Our book club discussions are held about every six weeks. They take place at 7pm on Tuesday evenings in the Berlin-Peck Memorial Library board room and are moderated by a librarian. All are welcome!
To reserve a book, please visit the library catalog or contact the reference desk at 828-7125.
2014 Book Discussion Schedule
January 7: Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick
During the years he spends in a neural health facility, Pat Peoples formulates a theory about silver linings: he believes his life is a movie produced by God, his mission is to become physically fit and emotionally supportive, and his happy ending will be the return of his estranged wife, Nikki. When Pat goes to live with his parents, everything seems changed: no one will talk to him about Nikki; his old friends are saddled with families; the Philadelphia Eagles keep losing, making his father moody; and his new therapist seems to be recommending adultery as a form of therapy.
February 18: Brain on Fire by Susannah Cahalan
Cahalan woke up alone in a strange hospital room, strapped to her bed, under guard, and unable to move or speak. Her medical records chronicled a monthlong hospital stay of which she had no memory at all. A neurologist recognized the symptoms of a newly discovered autoimmune disorder in which the body attacks the brain, a disease now thought to be tied to both schizophrenia and autism, and perhaps the root of “demonic possessions” throughout history. This is the account of one woman’s struggle to recapture her identity and to rediscover herself among the fragments left behind.
April 1: Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
The twin sons of a secret love affair between an Indian nun and a British surgeon in Addis Ababa, Marion and Shiva Stone are orphaned by their mother’s death in childbirth and father’s disappearance, coming of age in an Ethiopia on the brink of revolution, bound together by a shared interest in medicine and forever divided by their love for the same woman.
May 6: Wonder R.J. Palacio
Ten-year-old Auggie Pullman, who was born with extreme facial abnormalities and was not expected to survive, goes from being home-schooled to entering fifth grade at a private middle school in Manhattan, which entails enduring the taunting and fear of his classmates as he struggles to be seen as just another student.
June 17: Defending Jacob by William Landay
When his 14-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student, assistant district attorney Andy Barber is torn between loyalty and justice as facts come to light that lead him to question how well he knows his own son.
September 9: Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
The story of a woman whose gift for flowers helps her change the lives of others even as she struggles to overcome her own past.
October 21: The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom
Orphaned while onboard ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin. When she is forced to make a choice, loyalties are brought into question, dangerous truths are laid bare, and lives are put at risk.
December 9: The Paris Wife by Paula McLain
In Chicago in 1920, 28-year-old Hadley Richardson meets Ernest Hemingway. Following a whirlwind courtship and wedding, the pair set sail for Paris and become the golden couple.