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I am part of a book group at the Maine Charitable Mechanics Association, whose library is in an early 19th-century building full of atmosphere.

Our book group meets the first Tuesday of the month at noon—tea and pastries are provided. We bring our lunches and talk about the books. Our choices are very democratic; we choose books in advance, all making suggestions. We try to alternate fiction with nonfiction, throwing in a classic here and there. Here are our latest choices:

Death Comes to Pemberley by P.D. James.
The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe.
Ali and Nino: A Love Story by Kurban Said.
Blue Plate Special: An Autobiography of My Appetites by Kate Christensen.
1776 by David McCullough.
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou.

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