January 2019 Book Discussions

The Tuesday Morning Book Group will meet at 10 a.m. on January 15 for a book and movie discussion of the winner of the Great American Read, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. The movie, starring Gregory Peck, will be shown at 2 pm on Sunday, January 13. Anyone who would like to discuss the book and/or the movie is welcome to participate in our discussion on January 15. I am more familiar with the movie and am looking forward to reading the book for the first time in many years.

The Tuesday Evening Book Group will meet at 7 p.m. on January 22 to discuss the science fiction novel Artemis, by Andy Weir. Artemis is the first settlement on the Moon. The author is best known for his first novel, The Martian. My earlier review is here.

The Crime Readers will meet on Thursday, January 17 at 7 pm at Home Run Inn Pizza in Darien to discuss Hell is Empty, by Craig Johnson. Optional dinner is at 6 p.m.

 

Copies of the books are available now at the Circulation Desk.

Brenda


November 2018 Book Discussions & National Reading Group Month

On November 20 at 10 a.m., the Tuesday Morning Book Group will meet to discuss Before the Fall by Noah Hawley. This is a contemporary thriller about a small plane crash off the coast of New England. We know that there will be survivors, but not who they are or why the plane crashed. My earlier review is here.

The Tuesday Evening Book Group will meet at 7 p.m. on November 27 to discuss Less, by Andrew Sean Greer. This is the poignant and funny contemporary novel that unexpectedly won the Pulitzer Prize. Here’s my review.

The Crime Readers will meet at 6 p.m. for an optional dinner at Home Run Inn Pizza in Darien, and will discuss Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death by James Runcie at 7 p.m.

Copies of the books are available now at the Circulation Desk.

Stop in the library to see a display of discussible books for National Reading Group Month. Handouts include lists of book group suggestions from Indie Next and the Women’s National Book Association. I am planning winter and spring book discussions and find these lists helpful. Happy reading!

Brenda


October 2018 Book Discussions

On October 16 at 10 a.m., the Tuesday Morning Book Group will be discussing American Fire, by Monica Hesse. A true-crime story set on the Eastern Shore of Virginia where serial arsonists have set dozens of fires. My review is here.

The Tuesday Evening Book Group will meet at 7 p.m. on October 23 to discuss Girl in Disguise. This is a novel about the first woman Pinkerton agent, Kate Warne, who is based in Chicago in the 1860s. Abraham Lincoln appears twice. Here is my review.

The Crime Readers will discuss the classic novel We Have Always Lived in the Castle, by Shirley Jackson at 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 18 at Home Run Inn Pizza in Darien. Optional dinner is at 6 p.m. The Crime Readers are co-sponsored by the Indian Prairie Public Library.

Copies of the books are available now at the Circulation Desk.

Brenda

 


September 2018 Book Discussions

On September 18 at 10 a.m., the Tuesday Morning Book Group will meet to discuss Jade Dragon Mountain, by Elsa Hart. This is a mystery set in southwest China in 1708, during a festival to celebrate a solar eclipse predicted by the emperor. Here’s my earlier review.

The Tuesday Evening Book Group will meet at 7 p.m. on September 25 to discuss How to Stop Time, by Matt Haig. Tom Hazard ages very, very slowly and his memories go back to Elizabethan England. My review is here.

The Crime Readers will meet at 7 p.m. at Home Run Inn Pizza in Darien on September 20 to discuss The Force, by Don Winslow, a novel of intrigue and corruption in the New York Police Department. The Crime Readers are co-sponsored by the Indian Prairie Public Library. Optional dinner is at 6 p.m.

Copies of the books will be available four weeks in advance at the Circulation Desk in the lobby.

Brenda


Less

Less by Andrew Sean Greer

Hilarious, touching, and wistful, this novel unexpectedly won the Pulitzer Prize. Arthur Less, almost 50, is a minor novelist, occasional teacher, and very appealing company. Avoiding both his birthday and the wedding of his younger lover Freddy, Arthur accepts invitations to travel for an interview, an award ceremony, a retreat, a teaching assignment, and as a food critic in order to get away. With his beautifully tailored blue suit, Arthur visits New York City, Mexico, Italy, Germany, Paris, Morocco, southern India, and Kyoto, Japan. There are some funny travel mishaps, and he’s far from being as fluent in German as he believes. Arthur thinks that most of these invitations come from his association with an older, award-winning poet, and has a humble opinion of his own talents, especially as his current manuscript needs major revisions. A truly charming story, this novel is an enjoyable, rewarding read.

Brenda


July 2018 Book Discussions

On July 17 at 10 a.m., the Tuesday Morning Book Group will meet to discuss Pirate Hunters, by Robert Kurson.  A real-life adventure story of danger and deep-sea diving, historic mystery and suspense, by the author of The Shadow Divers. Here’s my earlier review.

The Tuesday Evening Book Group will meet at 7 p.m. on July 24 to discuss Manhattan Beach, by Jennifer Egan. Anna Kerrigan is working at the Brooklyn Navy Yard who wants to be a diver and really contribute to the war effort, while also helping out her family and searching for information about her father Eddie. My earlier review is here.

The Crime Readers will meet again in September.

Attending a book discussion earns an extra entry for our Summer Reading Safari.

Happy Summer Reading!

Brenda

 


June 2018 Book Discussions

The Tuesday Morning book group will meet at 10 a.m. on June 19 to discuss The Dry, by Jane Harper. This is a contemporary mystery set in a small town in Victoria, Australia, about five hours from Melbourne, during a drought. Financial investigator Aaron Falk is back in town for a funeral and gets caught up in a murder investigation. My earlier review is here.

On June 26, The Tuesday Evening group will meet at 7 p.m. to discuss The Stars are Fire, by Anita Shreve. Also set during a drought, but on the coast of Maine in 1947. Young mother Grace Holland has to protect her family when her husband volunteers as a fire fighter in a nearby town. Here’s my earlier review.

If you are participating in the Summer Reading Safari, attending a book discussion gets you an extra entry to earn a prize.

The Crime Readers are taking the summer off, and will meet again in September.

Happy summer reading! And please let me know if you have suggestions for fall or winter book discussions.

Brenda