Book Mill Reading Group

The Book Mill, Maynard Library’s book discussion group for adults, first met in October 1999 and rated The Bird Artist by Howard Norman a 6.3 out of 10! While the Book Mill no longer rates the books discussed, it continues to meet monthly from January through June, and from August through November, typically on the last Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m.

Over the years, the Book Mill has evolved into a thoughtful group with particular interest in reading about different cultures and creating reading lists that mix contemporary fiction, classics, and, occasionally, nonfiction.

Only books that are available through the Minuteman Library Network or in paperback are included in each year’s reading schedule. Meetings last under an hour and a half, although at times they spill over enthusiastically. Any reader who enjoys reading with a questioning mind, entertaining diverse perspectives, and sharing their thoughts is welcome to join us for one or many Book Mill meetings. To contact our facilitator Wendy, email

The reading selections for 2019-2020 are shown below. Printed copies of this list can be found at the Reference Desk.

2019-2020 Book Mill Reading List:

  • August 27, 2019 • This is How it Always Is by Laurie Frankel


  • September 24, 2019 • The Only Woman in the Room by Marie Benedict


  • October 22, 2019 • Becoming by Michelle Obama


  • November 26, 2019 • Go, Went, Gone by Jenny Erpenbec


  • December • no meeting


  • January 28, 2020 • Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver


  • February 25, 2020 • Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover


  • March 24, 2020 • Washington Black by Esi Edugyan


  • April 28, 2020 • The Library Book by Susan Orlean

      Meeting postponed


  • May 26, 2020 • Asymmetry by Lisa Halliday


  • June 23, 2020 • Madame Fourcade's Secret War: The Daring Young Woman Who Led France's Largest Spy Network Against Hitler by Lynne Olson


  • July • no meeting


Click here for a list of past books the Book Mill has read.

Book Mill Has Gone Virtual!

Book Mill has gone virtual! While the library is closed, we'll be reading and discussing a short story a week. Chosen stories will be available free online.

The next meeting will be:

Tuesday, April 28 at 7 pm


(Click to read online)


The meeting will open at 6:45 for people who need to practice with Zoom.

Please send email to to receive the meeting link.

Previous stories:

The Hunter’s Wife by Anthony Doerr

A White Heron by Sarah Orne Jewett

"Queenie" by Alice Munro

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