Newton Public Library’s book club selections for November are now available for borrowing! Copies circulate on a first-come, first-served basis, and you’re welcome to borrow them whether or not you can attend the associated discussion. (Though of course, we’d love to see you!)
Mystery Lovers Book Club, 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2
The Surgeon, by Tess Gerritsen. He slips into homes at night and walks silently into bedrooms where women lie sleeping, about to awaken to a living nightmare. Boston newspapers dub him “The Surgeon.” This new killer is re-creating, with chilling detail, an attack that nearly killed Dr. Catherine Cordell. Neither Moore nor Rizzoli can protect Cordell from a ruthless hunter who somehow understands, and savors, the secret fears of every woman he kills.
Nonfiction Book Club, 12 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11.
Braiding Sweetgrass, by Robin Wall Kimmerer. As a leading researcher in the field of biology, Robin Wall Kimmerer understands the delicate state of our world. But as an active member of the Potawatomi nation, she senses and relates to the world through a way of knowing far older than any science. She intertwines these two modes of awareness to ultimately reveal a path toward healing the rift that grows between people and nature.
Third Thursday Book Club, 7 p.m. Nov. 17
Super Sad True Love Story, by Gary Shteyngart. In the near future, America is crushed by a financial crisis and our patient Chinese creditors may just be ready to foreclose on the whole mess. Then Lenny Abramov, son of an Russian immigrant janitor and ardent fan of “printed, bound media artifacts” (aka books), meets Eunice Park, an impossibly cute Korean American woman with a major in Images and a minor in Assertiveness. Could falling in love redeem a planet falling apart?