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For Readers: Online Book Discussions

Join a book discussion from the comfort of your home. When you register, you'll see options for downloading the e-book or audiobook (when available). Print books and audiobooks on CD or Playaway, if available, may be requested for curbside pickup.

Must-Read Nonfiction Discussion

Real-life reads that are engaging, informative, and important. 

cover of Talking to StrangersTalking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell

Something is very wrong, Gladwell argues, with the tools and strategies we use to make sense of people we don't know. And because we don't know how to talk to strangers, we are inviting conflict and misunderstanding in ways that have a profound effect on our lives and our world.

Monday, October 26, 7 PM • REGISTER

Own Voices

Books by authors of marginalized or under-represented groups who write about their own experiences and perspectives. 

cover of The Round HouseThe Round House by Louise Erdrich

This National Book Award winner (2012) transports readers to the Ojibwe reservation in North Dakota. An exquisitely told story of a boy on the cusp of manhood who seeks justice and understanding in the wake of a terrible crime that upends and forever transforms his family.

Wednesday, November 11, 7 PM • REGISTER

Book Discussions with Judy Levin

Intriguing reads beyond the best sellers. 

The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

Based on the real story of a reform school that operated for 111 years and warped the lives of thousands of children, this Pulitzer Prize–winning novel follows the experiences of two African American teenagers in Jim Crow-era Florida. 

Thursday, November 12, 10 AM • REGISTER

Off the Page: A Teen Book Discussion

Readers in grades 8–12, add your voice to the banter and weigh in on upcoming selections.

cover of The Wrath & the DawnThe Wrath & the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh

An epic love story inspired by A Thousand and One Nights.

Monday, November 16, 7 PM • REGISTER

 

 

Novel Night Book Discussion

Captivating fiction you might have missed. 

cover of This Tender LandThis Tender Land by William Kent Krueger

In this New York Times best seller set during the Great Depression, four orphans share a life-changing journey marked by struggling farmers, faith healers, and lost souls.

Tuesday, November 17, 7 PM • REGISTER

Thirsty Thursdays: Books on Tap

If you're in your 20s or 30s, meet for a virtual discussion each month.

What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi

cover of What Is Not Yours Is Not YoursA collection of short stories of towering imagination, marked by baroque beauty and a deep sensuousness.

Thursday, November 19, 6 PM • REGISTER

Coming to America

Books to inspire conversation about the immigrant experience.

cover of Girl in Translation by Jean KwokGirl in Translation by Jean Kwok

Emigrating with her mother from Hong Kong to Brooklyn, Kimberly Chang begins a secret double life as an exceptional schoolgirl during the day and sweatshop worker at night, an existence also marked by a first crush and the pressure to save her family from poverty.

Tuesday, December 15, 7 PM • REGISTER

Wednesday, December 16, 1 PM • REGISTER

 

Past book discussion selections

You can't go wrong with these noteworthy titles, past picks for library-hosted book discussions. Click on each title to see all available formats, often including e-books and audiobooks.