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.
The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure
A Parisian architect is paid handsomely to devise secret hiding spaces for Jews in his Nazi-occupied country but struggles with risking his own life. Only when a personal failure brings home the suffering of those his work is designed to protect is he forced to confront his ambivalence.
Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann
Presents a true account of the early twentieth-century murders of dozens of wealthy Osage and law-enforcement officials, citing the contributions and missteps of a fledgling FBI that eventually uncovered one of the most chilling conspiracies in American history.
Beartown by Frederik Backman
Winning a junior ice hockey championship means everything to the residents of Beartown, a community slowly being eaten alive by unemployment and the surrounding wilderness. When accusations are made against a star player, the line between loyalty and betrayal becomes difficult to discern.
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
Celestial and Roy are newly married professionals leaning in to a bright future when Roy is convicted of a crime he did not commit. This is not a heroes vs. villains tale with a tidy resolution. It is a complicated, messy, moving, and thought-provoking story about love, family, and the wide-reaching effects of incarceration.
The Book of Polly by Kathy Hepinstall
A 10-year-old girl in a small conventional Texas community resolves to keep up with her aging, crazy-as-a-fox mother in order to keep them both alive and learn the truth about her mother's long-secret past.
The Map of Salt and Stars by Jennifer Zeynab Joukhader
Disguised as a boy, sixteen-year-old Rawiya becomes apprentice to al-Idrisi, who has been royally commissioned to create a map of the world. She embarks on an epic journey across the Middle East and the north of Africa, encountering ferocious mythical beasts, epic battles, and real historical figures.
The Dry by Jane Harper
Receiving a sinister anonymous note after his best friend's suspicious death, federal agent Aaron Falk is forced to confront the fallout of a twenty-year-old false alibi against a backdrop of the worst drought Melbourne has seen in a century.
I, Eliza Hamilton by Susan Holloway Scott
Alexander Hamilton's wife, Eliza--a fascinating strong-willed heroine in her own right--becomes an adored member of society, respected for her fierce devotion to Hamilton as well as for her grace.
The Woman Who Smashed Codes by Jason Fagone
Describes the true story of Elizebeth Smith, a Shakespeare expert, who met and married a groundbreaking cryptologist and worked to discover and expose Nazi spy rings in South America by cracking multiple versions of the Enigma machine.