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Brown Bag Book Club

August 2nd, 2018 · No Comments · Book Group, Books, City Library, Events, Main Branch, News, Newsletter, Trustees


Our Brown Bag Book Club has met and decided upon their most recent reading list for the upcoming 2018-2019 reading season. This book group meets at lunchtime on the last Tuesday of each month at 12:15 PM in our cozy Hunt Room. If you choose to join us please remember to bring your lunch and that dessert is on us!

Most of these books are also available as audio-books or downloadable eBooks, so you have several options for enjoying these titles.  Please call the Information Desk at 624-6550 at ext. 3320 for more information.  The sign-ups and discussion books are kept at the circulation desk of the main library.

Lastly, to find out more about upcoming book club meetings, check out the scheduled readings and discussion dates on our new Book Discussions page. Or click on the link for “Book Discussions” under “Find” in the Site Navigation menu.


September 25, 2018
The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen  By Hendrik Groen
Groen’s novel shares a year of an octogenarian’s journal entries. Engaging and hilarious, Hendrick’s diary gives dignity and respect to the elderly, and provides readers with a look into the importance of friendship and the realities of modern senior care.


October 30, 2018
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings  By Maya Angelou
This autobiography of poet Maya Angelou published shortly after she turned 40 is the story of her horrific childhood and how she managed to emerge from it as an adult capable of coping in the world. Angelou writes beautiful prose and is very in touch with both emotional stunting and growth.


November 27, 2018
Snow in August By Pete Hamill
Set in a working class Brooklyn neighborhood in 1947, this poignant tale revolves around two endearing characters—an eleven year old Irish Catholic boy and Rabbi Judah Hirsch, a refugee from Prague.


December 18, 2018
Fahrenheit 451 By Ray Bradbury
“Fahrenheit 451 is a dystopian novel… published in 1953. The novel presents a future American society where books are outlawed and ‘firemen’ burn any that are found… The lead character is a fireman named Montag who becomes disillusioned with the role of censoring works and destroying knowledge, eventually quitting his job and joining a resistance group who memorize and share the world’s greatest literary cultural works.” Wikipedia


January 29, 2019
Far From the Madding Crowd  By Thomas Hardy
The story of beautiful Bathsheba Everdeen, a fiercely independent woman, who inherits a farm and decides to run it. Her bold presence draws three very different suitors: the gentleman-farmer Boldwood, soldier-seducer Sergeant Troy, and the devoted shepherd Gabriel Oak. Each, in contrasting ways, unsettles her decisions and complicates her life.


February 26, 2019
Educated: A Memoir By Tara Westover
Tara Westover was seventeen when she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, a family so isolated from mainstream society that there was no one to ensure the children received an education. Her longing for a way out caused her to begin educating herself. Her persistence was rewarded with admission to Brigham Young University and later to Cambridge University in England where she earned a Ph.D. Random House


March 26, 2019
The Life We Bury By Allen Eskens
Joe Talbert is a college student with an addicted mother, an autistic brother he loves, and a desire to get a college degree. His assignment for English class is to write about someone he doesn’t know. Simple, he thinks, until he meets a Vietnam veteran in a nursing home who is dying. His writing and life problems pile up as this story unravels.


April 30, 2019
Lilac Girls  By Martha Hall Kelly
Based on the life of Caroline Farriday, a New York socialite who championed a group of WWII concentration camp survivors. The three women in the novel represent part of a group of Polish women brought by Farriday for treatment of the painful, debilitating experiments conducted at Ravensbruk concentration camp. Through this novel an injustice that might have been overlooked or forgotten is brought to light. Cosmopolitan


May 28, 2019
House of Mirth By Edith Wharton
A complex story involving the quest to marry well, an abundance of suitors, the embarrassment of diminished circumstances, and a beautiful woman named Lily Bart. The restraints placed upon Lily by the society she hopes to embrace collide with her own integrity in her pursuit of a “suitable match.”  Good Reads


June 25, 2019
What She Left Behind By Ellen Marie Wiseman
A book composed of two interwoven stories. Clara, a woman who lived in the 1930’s, was committed to a mental institution by her wealthy father who opposed her relationship with her immigrant boyfriend. Izzy is a contemporary teenager who lived with numerous foster parents before moving in with a couple who is researching the records of Clara’s mental institution. Here is where the stories come together.

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