Book Chat

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. Currently all discussions will take place virtually via Zoom the second Monday of every month at 7 p.m. Registration is required to receive the login information. Limited copies are available 30 days prior to the discussion at the Fiction/AV/Teen Services desk. Please note that the original schedule of titles published earlier in the year for this discussion group has changed. Many titles will still be discussed but not on the originally planned date. Please keep an eye on our book discussion page for upcoming titles and discussion dates.

Upcoming scheduled virtual discussion are:

January 10

Hidden Valley Road by Robert Kolker

For a time, Don and Mimi Galvin seemed to be living a dream life of domestic harmony and upward mobility in Colorado. Their twelve children perfectly spanned the baby boom: the oldest was born in 1945, the youngest in 1965. But by the mid-1970s, six of the ten Galvin boys were diagnosed with schizophrenia. And inside the walls of a once happy home, a devastating story of psychological breakdowns, sudden acts of shocking violence, and hidden abuse played out. Written with clarity and compassion by bestselling and award-winning author Robert Kolker, Hidden Valley Road uncovers one family's unforgettable legacy of suffering, love, and hope. The heartrending story of the Galvins also contains an illuminating shadow history of the science of schizophrenia. What took place inside Don and Mimi Galvin's home on Hidden Valley Road was so astonishing that their family became one of the first to be studied by the National Institute of Mental Health. And, unbeknownst to them, the Galvins would become science's great hope, informing decades of research in the quest to understand, and perhaps even someday cure, this mysterious disease for future generations.

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February 14

City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert

Nineteen-year-old Vivian Morris has just been kicked out of Vassar College in 1940, owing to her lackluster freshman-year performance. Her affluent parents send her to Manhattan to live with her Aunt Peg, who owns a flamboyant theater. There, Vivian is introduced to an entire cosmos of unconventional and charismatic characters. But when Vivian makes a personal mistake that results in professional scandal, it leads her to a new understanding of the kind of life she craves – and the kind of freedom it takes to pursue it. It will lead to the love of her life. Now 89 and telling her story at last, Vivian recalls how the events of those years altered the course of her life.

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