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. Discussions will take place at the Library the second Monday of every month at 7 p.m. No registration is required. Limited copies are available 30 days prior to the discussion at the Fiction/AV/Teen Services desk.
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. Her carefully timetabled life suddenly changes when Eleanor and a bumbling IT guy from her office come to the rescue of an elderly gentleman who has fallen on the sidewalk.
Halsey Street by Naima Coster
When Penelope, who has given up her dream of being an artist, moves into the attic apartment of the affluent Harpers, she thinks she’s found a semblance of family—and maybe even love. But her world is upended again when she receives a postcard from her estranged mother asking for reconciliation.
If the Creek Don’t Rise by Leah Weiss
In a North Carolina mountain town filled with moonshine and rotten husbands, Sadie Blue is only the latest girl to face a dead-end future at the mercy of a dangerous drunk. She's been married to Roy Tupkin for fifteen days, and she knows now that she should have listened to the folks who said he was trouble. But when a stranger sweeps in and knocks the world off-kilter for everyone in town, Sadie begins to think there might be more to life than being Roy's wife.
The River of Doubt by Candice Millard
After his humiliating election defeat in 1912, Roosevelt set his sights on the most punishing physical challenge he could find: the harrowing exploration of a black, uncharted tributary of the Amazon that snakes through one of the most treacherous jungles in the world. Little did he know that this would be the adventure of a lifetime.
The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
When captors at Auschwitz-Birkenau discover that he speaks several languages, Lale Sokolov is tasked with permanently marking his fellow prisoners with what would become one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust. Risking his own life, he uses his privileged position to exchange jewels and money from murdered Jews for food to keep his fellow prisoners alive and later encounters a young woman who will change his life.
The Mother-in-Law by Sally Hepworth
In a twisty tale of psychological suspense, a woman's obsessive fears about how much she disappoints her successful, pillar-of-the-community mother-in-law lead to a controversial disinheritance and a suspicious suicide.
The Library Book by Susan Orleans
Weaving her lifelong love of books and reading into an investigation of the most catastrophic library fire in American history, an award-winning reporter delivers a mesmerizing and uniquely compelling book that manages to tell the broader story of libraries and librarians in a way that has never been done before.
Meet Me at the Museum by Anne Youngson
When Professor Anders Larson, curator of a Danish museum, responds to a query about ancient exhibits from Mrs. Tina Hopgood in England, he doesn’t expect a reply, but the two begin a correspondence, and a friendship, that develops into something extraordinary.
The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai
A novel set in 1980s Chicago and contemporary Paris follows the director of a Chicago art gallery and a woman looking for her estranged daughter in Paris who both struggle to come to terms with the ways AIDS has affected their lives. Finalist for Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award
The Second Mrs. Hockaday by Susan Rivers
When Major Gryffth Hockaday is called to the front lines of the Civil War, his new teenage bride Placidia is left to care for her husband’s three-hundred-acre farm and infant son. Completely unprepared to run a farm or raise a child, she must endure the darkest days of the war on her own. By the time Major Hockaday returns two years later, Placidia is bound for jail, accused of having borne a child in his absence and murdering it. What really transpired in the two years he was away?
Fly Girls by Keith O’Brien
An award-winning journalist traces the lesser-known story of five women from different walks of life – a high school dropout, a divorcee, a socialite, a young mother, and Amelia Earhart, the most famous but not necessarily the most skilled – who successfully fought to compete against men in the high-stakes national air races of the 1920s and 1930s.
Less by Andrew Sean Greer
Receiving an invitation to his ex-boyfriend's wedding, Arthur, a failed novelist on the eve of his fiftieth birthday, embarks on an international journey that finds him falling in love, risking his life, reinventing himself, and making connections with the past.