Daytime Book Club

Our Daytime Book Club meets on the first Thursday of every month from 2:30-3:45pm.
To download a PDF copy of the schedule for 2017, click here.
We also have an Evening Book Club that meets the last Wednesday of every month from 7:00-8:15pm.

New attendees are always welcome for thoughtful discussion and great company, and no registration is needed. Stop by the Information Desk for help in getting a copy of the book, or put a hold in the catalog on the titles below!

H Is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald, book coverOctober 5 ~ H Is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald. 300 pages, published 2015
When Helen Macdonald’s father died suddenly on a London street, she was devastated. An experienced falconer, she’d never before been tempted to train one of the most vicious predators, the goshawk. But in her grief, she saw that the goshawk’s fierce and feral temperament mirrored her own. Resolving to raise the deadly creature to cope with her loss, she adopted Mabel, and turned to the guidance of The Once and Future King author T.H. White’s chronicle The Goshawk to begin her endeavor. Projecting herself “in the hawk’s wild mind to tame her” tested the limits of Macdonald’s humanity and changed her life.

 

Good Kings Bad Kings by Susan Nussbaum, book coverNovember 2 ~ Good Kings Bad Kings by Susan Nussbaum. 298 pages, published 2013
Bellwether Award winner Susan Nussbaum’s powerful novel invites us into the lives of a group of typical teenagers—alienated, funny, yearning for autonomy—except that they live in an institution for juveniles with disabilities. This unfamiliar, isolated landscape is much the same as the world outside: friendships are forged, trust is built, love affairs are kindled, and rules are broken. But those who call it home have little or no control over their fate. Good Kings Bad Kings challenges our definitions of what it means to be disabled in a story told with remarkable authenticity and in voices that resound with humor and spirit.

 

A Manual for Cleaning Women by Lucia Berlin, book coverDecember 7 ~ A Manual for Cleaning Women by Lucia Berlin. 403 pages, published 2015
With her trademark blend of humor and melancholy, Berlin crafts miracles from the everyday—uncovering moments of grace in the cafeterias and Laundromats of the American Southwest, in the homes of the Northern California upper classes, and from the perspective of a cleaning woman alone in a hotel dining room in Mexico City. The women of Berlin’s stories are lost, but they are also strong, clever, and extraordinarily real. They laugh, they mourn, they drink. With the wit of Lorrie Moore and the grit of Raymond Carver, they navigate a world of jockeys, doctors, and switchboard operators.

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