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, April 9th at 1:00pm we will be screening The Martian. After a bad storm blows across Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is presumed dead and left behind. Now stuck on a hostile planet he must find a way to signal to Earth and in the meantime, survive on limited supplies. The Martian is rated PG, and runs 141 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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March 22ndAll the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

This Pulitzer Prize-winning historical novel traces the intersecting fates of a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths converge in Occupied France. Despite the story’s grim setting, the reader comes away with renewed hope for humanity as Doerr illuminates the ways in which, against all odds, people try to be good to one another.

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April 26thLike Family by Paolo Giordano

In this brief gem of a novel, Giordano depicts the dynamics of a small Italian family and how its delicate balance is upset by illness. Giordano, the prize-winning author of The Solitude of Prime Numbers, has been compared to Elizabeth Strout for his masterly portrayal of believable characters’ innermost thoughts.

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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.

Wednesday Tomes Selections for Spring 2016

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March 9thEverything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

When teenager Lydia Lee fails to show up for breakfast one morning and her body is later recovered from the local lake, long-suppressed family conflicts come to the fore. Ng’s debut novel about secrets and aspirations is both a gripping page-turner and a sensitive portrait of a family in distress.

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April 13thMoonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything by Joshua Foer

As smartphones and computers seem to diminish the importance of memorization, Joshua Foer undertakes the challenge of supercharging his own memory under the tutelage of mental athletes and competitors in the U.S. Memory Championship. Recounting his year of memory training, Foer shares tricks both venerable and new that will help you remember where you left your car keys— and where you parked the car.

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May 11thThe Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende

Spanning generations and continents, The Japanese Lover recounts the romance between Alma Belasco, exiled from Poland during the Third Reich, and Ichimei Fukuda, the son of Alma’s adoptive family’s Japanese gardener. A deep and tender exploration of questions of identity, redemption, and the role of fate in how our lives play out.

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!

Most Wanted (by Lisa Scottoline) cover photoMay 19thMost Wanted by Lisa Scottoline

What would you do if the biological father of your unborn child was a serial killer? Such is the frightening possibility posed by lawyer and novelist Lisa Scottoline in her latest thriller, which explores the moral dilemmas and privacy issues that arise when a young couple discovers the suspicions surrounding sperm donor number 3319.

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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April 5thCell by Robin Cook

Current members who have reserved their space with Fran meet at a local restaurant for this month’s discussion.

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May 3rdVictims by Jonathan Kellerman

Sleuthing psychologist Alex Delaware has a special knack for solving baffling and brutal L.A. homicides. His latest case involves a bloody crime spree resulting in citywide panic, leading him to investigate the sleek office of a Beverly Hills therapist and a shuttered mental institution. Piece by piece, a horrific puzzle begins to take shape.