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
New members are always welcome in this lively staff-led conversation about great books and what makes them so!
*September 11 – The Poetry of Billy Collins (note that date of this one does not follow the usual pattern of 3rd Tuesdays)
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 – Heroes of the Frontierby Dave Eggers Finding yourself lost within your own life, and finding sense of it all one day.(mother and kids Alaska)
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.
August 7 Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance
From a former marine and Yale Law School graduate, a powerful account of
growing up in a poor Rust Belt town that offers a broader, probing look
at the struggles of America’s white working class.
September 4 Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly
It has been decades since Leo first surrendered his heart, then wrote a
book about it--and he's been in love with the same person ever since.
Leo believes his book is lost to time, but what he doesn't know is, not
only has it survived 60 years without him, it has also been an
inspiration to others.
October 2 TBD
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. "
Thursday, 1:30 p.m.—Lower Level
Sept. 6, 2018 The Wright Brothers David McCullough
A history of the American inventors and aviation pioneers Orville and Wilbur Wright.
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.
July 24 - Hearts of Men by Nicholas Butler
Two very different teens, one a social outcast and the other popular, become life long friends.
August 28 - How the Irish Saved Civilization by Thomas Cahill
Little known history of Ireland as conservator of civilization preserving the west's written treasures during the Dark Ages.
September 25 - Peony in Love by Lisa See
In 17th century China, a famed opera was rumored to cause lovesickness and even death.
October 23 - Dark Flood Rises by Margaret Drabble
Story of an interconnected group of family and friends in England and an expat community in the Canary Islands.
November 27 - Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel
Graphic Novel - In this memoir, Alison Bechdel charts her fraught relationship with her late father.