We’re excited about our 2021 Big Read programming coming up in a couple of weeks!  This year, we’ll be celebrating the book Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast.  Pick up your copy at the library today!  Please click here for more information about our Big Read programming, including a virtual talk with the author.  

The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen 83 ¼ years old by Hendrik Groen

Hendrik sets out to write an exposé: a year in the life of his care home in Amsterdam, revealing all its ups and downs–not least his new endeavor, the anarchic Old-But-Not-Dead Club. And when Eefje moves in–the woman Hendrik has always longed for–he polishes his shoes (and his teeth), grooms what’s left of his hair and attempts to make something of the life he has left.

The Bar Harbor Retirement Home for Famous Writers by Terri-Lynne DeFino

A novel about a retirement home for literary legends who spar, conjure up new stories, and almost magically change the lives of the people around them.

The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman

In a retirement village, four unlikely friends meet weekly in the Jigsaw Room to discuss unsolved crimes; together they call themselves The Thursday Murder Club. When a local developer is found dead with a mysterious photograph left next to the body, the Thursday Murder Club suddenly find themselves in the middle of their first live case.

The 100 Year old Man who climbed out the window and disappeared by Jonas Jonasson

Confined to a nursing home and about to turn 100, Allan Karlsson, who has a larger-than-life back story as an explosives expert, climbs out of the window in his slippers and embarks on an unforgettable adventure involving thugs, a murderous elephant and a very friendly hot dog stand operator.

There was an old woman by Hallie Ephron

The Good House by Ann Leary

Hildy Good lives in a small town on Boston’s North Shore. She is a successful real-estate broker, good neighbor, mother, and grandmother and a raging alcoholic. There’s a scandal, some mysticism, babies, old houses, drinking, and desire–and a love story between two craggy sixty-somethings.

It’s Not all Downhill From Here by Terry McMillan

Loretha Curry is determined to prove her mother, sister and everyone else, that aging doesn’t mean life is all downhill. However, after an unexpected loss, Loretha and her loyal group of friends try to figure out how to help her to keep on thriving and chart new paths for the rest of her life.

All Adults Here by Emma Straub

When Astrid Strick witnesses a school bus accident in the center of town, it jostles loose a repressed memory from her young parenting days decades earlier. Suddenly, Astrid realizes she was not quite the parent she thought she’d been to her three, now-grown children. But to what consequence? Astrid’s youngest son is drifting and unfocused, making parenting mistakes of his own. Her daughter is pregnant yet struggling to give up her own adolescence. And her eldest seems to measure his adult life according to standards no one else shares. But who gets to decide, so many years later, which long-ago lapses were the ones that mattered? Who decides which apologies really count? It might be that only Astrid’s thirteen-year-old granddaughter and her new friend really understand the courage it takes to tell the truth to the people you love the most.

Always The Last to Know by Kristan Higgins

Barb and John Frost are testy and bored with each other after fifty years of marriage. At least they have their daughters, Barb’s favorite, Juliet; and John’s darling, Sadie. The girls themselves couldn’t be more different, but at least they got along, more or less. Until the day John has a stroke, and their house of cards came tumbling down. Now Sadie has to come home to care for her beloved dad and face the love of her old life. Now Juliet has to wonder if people will notice that despite her perfect life, she’s spending an increasing amount of time in the closet having panic attacks. And now Barb and John will finally have to face what’s been going on in their marriage all along