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Common Ground Reading Group

Common Ground is a group of folks who gather monthly to discuss the month’s selection. Although Common Ground is a subgroup of Capital Gay Men, it welcomes anyone who wishes to participate (no discrimination based on gender or orientation; we ask only that you be 18 years of age or older).

We meet at 12pm, usually on Sundays. See the table below for the meeting dates. Most often we meet at Chuck's apartment in Pembroke (133 Main St. Apt 3). Directions from Concord:

  • Take U.S. 3 South to Pembroke
  • Turn right at the light that says Suncook village (Business District)
  • At the end, turn right onto Main St.
  • About 150ft after that the first left to the Municipal parking lot
  • Turn right into the parking lot
  • I live on Main St and you will be entering my apartment's back entrance.
  • You will see a covered staircase with three mailboxes at the bottom
  • Mine is the middle staircase that goes to the top floor

2018 Selections

In the table below, links are provided to the Amazon.com page where you may learn more about the books and even buy them if you wish. The columns to the right are for ratings by our regular attendees; each is asked to rate the book from 0-5. If the rating is a link, it leads you to a full review by that attendee.

The columns identify our most-frequent attendees: Bill, Jeremy, Chuck, and John. Joining us does not obligate you to be identified on this website (although we welcome it). The last column in the table is the average of all scores submitted.

Date Monthly Selection(s) Author WA JW CM JS Avg.
Jan 14
Days Without End Sebastion Barry 3.0 4.0   4.5 3.83
Feb 18
The Deception of the Thrush Bruce P. Spang          
Mar 11
Green Tom Baker          
Apr 8
Bettyville: A Memoir George Hodgman          
May 13
The Line of Beauty Alan Hollinghurst          
Jun 10
Arcade Drew Nellins Smith          
Jul 8
Fire Year Jason K. Friedman          
Aug 12
The Whale: A Love Story Mark Beauregard          
Sep 9
Cecil Dreeme Theodore Winthrop          
Oct 7
Hotel de Dream Edmund White          
Nov 11
Immaculate Blue Paul Russell          
Dec 9
Reader’s Choice            

Note: We will select books for 2019 at the November 11 meeting.

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