Book Groups

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Book Groups at C.H. Booth Library

There are a few different book groups that meet regularly here at the library. These groups are open to the public. We also have special topic discussion series throughout the year. For complete scheduling and to register (if needed) please click on the event calendar on the left. This page lists the current discussion schedule for the groups. Come to one discussion or come to them all!

 

Thursday Evening Reading Group 2018 Schedule

Meets the second Thursday of the month (usually) at 7:30 pm in various locations.

 

January 11, 2018
Watership Down by Richard Adams. 
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February 8, 2018
The Second Mrs. Hockaday by Susan Rivers. When Major Hockaday is called to the Civil War, his new bride is left to care for her husband’s farm and infant son. Placidia, a mere teenager herself, living far from her family and completely unprepared to run a farm or raise a child, must endure the darkest days of the war on her own. Inspired by a true incident, this saga conjures the era with uncanny immediacy.   

 

 

 

Mar. 8, 2018
Maus by Art Spiegelman. Widely hailed as the greatest graphic novel ever written, Maus recounts the chilling experiences of the author’s father during the Holocaust, with Jews drawn as wide-eyed mice and Nazis as menacing cats. It is an unforgettable story of survival and a disarming look at the legacy of trauma.

April 12, 2018
Are You Sleeping by Kathleen Barber. An inventive and twisty psychological thriller about a megahit podcast that reopens a murder case – and threatens to unravel the carefully constructed life of the victim’s daughter.

May 10, 2018
Being Mortal by Atul Gawande. Full of eye-opening research and riveting storytelling, Being Mortal asserts that medicine can comfort and enhance our experience even to the end, providing not only a good life but also a good end.

 

June 14, 2018
Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout.  The adult Lucy Barton  (heroine of My Name Is Lucy Barton) returns to visit her siblings after 17 years of absence. Reverberating with the deep bonds of family and the hope that comes with reconciliation, a cast of small-town characters struggles to understand themselves and others. An extraordinary inquiry into the meaning of identity in the modern world and in her own haunted family saga.

July 12, 2018
A Gentleman in Moscow  by Amor Towles. Count Alexander Rostov is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel’s doors.

August 9, 2018
Forest Dark  by Nicole Krauss. An original novel about personal transformation that interweaves the stories of two disparate individuals – an older lawyer and a young novelist – whose transcendental search leads them to the same Israeli desert.

 

 

September 13, 2018
 Slaughterhouse Five by  Kurt Vonnegut. This absurdist classic introduces us to Billy Pilgrim, a man who becomes unstuck in time after he is abducted by aliens from the planet Tralfamadore. Listed in Top 100 Books by Modern Library.

October 11, 2018
Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay. A searingly honest memoir of food, weight, self-image, and learning how to feed your hunger while taking care of yourself.

November 8, 2018
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng. A riveting novel that traces the intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family and the enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives.

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December 13, 2018
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver. a story told by the wife and four daughters of Nathan Price, a fierce evangelical Baptist who takes his family and mission to the Belgian Congo in 1959. They carry with them all they believe they will need from home, but soon find that all of it―from garden seeds to Scripture―is calamitously transformed on African soil.

 

 

Daytime Book Discussion 2018 Schedule
The group meets the second Monday of the month at 1 pm in the Antiques Room

January 8, 2018

The Lost City of Z by David Grann

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February 12, 2018

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

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March 12, 2018

The Lilac Girls    by Martha Hall Kelly

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April 9, 2018
The News of the World by Paulette Jiles

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May 14, 2018

Handle with Care by Jodi Picoult

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June 12, 2017

Every Last One by Anna Quindlen

Mary Beth Latham has built her life around her family, around caring for her three teenage children and preserving the rituals of their daily life. When one of her sons becomes depressed, Mary Beth focuses on him, only to be blindsided by a shocking act of violence. What happens afterward is a testament to the power of a woman’s love and determination, and to the invisible lines of hope and healing that connect one human being to another.

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July 10, 2017

New Grub Street by George Gissing

A portrayal of the intrigues and hardships of the publishing world in late Victorian England. In a materialistic, class-conscious society that rewards commercial savvy over artistic achievement, authors and scholars struggle to earn a living without compromising their standards. “Even as the novel chills us with its still-recognizable portrayal of the crass and vulgar world of literary endeavor,” writes Francine Prose in her Introduction, “its very existence provides eloquent, encouraging proof of the fact that a powerful, honest writer can transcend the constraints of commerce.”

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August 14, 2017

Daughter of Australia by Harmony Verna

At the turn of the 20th century in the harsh land of Western Australia, orphaned children, Leonora and James, become soulmates. Too soon they are sent away, Lenora to a wealthy family in America, James to his uncle and aunt, who have emigrated from Ireland to Australia. In time Leonora becomes a Pittsburgh high-society beauty. She loses all traces of her past, even her accent. Her adoptive parents force her to marry Alex, the dashing young manager of their world-wide mining and agriculture operations. That marriage brings her back to the land she has always felt is her home. Alex hires the now-adult James as his station (ranch) manager. Jealousies, passions, and the best and worst traits of humans soon take over.

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September 11, 2017

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. Life is hellish for all the slaves but especially bad for Cora; an outcast even among her fellow Africans, she is coming into womanhood – where even greater pain awaits. When Caesar, a recent arrival from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, they decide to take a terrifying risk and escape. Matters do not go as planned and, though they manage to find a station and head north, they are being hunted.

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October 9, 2017

The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood

Stan and Charmaine are a married couple trying to stay afloat in the midst of an economic and social collapse.  Job loss has forced them to live in their car, leaving them vulnerable to roving gangs. They desperately need to turn their situation around—and fast. The Positron Project in the town of Consilience seems to be the answer to their prayers. No one is unemployed and everyone gets a comfortable, clean house to live in . . . for six months out of the year. On alternating months, residents of Consilience must leave their homes and function as inmates in the Positron prison system. Once their month of service in the prison is completed, they can return to their “civilian” homes

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November 13, 2017

A Man Called Ove by Fredrick Backman

Meet Ove. He’s a curmudgeon—the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him “the bitter neighbor from hell.”Behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness. So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove’s mailbox, it is the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul.

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December 11, 2017

The Whistler by John Grisham

We expect our judges to be honest and wise. Their integrity and impartiality are the bedrock of the entire judicial system. But what happens when a judge bends the law or takes a bribe?  Lacy Stoltz is an investigator for the Florida Board on Judicial Conduct. She is a lawyer, not a cop, and it is her job to respond to complaints dealing with judicial misconduct. After nine years with the Board, she knows that most problems are caused by incompetence, not corruption. But a corruption case eventually crosses her desk. A previously disbarred lawyer is back in business with a new identity. He claims to know of a Florida judge who has stolen more money than all other crooked judges combined. And not just crooked judges in Florida. All judges, from all states, and throughout U.S. history.

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Non-Fiction Book Club 2016 Schedule

Meets the first Tuesday of the month (usually) at 1 pm in the Antiques Room

January 10, 2017
Will in the World by Stephen Greenblatt (2004) How Shakespeare became Shakespeare. Young man from a small provincial town moves to London in the late 1580s and becomes the greatest playwright of his age.
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February 7, 2017
Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer (1996) Christopher McCandless cut all ties and hitchhiked to Alaska, then walked alone into the wilderness. Why did he do it?
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March 7, 2017
The Road to Little Dribbling by Bill Bryson (2015) Adventures of an American in Britain. In 1995, Bill Bryson takes a motoring trip to explore England’s green and pleasant land. This is an uproarious and endearing account.
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April 4, 2017
The Big Burn by Timothy Egan (2009) Teddy Roosevelt and the great wildfire of 1910 that swept Montana and Idaho; the U.S. Forest Service comes of age.
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May 2, 2017
Elephant Company by Vicki Croke (2014) Inspiring true story of an unlikely hero and the animals that helped him save lives in WWII.
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June 6, 2017
First Women: The Grace and Power of America’s First Ladies by Kate Anderson Brower (2016) From Jackie Kennedy to Michelle Obama: how these presidential wives filled the most underestimated and challenging job in the world.
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September 12, 2017
Isaac’s Storm: A Man, A Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History by Erik Larson (1999) On September 8, 1900, winds of 140 mph hit Galveston, Texas. Because the science of weather forecasting was in its infancy, nobody was prepared. Local U.S. meteorologist Isaac Cline, a tragic yet heroic figure, saw the warning signs but failed to act quickly enough.
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October 3, 2017
Putin Country, A Journey Into the Real Russia by Anne Garrels (2015) Former NPR correspondent reports from her 20-year experience visiting Russia and observing everyday life under Putin’s regime.
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November 7, 2017
Lights Out by Ted Koppel (2015) Renowned journalist imagines what would be the impact of cyber attack on America’s power grid.
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December 5, 2017
The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean (1998) Enjoy this tale of beauty and obsession, of a variety of weird characters stealing rare orchids from the wild swamps of southern Florida, of a watery world where Seminoles and alligators share space.
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