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! 

October 16 – Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
Slavery’s troubled legacy both for those who were taken and those who stayed

November 20 – The Good House by Ann Leary
A layered and complex portrait of a woman struggling with addiction, in a town where no secret stays secret for long

December 18 – Britt-Marie was Here by Frederik Bachman
A heartwarming story about a woman rediscovering herself after a personal crisis

January 15, 2019 – We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo
Short-listed for the Booker Prize, this is a story of leaving home to start over in a new country.

February 19, 2019 - Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
Lithuanians Lina and her family are abruptly removed from their home and sent to a Siberian prison camp.

March 19, 2019 – Under the Wide and Starry Sky by Nancy Horan
The story of Fanny Stevenson, Indiana-born wife of the author of Treasure Island and Kidnapped

April 16, 2019 – Breath, Eyes, Memory by Edwidge Danticat
A twelve-year old from Haiti must begin life anew in New York City

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!

The Night Owls will be taking a winter hiatus, starting again in April. Remember that all are welcome to attend any of Library sponsored book groups.    

October 2      Bring your own book!
The October discussion will be brief presentations from each member of any book of their choice. Each member should bring in a book of any genre that they have read and would like to discuss.

November 6        A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
Deemed unrepentant by a Bolshevik tribunal in 1922, Count Alexander Rostov is sentenced to house arrest in a hotel across the street from the Kremlin, where he lives in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history unfold.

December 4       Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
"Engaging the reader in a lively conversation about how we think, Kahneman reveals where we can and cannot trust our intuitions and how we can tap into the benefits of slow thinking. "

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

Oct. 4, 2018    Commonwealth     Ann Patchett          
An unexpected romantic encounter irrevocably changes two families' lives. Spanning 5 decades, the story explores how this chance encounter reverberates through the lives of the 4 parents and 6 children involved.
Nov. 1, 2018   Hillbilly Elegy      J.D. Vance
Describes how the author’s family moved from poverty to an upwardly mobile clan, while navigating the demands of middle-class life and the collective demons of the past.  

Dec. 6, 2018   The Underground Railroad    Colson Whitehead
Cora and Caesar, two slaves in the southeastern U.S. make a bid for freedom by following the Underground Railroad, depicted as a rail transport system in addition to a series of safe houses and secret routes.
Jan. 3, 2019   A Gentleman in Moscow    Amor Towles
Count Rostov, sentenced to house arrest, must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel's doors.   

Feb. 7, 2019    The Saboteur     Paul Kix
The life of British Special Operations Executive and French Resistance hero Robert de la Rochefoucald, tracing his privileged upbringing, his elite military training, and the missions he conducted as an Allied spy.  
Mar. 7, 2019        Girl Unknown     Karen Perry
A professor's marriage and family begin to unravel when one of his students tells him that he might be her father.
Apr. 4, 2019   Born a Crime      Trevor Noah
Noah's path from apartheid South Africa to the desk of The Daily Show began with a criminal act: his birth. As he struggles to find himself in a world where he was never supposed to exist, his mother is determined to save her son from the cycle of poverty, violence, and abuse that would ultimately threaten her own life.    

May 2, 2019    Homegoing      Yaa Gyasi
Two half-sisters, unknown to each other, are born into different villages in eighteenth-century Ghana and experience profoundly different lives and legacies throughout subsequent generations.   

Jun. 6, 2019   The Ninth Hour     Alice McDermott
A portrait of the Irish-American experience is presented through the story of an Irish immigrant's suicide and how it reverberates through innumerable lives in early twentieth-century Catholic Brooklyn.  
Jul. 11, 2019   I Found You      Lisa Jewell
Alice finds a man sitting on the beach outside her house. He has no idea how he got there. Lily has only been married for three weeks. When her husband fails to come home from work one night, the police tell her that her husband never existed. Both women must sort through the many secrets surrounding these men

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.


January 22 - Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton

Portrait of desire and betrayal during the Golden Age of old New York City


February 26 - The Innocents by Francesca Segal

Adam and Rachel's plans for marriage are in trouble when Rachel's cousin makes an unexpected visit.


March 26 - The Saboteur: The Aristocrat who became France's most daring anti-Nazi commando by Paul Kix

A biography of Robet de La Rouchefoucald


April 23 - Still Me by JoJo Moyes

Louise Clark wants to stay true to herself while living in New York high society.