Book Clubs

Find new books and new friends at our book clubs

Our book clubs meet via Zoom and are moderated by library staff. Zoom links for each club are found on the library's event calendar.


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Adult Book Club

Each year we read two mysteries, two historical novels, three general fiction novels, three nonfiction / biographies and devote two meetings to “What else are you reading?” discussions.



We meet virtually via Zoom on the first Wednesday of the month at noon. New members are welcome!


2021 Book Selections

Month / Meeting DayBook Selection
May 5


The Marriage of Opposites - Alice Hoffman

Growing up on idyllic St. Thomas in the early 1800s, Rachel dreams of life in faraway Paris. When her older husband dies suddenly and his handsome, much younger nephew, Frédérick, arrives from France to settle the estate, Rachel seizes her own life story, beginning a defiant, passionate love affair that sparks a scandal that affects all of her family, including her favorite son, Camille Pissarro, who will become one of the greatest artists of France.


June 2


The Dry - Jane Harper

After getting a note demanding his presence, Federal Agent Aaron Falk arrives in his hometown for the first time in decades to attend the funeral of his best friend, Luke. Twenty years ago when Falk was accused of murder, Luke was his alibi. Falk and his father fled under a cloud of suspicion, saved from prosecution only because of Luke’s steadfast claim that the boys had been together at the time of the crime. But now more than one person knows they didn’t tell the truth back then, and Luke is dead.


July 7


News of the World - Paulette Giles

In the aftermath of the Civil War, an aging itinerant news reader agrees to transport a young captive of the Kiowa back to her people in this exquisitely rendered, morally complex, multilayered novel of historical fiction that explores the boundaries of family, responsibility, honor, and trust.


August 4

What Else are you Reading?
Book club members discuss books they've recently read.

September 1


I am Malala - Malala Yousafzai

When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education.  On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, when she was fifteen, she almost paid the ultimate price. She was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school, and few expected her to survive.  Instead, Malala’s miraculous recovery has taken her on an extraordinary journey from a remote valley in northern Pakistan to the halls of the United Nations in New York.


October 6


The German Girl - Armando Lucas Correa

Berlin, 1939: before everything changed, Hannah Rosenthal lived a charmed life. But now the streets of Berlin are draped in ominous flags; her family’s fine possessions are hauled away; and they are no longer welcome in the places they once considered home. A glimmer of hope appears in the shape of the St. Louis, a transatlantic ocean liner promising Jews safe passage to Cuba.  New York, 2014: on her twelfth birthday, Anna Rosen receives a mysterious package from an unknown relative in Cuba. Its contents inspire Anna and her mother to travel to Havana to learn the truth about their family’s mysterious and tragic past.


November 3


The Last Days of Night - Graham Moore

New York, 1888. Gas lamps still flicker in the city streets, but the miracle of electric light is in its infancy. The person who controls the means to turn night into day will make history - and a vast fortune. A young untested lawyer, fresh out of Columbia Law School, takes a case that seems impossible to win. Paul’s client, George Westinghouse, has been sued by Thomas Edison over a billion-dollar question: Who invented the light bulb and holds the right to power the country?


December 1


The Dutch House - Ann Patchett

At the end of the Second World War, Cyril Conroy combines luck and a single canny investment to begin an enormous real estate empire, propelling his family from poverty to enormous wealth. His first order of business is to buy the Dutch House, a lavish estate in the suburbs outside of Philadelphia. Meant as a surprise for his wife, the house sets in motion the undoing of everyone he loves.



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A Book Club for Those Who Love Classics

Classics Book Club


Join us as we discuss some recognized classic literature. We meet virtually via Zoom the third Sunday of the month, 2 - 3 p.m. New members are welcome!


"...to read a great book for the first time in one’s maturity is an extraordinary pleasure..."


"Every rereading of a classic is as much a voyage of discovery as the first reading."


-Italo Calvino


2021 Book Selections

Month / Meeting DayBook Selection
May 16


One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey

Set in an Oregon psychiatric hospital, the novel serves as a study of institutional processes and the human mind as well as a critique of psychiatry and a tribute to individualistic principles.


June 20


The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck Set during the Great Depression, the novel focuses on the Joads, a poor family of tenant farmers driven from their Oklahoma home by drought, economic hardship, agricultural industry changes, and bank foreclosures forcing tenant farmers out of work.


July 18


North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell

When the author's father leaves the Church in a crisis of conscience, she is uprooted from her comfortable home in Hampshire to move with her family to the North of England.


August 15


The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
Centers on the Compson family, former Southern aristocrats struggling to deal with the dissolution of their family and its reputation. Over the course of some 30 years, the family falls into financial ruin, loses its religious faith and the respect of the town of Jefferson, and many of them die tragically.


September 19


The Color Purple by Alice Walker
Through a series of letters spanning twenty years, the novel depicts the lives of African American women in early twentieth-century rural Georgia. Separated as girls, sisters Celie and Nettie sustain their loyalty to and hope in each other across time, distance, and silence.


October 17


Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Victor Frankenstein is a young scientist who creates a sapient creature in an unorthodox scientific experiment. Shelley started writing the story when she was 18, and the first edition was published anonymously in London on January 1, 1818, when she was 20.


November 21


Hard Times by Charles Dickens
Coketown is dominated by Thomas Gradgrind, school owner and model of Utilitarian success. Feeding both his pupils and his family with facts, he bans fancy and wonder from young minds. As a consequence, his young daughter Louisa marries the loveless businessman and “bully of humility” Mr. Bounderby, and his son Tom rebels to become embroiled in gambling and robbery.


December 19

No Meeting



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Sometimes Truth is Stranger Than Fiction

TrueCrime

“Each of us is a book waiting to be written, and that book, if written, results in a person explained.”

-Thomas M. Cirignano


Meet with us to discuss select true crime books, examine writing style, content and overall presentation of material by the author as we try to understand whether or not the people at the heart of the stories were explained.



2021 Book Selections

Month / Meeting DayBook Selection
May 12

What else are you reading?
Book club members discuss what they've recently read / watched / listened to.


June 9

The Ghosts of Eden Park: the Bootleg King, the Women Who Pursued Him, and the Murder That Shocked Jazz-Age America by Karen Abbott
George Remus, an eccentric and teetotaling whiskey trafficker, shamelessly flouted Prohibition laws and amassed an alcohol arsenal that was 35 percent of the U.S.’s total supply. Then a pioneering female prosecutor put a cork in the fun.

July 14
In December 1991, the bodies of four girls were found in an I Can't Believe It's Yogurt! shop in Austin, Texas. The investigation was often misdirected and after eight years only two men were tried; their subsequent convictions were eventually overturned, and Austin PD detectives are still working on what is now a very cold case.


August 11

What else are you reading?
Book club members discuss what they've recently read / watched / listened to.



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