BOOK CLUB

Our in-person book club meetings resumed in June 2021! Our adult book buyer, Lori Feathers, facilitates these interesting and lively discussions about fiction and nonfiction titles each month. Join us to share your opinions and glean a deeper or different understanding of books from other readers. Everyone is welcome!

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Past Book Club Selections

Strangers on a Train: A Novel

By Patricia Highsmith
$15.95
ISBN: 9780393351934
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: 2021-01-19T05:00:00.18Z

Strangers on a Train: A Novel By Patricia Highsmith, Paula Hawkins (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Patricia Highsmith, Paula Hawkins (Introduction by)
$15.95
ISBN: 9780393351934
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - January 19th, 2021

Event: Tuesday, March 5, 2024 6PM

"Strangers on a Train has lost none of its power to disturb…We will likely be reading Patricia Highsmith for the next one hundred years." —Paula Hawkins

Just in time for the centennial celebration of groundbreaking noir fiction writer Patricia Highsmith comes a reissue of her propulsive, engrossing debut, Strangers on a Train, with a new introduction by best-selling author Paula Hawkins. Guy Haines and Charles Anthony Bruno are passengers on the same train. Haines is a successful architect in the midst of a divorce, Bruno a mysterious smooth-talker with a sadistic proposal: he’ll murder Haines’s wife if Haines will murder Bruno’s father. As Bruno carries out his twisted plan, Guy finds himself trapped in Highsmith’s perilous world, where, under the right circumstances, ordinary people are capable of extraordinary crimes. The inspiration for Alfred Hitchcock’s classic 1951 film, Strangers on a Train launched Highsmith’s prolific career, proving her a master at depicting the unsettling forces that tremble beneath the surface of everyday life.


Event: Tuesday, March 5, 2024 6PM

"Strangers on a Train has lost none of its power to disturb…We will likely be reading Patricia Highsmith for the next one hundred years." —Paula Hawkins

Just in time for the centennial celebration of groundbreaking noir fiction writer Patricia Highsmith comes a reissue of her propulsive, engrossing debut, Strangers on a Train, with a new introduction by best-selling author Paula Hawkins. Guy Haines and Charles Anthony Bruno are passengers on the same train. Haines is a successful architect in the midst of a divorce, Bruno a mysterious smooth-talker with a sadistic proposal: he’ll murder Haines’s wife if Haines will murder Bruno’s father. As Bruno carries out his twisted plan, Guy finds himself trapped in Highsmith’s perilous world, where, under the right circumstances, ordinary people are capable of extraordinary crimes. The inspiration for Alfred Hitchcock’s classic 1951 film, Strangers on a Train launched Highsmith’s prolific career, proving her a master at depicting the unsettling forces that tremble beneath the surface of everyday life.

A Passage to India

By E. M. Forster
$14.00
ISBN: 9780241540428
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Published: 2022-07-05T04:00:00.185Z

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By E. M. Forster, Oliver Stallybrass (Editor), Pankaj Mishra (Introduction by)
$14.00
ISBN: 9780241540428
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Classics - July 5th, 2022

Event: Tuesday, April 2, 2024 6PM

E. M. Forster's beloved classic and sharp critique of imperialism

A Penguin Classic


When Adela and her elderly companion Mrs. Moore arrive in the Indian town of Chandrapore, they quickly feel trapped by its insular and prejudiced British community. Determined to explore the "real India," they seek the guidance of the charming and mercurial Dr. Aziz, a cultivated Indian Muslim. But a mysterious incident occurs while they are exploring the Marabar caves with Aziz, and the well-respected doctor soon finds himself at the center of a scandal that rouses violent passions among both the British and their Indian subjects. A masterly portrait of a society in the grip of imperialism, A Passage to India compellingly depicts the fate of individuals caught between the great political and cultural conflicts of the modern world.

The Penguin Classics edition reproduces the authoritative Abinger text and also includes four of Forster's finest essays on India, a chronology of Forster's life and works, suggestions for further reading, explanatory notes, and an illuminating introduction by the distinguished critic and novelist Pankaj Mishra.


Event: Tuesday, April 2, 2024 6PM

E. M. Forster's beloved classic and sharp critique of imperialism

A Penguin Classic


When Adela and her elderly companion Mrs. Moore arrive in the Indian town of Chandrapore, they quickly feel trapped by its insular and prejudiced British community. Determined to explore the "real India," they seek the guidance of the charming and mercurial Dr. Aziz, a cultivated Indian Muslim. But a mysterious incident occurs while they are exploring the Marabar caves with Aziz, and the well-respected doctor soon finds himself at the center of a scandal that rouses violent passions among both the British and their Indian subjects. A masterly portrait of a society in the grip of imperialism, A Passage to India compellingly depicts the fate of individuals caught between the great political and cultural conflicts of the modern world.

The Penguin Classics edition reproduces the authoritative Abinger text and also includes four of Forster's finest essays on India, a chronology of Forster's life and works, suggestions for further reading, explanatory notes, and an illuminating introduction by the distinguished critic and novelist Pankaj Mishra.

Past Book Clubs

Baumgartner

By Paul Auster
$27.00
ISBN: 9780802161444
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Published: 2023-11-07T05:00:00.31Z

Baumgartner By Paul Auster Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780802161444
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Atlantic Monthly Press - November 7th, 2023

Event: Tuesday, January 2, 2024 6PM

A taut yet expansive novel of love, memory, and grief from Paul Auster, best-selling, award-winning author and "one of the great American prose stylists of our time" - New York Times

Paul Auster's brilliant eighteenth novel opens with a scorched pot of water, which Sy Baumgartner -- phenomenologist, noted author, and soon-to-be retired philosophy professor - has just forgotten on the stove.

Baumgartner's life had been defined by his deep, abiding love for his wife, Anna, who was killed in a swimming accident nine years earlier. Now 71, Baumgartner continues to struggle to live in her absence as the novel sinuously unfolds into spirals of memory and reminiscence, delineated in episodes spanning from 1968, when Sy and Anna meet as broke students working and writing in New York, through their passionate relationship over the next forty years, and back to Baumgartner's youth in Newark and his Polish-born father's life as a dress-shop owner and failed revolutionary.

Rich with compassion, wit, and Auster's keen eye for beauty in the smallest, most transient moments of ordinary life, Baumgartner asks: Why do we remember certain moments, and forget others? In one of his most luminous works and his first novel since the Booker-shortlisted tour-de-force 4 3 2 1, Paul Auster captures several lifetimes.


Event: Tuesday, January 2, 2024 6PM

A taut yet expansive novel of love, memory, and grief from Paul Auster, best-selling, award-winning author and "one of the great American prose stylists of our time" - New York Times

Paul Auster's brilliant eighteenth novel opens with a scorched pot of water, which Sy Baumgartner -- phenomenologist, noted author, and soon-to-be retired philosophy professor - has just forgotten on the stove.

Baumgartner's life had been defined by his deep, abiding love for his wife, Anna, who was killed in a swimming accident nine years earlier. Now 71, Baumgartner continues to struggle to live in her absence as the novel sinuously unfolds into spirals of memory and reminiscence, delineated in episodes spanning from 1968, when Sy and Anna meet as broke students working and writing in New York, through their passionate relationship over the next forty years, and back to Baumgartner's youth in Newark and his Polish-born father's life as a dress-shop owner and failed revolutionary.

Rich with compassion, wit, and Auster's keen eye for beauty in the smallest, most transient moments of ordinary life, Baumgartner asks: Why do we remember certain moments, and forget others? In one of his most luminous works and his first novel since the Booker-shortlisted tour-de-force 4 3 2 1, Paul Auster captures several lifetimes.

Prophet Song: A Novel (Booker Prize Winner)

By Paul Lynch
$26.00
ISBN: 9780802163011
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Published: 2023-12-05T05:00:00.338Z

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$26.00
ISBN: 9780802163011
Availability: NOT IN STOCK - Usually arrives in 7 - 14 business days
Published: Atlantic Monthly Press - December 5th, 2023

Event: Tuesday, February 6, 2024 6PM

WINNER OF THE BOOKER PRIZE 2023

On a dark, wet evening in Dublin, scientist and mother-of-four Eilish Stack answers her front door to find two officers from Ireland's newly formed secret police on her step. They have arrived to interrogate her husband, a trade unionist.

Ireland is falling apart, caught in the grip of a government turning towards tyranny. As the life she knows and the ones she loves disappear before her eyes, Eilish must contend with the dystopian logic of her new, unraveling country. How far will she go to save her family? And what--or who--is she willing to leave behind?

The winner of the Booker Prize 2023, Prophet Song presents a terrifying and shocking vision of a country sliding into authoritarianism and a deeply human portrait of a mother's fight to hold her family together.


Event: Tuesday, February 6, 2024 6PM

WINNER OF THE BOOKER PRIZE 2023

On a dark, wet evening in Dublin, scientist and mother-of-four Eilish Stack answers her front door to find two officers from Ireland's newly formed secret police on her step. They have arrived to interrogate her husband, a trade unionist.

Ireland is falling apart, caught in the grip of a government turning towards tyranny. As the life she knows and the ones she loves disappear before her eyes, Eilish must contend with the dystopian logic of her new, unraveling country. How far will she go to save her family? And what--or who--is she willing to leave behind?

The winner of the Booker Prize 2023, Prophet Song presents a terrifying and shocking vision of a country sliding into authoritarianism and a deeply human portrait of a mother's fight to hold her family together.