HLAA Boston Chapter’s Monthly Book Group


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“What a blessing that book group was, such an interesting , bright and empathic group….
All of these connections are so valuable to me!”  
~Monthly Book Group participant

For full details about locations, please rsvp to  sueschy@gmail.com.  

HLAA Boston Book Group meetings rotate at homes  throughout the metrowest area.


June 25 – Secrets of a Charmed Life by Susan Meissner (address will be given with RSVP)

In current day Oxford, England, a young American scholar interviews an elderly woman who is ready to give up secrets about the war that she has kept for decades about what happened in a1940 war-torn English countryside to thousands of children evacuated there for safety.


July 23 – Deaf Sentence by David Lodge (address will be given with RSVP)

Desmond Bates is a retired linguistics professor in his mid-sixties.  Vexed by his encroaching deafness and at a cross road in her personal life, Desmond inadvertently gets involved with a young female student who threatens to destabilize his life completely with her unpredictable and wayward behavior.


August 27 – Japanese Lover by Isabele Allende (address will be given with RSVP)

During WWII, Alma Belasco’s parents send her away to live in safety with an aunt and uncle in San Francisco.  There she meets and falls in love with Ichimei Fukuda, the son of her family’s Japanese gardener.  The two are separated and reunited throughout the book but forced to hide from the world until decades later when Alma’s son uncovers gifts and letters to Alma learning about a secret passion that endured 70 years.


September 24 – Vinegar Girl: A Novel (Hogarth Shakespeare) by Anne Tyler (address will be given with RSVP)

How did Kate Battista end up running house and home for her eccentric scientist father and uppity, pretty younger sister, Bunny?  To top it all off, Kate is always in trouble at work.  Her preschool charges adore her but their parents don’t always appreciate her unusual opinions and forthright manner.


October 22 – Hillbilly Elergy by J.D. Vance (address will be given with RSVP)

A culture is in crisis—that of white working-class Americans.  The story of this group that has been disintegrating with a growing and alarming frequency for the past 40 years is told from someone who was “born with it hung around his neck.”  The Vance family sage starts in the postwar Kentucky’s Appalachia region and spans decades as the family moves from Kentucky to Ohio in hopes of escaping the dreadful poverty around them.


November/December/January- date to be determined, A City So Grand by Stephen Pulleo to meet at Panera Bread, 1030 Main St, Waltham

A remarkable period in Boston’s history is chronicled in this novel about “Boston Town.” Boston was an insulated New England township in 1850.  During the next 50 years, she underwent a stunning metamorphosis to emerge as one of the world’s greatest metropolises.