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.
Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue
A poignant look at the American Dream. Cameroonian immigrant Jende Jonga gets a job chauffeuring for a Lehman Brothers executive in 2007. At first all goes well, but when Lehman falls both families are caught up in the terrible aftermath. A 2017 Oprah Book Club pick.
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Doerr illuminates the ways people try to be good to one another in the harshest of circumstances, deftly interweaving the lives of Marie-Laure, a blind French girl who flees her home when the Nazis invade, and Werner, a German orphan admitted to a brutal academy for Hitler Youth. 2015 Pulitzer Prize winner.
A Higher Call by Adam Makos
Relates the true story of two World War II airmen, one American and one German, who put aside the conflict and helped each other to safety in the wake of a damaged aircraft, and describes their meeting again forty-seven years later.
The Good House by Ann Leary
A lifelong resident of a community on Boston's North Shore, Hildy Good knows almost everything about everyone. Her days are full as a successful real-estate broker, mother, and grandmother, yet her nights have become lonely ever since her daughters sent her to rehab. Now she's in recovery―more or less.
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Reclusive actress Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life, but when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one is more astounded than Monique herself. As Evelyn’s story catches up with the present, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s in tragic and irreversible ways.
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
Chronicles the daring survival story of a cotton plantation slave in Georgia, who, after suffering at the hands of both her owners and fellow slaves, races through the Underground Railroad with a relentless slave-catcher close behind. 2017 Pulitzer Prize and 2016 National Book Award winner.
The Circle by Dave Eggers
Hired to work for the Circle, the world's most powerful Internet company, Mae Holland begins to question her luck as life beyond her job grows distant, a strange encounter with a colleague leaves her shaken, and her role at the Circle becomes increasingly public.
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
A look at the near future presents the story of Offred, a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, which was once the United States and now an oppressive world where women are no longer allowed to read and are valued only as long as they are viable for reproduction.
The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware
Journalist Lo Blacklock has just been given the assignment of a lifetime: a week on a luxury cruise. Her picturesque voyage takes a turn after she sees a woman thrown overboard. The catch? No passengers are missing, so the ship sails on despite Lo's desperate attempts to convey that something is terribly wrong.
Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah
The host of The Daily Show with Trevor Noah traces his wild coming of age during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed, offering insight into the farcical aspects of the political and social systems of today's world.
Ginny Moon by Benjamin Ludwig
Meet Ginny. She’s fourteen, autistic, and after years in foster care is in her fourth forever family with parents who will love her. Everyone tells her that she should feel happy, but something happened, something that only Ginny knows, and nothing will stop her going back to put it right.