South Side Book Discussion: Lab Girl

Nov 1
Thursday 1:00 pm

Join us to discuss the book Lab Girl by Hope Jahren: Geobiologist Hope Jahren has spent her life studying trees, flowers, seeds, and soil. Lab Girl is her revelatory treatise on plant life—but it is also a celebration of the lifelong curiosity, humility, and passion that drive every scientist. - Publisher description.

Copies are available at the previous book discussion and the Information Desk thereafter (while supplies last).

Lab girl book cover

Franklin Afternoon Book Discussion: The Mothers

Nov 5
Monday 1:00 pm

We will discuss The Mothers by Brit Bennett: A dazzling debut novel from an exciting new voice, The Mothers is a surprising story about young love, a big secret in a small community—and the things that ultimately haunt us most. - From the publisher.

Copies of the book will be available at the Information Desk while supplies last.

The mothers book cover

Great Americana Book Club: An American Marriage

Nov 6
Tuesday 5:30 pm

Join us for a discussion of bestselling books from a variety of genres. Enjoy good conversation and take advantage of Americana's great weeknight specials. This month's book is An American Marriage by Tayari Jones. Copies are available at the Central Library Circulation Desk while supplies last as well as in ebook and eaudiobook at https://www.dmpl.org/libby

The book club meets at Americana, located on 1312 Locust Street.

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

 

Franklin Evening Book Discussion: A Gentleman in Moscow

Nov 13
Tuesday 6:30 pm

Join us to discuss A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles: From the New York Times bestselling author of Rules of Civility—a transporting novel about a man who is ordered to spend the rest of his life inside a luxury hotel. - From the publisher.

Copies of the book will be available at the Information Desk while supplies last.

A gentleman in moscow book cover

 

East Side Book Discussion: Being Mortal

Nov 19
Monday 2:00 pm

We will be discussing Being Mortal by Atul Gawande: Medicine has triumphed in modern times, transforming the dangers of childbirth, injury, and disease from harrowing to manageable. But when it comes to the inescapable realities of aging and death, what medicine can do often runs counter to what it should. - Publisher description.

Treats provided. Copies of the book may be picked up at the circulation desk.

Being mortal book cover

North Side Book Discussion: First Women

Nov 20
Tuesday 2:00 pm

We will be discussing First Women: The Grace and Power of America's First Ladies, by Kate Andersen Brower: From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the groundbreaking backstairs look at the White House, The Residence, comes an intimate, news-making look at the true modern power brokers at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue: the First Ladies, from Jackie Kennedy to Michelle Obama and Melania Trump. - Publisher description

Copies of the book may be picked up at the library.

First women book cover

Franklin Afternoon Book Discussion: News of the World

Dec 3
Monday 1:00 pm

We will discuss News of the World by Paulette Jiles, 2016 National Book Award Finalist for Fiction: It is 1870, North Texas, rainy and cold. Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd travels from town to town giving readings from the latest newspapers, bringing the news of the world to isolated towns on the Texas frontier. In Wichita Falls, he is asked to return a captive girl to her relatives near San Antonio, 400 miles to the south. The old man and the ten-year-old start out on a hazardous journey, no less risky because the girl considers herself now a Kiowa and does not have the slightest desire to return. Bandits and Comanche raids and violent weather make as many difficulties as the ten-year old girl who can’t speak English, eats with her hands and knows how to use a revolver. In the end, he finds he must return her to relatives who don’t want her, even though he and the girl have become trusting friends. A story of courage and honor and the truth that these two things are often the possession of even the unlikeliest people. - From National Book Foundation

Copies of the book will be available at the Information Desk while supplies last.

News of the world book cover

Great Americana Book Club: The Immortalists

Dec 4
Tuesday 5:30 pm

Join us for a discussion of bestselling books from a variety of genres. Enjoy good conversation and take advantage of Americana's great weeknight specials. This month's book is The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin: If you knew the date of your death, how would you live your life? It’s 1969 in New York City’s Lower East Side, and word has spread of the arrival of a mystical woman, a traveling psychic who claims to be able to tell anyone the day they will die. The Gold children—four adolescents on the cusp of self-awareness—sneak out to hear their fortunes. The prophecies inform their next five decades. Golden-boy Simon escapes to the West Coast, searching for love in ’80s San Francisco; dreamy Klara becomes a Las Vegas magician, obsessed with blurring reality and fantasy; eldest son Daniel seeks security as an army doctor post-9/11; and bookish Varya throws herself into longevity research, where she tests the boundary between science and immortality.

Copies are available at the Central Library Circulation Desk while supplies last as well as in eBook and eAudiobook at https://www.dmpl.org/libby The book club meets at Americana, located on 1312 Locust Street.


 

East Side Book Discussion: Our Souls at Night

Dec 17
Monday 2:00 pm

We will be discussing Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf: This is a love story. A story about growing old with grace. Addie Moore and Louis Waters have been neighbours for years. Now they both live alone, their houses empty of family, their quiet nights solitary. Then one evening Addie pays Louis a visit. Soon to be a major film starring Robert Redford and Jane Fonda. Their brave adventures form the beating heart of Our Souls at Night, Kent Haruf’s exquisite final novel. - Publisher description

 Treats provided. Copies of the book may be picked up at the circulation desk.

Our souls at night book cover

Franklin Afternoon Book Discussion: The Almost Sisters

Jan 7
Monday 1:00 pm

We will discuss The Almost Sisters by Joshilyn Jackson: With empathy, grace, humor, and piercing insight, the author of Gods in Alabama pens a powerful, emotionally resonant novel of the South that confronts the truth about privilege, family, and the distinctions between perception and reality---the stories we tell ourselves about our origins and who we really are.

Copies of the book will be available at the Information Desk while supplies last.

almost sisters book cover

 

Franklin Evening Book Discussion: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

Jan 8
Tuesday 6:30 pm

We will discuss Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman: Soon to be a major motion picture produced by Reese Witherspoon, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine is the smart, warm, and uplifting story of an out-of-the-ordinary heroine whose deadpan weirdness and unconscious wit make for an irresistible journey as she realizes... The only way to survive is to open your heart. - From the Publisher.

Copies of the book will be available at the Information Desk while supplies last.

cover of Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Find

East Side Book Discussion: The Radium Girls

Jan 28
Monday 2:00 pm

We will be discussing The Radium Girls by Kate Moore: As World War I raged across the globe, hundreds of young women toiled away at the radium-dial factories, where they painted clock faces with a mysterious new substance called radium. Assured by their bosses that the luminous material was safe, the women themselves shone brightly in the dark, covered from head to toe with the glowing dust. With such a coveted job, these “shining girls” were considered the luckiest alive—until they began to fall mysteriously ill. As the fatal poison of the radium took hold, they found themselves embroiled in one of America’s biggest scandals and a groundbreaking battle for workers’ rights. - Publisher Description

Treats provided. Copies of the book may be picked up at the circulation desk.

Radium Girls