Book Discussion Groups


So many films are made from books these days! Come enjoy the movie and, if you wish, check out a copy of the corresponding book. Seating at the movie screening is limited to 125.

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On Saturday, May 14th at 1:00pm we will be screening The 33.

The true story of the 2010 Chilean mine collapse and rescue of the 33 miners who were trapped underground for 69 days. The 33 is rated PG-13, and runs 120 minutes.

Tinley Tomes

Tinley Tomes comprises two groups that discuss a variety of fiction and nonfiction books. One group meets at 1:30 pm on the second Wednesday of the month and the other at 7:30 on the fourth Tuesday (Tomes groups do not meet in December). Selections are available at the Adult Reference Desk in hardcover, large print, and audio formats one month prior to the discussion date. Discussions are held in Meeting Room A.

Tuesday Tomes Selections for Spring 2016

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May 24thThe Relic Master by Christopher Buckley

Novelist Christopher Buckley lives up to his reputation as one of America’s funniest writers with this imaginative novel about the madcap adventures of Dismas, a sixteenth-century trafficker in relics of dubious legitimacy, and his partner in crime, Albrecht Dürer. Upper Level Young Adult Program Room.

Tuesday Tomes Selections for Summer 2016

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June 28thFates and Furies by Lauren Groff

At 22, Lotto and Mathilde make a rash decision to marry. Fiercely devoted to each other, the couple weathers Lotto’s failing acting career and his immediate success as a playwright. In the first half of the novel, Lotto praises his wife’s good qualities, while in the second half, Mathilde expresses the undercurrent of rage that has been bubbling beneath their relationship for years. An introspective look at a complicated relationship burdened by secrets.

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July 26thThe Road to Little Dribbling: Adventures of an American in Britain by Bill Bryson

Join author and humorist Bill Bryson on a second jaunt traversing the Scepter'd Isle—the first having been recounted in his Notes from a Small Island, chosen by British voters as the book that best sums up British identity. Focusing on the endearing, quirky, and bewildering aspects of England and its denizens, Bryson is sure to evoke smiles if not laughter from armchair travelers.

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August 23rdThe Swans of Fifth Avenue by Melanie Benjamin

A lively historical novel based on the vexed friendship between Truman Capote and socialite Babe Paley, beginning in the 1950s and ending in scandal twenty years later.

Wednesday Tomes Selections for Summer 2016

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June 8thBeing Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande

Myriad advances in medicine have resulted in vastly increased human longevity, sometimes to the detriment of actual quality of life. Through accounts of friends, family, and patients, medical doctor and author Gawande explores issues of meaning and control with which people in the waning years of their lives are confronted. Young Adult Program Room

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June 8thThe Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine by Michael Lewis

A fast-paced and darkly humorous account of the financial shenanigans that precipitated the financial crisis of 2007-8. You needn’t understand the fine points of collateralized debt obligations and mortgage-backed securities to enjoy this character-driven narrative. Now a major motion picture! YA Program Room

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August 10thAmericanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche

This lush, big-hearted love story of Nigerian students Ifemelu, who emigrates to the U.S., and Obinze, who lives an undocumented life in London, explores issues of race, cultural identity, and self-acceptance.

Books with Buzz

Are you looking for a forum for discussing bestsellers? Come to Books with Buzz which meets on the third Thursday of every other month at 7:30 pm in the Young Adult Program Room. Each selection will be announced at the preceding discussion. Join the Buzz!

I Almost Forgot about You (by Terry McMillan) cover photoJuly 21stI Almost Forgot About You by Terry McMillan

The bestselling author of How Stella Got Her Groove Back and Waiting to Exhale returns with another irresistible story about a strong woman re-inventing herself. With a solid career and close friends and family, Dr. Georgia Young should be content, but she’s feeling bored with the same old same old. When a brush with tragedy prompts her to question the status quo, Georgia shakes things up in her life to find greater meaning and, possibly, happiness.

Partners in Crime

Partners in Crime is our mystery book discussion group led by Fran Heinemann of Outreach Services. This group meets the first Tuesday of the month at 7:30 pm.

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June 7thEverything to Lose by Andrew Gross

Hilary Cantor just lost her job, has a deadbeat husband, and son in a special school when she’s involved in a freak auto accident. As she rushes to help the other driver, she finds him dead with a satchel next to him stuffed with loads of cash. In emotional turmoil with her family near financial ruin, Hilary hides the satchel near the accident scene, to be retrieved later. Confident she has successfully pulled it off, a harrowing chain of events begin to unfold, changing Hilary’s present and future forever.

July— No discussion

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August 2ndGuilt by Degrees by Marcia Clark

Los Angeles DA Rachel Knight is at the top of her legal game and determined to deliver justice each and every time. Her latest case is a murdered homeless John Doe and there are no suspects in the crime. No fellow lawyer in the DA’s office wants to bother with this case. As Rachel sifts through the web of clues, she realizes someone with malicious intentions knows the truth and will stop at nothing to keep the secret.