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.
Room by Emma Donoghue
To 5-year-old-Jack, Room is the world. Room is home to Jack, but to Ma it’s the prison where she has been held for seven years. Through her fierce love for her son, she has created a life for him in this 11×11-foot space. But with Jack’s curiosity building alongside her own desperation, she knows that Room cannot contain either much longer.
Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas D. Kristof & Sheryl WuDunn
Two Pulitzer Prize winners issue a call to arms against our era’s most pervasive human rights violation: the oppression of women in the developing world. They show that a little help can transform the lives of women and girls abroad and that the key to economic progress for these nations lies in unleashing women’s potential.
State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
A researcher at a pharmaceutical company, Marina Singh journeys into the heart of the Amazonian delta to check on a field team that has been silent for two years – a dangerous assignment that forces Marina to confront the ghosts of her past.
Madame Bovary by Gustav Flaubert
When Emma Rouault marries dull, provincial doctor Charles Bovary, her dreams of an elegant and passionate life crumble. She escapes into sentimental novels but finds her fantasies dashed by the tedium of her days. Soon heartbroken and crippled by debts, Emma takes drastic action with tragic consequences for her husband and daughter.
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
Many scientific and medical advances of the modern world have been made possible by cells taken from one African-American woman in 1951 without her knowledge or consent. This fascinating tale intertwines her story with that of her family’s search for answers.
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
When her health begins failing, the mysterious author Vida Winter decides to let Margaret Lea, a biographer, write the truth about her life, but Margaret needs to verify the facts since Vida has a history of telling outlandish tales.
Moloka’i by Alan Brennert
Rachel Kalama is a normal, spirited 7-year-old, until the day a rose-colored mark appears on her skin. Taken from her home and family, Rachel is sent to Kalaupapa, the quarantined leprosy settlement on the island of Moloka’i. Here her life is supposed to end, but instead she discovers it is only just beginning.