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The Pollard Library Non-Fiction Book Club meets 

on the first Thursday of every month 6:30-7:30PM.

The meetings are free and open to the public. Copies of books up for discussion are available for patrons to borrow on a first come first serve basis at the Ground Floor Check Out Desk. You may also reserve a copy by calling the Community Planning Department at 978-674-1542. Please have your library card ready.

For more information about this group please contact Sean Thibodeau, Coordinator of Community Planning, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 978-674-1542.

Upcoming Discussions:

Date TitleAuthor

JULY, 2018




August 2, 2018

Washington: A Life

Ron Chernow

September 6, 2018

Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

Annie Dillard

October 4, 2018

One Goal: A Coach, A Team, and the Game That Brought a Divided Town Together

Amy Bass

November 1, 2018

The Snow Leopard

Peter Matthiessen

Past titles:




Rust: The Longest War

Jonathan Waldman



Karl Ove Knausgård


Massacre on the Merrimack: Hannah Duston's Captivity and Revenge in Colonial America

Jay Atkinson


Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City

Matthew Desmond
FEBRUARY Lab Girl Hope Jahren
JANUARY CANCELLED due to bombogenesis N/A


DECEMBER The Gene: An Intimate History Siddhartha Mukherjee
NOVEMBER The Metaphysical Club: A Story of Ideas in America Louis Menand

The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars


Dava Sobel
SEPTEMBER Grand Expectations: The United States, 1945-1974 James T. Patterson
AUGUST A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers Henry David Thoreau
JULY The Riddle of the Labyrinth: The Quest to Crack an Ancient Code Margalit Fox
JUNE The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York Robert A. Caro
MAY NO MEETING (Foundation Author Night Featuring Andre Dubus III) N/A
APRIL The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World Andrea Wulf
MARCH Libraries in the Ancient World Lionel Casson
FEBRUARY The Forest Unseen: A Year's Watch in Nature David George Haskell
JANUARY Book Talks N/A


DECEMBER What's the Matter with Kansas: How Conservatives Won the Heart of America Thomas Frank
NOVEMBER SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome Mary Beard
OCTOBER Gateway to Freedom: The Hidden History of the Underground Railroad Eric Foner
SEPTEMBER Happy City: Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design Charles Montgomery
AUGUST Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End Atul Gawande
JULY The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics Daniel James Brown
JUNE A Curious Man: The Strange and Brilliant Life of Robert 'Believe It or Not" Ripley Neal Thompson
MAY Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood Alexandra Fuller
APRIL The Signal and the Noise: Why Most Predictions Fail But Some Don't Nate Silver
MARCH Bread & Roses: Mills, Migrants, and the Struggle for the American Dream Bruce Watson
FEBRUARY Forgotten: The Untold Story of D-Day's Black Heroes, at Home and at War Linda Hervieux
JANUARY How to Live, or, A Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer Sarah Bakewell


DECEMBER We Are Market Basket: The Story of the Unlikely Grassroots Movement that Saved a Beloved Business Daniel Korschun and Grant Welker
NOVEMBER Havana Nocturne: How the Mob Owned Cuba...and then Lost it to the Revolution T.J. English
OCTOBER Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin Jill Lepore
SEPTEMBER The American Way of Death Revisited Jessica Mitford
AUGUST The Paddy Camps: The Irish of Lowell, 1821-61 Brian Mitchell
JUNE Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World Jack Weatherford
MAY The Finest Hours: The True Story of the U.S. Coast Guard's Most Daring Sea Rescure Michael Tougias
APRIL Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science Athul Gawande
MARCH Stumbling on Happiness Daniel Gilbert
FEBRUARY The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl Timothy Egan
JANUARY Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity Katheine Boo


DECEMBER The Vertical Farm: Feeding the World in the 21st Century Dr. Dickson Despommier
NOVEMBER The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn From Traditional Societies? Jared Diamond
OCTOBER The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned Into a War on American Ideals Jane Mayer
SEPTEMBER Double Cross: The True Story of the D-Day Spies Ben Macintyre
AUGUST Annals of the Former World John McPhee
JUNE Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure the World Tracy Kidder
MAY Let Us Now Praise Famous Men James Agee and Walker Evans
APRIL New York Burning: Liberty, Slavery, and Conspiracy in Eighteenth Century Manhattan Jill Lepore
MARCH Speak, Memory: An Autobiography Revisited Vladimir Nabokov
FEBRUARY The Lemon Tree: An Arab, A Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East Sandy Tolan


DECEMBER The Swerve: How the World Became Modern Stephen Greenblatt
NOVEMBER The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo Tom Reiss
OCTOBER A Moveable Feast Ernest Hemingway
SEPTEMBER Proofiness: The Dark Arts of Mathematical Deception Charles Seife
AUGUST Truman David McCullough
JUNE Common Ground: A Turbulent Decade in the Lives of Three American Families J. Anthony Lukas
APRIL Botany of Desire: A Plant's Eye View of the World Michael Pollan
MARCH Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain Maryanne Wolf
FEBRUARY The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery Eric Foner
JANUARY Unfamiliar Fishes Sarah Vowell


DECEMBER In Patagonia Bruce Chatwin
NOVEMBER Lifespan of a Fact John D'Agata & Jim Fingal
OCTOBER Lost in Shangri-La: The True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II Mitchell Zuckoff
SEPTEMBER Hedy's Folly: The Life and Breakthrough Inventions of Hedy Lamarr, the Most Beautiful Woman in the World Richard Rhodes
AUGUST Opening Skinner's Box: Great Psychological Experiments of the Twentieth Century Lauren Slater
JULY The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration Isabel Wilkerson
JUNE Common As Air: Revolution, Art and Ownership Lewis Hyde
MAY Over the Edge of the World: Magellan's Terrifying Circumnavigation of the Globe Laurence Bergreen
APRIL Cleopatra: A Life Stacy Schiff
MARCH An American Requiem: God, My Father, and the War That Came Between Us James Carroll
FEBRUARY The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer Siddhartha Mukherjee
JANUARY The Prince Niccolo Machiavelli


DECEMBER Waiting for Snow in Havana: Confessions of a Cuban Boy Carlos Eire
NOVEMBER Just Kids Patti Smith
OCTOBER The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains Nicholas Carr
SEPTEMBER Sudden Sea: The Great Hurricane of 1938 R.A. Scotti
AUGUST Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World Mark Kurlansky
JULY Dark Tide: The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919 Stephen Puelo
JUNE The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Rebecca Skloot
MAY A is for American: Letters and Other Characters in the Newly United States Jill Lepore
APRIL The River of Dobut: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey Candice Millard
MARCH Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn
FEBRUARY Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America Erik Larson
JANUARY Another Bullshit Night in Suck City Nick Flynn 

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