Join one of our monthly book clubs to discuss an omnivorous selection of fiction and nonfiction, popular novels, or scifi and fantasy. Titles are available from the Main Desk one month in advance. The Nonfiction Book Group is currently on hiatus.
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Join fellow readers for discussion and fine company at Zazzo’s Pizza & Bar, 200 W Ogden Ave, Westmont. We will explore themes in fiction, non-fiction, film and graphic novels.
January 31, 2019
Home After Dark by David Small
“Thirteen-year-old Russell Pruitt, abandoned by his mother, follows his father to dilapidated 1950s Marshfield, California, where he is forced to fend for himself against a ring of malicious bullies.”
February 28, 2019
On the Road by Jack Kerouac
“The classic novel that epitomizes the “Beat Generation.” Portrays a spontaneous and wandering way of life founded on jazz and drugs.“
This group is for readers who enjoy fantastical stories including paranormal, futuristic dystopian, science fiction, and more. We meet on the first Tuesday of the month at 7 pm. Books are available at the Main Desk one month in advance.
In December through February, we will meet at Zazzo’s Pizza & Bar, 200 W Ogden Ave, Westmont.
February 5, 2019
The Devourers by Indra Das
“A dreamlike novel about a young historian and a persuasive and beguiling stranger coming together in modern-day Kolkata, India to transcribe an ancient journal. A collection of paper, parchment, and skins, the journal tells of bloodshed, kidnapping, magic and shapeshifting, set against the harsh landscapes of the 17th-Century Mughal Empire. It reveals the story of hunters and prey, lovers and the beloved, and, in the end, the choice to be transformed, or be quarry.”
March 5, 2019
Into the Forest by Jean Hegland
“Following a breakdown of civilization, two teenage sisters are forced to adapt to a life without running water, electricity, shops or police to protect them. The novel follows them as they learn to live from nature in a California forest. A debut in fiction.”
In addition to the novel, we will discuss the 2016 film Into the Forest, which is based on the book.
April 2, 2019
Paprika by Yasutaka Tsutsui
“When prototype models of a dream-invading device go missing at the Institute for Psychiatric Research, it transpires that someone is using them to drive people insane. Threatened both personally and professionally, brilliant psychotherapist Atsuko Chiba has to journey into the world of fantasy to fight her mysterious opponents. As she delves ever deeper into the imagination, the borderline between dream and reality becomes increasingly blurred, and nightmares begin to leak into the everyday realm. The scene is set for a final showdown between the dream detective and her enemies, with the subconscious as their battleground, and the future of the waking world at stake.”
In addition to the novel, we will discuss the 2006 film Paprika, which is based on the book.
May 7, 2019
Amberlough by Lara Elena Donnelly
“Welcome to Amberlough City, the illustrious but corrupt cosmopolitan beacon of Gedda. The radical One State Party–nicknamed the Ospies–is gaining popular support to unite Gedda’s four municipal governments under an ironclad, socially conservative vision. Not everyone agrees with the Ospies’ philosophy, including master spy Cyril DePaul and his lover Aristide Makricosta, smuggler and emcee at the popular Bumble Bee Cabaret. When Cyril’s cover is blown on a mission, however, he must become a turncoat in exchange for his life.”
Amberlough is also available as an audiobook from hoopla.
There will be no film discussed this month.
Join in the discussion of popular titles and share your thoughts and opinions! This group is led by a different member each month. Books are available at the Main Desk one month in advance. Click here for a list of upcoming dates, times, and locations.
January 28, 2019
You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me by Sherman Alexie
“Presents a literary memoir of poems, essays, and intimate family photos that reflect on the author’s complicated relationship with his mother and his disadvantaged childhood on a Native American reservation.”
February 25, 2019
I’d Know You Anywhere by Laura Lippman
“Eliza Benedict’s peaceful suburban life is shattered after she is contacted by Walter Bowman, the man who kidnapped and held her hostage as a teen in 1985, and who now claims to want forgiveness while on death row.”
March 25, 2019
The Girl with Seven Names by Hyeonseo Lee
“This eloquent book offers the first credible account of ordinary life in North Korea and gives an extraordinary insight into the life under one of the world’s most ruthless and secretive dictatorships.”
April 22, 2019
Heartland by Sarah Smarsh
“During Sarah Smarsh’s turbulent childhood in Kansas in the 1980s and 1990s, the country’s changing economic policies solidified her family’s place among the working poor. By telling the story of her life and the lives of the people she loves, Smarsh challenges us to examine the class divide in our country and the myths about people thought to be less because they earn less.”
May 20, 2019
Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover
“Tara Westover was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches and sleeping with her “head-for-the-hills bag.” . . . When another brother got himself into college and came back with news of the world beyond the mountain, Tara decided to try a new kind of life.”