Book Clubs @ Your Library

VIRTUAL BROWN BAG BOOK CLUB

This club is hosted on a Zoom Meeting during the lunch hour. Participants will join to discuss new titles each
month and all are encouraged to enjoy their lunch too.
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"Kindred" by Octavia E. Butler

Wednesday, May 5 at Noon

Summary: Dana, a modern black woman, is celebrating her twenty-sixth birthday with her new husband when she is snatched abruptly from her home in California and transported to the antebellum South. With more than 100,000 copies in print, Kindred is a classic time travel novel by an acclaimed African-American science fiction writer.

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"The Storyteller" by Jodi Picoult

Wednesday, June 2 at Noon

Summary: Becoming friends with Josef Weber, an old man who is particularly loved in her community, Sage Singer is shocked when one day he asks her to kill him and reveals why he deserves to die, causing her to question her beliefs.

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"A Wizard of Earthsea" by Ursula K. Le Guin

Wednesday, July 7 at Noon

Summary: Ged was the greatest sorcerer in all Earthsea, but once he was called Sparrowhawk, a reckless youth, hungry for power and knowledge, who tampered with long-held secrets and loosed a terrible shadow upon the world. This is the tale of his testing, how he mastered the mighty words of power, tamed an ancient dragon, and crossed death's threshold to restore the balance.

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"The Underground Railroad" by Colson Whitehead

Wednesday, August 4, at Noon

Summary: Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. When Caesar, a recent arrival from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, they decide to take a terrifying risk and escape. Though they manage to find a station and head north, they are being hunted. Their first stop is South Carolina, in a city that initially seems like a haven. But the city's placid surface masks an insidious scheme designed for its black denizens. And even worse: Ridgeway, the relentless slave catcher, is close on their heels.

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"News of the World" by Paulette Jiles

Wednesday, September 1 at Noon

Summary: 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 from the author of Enemy Women that explores the boundaries of family, responsibility, honor, and trust.

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Register to Attend Online Starting 08/04/21
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"The Ocean at the End of the Lane" by Neil Gaiman

Wednesday, October 6 at Noon

Summary:  It began for our narrator forty years ago when the family lodger stole their car and committed suicide in it, stirring up ancient powers best left undisturbed. Dark creatures from beyond the world are on the loose, and it will take everything our narrator has just to stay alive: there is primal horror here, and menace unleashed - within his family and from the forces that have gathered to destroy it. His only defense is three women, on a farm at the end of the lane.

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Register to Attend Online Starting 09/01/21
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"Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine" by Gail Honeyman

Wednesday, November 3 at Noon

Summary: Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she's thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy. But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office. When she and Raymond together save Sammy, an elderly gentleman who has fallen on the sidewalk, the three become the kinds of friends who rescue one another from the lives of isolation they have each been living.

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"Skipping Christmas" by John Grisham

Wednesday, December 1 at Noon

Summary: Imagine a year without Christmas. No crowded malls, no corny office parties, no fruitcakes, no unwanted presents.

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COVER-TO-COVER BOOK CLUB

Join the library’s monthly book club discussion group for avid adult readers in the community. We meet on the third Thursday evenings of each month to discuss bestsellers, fiction, biographies, nonfiction, classics, and more. Join us at our next session. 
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"Dogtripping" by David Rosenfelt

Thursday, April 15 at 6:00PM
Note: 
Starting this month, all the remainder of all sessions will be hosted at the Mockingbird Branch Library (1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.) in the Activity Room.

Summary: When writer David Rosenfelt and his family moved from Southern California to Maine, he thought he had prepared for everything. But traveling with 25 dogs turned out to be a bigger ordeal than anticipated. Rosenfelt recounts the adventure of moving his animal companions across the US with humor and warmth, and tells the tale of how he and his wife became passionate foster parents for rescue dogs.

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"The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek" by Kim Michele Richardson

Thursday, May 20 at 6:00PM

Summary: Mary Carter is the last of her kind, her skin the color of a blue damselfly. But that doesn't mean she's got nothing to offer. As a member of the Pack Horse Library Project, Cussy delivers books to the hill folk of Troublesome, hoping to spread learning in these desperate times. But not everyone is so keen on Cussy's family or the Library Project, and the hardscrabble Kentuckians are quick to blame a Blue for any trouble in their small town. 

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"All Creatures Great and Small" by James Herriot

Thursday, June 17, 2021 at 6:00PM

Summary: 
For over forty years, generations of readers have thrilled to Herriot's marvelous tales, deep love of life, and extraordinary storytelling abilities. For decades, Herriot roamed the remote, beautiful Yorkshire Dales, treating every patient that came his way from smallest to largest, and observing animals and humans alike with his keen, loving eye.

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"Remarkable Creatures" by Tracy Chevalier

Thursday, July 15, 2021 at 6:00PM

Summary: When Mary Anning uncovers an unusual fossilized skeleton in the cliffs near her home on the English coast, she sets the religious fathers on edge, the townspeople to vicious gossip, and the scientific world alight. Luckily, Mary finds an unlikely champion in prickly Elizabeth Philpot, and in the struggle to be recognized in the wider world, Mary and Elizabeth discover that friendship is their greatest ally.

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Personal Choice

Thursday, August 19, 2021 at 6:00PM
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"The Library" by Susan Orlean

Thursday, September 16 at 6:00PM

Summary: 
On the morning of April 28, 1986, a fire alarm sounded in the Los Angeles Public Library. The fire was disastrous: it reached two thousand degrees and burned for more than seven hours. By the time it was extinguished, it had consumed four hundred thousand books and damaged seven hundred thousand more. Investigators descended on the scene, but more than thirty years later, the mystery remains: Did someone purposefully set fire to the library—and if so, who?

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"Ordinary Grace" by William Kent Krueger

Thursday, October 21 at 6:00PM

Summary: 
Looking back at a tragic event that occurred during his thirteenth year, Frank Drum explores how a complicated web of secrets, adultery, and betrayal shattered his Methodist family and their small 1961 Minnesota community.

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"84 Charing Cross Road" by Helen Hanff

Thursday, November 18 at 6:00PM

Summary: This charming classic love story, first published in 1970, brings together twenty years of correspondence between Helene Hanff, at the time, a freelance writer living in New York City, and a used-book dealer in London at 84, Charing Cross Road. Through the years, though never meeting and separated both geographically and culturally, they share a winsome, sentimental friendship based on their common love for books.

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ONLINE BOOK CLUB @ YOUR LIBRARY

Online Book Clubs

If you’re pressed for time and want to get portions of books via your email, this club is for you. Register for free with a valid email address and then start receiving chapters of popular titles across genres you select. Only join the genres you’re interested in and start receiving excerpts each day.

Join Your Library’s Online Book Club.