Join one of our monthly book clubs to discuss an eclectic 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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Try a Book Club in a Bag! Each set includes 10 copies of a popular title, plus discussion questions.
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 30, 2020
The Stranger Beside Me by Ann Rule
“This is the story of one of the most fascinating killers in American history – of his magnetic power, his bleak compulsion, his double life, his string of vulnerable victims. It is also the story of Ann Rule, a writer working on the biggest story of her life, tracking down a brutal serial killer. Little did she realize that the “Ted” the police were seeking was the same Ted who worked with her at a Seattle crisis clinic, a man who had become her close friend and confidant. As she began to put the evidence together, a terrifying picture emerged of the man she thought she knew.“
February 27, 2020
They Called Us Enemy by George Takei
“A stunning graphic memoir recounting actor/author/activist George Takei’s childhood imprisoned within American concentration camps during World War II. Experience the forces that shaped an American icon — and America itself — in this gripping tale of courage, country, loyalty, and love.“
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 Neat Kitchen + Bar, 246 N Cass Ave, Westmont.
In March through May, we will meet at Mai Thai, 697 N Cass Ave, Westmont.
February 4, 2020
Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire
“Children have always disappeared from Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children under the right conditions; slipping through the shadows under a bed or at the back of a wardrobe, tumbling down rabbit holes and into old wells, and emerging somewhere … else. But magical lands have little need for used-up miracle children. Nancy tumbled once, but now she’s back. The things she’s experienced … they change a person. The children under Miss West’s care understand all too well. And each of them is seeking a way back to their own fantasy world. But Nancy’s arrival marks a change at the Home. There’s a darkness just around each corner, and when tragedy strikes, it’s up to Nancy and her new-found schoolmates to get to the heart of the matter. No matter the cost.”
March 3, 2020
Too Like the Lightning by Ada Palmer
“The world into which Mycroft and Carlyle have been born is as strange to our 21st-century eyes as ours would be to a native of the 1500s. It is a hard-won utopia built on technologically-generated abundance, and also on complex and mandatory systems of labeling all public writing and speech… And in this world, Mycroft and Carlyle have stumbled on the wild card that may destabilize the system: the boy Bridger, who can effortlessly make his wishes come true. Who can, it would seem, bring inanimate objects to life…”
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 27, 2020
The Lost City of the Monkey God by Douglas Preston
“Douglas Preston takes readers on an adventure deep into the Honduran jungle in this riveting, danger-filled true story about the discovery of an ancient lost civilization.“
February 24, 2020
Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate
“Memphis, Tennessee, 1936. The five Foss children find their lives changed forever when their parents leave them alone on the family shantyboat one stormy night. Rill Foss, just twelve years old, must protect her four younger siblings as they are wrenched from their home on the Mississippi and thrown into the care of the infamous Georgia Tann, director of the Tennessee Children’s Home Society.
South Carolina, Present Day. Avery Stafford has lived a charmed life. Loving daughter to her father, a U.S. Senator, she has a promising career as an assistant D.A. in Baltimore and is engaged to her best friend. But when Avery comes home to help her father weather a health crisis and a political attack, a chance encounter with a stranger leaves her deeply shaken. Avery’s decision to learn more about the woman’s life will take her on a journey through her family’s long-hidden history.“
Each Book Club in a Bag set includes 10 copies of the selected title and discussion questions to spark conversation, packaged in 2 tote bags.
The following titles are available:
- A Place at the Table by Susan Rebecca White
- Becoming by Michelle Obama
- Educated by Tara Westover
- Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier
- The Little French Bistro by Nina George
- The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure
- West with the Night by Beryl Markham
- Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
Book Club in a Bag kits check out for 6 weeks from the Main Desk.