Books on Tap

This book club meets the third Thursday of each month to talk books and socialize. Beginning in December 2021, this discussion group will temporarily meet at the Library until a new off-site meeting location can be found. If you have a suggestion for a new location, email dbeaver@plymouthlibrary.org!

Books for the current month’s selection may be obtained from the Reader’s Advisory desk on the main level of the Library. New members are always welcome!

If you’re planning on attending, please register through our events calendar 

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Current Selection

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Thursday, December 16 at 7 p.m.
Haymaker by Adam Schuitema

Register for the December 16 discussion here.

In a political culture infused with debates about personal liberties, the role of government, and even the definition of “freedom” itself, Haymaker tells the story of an isolated Michigan town that becomes the flashpoint for some of the principal ideological debates of our day. When a libertarian organization selects the town as its flagship community, hundreds of its members migrate and settle within the town’s borders. The resulting clash with local townspeople is violent and impassioned, even as the line that divides the two sides increasingly blurs.

A town first settled by lumberjacks, prostitutes, and roughnecks, Haymaker’s present becomes as volatile as its past. Haymaker is a story about the failure of best intentions and the personal freedom of individuals to do good or to harm. This witty and politically charged novel will certainly appeal to Michiganders and Midwesterners, but will also interest those looking for an entertaining fictional account of a situation that could plausibly play out in one of the many small, remote towns in the country.


Upcoming Selections

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Thursday, January 20 at 7 p.m.
Good Talk: A memoir in conversations by Mira Jacob

Register for the January 20 discussion here.

“Who taught Michael Jackson to dance?”
“Is that how people really walk on the moon?”
“Is it bad to be brown?”
“Are white people afraid of brown people?”

Like many six-year-olds, Mira Jacob’s half-Jewish, half-Indian son, Z, has questions about everything. At first they are innocuous enough, but as tensions from the 2016 election spread from the media into his own family, they become much, much more complicated. Trying to answer him honestly, Mira has to think back to where she’s gotten her own answers: her most formative conversations about race, color, sexuality, and, of course, love.

“How brown is too brown?”
“Can Indians be racist?”
“What does real love between really different people look like?”

Written with humor and vulnerability, this deeply relatable graphic memoir is a love letter to the art of conversation—and to the hope that hovers in our most difficult questions.


Thursday, February 17 at 7 p.m.Smoke Gets in your eyes Book Cover
Smoke Gets In Your Eyes & Other Lessons from the Crematory
by Caitlin Doughty

Register for the February 17 discussion here.

Armed with a degree in medieval history and a flair for the macabre, Caitlin Doughty took a job at a crematory and turned morbid curiosity into her life’s work. She cared for bodies of every color, shape, and affliction, and became an intrepid explorer in the world of the dead. In this best-selling memoir, brimming with gallows humor and vivid characters, she marvels at the gruesome history of undertaking and relates her unique coming-of-age story with bold curiosity and mordant wit. By turns hilarious, dark, and uplifting, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes reveals how the fear of dying warps our society and will make you reconsider how our culture treats the dead. Now a licensed mortician with an alternative funeral practice, Caitlin argues that our fear of dying warps our culture and society, and she calls for better ways of dealing with death (and our dead).


Previous Books Discussed

2021

The Daughters of Ys by M. T. Anderson
We Ride Upon Sticks by Quan Barry
The Power by Naomi Alderman
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson
Quichotte by Salman Rushdie
Alice isn’t Dead by Joseph Fink
Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
The Monsters We Make By Kali White
Horns by Joe Hill
The Dutch House by Ann Patchet
Why We Swim by Bonnie Tsui

2020
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
My Dear Hamilton by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie
Night Theater by Vikram Paralkar
The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
The Good Neighbor by Maxwell King
The Leavers by Lisa Ko
The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner
We Cast a Shadow by Maurice Carlos Ruffin
My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh

2019
Elevation by Stephen King
The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena
World War Z by Max Brooks
Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard
Little Fires Everywhere by Celest Ng
Kindred by Octavia Butler
Bel Canto by Ann Patchett

2018
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain – available via Interlibrary Loan
The Call of Cthulhu and other weird stories by H.P. Lovecraft
The Round House by Louise Erdrich
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
Orfeo by Richard Powers
The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer
The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach
Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
Lab Girl by Hope Jahren

2017
If On a Winter’s Night a Traveler by Italo Calvino
The Accursed by Joyce Carol Oates
On Beauty by Zadie Smith
Moo by Jane Smiley
Libra by Don Delillo
The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick
Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine
The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish by David Rakoff
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff
I Wear The Black Hat by Chuck Klosterman

2016
The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld
The Magicians by Lev Grossman
The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
A Thousand Years of Good Prayers by Yiyun Li
Train Dreams by Denis Johnson
Humboldt’s Gift by Saul Bellow
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

2015
Once Upon a River by Bonnie Jo Campbell
White is for Witching by Helen Oyeyemi
Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson
May We Be Forgiven by A.M. Homes
Hope: A Tragedy by Shalom Auslander
How To Be Both by Ali Smith
A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
Invisible Monsters by Chuck Palahniuk
The Princess Bride by William Goldman
The Sparrow by Maria Doria Russell
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Tenth of December by George Saunders

2014
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
City of Thieves by David Benioff
Hunger by Knut Hamsun
A Good Man Is Hard to Find, and other stories by Flannery O’Connor
The Good Lord Bird by James McBride
American Gods by Neil Gaiman
The Contortionist’s Handbook by Craig Clevenger
An Untamed State by Roxane Gay
Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson

2013
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Asterios Polyp by David Mazzucchelli
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle: A Novel by Haruki Murakami
Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell
Perfume: The Story of a Murder by Patrick Suskind

2012
A Night of Serious Drinking by René Daumal
The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
How Should A Person Be? by Sheila Heti
Goodbye Columbus and Five Short Stories by Philip Roth
What is the What by Dave Eggers
A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
Honored Guest: Stories by Joy Williams

2011
Just Kids by Patti Smith
Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart
Wonder Boys by Michael Chabon
Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut
The Stupidest Angel by Christopher Moore

updated 11/18/2021 by Dee