Book Discussion Groups
Enjoy reading? Join one of our lively book discussion groups. A copy of book discussion titles will be at the Checkout Desk one month before the discussion. New members are always welcome. Find other discussion groups in the area.
A new generation of book club, GenLit will “tap” into the spirit and interest of those of a certain generation (20-30 somethings). Meets for dinner and discussion on the fourth Wednesday of the month (January-October) at 6:30 p.m. at various local restaurants. Find GenLit on Facebook.
...a book club for readers who like unraveling clues, interpreting evidence, and analyzing characters
We partner with the Woodridge Public Library to bring crime readers together on the third Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. at a local restaurant to discuss novels of crime and mystery. Follow Crime Readers on Facebook.
...a book club for for readers who like to delve into a book's characters, plots, setting, and themes
Drop in for one of our librarian-led discussions. Held the second Wednesday of the month (September-May) at 7 p.m.
Upcoming Book Discussions
When: Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Where: Meeting Room, 2nd Floor
The Big Read: The Longest Road: Overland in Search of America from Key West to the Arctic Ocean by Philip Caputo.
When: Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Another bucolic fall in northern New Hampshire, and the semester is under way at Bishop's Hill Academy. But this year the start of school has been less than tranquil. The new headmaster, Jim Hawthorne, has liberal ideas that the staff find far from welcome. He's also determined to do something about the long "tradition" of permanent loans to faculty of shovels, saws, even cars, from the school's supplies.
When: Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Art Forger by Barbara Shapiro (2012)
Boston painter Claire Roth has survived financially by painting reproductions, so when influential gallery owner Aiden Markel arrives with a bizarre proposal--her own show if she will forge a copy of a Degas, one of the pictures stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum--she says yes. As she works, Claire and Aiden become lovers, but she doesn't tell him about her discovery that the stolen Degas is itself a copy. This knowledge is Claire's lifeline when the finished forgery is discovered, Aiden and then Claire are both arrested, and only she can save them.
Meet at The Sweet & Savory Spot, 31 N. Cass Ave., Westmont
When: Wednesday, April 09, 2014 - 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Where: Meeting Room, 2nd Floor
The Lone Wolf by Jodi Picoult, 2012
In the wild, when a wolf knows its time is over, when it knows it is of no more use to its pack, it may sometimes choose to slip away. Dying apart from its family, it stays proud and true to its nature. Humans aren't so lucky.
When: Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
From Karl Iagnemma, recipient of theParis ReviewPlimpton Prize, comes this fierce and gorgeous novel, the story of an estranged father and sons unlikely wanderings through the Upper Peninsula of nineteenth-century Michigan. The year is 1844. Sixteen-year-old runaway Elisha Stone has turned up in Detroit, a hardscrabble frontier town on the edge of the civilized world. Lighting out on a surveying expedition for the vast unknown wilderness of the northern peninsula, Elisha pens a heartfelt letter to his mother in Newell, Massachusetts.
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Reading Group Center
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