Contemporary Books Discussion Group

This group meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 7:30 pm at the library. Titles for discussion are chosen and moderated by the group members. Each month the current title is available at the Help desk on the main level. New members are always welcome! *This program will be a hybrid (in-person/virtual) program and have a Zoom component for the Fall and Winter months. If you are interested in attending via Zoom, or for more information, e-mail Sarah at

Upcoming Books

cover of pachinkoTuesday, February 9th @ 7:30pm
Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
Pachinko follows one Korean family through the generations, beginning in early 1900s Korea with Sunja, the prized daughter of a poor yet proud family, whose unplanned pregnancy threatens to shame them all. Deserted by her lover, Sunja is saved when a young tubercular minister offers to marry and bring her to Japan. So begins a sweeping saga of an exceptional family in exile from its homeland and caught in the indifferent arc of history. Through desperate struggles and hard-won triumphs, its members are bound together by deep roots as they face enduring questions of faith, family, and identity.

sam hell coverTuesday, March 8th @ 7:30pm
The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell by Robert Dugoni
Born with ocular albinism, small-town eye doctor Sam Hill, who was called “Devil Boy” in his youth, must finally face a past tragedy that caused him to turn his back on his friends, his hometown and the life he’d always known—a journey that makes him realize what truly matters.


klara and the sun coverTuesday, April 12th @ 7:30pm
Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro
From her place in the store that sells artificial friends, Klara–an artificial friend with outstanding observational qualities–watches carefully the behavior of those who come in to browse, and of those who pass in the street outside. She remains hopeful a customer will soon choose her, but when the possibility emerges that her circumstances may change forever, Klara she is warned not to invest too much in the promises of humans…

the ground breaking coverTuesday, January 12th @ 7:30pm
The Ground Breaking by Scott Ellsworth
In the late spring of 1921, Tulsa, Oklahoma, erupted into the worst single incident of racial violence in American history. Over the course of sixteen hours, mobs of white men and women looted and burned to the ground a prosperous African American community, known today as Black Wall Street. More than one thousand homes and businesses were destroyed, and scores, possibly hundreds, of people lost their lives. Then, for nearly a half century, the story of the massacre was actively suppressed. Official records disappeared, history textbooks ignored the tragedy, and citizens were warned to keep silent. Now nearly one hundred years after that horrible day, historian Scott Ellsworth returns to his hometown to tell the untold story of how America’s foremost hidden racial tragedy was finally brought to light, and the unlikely cast of characters that made it happen.

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