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Long Gone by Alafair Burke
A gallery manager must separate truth from lies when a man is found murdered in her gallery space.  Book Discussion Questions from MPL
Look at Me by Jennifer Egan
Questions of identity and reality in contemporary American society are explored in this novel with three intersecting main characters: a New York model who's face is destroyed in a traffic accident; an aspiring internet magnate; and a Middle-Eastern terrorist living in NYC. Published the week before 9/11, the novel strikes some reviewers as having remarkable prescience. Book Discussion Questions from Reading Group Guides
The Lottery by Patricia Wood
Perry Crandall (IQ 76) narrates his life after the death of his Gran, who raised him after his parents abandoned him. When he wins a $12 million lottery, his avaricious family schemes to appropriate his prize. Book Discussion Questions from ReadingGroupGuides
Love Walked In by Marisa De los Santos
A young single woman falls in love with a seeming prince charming, then ends up more committed to his delightful daughter than he. Book Discussion Questions from ReadingGroupGuides
Loving Frank by Nancy Horan
A fictionalized portrayal of Mamah Borthwick Cheney, her love affair with Frank Lloyd Wright, and the scandal it created. Book Discussion Questions from ReadingGroupGuides
The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri
This multi-generational story traces the stories of two brothers, Udayan and Subhash, in 1960s Calcutta.  When brash and adventurous Udayan is killed in a political uprising, obedient Subhash marries his brother’s widow Gauri and moves to Rhode Island to complete his degree.  But his good deed will be punished as Subhash and Gauri struggle with grief and complexities of marriage and parenthood as revelations about the past surface.  Book Discussion Questions from Reading Group Guides
Lucy by Ellen Feldman
Young Lucy Mercer Rutherford is hired as the private secretary for Eleanor Roosevelt but soon falls deeply in love with Eleanor’s ambitious and charismatic husband Franklin.  When the affair is discovered by Eleanor and threatens Franklin’s presidential chances, Franklin ends it with Lucy, vowing to never betray Eleanor’s trust again.  But the connection is strong between the two, and when Franklin is in declining health, the two meet again.  This novel, told from Lucy’s perspective, is based on historical events and sources. Book Discussion Questions from ReadingGroupGuides
The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton
Young Walter Moody arrives on the wild shores of 1860s New Zealand ready to make his fortune, but a chance encounter with a group of local men leads to a quest to discover the causes of several mysterious events.  A sprawling novel with strong Victorian influences, The Luminaries won the Man Booker Prize in 2013.   Book Discussion Questions from MPL and the Man Booker Prize
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson
In this humorous love story a proper, retired British army officer and a shopkeeper of Pakistani heritage begin a romance despite family problems and cultural barriers. Book Discussion Questions from Reading Group Guides
Making Lemonade With Ben: The Audacity to Cope by Katherine J. Perreth
In frank detail, local author Perreth recounts the journey of mothering her son Ben who was diagnosed with a potentially fatal brain hemorrhage.  In his teen years, the challenge became addressing Ben’s mental illness. Ultimately, Perreth and her son came to survive and thrive in spite of (and because of) these challenges.  Book Discussion Questions courtesy of the author
The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett
The classic hard-boiled detective novel in which Sam Spade searches for a rare statue and Hammett introduces a new style of mystery novel. Book Discussion Questions from ReadingGroupGuides
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
Ove has always lived his life according to strict principles, earning him the status of lead curmudgeon in his neighborhood.  But when life threatens to overwhelm even the firmly stoic Ove, a comedic cast of characters comes to the rescue—and proves that help can come from the most surprising of sources.  Book Discussion Questions from Simon and Schuster
The Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman
This novel tells the true story of Rachel Pomie, a Jewish woman born on the Caribbean island of St. Thomas in the early 1800’s. After her first husband died, she fell in love with and married his nephew; the artist, Camille Pissarro, was one of their children. Book Discussion Questions from Simon and Schuster
The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides
A love triangle between Brown University students Madeleine, an English major writing her senior thesis; Leonard, a brilliant student with bipolar disorder; and Mitchell, a religious studies major,  is the backdrop for this novel set in the 1980s. Book Discussion Questions ReadingGroupGuides
The Martian by Andy Weir
Left for dead after an accident, astronaut Mark Watley is stranded on the surface of Mars.  Left with only enough food and supplies for a few months, Watley has to rely on his wits and ingenuity to survive. Book Discussion Questions from Penguin Random House
The Master Butchers Singing Club by Louise Erdrich
Fidelis, a German immigrant, butcher and World War I survivor, immigrates to the small village of Argus, North Dakota to rebuild his life with his new bride Eva, the pregnant widow of his best friend.   Waiting there is Delphine Watzka, vaudeville performer and unhappy wife, whose friendship and eventual love for Eva and Fidelis has consequences felt through times of war and peace.  Book Discussion Questions from ReadingGroupGuides
Me Before You by JoJo Moyes
A young Englishwoman, Louisa Clark finds herself unemployed when the restaurant she works in is closed.  She takes a job as caretaker for Will Traynor, a recently paralyzed man, and throws herself into trying to convince him to stay alive, despite his losses. Book Discussion Questions from Penguin/Viking and MPL
The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards
A story of how the actions taken by a father, done with good intentions, can lead to the destruction of his family. Book Discussion Questions from MPL
A Mercy by Toni Morrison
The personal costs of slavery are explored in this novel of 4 abandoned women together on a farm in upstate New York. Book Discussion Questions from ReadingGroupChoices
Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
A young girl discovers she's actually a hermaphrodite in her teen years. This is a story of her family's history beginning with their escape from Greece as well as her own experiences growing up in Detroit in the 1960's. Book Discussion Questions from ReadingGroupGuides
Mink River by Brian Doyle
This stream-of-consciousness novel tells the story, part realistic and part fantastic, of a quirky little town on the Oregon coast, and the lives of its inhabitants, including Salish Indians, Irish immigrants, and a crow who talks. Book Discussion Questions from LitLovers
Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker by Jennifer Chiaverini
A fictionalized portrayal of the friendship between Elizabeth Keckley, a freed slave and seamstress, and her best customer and confidante, Mary Todd Lincoln.  Book Discussion Questions from LitLovers
My Antonia by Willa Cather
Written in 1918, this enduring classic tells the story of a Bohemian immigrant to Nebraska, Antonia, through the eyes of her orphaned friend Jim. Book Discussion Questions from ReadingGroupGuides
My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante
The first in Italian author Ferrante’s four-book series, My Brilliant Friend introduces Lila and Elena, two girls growing up in the slums of 1950s Naples.   Bookish and quiet, Elena contrasts with her brash best friend Lila, whose path in life seems destined for marriage and motherhood in spite of her dreams of becoming a writer.  An acclaimed study of women’s friendship and the changing aspects of their lives, Ferrante masterfully captures the strengths and struggles of two extraordinary women. Book Discussion Questions from Europa Editions
My Name Is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout
As Lucy Barton recovers from an operation, her mother comes to visit her and the two reflect on Lucy’s life in small town Amgash, Illinois.  Yet under their conversation is a tension that hints at deeper aspects to Lucy’s life.  Book Discussion Questions from the author