Book Chat – Book Discussion
The goal of this group is to read a variety of books, both fiction and non-fiction, that will stimulate the mind and some lively conversation. Book Chat meets approximately every six weeks on Monday at 7 p.m. in either Meeting Room B or Room 168. Please check at the Registration desk for the current location. Limited copies of the book are available at the Fiction/AV/Teen desk up to six weeks prior to the discussion.
A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding by Jackie Copleton
A heart-wrenching debut novel of family, forgiveness, and the pain of love. Amaterasu is forced to confront her memories of the years before World War II when a badly scarred man claiming to be her grandson shows up at her door.
The Guest Room by Chris Bohjalian
In a spellbinding, insightful tale of a party gone horribly wrong, two men lie dead in a suburban living room, two women are on the run from police, and a marriage is ripping apart at the seams.
The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henríquez
Moving from Mexico to the United States when their daughter suffers a near-fatal accident, the Riveras confront cultural barriers, their daughter's difficult recovery, and her developing relationship with a Panamanian boy. Peppered throughout are the stories from men and women who arrived in the States from various South and Central American countries, sharing how their adopted country has left its mark on them, for better and worse.
Necessary Lies by Diane Chamberlain
Set in the 1960s, the little-known North Carolina’s Eugenics Sterilization Program is brought to light as twenty-two year old Jane Forrester defies societal pressure and begins work as a social worker. Although they seem worlds apart, she becomes linked with fifteen-year-old Ivy Hart as both are haunted by tragedy and are confronted with the question, “How can you know what you believe is right, when everyone is telling you it’s wrong?”
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
Envisioning a summer vacation in the humble Singapore home of a boy she hopes to marry, Chinese American Rachel Chu is unexpectedly introduced to a rich and scheming family that strongly opposes their son's relationship with an American girl. What Rachel doesn't know is that with one of Asia's most eligible bachelors on her arm, she might as well have a target on her back.
One of the Manhattan Project’s secret cities, the Tennessee town of Oak Ridge was created in 1942 and became home to thousands of young women sworn to strict secrecy protocols. The reverberations from their work there, work they did not fully understand at the time, are still being felt today.
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
“Lydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet…” So begins this highly acclaimed debut novel about a mixed-race family living in 1970s Ohio and the tragedy that will either be their undoing or their salvation.
The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney
Years of simmering tensions finally reach a breaking point as Melody, Beatrice, and Jack Plumb gather to confront their charismatic and reckless older brother, Leo, freshly released from rehab after a drunken driving incident. The resulting accident has endangered the fate of the shared inheritance that has shaped their choices and their lives.