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 6th at 1:00pm we will be screening Arrival. Based on a short story by Ted Chiang, linguist Louise Banks races against time for answers when mysterious spacecraft touch down around the world. This movie runs 116 minutes and is rated PG-13.

Tinley Tomes

Tinley Tomes comprises two groups that discuss a variety of fiction and nonfiction. One group meets at 1:30 pm on the second Wednesday of the month and the other at 7:30 pm on the fourth Tuesday. Selections are available at the Adult Reference Desk in hardcover, large print, and audio formats one month before the discussion date. Discussions are held in Meeting Room A unless otherwise noted.

Tuesday Tomes Selections for Winter & Spring 2017

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January 24thThe Last Days of Night by Graham Moore

Graham Moore is an award-winning author who penned the screenplay to The Imitation Game. In The Last Days of Night, Moore fictionalizes the most infamous patent dispute in U.S. history: Who really invented the light bulb? Rich in period detail, the novel features a cast of historical characters including Edison, Tesla, Westinghouse, and J. P. Morgan. A fast-paced, fact-based novel that reads like a mystery.

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February 28thThe Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert

Exhibiting the wanderlust that permeated her bestselling Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert, inspired by the explorations of Captain James Cook, recounts the life and loves of Alma Whittaker, a 19th-century botanist who aspires to break nature’s code. Epic in scope, Gilbert’s historical novel is a richly moving tribute to the spirit of scientific inquiry.

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March 28thBehold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue

Set against the backdrop of the American financial crisis of 2008, Mbue’s debut novel tells the story of a Cameroonian immigrant family striving to make a new life in Harlem.

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April 25thThe Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

MacArthur Fellow Colson Whitehead boldly re-imagines the Underground Railroad as a literal underground slave transit system, complete with locomotives, boxcars, and conductors. This groundbreaking novel was selected as Oprah’s August 2016 book club pick and won the National Book Award for fiction.

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May 23thThe Book that Matters Most by Ann Hood

Searching for companionship and purpose after her 25-year marriage falls apart, Ava North joins a library book group whose selections consist of the book that matters most to each club member. Meanwhile, in Paris, Ava’s daughter Maggie flounders after a failed attempt to write a novel. In different ways, both women come to experience the healing power of stories.

Wednesday Tomes Selections for Winter & Spring 2017

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January 11thRise of the Rocket Girls by Nathalia Holt

Spanning the decades from the forties to the present, this riveting nonfiction account traces the careers of an elite group of women who transformed rocket design, helped develop the first American satellites, and made exploration of the solar system possible.

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February 8thThe Wonder by Emma Donoghue

In 1859, English nurse Lib Wright comes to the small Irish village of Athlone to observe 11-year-old Anna O'Donnell, a miracle child who has subsisted for months on nothing but manna from heaven. Though initially determined to expose the situation as a lucrative scam, Lib soon finds herself acting as Anna's protector. This tale of two strangers who transform each other's lives works both as a powerful psychological thriller and as a story of love pitted against evil.

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March 8thA Man Calle Ove by Fredrik Backman

Everyone in Ove’s neighborhood ignores him. He’s grumpy and opinionated and just wants to be left alone--but when unsuspecting new neighbors befriend him, despite his resistance, Ove’s world is turned upside down.

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April 12thIrena’s Children: A True Story of Courage by Tilar J. Mazzeo

Dubbed “the female Schindler,” Irena Sendler is credited with saving the lives of more than two thousand Jewish children before she was arrested and tortured by the Gestapo. Mazzeo details Sendler’s heroic efforts not only to rescue the children but to create secret records of their names and true identities so that they might be reunited with their kin after the war.

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May 10thThe Wangs vs. the World by Jade Chang

A hilarious debut novel about a wealthy but fractured Chinese immigrant family that once had it all and then lost almost every cent—and about the healing road trip they take across America that binds them back together.

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!

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March 16thAlexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow

Even if you can’t afford a ticket to the musical, here’s your chance to participate in the Hamilton phenomenon! Join our discussion of the award-winning bio that inspired Lin Manuel-Miranda to write his Broadway hit.

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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February 7thHit and Run by Lawrence Block

A professional hit man falsely accused of assassinating the Governor of Ohio must clear his name and outwit the real killer who is out to gun him down.

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March 7thLeaving Time by Jodi Picoult

Desperate to find the truth about her missing mother Alice, Jenna Metcalf enlists two unlikely allies in her quest: a psychic who rose to fame finding missing persons and a jaded private detective who originally investigated the case more than a decade ago. As the three work together to uncover what happened to Alice, they realize that in asking hard questions, they will have to face even harder answers.

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April 4thSycamore Row by John Grisham

Seth Hubbard is a wealthy southern man dying of lung cancer, and before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten will cutting his family out of his estate and leaving his fortune to his black maid. Honest and ethical lawyer Jack Brigance receives word after Hubbard’s death that he was chosen by the millionaire before his suicide to defend the sure-to-be contested will, which raises more questions than it answers.

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May 2ndFallen by Karin Slaughter

Georgia Bureau of Investigations Detectives Faith Mitchell and Will Trent join forces with trauma doctor Sara Linton to find Faith’s mother who is missing after a deadly hostage situation. As the search deepens, a deadly conspiracy of bribery, police corruption, and murder is uncovered, leaving Faith the scapegoat.