Summer Book Discussions and Book Buzz

It’s time for summer reading! Deep Dive Into Reading is the library’s Summer Reading Program for adults and teens. Sign up online or at the Reference Desk. The Kids Summer Reading Snorkel is also going on.

I am hosting a Book Buzz! What Will You Read Next? program on Thursday, June 13 at 7 p.m. Register here for a free tote bag, and come to hear about new and forthcoming books for adults and teens from Penguin Random House. There will be a few book giveaways and light refreshments.

Stop at the Circulation Desk to pick up a copy of Meet Me at the Museum, by Anne Youngson, and come to our book discussion on Tuesday, June 18, at 7 p.m. A British woman on a farm begins exchanging letters with a museum curator in Denmark, in this charming contemporary novel. Here’s my earlier review. Note the earlier week.

On Tuesday, July 16, we’ll meet at 7 p.m. to discuss Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng, a riveting story set in meticulously planned Shaker Heights that traces the intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family and the enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives. My review is here.

Happy summer reading!  Brenda

May 2019 Book Discussions

The Tuesday Evening Book group will meet at 7:00 p.m. on May 28 to discuss Clock Dance, by Anne Tyler. This contemporary novel is bittersweet yet hopeful, about the turning points in Willa Drake’s life, and self-discovery. My earlier review is here.

The Crime Readers will meet at 7:00 p.m. on May 16 at Home Run Inn Pizza in Darien to discuss The Dry, by Jane Harper. Here’s my earlier review of this excellent if rather dark contemporary mystery, set in a small outback town in Australia. Come at 6:00 p.m. for an optional dinner. The Crime Readers are co-sponsored by the Indian Prairie Public Library.

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

Brenda

April 2019 Book Discussions

The Tuesday Evening Book Group will meet at 7:00 p.m. on April 23 to discuss The Masterpiece by Fiona Davis. This historical novel is set in New York City’s Grand Central Terminal in the late 1920s, when it hosted an art school, and in 1974. My earlier review is here.

The Crime Readers will meet at Home Run Inn Pizza in Darien at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 18 to discuss Infernal Angels by Loren Estleman. Optional dinner is at 6:00 p.m. The Crime Readers are co-sponsored by the Indian Prairie Public Library.

Copies of both titles are available now at the Circulation Desk.

Brenda

March 2019 Book Discussions

The Tuesday Evening Book Group will meet at 7:00 p.m. on March 26 to discuss This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel. This is a contemporary novel about a family with five boys and how they cope when their youngest child wants to wear a dress and sparkly barrettes to kindergarten. Heart-warming, funny, and thought-provoking: here’s my earlier review.

The Crime Readers will meet at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 21 at Home Run Inn Pizza in Darien to discuss Grave Undertakings by Ralph McInerny. Optional dinner is at 6:00 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.

February 2019 Book Discussions

rocket men jacketThe Tuesday Morning Book Group will meet at 10 a.m. on February 19 to discuss Rocket Men by Robert Kurson, the exciting real life adventure of the Apollo 8 mission. Here’s my earlier review.

The Tuesday Evening Book Group will meet at 7 p.m. on February 26 to discuss Dear Mrs. Bird by AJ Pearce. This debut historical novel is set in London during World War II, featuring a young journalist who answers letters that the advice columnist Mrs. Bird won’t touch. My review is here.

The Crime Readers will meet at Home Run Inn Pizza in Darien at 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 21 to discuss The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn. Optional dinner is at 6 p.m.

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

Enjoy!  Brenda

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