A Book Club for Adults
Join us for conversation and refreshments as we discuss our current book. We meet the first Wednesday of the month at noon in the second floor Conference Room at the Hall Library, 101 E. Hunt St. New members are welcome!
Each year from July through June, we read two literary classics, two historical novels, three general fiction novels, three nonfiction / biographies and devote two meetings to “What else are you reading?” discussions.
The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry - June 6, 2018
The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper - July 11, 2018
Killers of the Flower Moon - September 5, 2018
A Man Called Ove - October 3, 2018
Never Let Me Go - November 7, 2018
My Life in France - December 5, 2018
A Gentleman in Moscow - February 6, 2019
Still Life - March 6, 2019
People of the Book - April 3, 2019
The Book of Joy - May 1, 2019
The Interior - June 5, 2019
|June 6, 2018|
The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
A. J. Fikrey’s life is not what he expected it to be. He lives alone in his bookstore and his collection of poems has been stolen. When a mysterious package arrives, he gets a chance to make his life over and see everything anew.
July 11, 2018
The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick
An endearing widower embarks on a life changing adventure that leads him to find hope, healing and self-discovery in the most unexpected places.
August 1, 2018
September 5, 2018
Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann
In the 1920s, the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Nation in Oklahoma after oil was discovered beneath their land. Then, one by one, the Osage began to be killed off. As the death toll rose, the newly created FBI took up the case and tried to unravel the mystery.
|October 3, 2018|
A Man Called Ove by Frederick Backman
Meet Ove, the cranky curmudgeon with a story and a sadness. One November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters moves in next door and accidentally flatten Ove’s mailbox which leads to a comical and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul.
|November 7, 2018|
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguoro
Hailsham, an exclusive boarding school secluded in the English countryside, was a place of mercurial cliques and mysterious rules where teachers constantly reminded their charges of how special they were. Now, years later, Kathy is a young woman and Ruth and Tommy have reentered her life. And for the first time she begins to look back at their shared past and understand what it is that makes them special and how that gift will shape the rest of their time together.
|December 5, 2018|
My Life in France by Julia Child & Alex Prudhomme
Julia Child’s story of struggles with the head of the Cordon Bleu, rejections from publishers to whom she sent her now-famous cookbook, and a wonderful, nearly fifty-year long marriage that took the Childs across the globe.
|January 2, 2019|
What Else Are You Reading?
Book club members discuss books they have recently read.
|February 6, 2019|
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
In 1922, Count Alexander Rostov is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, and is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Brimming with humor and a glittering cast of characters, this novel casts a spell as it relates the count’s endeavor to gain a deeper understanding of what it means to be a man of purpose.
|March 6, 2019|
Still Life by Louise Penny
Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Surêté du Québec and his team of investigators are called in to the scene of a suspicious death in a rural village south of Montreal where the locals are certain it's a tragic hunting accident. But Gamache is certain that Jane Neal died at the hands of someone much more sinister than a careless bow hunter.
|April 3, 2019|
People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks
This ambitious, electrifying work traces the harrowing journey of the famed Sarajevo Haggadah, a beautifully illuminated Hebrew manuscript created in fifteenth century Spain. When it falls to Hanna, an Australian rare-book expert, to conserve this priceless work, the series of tiny artifacts she discovers in its ancient binding begin to unlock its deep mysteries and unexpectedly plunge her into the intrigues of fine art forgers and ultra-nationalistic fanatics.
|May 1, 2019|
The Book of Joy by Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu & Douglas Abrams
Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu have survived more than fifty years of exile and oppression. In this unique collaboration, they offer us the reflection of real lives filled with pain and turmoil in the midst of which they have been able to discover a level of peace, courage, and joy.
|June 5, 2019|
The Interior by Lisa See
Liu Hulan and David Stark find themselves on opposing sides: One of them is trying to expose a company and unearth a killer, while the other is ethically bound to protect his client.