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This Library book discussion group meets at noon on the fourth Wednesday of each month and is always open to new members. The group selects the books for discussion, which are available at the check-out desk during the month preceding the discussion. Volunteers from among the group lead the discussion, with background materials supplied by the librarian. Bring your own lunch or snack; the Library provides beverages.

Titles for upcoming months are:

June 26

The Power

by Naomi Alderman

The PowerWinner of the 2017 Baileys Women's Prize-Fiction, Alderman’s novel asks, “What would happen if women suddenly possessed a fierce new power?”  Imagine a world virtually identical to our own with only one slight change: women can suddenly emit a dangerous electrical charge from their fingertips.  The power structure of society is turned around enormously.  The ability to cause immense pain or even death has pushed a reset button that has far reaching ramifications.  “That Alderman is able to explore…provocative themes in a novel that is both wildly entertaining and utterly absorbing makes for an instant classic, bound to elicit discussion and admiration in equal measure.”  -Booklist (starred review)




July 24

A Gentleman in Moscow

by Amor Towles

A Gentleman in MoscowFormer hedge fund director Amor Towles shook the literary world in 2011 with his debut novel, Rules of Civility.  It is safe to say he has done it again with his follow up, A Gentleman in Moscow.  Towles has one-upped himself with his sophomore effort as it became both a favorite with critics and a runaway bestseller.  In 1922 Count Alexander Rostov is placed under house arrest by the Bolsheviks and made to live out his days in the attic room of a hotel across from the Kremlin.  Removed from his aristocratic lifestyle and livelihood, Rostov gains deeper and deeper insights to life and emotional discovery.  "’Marvelous’ is a word I'd use for this book..., [which] left me with conflicting emotions. I was happy for a good, engaging read. And I was sad that it was over and I had to bid Count Rostov adieu.” – Chicago Tribune



August 28

Manhattan Beach

by Jennifer Egan

Imanhattanbeachn another much anticipated follow-up, Manhattan Beach is Jennifer Egan’s first novel since her Pulitzer Prize winner, A Visit from the Goon Squad.  This is Egan’s fist historical novel, opening during the depression and following 12-year-old Anna Kerrigan and her father into WWII.  Soon her father disappears and Anna finds herself working in a Brooklyn naval shipyard.  Anna is the first female diver – repairing American ships used in the war.  Clues begin to surface as to the possible whereabouts of her father.  “Realistically detailed, poetically charged, and utterly satisfying: apparently there's nothing Egan can't do.” – Kirkus Reviews (starred review)