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!

2017 Book Group Titles
2016 Book Group Titles
2015 Book Group Titles

Thursday Evening Reading Group 2018 Schedule

Meets the second Thursday of the month (usually) at 7:00 pm in various locations. For now, we are meeting in the Gathering Room, second floor front.

January 11, 2018
Watership Down by Richard Adams. Set in England’s Downs, a once idyllic rural landscape, this tale of adventure, courage and survival follows a band of wild rabbits on their flight from the intrusion of man and the certain destruction of their home. A classic.

 

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.  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
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver. A story told by the family of Nathan Price, a fierce evangelical Baptist who emigrates 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.

 

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.

July 12, 2018
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine  by Gail Honeyman.

Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy. But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office. When she and Raymond together save Sammy, an elderly gentleman who has fallen on the sidewalk, the three become the kinds of friends who rescue one another from the lives of isolation they have each been living. And it is Raymond’s big heart that will ultimately help Eleanor find the way to repair her own profoundly damaged one.

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.

My Brilliant Friend

 

December 13, 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.

 

 

 

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. After stumbling upon a hidden trove of diaries, New Yorker writer David Grann set out to solve “the greatest exploration mystery of the 20th century”: What happened to the British explorer Percy Fawcett and his quest for the Lost City of Z?

February 12, 2018
The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd. Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave,, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women.

March 12, 2018
The Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly. Inspired by actual events and real people, Martha Hall Kelly has woven together the stories of three women during World War II that reveal the bravery, cowardice, and cruelty of those days.

 

April 9, 2018
The News of the World by Paulette Jiles. In the aftermath of the American Civil War, an aging itinerant news reader agrees to transport a young captive of the Kiowa back to her people in this morally complex novel that explores the boundaries of family, responsibility, honor, and trust.

 

May 14, 2018
Handle with Care by Jodi Picoult. When Willow is born with severe osteogenesis imperfecta, her parents are devastated–she will suffer hundreds of broken bones as she grows.  What if their child had been born healthy? But it’s all worth it because Willow is, funny as it seems, perfect.

 

June 11, 2018
The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson. Allan Karlsson is sitting quietly in his room in an old people’s home, waiting for the party he-never-wanted-anyway to begin. The Mayor is going to be there. The press is going to be there. But, as it turns out, Allan is not…  and so begins his picaresque and unlikely journey involving criminals, several murders, a suitcase full of cash, and incompetent police.

 

July 9, 2018
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng. Lydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet. So begins this exquisite novel about a Chinese American family living in 1970s small-town Ohio. Lydia is the favorite child, and her parents are determined that she will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue. But when Lydia’s body is found in the local lake, the delicate balancing act that has been keeping the Lee family together is destroyed, tumbling them into chaos.

 

August 13, 2018
The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix. The Plumb family stands out as spectacularly dysfunctional. Melody, Beatrice, and Jack  gather to confront their charismatic and reckless older brother, Leo, freshly released from rehab. Months earlier, an inebriated Leo caused the accident that has endangered the Plumbs joint trust fund, “The Nest,” which they are months away from finally receiving.

 

September 10, 2018
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor TowlesCount Alexander Rostov is sentenced to house arrest in 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.

 

October 8, 2018
The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson.  It is the end of England’s brief Edwardian summer, and everyone agrees that the weather has never been so beautiful. Hugh Grange is visiting his Aunt Agatha, who lives with her husband in the idyllic coastal town of Rye. Agatha’s husband works in the Foreign Office, and she is certain he will ensure that the recent sabre rattling over the Balkans won’t come to anything; and, she has just risked her carefully built reputation by pushing for the appointment of a woman to replace the Latin master.

 

November 12, 2018
Swing Time by Zadie Smith.Two brown girls dream of being dancers—but only one, Tracey, has talent. The other has ideas: about rhythm and time, about black bodies and black music, what constitutes a tribe, or makes a person truly free. It’s a close but complicated childhood friendship that ends abruptly in their early twenties, never to be revisited, but never quite forgotten, either.

 

December 10, 2018
Glory Over Everything by Kathleen Grissom. A sequel to The Kitchen House. Jamie Pyke, son of both a slave and master of Tall Oakes, has a deadly secret that compels him to take a treacherous journey through the Underground Railroad. This new, stand-alone novel opens in 1830, and Jamie, who fled from the Virginian plantation he once called home, is passing in Philadelphia society as a wealthy white silversmith.

 

 

Non-Fiction Book Club 2016 Schedule

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

 

January 2, 2018
Lost City of the Monkey God by Douglas Preston (2017). Start the New Year with this harrowing tale of discovery in the Honduran rainforest. The author searches for the fabled City of Gold sought by Spanish Conquistadors like Herman Cortes 500 years earlier.

February 6, 2018
Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates by Brian Kilmeade (2015). In 1801, pirates from North Africa’s Barbary Coast capture American merchant ships and hold the sailors as slaves, demanding ransom payments far beyond what the new country can afford.

March 6, 2018
Hero of the Empire: the Boer War, a Daring Escape, and the Making of Winston Churchill by Candice Millard (2016). Sheds light on Churchill’s brilliance and ambition as a young man during the beginning of the end of the glory of the British Empire. After reading this book, you will have a better understanding of the complicated legacy of 20th century South Africa.

April 3, 2018
Born a Crime by Trevor Noah (2016.) Stories from a South African childhood, a gritty memoir of growing up bi-racial under Apartheid. Thanks to his black mother’s strong influence and his own intelligence, the author (host of “The Daily Show” survives with humor and optimism intact.

May 1, 2018
My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor (2013). How a young girl growing up in a Bronx housing project overcame juvenile diabetes and the challenges of growing up in a dysfunctional family to become the first Hispanic United States Supreme Court Justice.

June 5, 2018
The Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery (2015). They’re slippery, they’re clever, and they’re adaptable! And there is evidence (gained through the author’s time getting to know individuals of the species held at the New England Aquarium) that octopuses can also think and feel.

 

July and August 2018: No Meetings

 

September 11, 2018
The Immortal Irishman: Irish Revolutionary Who Became an American Hero by Timothy Egan (2016).Thomas Francis Meagher, a dashing young orator who lived during the Great Famine of the 1840s, leads a failed uprising against British rule and is banished to a Tasmanian prison colony. He escapes to America, leads the newly formed Irish Brigade in many of the fiercest battles of the Civil War, and becomes acting governor of the Montana Territory.

October 2, 2018
The Perfect Storm by Sebastian Junger (1997.) An unusually intense North Atlantic storm pattern in 1991 catches commercial fisherman unaware. This is a real-life thriller.

November 6, 2018
Empire of Deception by Dean Jobb (2015). The incredible story of a master swindler working out of Chicago in the 1920s who seduced a city and captivated a nation.

December 4, 2018
Lady in Gold by Anne-Marie O’Connor (2015). Extraordinary tale of Gustav Klimt’s masterpiece portrait of a Danish socialite stolen by the Nazis during World War II.