Book Clubs

The following groups meet monthly in the library. All groups welcome new members and all meetings are open to the public.
History Book Club
The next meeting of this group will be on Wednesday, Aug. 31, at 7:00 p.m. The topic will be "Plagues and germs: a history of world epidemics." Book Club Chair Sam Coulbourn invites you to read any nonfiction book that fits the topic.  Possible subjects include:
  • Plague of Athens (429 BC)
  • Plague of Justinian (AD 541)
  • “Black Death”  (1346)
  • Cocoliztli Epidemic in Mexico (1528)
  • Wampanoag Smallpox (1616)
  • Small pox, Boston (1901)
  • 1918 Flu Pandemic
  • Polio, SARS, Swine Flu, Ebola, Chikungunya, Zika virus and more
Current Issues Political Book Discussion Group   The next meeting will be on Wednesday, Sept. 14, at 2 p.m. The topic will be5 Easy Theses by James N. Stone.
PUBLISHER'S SUMMARY: America today confronts a host of urgent problems, many of them seemingly intractable--€”but some we are entirely capable of solving. In Five Easy Theses, James M. Stone presents specific, common-sense solutions to a handful of our most pressing challenges, showing how simple it would be to shore up Social Security, rein in an out-of-control financial sector, reduce inequality, and make healthcare and education better and more affordable. The means are right in front of us, Stone explains, in various policy options that, €”if implemented, could preserve or enhance government revenue while also channeling the national economy toward the greater good.
Accessible and thought-provoking, Five Easy Theses reveals that a more democratic, prosperous America is well within our reach.
Poetry Readers  The next meeting will be on Thursday, Sept. 15, at 4 p.m. The topic will be Immortality by Alan Feldman. Copies of the book will be available at the main desk three weeks before the meeting.
Sunday Book Chat
The next meeting will be held on Sept. 18 at 2p.m. The topic will be The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. 
PUBLISHER'S SUMMARY: Barcelona, 1945--just after the war, a great world city lies in shadow, nursing its wounds, and a boy named Daniel awakes on his eleventh birthday to find that he can no longer remember his mother's face. To console his only child, Daniel'™s widowed father, an antiquarian book dealer, initiates him into the secret of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, a library tended by Barcelona's guild of rare-book dealers as a repository for books forgotten by the world, waiting for someone who will care about them again. Daniel's father coaxes him to choose a volume from the spiraling labyrinth of shelves, one that, it is said, will have a special meaning for him. And Daniel so loves the novel he selects, "The Shadow of the Wind" by one Julian Carax, that he sets out to find the rest of Carax's work. To his shock, he discovers that someone has been systematically destroying every copy of every book this author has written. In fact, he may have the last one in existence. Before Daniel knows it his seemingly innocent quest has opened a door into one of Barcelona's darkest secrets, an epic story of murder, magic, madness and doomed love. And before long he realizes that if he doesn't find out the truth about Julian Carax, he and those closest to him will suffer horribly.

Monday Evening Book
Group The next meeting will not be until September 19 , at 6 p.m. The topic will be The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman.
SUMMARY: Moving his young bride to an isolated lighthouse home on Australia's Janus Rock where the couple suffers miscarriages and a stillbirth, Tom allows his wife to claim an infant who has washed up on the shore only to witness a rift in their marriage that is further complicated by a search by the baby's desperate mother.

Greek Drama Discussion Group
The next meeting will be on Monday, Sept. 26, at 4:00 p.m. The topic will be the tragedy Seven Against Thebes by Aeschylus.

MVLC Book Club Kit Info