A traditional book discussion group where everyone reads and discusses the same book. Join us! | Online | Adults
Online via Zoom
Second Tuesday of each month| 12 – 1 PM | Adults 18+
Explore great books, join in on a lively discussion, and meet others who enjoy reading too. New members are always welcome! Library copies of the book are available at the Central Library’s second-floor Circulation Desk.
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Reading Selections For 2023
January 10 – Online Meeting Via Zoom – 1000 Years of Joys and Sorrows: A Memoir by Ai Weiwei (2021) nonfiction.
Ai Weiwei—one of the world’s most famous artists and activists—tells a century-long epic tale of China through the story of his own extraordinary life and the legacy of his father, Ai Qing, the nation’s most celebrated poet.
February 14 – Online Meeting Via Zoom – The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles (2021) fiction.
Relates the adventures of four boys—three 18-year-olds who met in a juvenile reformatory, plus one of their 8-year-old brothers—as they travel from Nebraska to New York City in 1954.
March 14 – Online Meeting Via Zoom – When Books Went to War: The Stories That Helped Us Win World War II by Molly Guptill Manning (2014) nonfiction.
Chronicles the joint effort of the U.S. government, the publishing industry, and the nation’s librarians to boost troop morale during World War II by shipping more than one hundred million books to soldiers at the front lines.
April 11 – Online Meeting Via Zoom – The Yellow Bird Sings by Jennifer Rosner (2020) fiction.
In Poland, as World War II rages, a mother hides with her young daughter, a musical prodigy whose slightest sound may cost them their lives.
May 9 – Online Meeting Via Zoom – Finding the Mother Tree: Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest by Suzanne Simard (2021) nonfiction.
Illuminates the fascinating truths that trees are not simply the source of timber or pulp, but are a complicated, interdependent circle of life and that forests are social, cooperative creatures connected through underground networks.
June 13 – Online Meeting Via Zoom – The Violin Conspiracy by Brendan Slocumb (2022) fiction.
Ray McMillian is a Black classical musician on the rise when a shocking theft sends him on a desperate quest to recover his great-great-grandfather’s heirloom violin on the eve of the most prestigious musical competition in the world.
July 11 – Online Meeting Via Zoom – The Secret History of Home Economics: How Trailblazing Women Harnessed the Power of Home and Changed the Way We Live by Danielle Dreilinger (2021) nonfiction.
Danielle Dreilinger traces home economics from Black colleges to Eleanor Roosevelt to Okinawa, from a Betty Crocker brigade to DIY techies, restoring a disparaged field to its rightful importance.
August 8 – Online Meeting Via Zoom – Joan is Okay by Weike Wang (2022) fiction.
Joan is a successful thirtysomething ICU doctor at a busy New York City hospital, but when her father suddenly dies in China, and her mother returns to America to reconnect with her children, a series of events sends Joan spiraling out of her comfort zone.
September 12 – Online Meeting Via Zoom – Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis by Timothy Egan (2012) nonfiction.
A biography of Edward Curtis, the photographer who devoted 30 years to documenting the lives, stories, and rituals of Native American tribes.
October 10 – Online Meeting Via Zoom – The House of the Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne (1851) fiction.
Greedy, piratical Colonel Pyncheon builds his mansion on ill-gotten ground, setting the stage for generations of suffering. Years later, a country cousin and an enigmatic young boarder attempt to reverse the tide of misfortunes surrounding the house.
November 14 – Online Meeting Via Zoom – The Greatest Beer Run Ever: A Memoir of Friendship, Loyalty, and War by John “Chick” Donohue and J.T. Molloy (2020) nonfiction.
A wildly entertaining memoir of an Irish-American New Yorker and former U.S. marine who embarked on a courageous, hare-brained scheme to deliver beer to his pals serving in Vietnam in the late 1960s.
December 12 – Online Meeting Via Zoom – The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro (1989) fiction.
A profoundly compelling portrait of Stevens, the perfect butler, and of his fading, insular world in post-World War II England.