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An online guide containing book group meeting dates, upcoming reads and other helpful information.
Last Updated: Nov 26, 2013 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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About the Book Group

The Great Falls College MSU Book Group invites all book lovers and Great Falls community members to join. The group meets monthly during the academic year with one “light” selection in the summer. The group typically meets at Bert and Ernies (300 1st Ave South, Great Falls).

Each year the group selects one Montana selection, two fiction, one non-fiction, a cheesy mystery, a classic and an award winner. Discussions are informal, opinionated and fun. The group is open to all book lovers.

For more information about the group, contact:

Jeri Pullum ( or

Laura Wight (


Upcoming Book Group Meetings


TIME:  5:30 P.M.

LOCATION:  Bert & Ernie's, 300 1st Ave South, Great Falls, MT  59401



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    Schedule of Discussions, September 2013 - July 2014

    Here is a month by month list of the books the Great Falls College MSU & Community Book Group has chosen to discuss this year. Many of these books can be found at the Weaver Library at Great Falls College MSU (print or eBook) or Great Falls Public Library's collection.  The Weaver Library at Great Falls College MSU is open to the public and any Montana resident age 16 or over can obtain a free guest borrower's library card.

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    SEPTEMBER 24, 2013: 600 Hours of Edward - Craig Lancaster
    Call Number: AVAILABLE@WEAVER LIBRARY, Great Falls College MSU
    ISBN: 1612184103
    Publication Date: 2012-08-14
    Book Group will meet - September 24, 2013
    Time = 5:30 PM
    Location = Bert & Ernies, 300 1st Ave S Great Falls, Mt 59401

    Edward Stanton is a man hurtling headlong toward middle age. His mental illness has led him to be sequestered in his small house in a small city, where he keeps his distance from the outside world and the parents from whom he is largely estranged. For the most part, Edward sticks to things he can count on...and things he can count. But over the course of 25 days (or 600 hours, as Edward prefers to look at it) several events puncture the walls Edward has built around himself. In the end, he faces a choice: Open his life to experience and deal with the joys and heartaches that come with it, or remain behind his closed door, a solitary soul.

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    November 5, 2013: Birds in Fall (NEW MEETING DATE) - Brad Kessler
    Call Number: Available @ Weaver Library, Great Falls College MSU
    ISBN: 0743287398
    Publication Date: 2007-03-13
    Book Group Will Meet: November 5, 2013
    Time = 5:30-7:00 p.m.
    Location = Bert & Ernies, 300 1st Ave S Great Falls, Mt 59401

    One fall night, an innkeeper on a remote island in Nova Scotia watches an airplane plummet to the sea. As the search for survivors envelops the island, the mourning families gather at the inn, waiting for news of those they have lost. Here among strangers, they form an unusual community, struggling for comfort and consolation. A Taiwanese couple sets out fruit for their daughter's ghost. A Bulgarian man plays piano in the dark, sending the music to his lost wife. Two Dutch teenagers rage against their parents' death. An Iranian exile, mourning his niece, recites the Persian tales that carry the wisdom of centuries. At the center of this striking novel is Ana Gathreaux, an ornithologist who specializes in bird migration, and whose husband perished on the flight.
    What unfolds is the story of how these families unite and disperse in the wake of the tragedy, and how their interweaving lives are ultimately transformed. Brad Kessler's knowledge of the natural world, music, and myth enriches every page.

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    December 3, 2013: A Fatal Grace (we'll also discuss what you've been reading lately!) - Louise Penny
    Call Number: Available @ Weaver Library, Great Falls College MSU
    ISBN: 0312352565
    Publication Date: 2007-05-15
    Book Group Will Meet: Tuesday, December 3, 2013
    Time = 5:30 p.m.
    Location = Bert & Ernies, 300 1st Ave S Great Falls, Mt 59401

    Welcome to winter in Three Pines, a picturesque village in Quebec, where the villagers are preparing for a traditional country Christmas, and someone is preparing for murder.
    No one liked CC de Poitiers. Not her quiet husband, not her spineless lover, not her pathetic daughter—and certainly none of the residents of Three Pines. CC de Poitiers managed to alienate everyone, right up until the moment of her death.

    When Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, of the Sûreté du Quebec, is called to investigate, he quickly realizes he's dealing with someone quite extraordinary. CC de Poitiers was electrocuted in the middle of a frozen lake, in front of the entire village, as she watched the annual curling tournament. And yet no one saw anything. Who could have been insane enough to try such a macabre method of murder—or brilliant enough to succeed?

    With his trademark compassion and courage, Gamache digs beneath the idyllic surface of village life to find the dangerous secrets long buried there. For a Quebec winter is not only staggeringly beautiful but deadly, and the people of Three Pines know better than to reveal too much of themselves. But other dangers are becoming clear to Gamache. As a bitter wind blows into the village, something even more chilling is coming for Gamache himself.

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    FEBRUARY 2014: Nicholas Nickleby - Charles Dickens; George Cattermole (Illustrator); Dame S. Thorndike (Introduction by)
    Call Number: Available@Weaver Library, Great Falls College MSU
    ISBN: 0192545086
    Publication Date: 1987-10-22
    Book Group Will Meet: Date in February TBA
    Time = TBA
    Location = TBA

    After the death of his financially replete father, Nicholas Nickleby and his family travel to London to seek assistance from his father's older brother Ralph. Taking an immediate dislike to his nephew, Ralph employs Nicholas under the sadistic Mr. Squeers and his interminable wife, owners of a boys' school in northern England. In the meantime, Ralph seeks to use Nicholas' beautiful sister Kate as a ploy to influence his investors. Discourse forces Nicholas to flee the school with the crippled Smike, an orphan with no memories of his former life before he was brought to Dotheboys' Hall. On their journey back to London they meet up with Vincent Crummles and his acting troupe, befriend Ralph's good-hearted secretary Newman Noggs, and ultimately rise over adversity.

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    MARCH 2014: The Aquariums of Pyongyang - Pierre Rigoulot; Yair Reiner (Translator); Chol-Hwan Kang
    Call Number: Available@Weaver Library, Great Falls College MSU
    ISBN: 0465011047
    Publication Date: 2005-08-24
    Book Group Will Meet: Date in March TBA
    Time = TBA
    Location = TBA

    North Korea is today one of the last bastions of hardline Communism. Its leaders have kept a tight grasp on their one-party regime, quashing any nascent opposition movements and sending all suspected dissidents to its brutal concentration camps for "re-education." Kang Chol-hwan is the first survivor of one of these camps to escape and tell his story to the world, documenting the extreme conditions in these gulags and providing a personal insight into life in North Korea. Part horror story, part historical document, part memoir, part political tract, this record of one man's suffering gives eyewitness proof to an ongoing sorrowful chapter of modern history.

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    APRIL 2014: In the Heart of the Sea - Nathaniel Philbrick
    Call Number: Available@Weaver Library, Great Falls College MSU
    ISBN: 0141001828
    Publication Date: 2001-05-01
    Book Group Will Meet: April Date TBA
    Time: TBA
    Location: TBA

    Publishers Weekly review: ….chilling tale of the Essex, a whaling ship that was sunk in the middle of the Pacific by an 80-foot sperm whale in 1820. The story would come to mark the mythology of the 19th century as the Titanic did the 20th. Herman Melville, for one, based Moby Dick on certain key elements of the tragedy. In Philbrick's spare, well-paced version, we learn much about how Nantucket's culture was affected by the whaling industry boom, from its economy to its social habits. But the horrific heart of the narrative details the fate of the 20 sailors who attempted to sail several thousand miles back to Chile using only three pathetic open boats. Reaching home 93 days later, only eight sailors survived the ordeal of thirst, starvation and despair.

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    SUMMER 2014: The Cloud Atlas - Liam Callanan
    Call Number: Available@Weaver Library, Great Falls College MSU
    ISBN: 0385336950
    Publication Date: 2004-10-26
    Book Group Will Meet: Summer 2014 Date TBA
    Time: TBA
    Location: TBA

    A reluctant voyager crossing the Pacific in 1850; a disinherited composer making a precarious livelihood in between-the-wars Belgium; a high-minded journalist in Governor Reagan’s California; a vanity publisher fleeing his gangland creditors; a genetically modified “dinery server” on death-row; and Zachry, a young Pacific Islander witnessing the nightfall of science and civilization -- the narrators of Cloud Atlas hear each other’s echoes down the corridor of history, and their destinies are changed in ways great and small.

    In his captivating third novel, David Mitchell erases the boundaries of language, genre and time to offer a meditation on humanity’ s dangerous will to power, and where it may lead us.


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