• 6:30 p.m. Oct. 17, “The Age of Innocence,” by Edith Wharton. The book studies of the rigid requirements of New York high society in the late 19th century and its effect on three people’s lives.
• 6:30 p.m. Nov. 21, “The Fault in Our Stars,” by John Green. Hazel is 16 with terminal cancer when she meets Augustus in a cancer support group. The two share an irreverent sense of humor and immense charm as they wonder, “Does my life, and will my death, have meaning?”
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• 10:30 a.m. Sept. 6, “The Night Circus,” by Erin Morgenstern. The circus, Le Cirque des Rêves, arrives without warning. And it’s only open at night. Behind the scenes of the big top, a fierce competition is underway between young magicians Celia and Marco. In this game, only one can be left standing.
• 10:30 a.m. Oct. 4, “In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin,” by Erik Larson. A mild-mannered professor from Chicago, William E. Dodd, becomes America’s first ambassador to Hitler’s Nazi Germany in 1933, and takes his wife, son and daughter with him to Europe. At first, the family, especially the daughter Martha, is excited and intrigued. But as Hitler’s slaughter of the Jews grows, they realize just how evil he is, but by then Europe is awash in terror and blood.
• 10:30 a.m. Nov. 1, “Call the Midwife: A True Story Of The East End In The 1950s,” by Jennifer Worth. Jennifer Worth came from a sheltered background when she became a midwife in the Docklands in the East End in the 1950s. Attached to an order of nuns who had been working in the slums since the 1870s, Jennifer tells the story about not only the women she treated, but also the community of nuns and the camaraderie of the midwives with whom she trained.