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A Novel Idea Book Group

October meeting dates:

October 13 at 7:00 pm (Virtual)
October 19 at 2:00 pm (In person)

*Registration required for either session.

Hour of the Witch by Chris Bohjalian

Boston, 1662. Mary Deerfield is twenty-four-years-old. Her skin is porcelain, her eyes delft blue, and in England she might have had many suitors. But here in the New World, amid this community of saints, Mary is the second wife of Thomas Deerfield, a man as cruel as he is powerful. When Thomas, prone to drunken rage, drives a three-tined fork into the back of Mary’s hand, she resolves that she must divorce him to save her life.

But in a world where every neighbor is watching for signs of the devil, a woman like Mary—a woman who harbors secret desires and finds it difficult to tolerate the brazen hypocrisy of so many men in the colony—soon becomes herself the object of suspicion and rumor. When tainted objects are discovered buried in Mary’s garden, when a boy she has treated with herbs and simples dies, and when their servant girl runs screaming in fright from her home, Mary must fight to not only escape her marriage, but also the gallows.


2022 Book Discussion Titles

January 13 & 19 – The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave

February 10 & 16 – The Holdout by Graham Moore

March 10 & 16 – The Rose Code by Kate Quinn

April 14 & 20 – Local Woman, Missing by Mary Kubica

May 12 & 18 – The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams

June 9 & 15 – The Kindred Spirits Supper Club by Amy Reichert

July 14 & 20 – Fuzz: when nature breaks the law by Mary Roach

August 11 & 17 – The Reading List by Sara Nisha Adams

September 8 & 21 – The Funny Thing About Norman Foreman by Julietta Henderson

October 13 & 19 – Hour of the Witch by Chris Bohjalian

November 10 & 16 – Hostage by Clare Mackintosh

December 8 & 21 – The Maid by Nita Prose


hoopla Book Club Hub

Fall Spotlight!

Whether you are part of a book club or are reading along independently, the hoopla Book Club Hub can help you to make the most out of your book club experience. Each quarter, a new Spotlight Selection title is released, along with a discussion guide,  exclusive author author interviews and more.

Never Saw Me Coming by Vera Kurlan is the Summer Spotlight Selection title. To get more information, visit

You should never trust a psychopath. But what if you had no choice?

It would be easy to underestimate Chloe Sevre… She’s a freshman honor student, a legging-wearing hot girl next door, who also happens to be a psychopath. She spends her time on yogalates, frat parties and plotting to kill Will Bachman, a childhood friend who grievously wronged her.

Chloe is one of seven students at her DC-based college who are part of an unusual clinical study of psychopaths—students like herself who lack empathy and can’t comprehend emotions like fear or guilt. The study, led by a renowned psychologist, requires them to wear smart watches that track their moods and movements.

When one of the students in the study is found murdered in the psychology building, a dangerous game of cat and mouse begins, and Chloe goes from hunter to prey. As she races to identify the killer and put her own plan for revenge into action, she’ll be forced to decide if she can trust any of her fellow psychopaths—and everybody knows you should never trust a psychopath.

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