Travel across the globe reading these books with us – and suggest some more 
“At Home: A Short History of Private Life” is the next book to be discussed by the Mayor’s Book Group as we continue to encourage folks to Read Your Way Around the World.

The author, Bill Bryson, a lively writer of non-fiction, uses his 1851-vintage home in England – a rectory in the Norfolk countryside – to take people on a room-by-room tour one reviewer called “a history of the world without leaving home.

“The bathroom provides the occasion for a history of hygiene; the bedroom, sex, death, and sleep; the kitchen, nutrition and the spice trade; and so on…. Whatever happens in the world, he demonstrates, ends up in our house, in the paint and the pipes and the pillows and every item of furniture.”

The hour-long brown bag discussion will be at noon, July 18 at the Main Library, 301 York St.

Up next:
Aug. 15: “In the Time of the Butterflies,” a historical novel by Julia Alvarez set in the Dominican Republic, inspired by the true story of three sisters who were murdered in 1960 for their part in an underground plot to overthrow the government.

Sep. 19:
“The Tiger's Wife,” by young Belgrade-born Téa Obreht, a novel about two friends on a medical mission in a Balkan country that was a National Book Award finalist.

As we plan books to read this fall and beyond, we’d welcome your ideas for good titles that have roots in other cultures.

Feel free to consult our international-themed booklist - click here. Or recommend books you’ve liked - email here.

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