2008-09-11 / About Town

Book groups post fall reading schedule

The next book to be read by the book groups at the Jamestown library will be "Breakfast with Buddha," by Roland Merullo.

The book will be discussed on Monday evening, Sept. 15, at 7 p.m. and Tuesday afternoon, Sept.16, at 1 p.m.

The review from Booklist says "Veteran novelist Merullo continues the spiritual odyssey he began in Golfing with God (2005). Otto Ringling, a successful New York editor and contented family man, has been in a slump ever since his parents were killed in an automobile accident. To settle the estate, he and his loopy sister, Cecilia, must drive to the family homestead in North Dakota. Then Cecilia tells him she's giving her half of the farm to her guru, the maroon-robed Volya Rinpoche, and that she wants Otto to drive him there. A grumbling Otto reluctantly agrees, mapping out a route that will take them along some of the Midwest's most charming back roads, and treating the rotund monk to a taste of American fun, including a tour of the Hershey chocolate factory and a round of miniature golf. Volya proves to be such a jovial and serene companion that Otto soon regains not only his peace of mind but also his joie de vivre. The skillful Merullo, using the lightest of touches, slowly turns this low-key comedy into a moving story of spiritual awakening."

The Jamestown library runs two book discussions. The evening group meets on the third Monday of the month at 7 p.m. the afternoon group meets on the third Tuesday of the month at 1 p.m. Both groups are facilitated by library director Judy Bell.

Upcoming books include "People of the Book: a Novel," by Geraldine Brooks, on Monday, Oct. 20 and Tuesday, Oct. 2.

The November book is "Three Cups Of Tea: One Man's Mission To Promote Peace — One School At A Time," by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin.

For more information, call the library at 423-7280. Books may be obtained through the Jamestown library by placing holds on one of the many copies in the state available through the Ocean State Libraries. Registration is not required. The meetings are free and open to the public and new members are encouraged to join.

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