ADULT BOOK CLUBS
Book Club Discussions are open to all, and newcomers are always welcome.
Copies of the books are available on the Hold shelf about one month in advance. Pick up a copy of any discussion book you’d like to read and take it to the Check-Out Desk. Please contact Jane at the Reference Desk (309-343-6118 or firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have questions about the clubs.
Tuesday/Thursday Book Discussions
The Tuesday Book Club meets at the library the second Tuesday of each month at 1:00 PM. The Thursday Book Club meets the second Thursday of each month at 6:30 PM. The groups read and discuss a novel half the time and a nonfiction work half the time.
October: American Heiress by Jeffrey Toobin
In February 1974, Patty Hearst, a college sophomore and heiress to the Hearst family fortune, was kidnapped by a group of self-styled revolutionaries. Toobin recounts the craziness of the times and the toxic mix of sex, politics, and violence that swept up Patty Hearst.
Join us for a discussion of American Heiress:
- Tuesday, October 10, 1:00 pm at the library
- Thursday, October 12, 6:30 pm at Jimmy John’s
The Tuesday discussion will be followed by a short video interview with the author.
November: Stoned by Aja Raden
What makes a stone a jewel? What makes a jewel priceless? And why do we covet beautiful things? In this brilliant account of how eight jewels shaped the course of history, jeweler and scientist Raden tells an original and often startling story about our unshakeable addiction to beauty and the darker side of human desire.
Join us for a discussion of Stoned:
- Thursday, November 9, 6:30 pm at Jimmy John’s
- Tuesday, November 14, 1:00 pm at the library
The Tuesday discussion will be followed by the PBS program Treasures of the Earth: Gems.
Science Fiction/Fantasy Discussion Group
The Tome Raiders Science Fiction/Fantasy Discussion Group meets once a month on a Friday, usually the third of the month.
October: Soulless by Gail Carriger
Alexia Tarabotti is laboring under a great many social tribulations. First, she has no soul. Second, she’s a spinster whose father is both Italian and dead. Third, she was rudely attacked by a vampire, breaking all standards of social etiquette. Soulless is a comedy of manners set in Victorian London,
full of werewolves, vampires, dirigibles, and tea.
Join us for a discussion of Soulless:
- Friday, October 20, 6:00 pm at Hardee’s (913 E. Main St.)
November: The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke
Two orphaned brothers have run away to Venice, where crumbling canals and misty alleyways shelter a secret community of street urchins. The leader of this motley crew is a clever boy who calls himself the Thief Lord. The boys relish their new life, but their aunt and a bumbling detective are on their trail. Posing an even greater threat is something from a forgotten past: a magical treasure with the power to spin time itself.
Join us for a discussion of The Thief Lord:
- Friday, November 17, 6:00 pm at Hardee’s (913 E. Main St.)
Food for Thought Book Discussions
The Food for Thought discussion group meets seasonally at En Season Restaurant at the Sustainable Business Center to discuss books about food and the environment.
Attendees order and pay for their own lunch.
October: A Square Meal by David Baker
Food for Thought discussion at En Season Restaurant of A Square Meal: A Culinary History of the Great Depression by Jane Ziegelman and Andrew Coe. You will order and pay for your own food.
Join us for a discussion of A Square Meal:
- Thursday, October 26 11:30 am at En Season (2900 W. Main St.)
November: I Will Send Rain by Rae Meadows
It’s 1934, and the Bell farm in Oklahoma is struggling as the earliest storms of the Dust Bowl descend. The wheat harvests are drying out and people are packing up their belongings as storms lay waste to the Great Plains. As the Bells wait for the rains to come, each family member is pulled in a different direction.
Join us for a discussion of I WIll Send Rain:
- Thursday, November 17 11:30 am at En Season (2900 W. Main St.)
BYOB BOOK DISCUSSIONS
BYOB (bring your own book, beverage, baby…) is a monthly book club for busy adults. While you engage in adult conversation about a short book, Children’s Room staff will provide a fun craft or activity for children ages 4 and older (younger ones are welcome too, but will need to be supervised by the parent).
November: The Grownup by Gillian Flynn
A canny young woman is struggling to survive by perpetrating various levels of mostly harmless fraud. On a rainy April morning, she is reading auras at Spiritual Palms when Susan Burke walks in. A keen observer of human behavior, our unnamed narrator immediately diagnoses beautiful, rich Susan as an unhappy woman eager to give her lovely life a drama injection. However, when the “psychic” visits the eerie Victorian home that has been the source of Susan’s terror and grief, she realizes she may not have to pretend to believe in ghosts anymore.
Join us for a discussion of The Grownup:
- Monday, November 6, 10:00 am at the library