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For Readers: Library Book Discussions

 

Connect with other readers in online discussions of these thoughtful selections. When you sign up (required), you'll see options for downloading the e-book or audiobook (when available). Or request print books and audiobooks on CD or Playaway, if available, and pick up your items at the drive-up window or on the "Holds" shelves inside the building. 

Book Discussions with Judy Levin

Intriguing reads beyond the best sellers. 

The Daughters of Yalta by Catherine Grace Katzcover of The Daughters of Yalta by Catherine Grace Katz

The untold story of the three intelligent and glamorous young women who accompanied their famous fathers to the Yalta Conference in February 1945, and of the conference's fateful reverberations in the waning days of World War II.

Thursday, May 12, 10 AM • SIGN UP 

Own Voices

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

cover of The Other Americans by Laila LalamiThe Other Americans by Laila Lalami 

The suspicious death of a Moroccan immigrant impacts the lives of a diverse cast of characters, including his jazz-composer daughter, an undocumented witness and an Iraqi War veteran.

Wednesday, May 11, 7 PM • SIGN UP

Must-Read Nonfiction

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

cover of Fulfillment: Winning and Losing in One-Click America by Alec MacGillisFulfillment: Winning and Losing in One-Click America by Alec MacGillis

Examines how Amazon’s trillion-dollar network of delivery hubs, data centers and corporate campuses reflects the company’s increasing influence over local and federal governments.

Monday, May 16, 7 PM • SIGN UP

Thirsty Thursdays

A book discussion for 20- and 30-somethings. 

cover of Taste: My Life Through Food by Stanley TucciTaste: My Life Through Food by Stanley Tucci

The food-obsessed, award-winning actor, reflecting on the intersection of food and life, presents a heartfelt and delicious memoir of life in and out of the kitchen that takes readers on a gastronomic journey through the good times and bad.

Thursday, May 19, 6 PM • SIGN UP on Meetup

Novel Night Book Discussion

Captivating fiction you might have missed. 

The Song of the Jade Lily by Kirsty Manningcover of The Song of the Jade Lily by Kirsty Manning

Returning to Australia to attend her grandfather's deathbed, a heartbroken woman learns the remarkable story of her grandmother, a Jewish refugee who forged a fateful friendship with a local in World War II Shanghai.

Tuesday, May 24, 7 PM • SIGN UP

Own Voices

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

cover of The House of Rust by Khadija Abdalla BajaberThe House of Rust by Khadija Abdalla Bajaber

After surviving a fantastical sea voyage to rescue her father, Aisha finds things at home growing only stranger as she, pushed towards a match with a sweet local boy, must fight for her independence by vanquishing the imprisoned snake-demon ruler of Mombasa, Kenya. 

Wednesday, June 8, 7 PM • SIGN UP

Thirsty Thursdays

A book discussion for 20- and 30-somethings. 

Cover of The Office of Historical Corrections by Danielle EvansThe Office of Historical Corrections by Danielle Evans

The award-winning author of Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self examines race, grief and apology in a history-inspired anthology that complements the title novella with the stories, “Boys Go to Jupiter” and “Richard of York Gave Battle in Vain.”

Thursday, June 16, 6:30 PM • SIGN UP on Meetup

Must-Read Nonfiction

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

cover of The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming by David Wallace-WellsThe Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming by David Wallace-Wells

Examines the profound ways global warming will impact the Earth's ability to sustain human life and civilization, from food shortages to millions of environmental refugees, and elicits a plea for action to stop climate change.

Monday, June 20, 7 PM • SIGN UP


Past book discussion selections

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