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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 7pm, see the table below for the meeting dates. Typically we meet at Bill's or Chuck's apartment in Concord or Pembroke respectively; please contact one of us to get specific directions.

2017 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, and Chuck. 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 Avg.
Jan 7
Comfort and Joy Jim Grimsley 3.0 3.0 2.5 2.83
Feb 12
Now and Yesterday Stephen Greco 2.0 2.5 2.5 2.33
Mar 12
American Studies Mark Merlis 4.0 5.0 4.5 4.50
Apr 9
Some Go Hungry J. Patrick Redmond 1.5 3.0 2.5 2.33
May 7
If You Need Me I’ll Be Over There Dave Madden 2.0 2.0 1.0 1.67
Jun 11
The Homeport Journals A.C. Burch 2.0 3.0 3.0 2.67
Jul 9
Most Talkative Andy Cohen 2.5 2.5 2.5 2.50
Aug 13
A Faithful Son Michael Scott Garvin 3.5 4.5 4.5 4.17
Sep 10
Let Me See It James MacRuder 4.0   4.5 4.25
Oct 15
@ 5pm
Left to Themselves Edward Prime-Stevenson        
Nov 13
Enigma Variations André Aciman        
Dec 11
Reader’s Choice          

Note: We will select books for 2018 at the November 13 meeting.

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