you'd like to discuss to the meetings.



Upcoming Book group selections

Here's the list of the upcoming titles for our Third Thursday Book Group:

June – The Distant Hours by Kate Morton

July - Clara and Mr. Tiffany by Susan Vreeland

August - The Sherlockian  byGraham Moore

September - One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey


The Non-Fiction Book Group meets the first week of the month, Wednesday and Thursday.
Here are future titles:

July and August - No meetings
September - Ponzi's Scheme  by  Mitchell Zuckoff
October - Boys in the Boat  by  Daniel James Brown
November -The Brothers   by  Stephen Kinzer
December -  Dark Star Safari  by  Paul Theroux