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Great Falls College MSU & Community Book Group  

An online guide containing book group meeting dates, upcoming reads and other helpful information.
Last Updated: Sep 10, 2014 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

READING:  Pioneer Doctor:  The Story of a Woman's Work


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    Schedule of Discussions, September 2014 - July 2015

    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 2014: Pioneer Doctor - Mari Grana
    Call Number: Available@Weaver Library via eBook Reader, Great Falls College MSU
    ISBN: 0762736542
    Publication Date: 2005-01-01
    Book Group will meet - TBA
    Time = 5:30 PM
    Location = Bert & Ernies, 300 1st Ave S Great Falls, Mt 59401

    When Mollie Babcock stepped off the train in Salt Lake City, Utah, in 1890, she knew she had to start a new life. She'd left her husband and their medical practice in Iowa, and with only a few hundred dollars in her pocket and a great deal of pride, she set out to find a new position as a physician. She was offered a job as doctor to the miners at Bannack, Montana, and thus began her epic adventures in the Rocky Mountain West.

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    OCTOBER 2014: Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter - Tom Franklin
    Call Number: Available @ Weaver Library via eBook Reader, Great Falls College MSU
    ISBN: 0060594675
    Publication Date: 2011-05-17
    Book Group Will Meet: TBA
    Time = 5:30-7:00 p.m.
    Location = Bert & Ernies, 300 1st Ave S Great Falls, Mt 59401

    More than twenty years have passed. Larry, a mechanic, lives a solitary existence, never able to rise above the whispers of suspicion. Silas has returned as a constable. He and Larry have no reason to cross paths until another girl disappears and Larry is blamed again. And now the two men who once called each other friend are forced to confront the past they've buried and ignored for decades.

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    NOVEMBER 2014: Crooked House - Agatha Christie
    Call Number: Available @ Weaver Library via eBook Reader, Great Falls College MSU
    ISBN: 0062073532
    Publication Date: 2011-02-01
    Book Group Will Meet: TBA
    Time = 5:30 p.m.
    Location = Bert & Ernies, 300 1st Ave S Great Falls, Mt 59401

    The Leonides are one big happy family livingin a sprawling, ramshackle mansion. Thatis until the head of the household, Aristide, ismurdered with a fatal barbiturate injection.

    Suspicion naturally falls on the old man’s youngwidow, fifty years his junior. But the murdererhas reckoned without the tenacity of CharlesHayward, fiancé of the late millionaire’s granddaughter.

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    FEBRUARY 2015: The Winter of Our Discontent - John Steinbeck; Susan Shillinglaw (Introduction by, Notes by)
    Call Number: Available@Weaver Library via eBook Reader or print: PS3537.T 3234.W56 1961, Great Falls College MSU
    ISBN: 0143039482
    Publication Date: 2008-08-26
    Book Group Will Meet: Date in February TBA
    Time = TBA
    Location = TBA

    Ethan Allen Hawley, the protagonist of Steinbeck’s last novel, works as a clerk in a grocery store that his family once owned. With Ethan no longer a member of Long Island’s aristocratic class, his wife is restless, and his teenage children are hungry for the tantalizing material comforts he cannot provide. Then one day, in a moment of moral crisis, Ethan decides to take a holiday from his own scrupulous standards.

    Set in Steinbeck’s contemporary 1960 America, the novel explores the tenuous line between private and public honesty, and today ranks alongside his most acclaimed works of penetrating insight into the American condition.

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    MARCH 2015: Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker - Jennifer Chiaverini
    Call Number: Available@Weaver Library via eBook Reader, Great Falls College MSU
    ISBN: 0142180351
    Publication Date: 2013-09-24
    Book Group Will Meet: Date in March TBA
    Time = TBA
    Location = TBA

    In a life that spanned nearly a century and witnessed some of the most momentous events in American history, Elizabeth Hobbs Keckley was born a slave. A gifted seamstress, she earned her freedom by the skill of her needle, and won the friendship of First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln by her devotion. A sweeping historical novel, Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker illuminates the extraordinary relationship the two women shared, beginning in the hallowed halls of the White House during the trials of the Civil War and enduring almost, but not quite, to the end of Mrs. Lincoln’s days.

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    April 2015: Mudbound - Hillary Jordan
    Call Number: Available@Weaver Library via eBook Reader, Great Falls College MSU
    ISBN: 1565126777
    Publication Date: 2009-03-17
    Book Group Will Meet: April Date TBA
    Time: TBA
    Location: TBA

    In Jordan's prize-winning debut, prejudice takes many forms, both subtle and brutal. It is 1946, and city-bred Laura McAllan is trying to raise her children on her husband's Mississippi Delta farm—a place she finds foreign and frightening. In the midst of the family's struggles, two young men return from the war to work the land. Jamie McAllan, Laura's brother-in-law, is everything her husband is not—charming, handsome, and haunted by his memories of combat. Ronsel Jackson, eldest son of the black sharecroppers who live on the McAllan farm, has come home with the shine of a war hero. But no matter his bravery in defense of his country, he is still considered less than a man in the Jim Crow South. It is the unlikely friendship of these brothers-in-arms that drives this powerful novel to its inexorable conclusion.

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    SUMMER 2015: Olive Kitteridge - Elizabeth Strout
    Call Number: Available@Weaver Library via eBook Reader, Great Falls College MSU
    ISBN: 0812971833
    Publication Date: 2008-09-30
    Book Group Will Meet: Summer 2014 Date TBA
    Time: TBA
    Location: TBA

    At times stern, at other times patient, at times perceptive, at other times in sad denial, Olive Kitteridge, a retired schoolteacher, deplores the changes in her little town of Crosby, Maine, and in the world at large, but she doesn’t always recognize the changes in those around her: a lounge musician haunted by a past romance; a former student who has lost the will to live; Olive’s own adult child, who feels tyrannized by her irrational sensitivities; and her husband, Henry, who finds his loyalty to his marriage both a blessing and a curse.

    As the townspeople grapple with their problems, mild and dire, Olive is brought to a deeper understanding of herself and her life–sometimes painfully, but always with ruthless honesty. Olive Kitteridge offers profound insights into the human condition–its conflicts, its tragedies and joys, and the endurance it requires.


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