Book Discussions

Join the discussion at any one of these locations. All groups are open to everyone and do not
require registration (except where noted), so stop in anytime for some lively "book-centric" conversation! 

Noah Webster Library Third Tuesday, 1:00–2:00 p.m.
Board Room, Mezzanine Level

Early Birds 

New members are always welcome in this lively staff-led conversation about great books and what makes them so!  

Early Birds 2019-2020 Theme: Works by graduates or professors of the Iowa Writers Workshop

October 15, 2019 - Faith by Jennifer Haigh

November 19, 2019 - The Spectator Bird by Wallace Stegner

December 17, 2019 - Commonwealth by Ann Patchett

January 21, 2020 - Little Faith by Nickolas Butler

February 18, 2020 - Grief Cottage by Gail Godwin

March 17, 2020 - The Road to Wellville by T. C. Boyle

April 21, 2020 - Cider House Rules by John Irving

May 19, 2020 - The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai

June 16, 2020 - Summer of '69 by Elin Hilderbrand

Noah Webster Library
First Tuesday, 7 p.m.
Board Room, Mezzanine Level

Night Owls

Join us for a library-hosted, volunteer-led discussion group. Please come with your suggestions for possible future selections.

New members are always welcome! 

October 1, 2019 - I Contain Multitudes by Ed Yong 

November 5, 2019 - Stay with me by Ayobami Adebayo

December 3, 2019 - Bring Your Own Book Discussion

Faxon Branch
Thursday, 1:30 p.m.—Lower Level


Oct. 3, 2019 - The Baker’s Secret by Stephen Kiernan    

After her kind mentor is arrested because of his Jewish heritage, a young baker's apprentice in Normandy engages in discreet resistance activities, baking contraband loaves of bread for the hungry.

Nov. 7, 2019 - The Gilded Hour by Sara Donati

In New York City in 1883, Anna Savard and her cousin Sophie--both graduates of the Woman's Medical School--treat the city's most vulnerable, even if doing so may put everything they've strived for in jeopardy.


Dec. 5, 2019 - The Postmistress by Sarah Blake

In London covering the Blitz with Edward R. Murrow, Frankie Bard meets a Cape Cod doctor in a shelter and promises that she'll deliver a letter for him when she finally returns to the United States.


Jan. 2, 2020 - Pachinko by Min Jin Lee   

Follows one Korean family through the generations, beginning in early 1900s. Through struggles and hard-won triumphs, its members are bound together as they face enduring questions of faith and identity.


Feb. 6, 2020 - Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

Living with his grandparents on a farm, Jojo navigates the challenges of his mother's addictions and his grandmother's cancer before the release of his father from prison prompts a road trip of danger and hope.


Mar. 5, 2020 - The Storyteller’s Secret by Sejal Badani

Nothing prepares Jaya for the heartbreak of her 3rd miscarriage and the unraveling of her marriage in its wake. Desperate to assuage her anguish, she decides to go to India to uncover answers to her family's past.


Apr. 2, 2020 - The Woodcutter by Reginald Hill

Paroled after 7 years in prison, Wolf Hadda's returns to his family home in rural Cumbria. But there was a mysterious period in Wolf's youth when he disappeared from home and was known to his employers as the Woodcutter. And now the Woodcutter is back, looking for the truth, and revenge.


May 7, 2020 - The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

Anna Fox lives alone--a recluse in her NYC home. When Anna, gazes out her window one night and sees something she shouldn't, her world begins to crumble and its shocking secrets are laid bare.


Jun. 4, 2020 - The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Land by Lisa See

Explores the lives of a Chinese mother and her daughter, who has been adopted by an American couple.


Jul. 2, 2020 - Becoming by Michelle Obama

The former First Lady describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private.

Bishops Corner Branch Fourth Tuesday, 10:00–11:00 a.m.
Senior Center at Bishops Corner

This Bishops Corner Senior Center discussion group is facilitated by library staff. Books are available at the Bishops Corner Library. Library Contact: Nancy Pedersen.

October 22 - Flight Attendant by Chris Bohjalian

After a night of drinking, Flight Attendant, Cassandra Bowden, discovers the man she spent the night with has been murdered in her bed.


November 26 - Remarkable Creatures by Tracey Chevalier

The story of Mary Anning, who has a talent for finding fossils and transcends class and social prejudice to make important scientific discoveries.


December 24 - Wilde Lake by Lara Lippman

A psychologically complex story about a long ago death in the tight-knit family.