January’s Book

In an effort to diversify our reading genres we vowed to read a SciFi book for the new year (look to the future!) and so, for January’s book club, we have chosen to read . . . The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury!

Yes, the cover is a little old school!  But this classic look at what happens when mankind attempts to colonize Mars – and what that says about us – remains relevant today.  Also, it is not very long and you will have plenty of time to read it because we are not meeting in December (Christmas, holiday).  Join us instead on Wednesday, January 23rd at 6:30PM (that’s 2013, also known as . . . the future!).

Also, don’t forget, come discuss The Princess Bride on Wednesday, November 28th at 6:30PM.  I think we just may have to watch some clips from the movie . . .


October and November

We’ll be reading Gaudy Night by Dorothy Sayers in October and The Princess Bride by William Goldman in November.  Details below! The Hatfield Book Club meets every 4th Wednesday at 6:30PM in the Library, and copies of the upcoming book are generally available at the circulation desk.  No meeting in December due to the holidays!

Wednesday, October 24 at 6:30PM

A classic mystery novel starring one of literature’s pairs of detectives.  When Harriet Vane attends her Oxford reunion, known as the “Gaudy,” the prim academic setting is haunted by a rash of bizarre pranks: scrawled obscenities, burnt effigies and poison-pen letters — including one that says, “Ask your boyfriend with the title if he likes arsenic in his soup.” Some of the notes threaten murder; all are perfectly ghastly; yet in spite of their scurrilous nature, all are perfectly worded. And Harriet finds herself ensnared in a nightmare of romance and terror, with only the tiniest shreds of clues to challenge her powers of detection, and those of her paramour, Lord Peter Wimsey.

Wednesday, November 28th at 6:30PM

Even if you haven’t seen this classic movie, you’ve surely heard quotes from it.  Now join us to read and discuss the book.  What happens when the most beautiful girl in the world marries the handsomest prince of all time and he turns out to be…well…a lot less than the man of her dreams?

As a boy, William Goldman claims, he loved to hear his father read the S. Morgenstern classic, The Princess Bride. But as a grown-up he discovered that the boring parts were left out of good old Dad’s recitation, and only the “good parts” reached his ears.

Now Goldman does Dad one better. He’s reconstructed the “Good Parts Version” to delight wise kids and wide-eyed grownups everywhere.

What’s it about? Fencing. Fighting. True Love. Strong Hate. Harsh Revenge. A Few Giants. Lots of Bad Men. Lots of Good Men. Five or Six Beautiful Women. Beasties Monstrous and Gentle. Some Swell Escapes and Captures. Death, Lies, Truth, Miracles, and a Little Sex.

In short, it’s about everything

New members always welcome.  Email questions to Eliza at hatfieldpubliclibrary@gmail.com.

August and September

Wednesday, August 23, 2012 at 6:30PM

Not long after Rhoda Janzen turned forty, her world turned upside down. It was bad enough that her brilliant husband of fifteen years left her for Bob, a guy he met on Gay.com, but that same week a car accident left her with serious injuries. What was a gal to do? Rhoda packed her bags and went home. This wasn’t just any home, though. This was a Mennonite home. While Rhoda had long ventured out on her own spiritual path, the conservative community welcomed her back with open arms and offbeat advice. (Rhoda’s good-natured mother suggested she date her first cousin—he owned a tractor, see.) It is in this safe place that Rhoda can come to terms with her failed marriage; her desire, as a young woman, to leave her sheltered world behind; and the choices that both freed and entrapped her.

Written with wry humor and huge personality—and tackling faith, love, family, and aging—Mennonite in a Little Black Dress is an immensely moving memoir of healing, certain to touch anyone who has ever had to look homeward in order to move ahead.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012 at 6:30PM

In the fields and forests of western New York State in the late 1960s, several dozen idealists set out to live off the land, founding what becomes a famous commune centered on the grounds of a decaying mansion called Arcadia House. Arcadia follows this lyrical, rollicking, tragic, and exquisite utopian dream from its hopeful start through its heyday and after. The story is told from the point of view of Bit, a fascinating character and the first child born in Arcadia.

April, May, June and July!

July 25, 2012

June 27, 2012

May 23, 2012

April 25, 2012

Upcoming Books

Join us for two upcoming book club meetings! Copies of the book are available at the Circulation Desk. All are welcome.  Email Eliza at hatfieldpubliclibrary@gmail.com if you have any questions or would like to come to a meeting!

Wednesday, March 28th at 6:30 PM

Wednesday, April 25th at 6:30PM

Upcoming Book Club Meetings

Join us for three upcoming meetings of the Library Book Club . . .

Wednesday, January 25 at 6:30PM

Wednesday, February 22nd at 6:30PM

Wednesday, March 28 at 6:30PM

Copies of each book will be available at the Circulation Desk prior to each meeting.

Two Upcoming Book Club Meetings

Join us for two upcoming book club meetings.  On Wednesday, October 26th at 6:30PM we will discuss Honeymoon with My Brother by Franz Wisner.  On Wednesday, November 30th at 6:30PM we will discuss The Wolves of Andover by Kathleen Kent.


All are welcome.  We encourage all attendees to read the selected book, but understand if you do not finish.  Generally, meetings are on the 4th Wednesday of each month at 6:30PM.  November’s meeting, however, is on the 5th Wednesday due to Thanksgiving.  There will be no meeting in December.  Copies of the book are available at the Circulation desk but if no copies are available we will request one for you.  If interested, email Eliza at hatfieldpubliclibrary@gmail.com.