Book Clubs

Do you love discussing a good book with a friend? If so, please visit one of Seymour Library’s book clubs. Upcoming meeting times and book selections are listed below. Feel free to come to a book club meeting even if you didn’t make it all the way through the book.

Coffee and Crime focuses on mysteries and crime fiction. One author or series is chosen for each meeting and members pick any title to read. The club meets the second Tuesday of the month at noon. Topics are chosen at each meeting for the upcoming month.

July 11 at noon: the Hanne Wilhelmsen series by the author Anne Holt

August 8 at noon: the Kate Burkholder series by Linda Castillo

 

The Jane Austen Book Club explores Jane Austen’s classics, as well as contemporary spins offs, to celebrate our Year of Austen. The club meets the third Tuesday of each month at noon.

July 18 at noon: Mansfield Park by Jane Austen. The private and social worlds of three families are revealed through the experiences of the heroine, Fanny Price.

August 15 at noon: Emma by Jane Austen. Content with her life and not interested in marriage, Emma Woodhouse, a rich and beautiful heiress, causes complications with her matchmaking schemes.

 

History Book Club reads nonfiction that focuses on history. The group meets the third Saturday of the month at 11:30 a.m.

July 15 at 11:30 a.m.: The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin by Benjamin Franklin. The American statesman, philosopher, and scientist records his personal life, career, and philosophy, and offers satirical observations on American society and a witty account of his involvement in American public life.

August 19 at 11:30 a.m.:  Ice Ghosts: The Epic Hunt for the Lost Franklin Expedition by Paul Watson. A journalist and member of the expedition that discovered the wreck of HMS Erebus in 2014 describes how an unlikely combination of marine science and Inuit knowledge helped solve the mystery of the Lost Franklin Expedition of 1845.

 

 

Read More Book Club at Prison City Pub and Brewery, our evening group, picks titles in support of the library’s reading challenge. The club meets the fourth Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m at Prison City Pub and Brewery, 28 State St., Auburn.

July 26 at 7 p.m.: a book that makes you laugh

August 23 at 7 p.m.: a fantasy or science fiction book

 

Coffee and Conversation reads a wide assortment of books, fiction and nonfiction, and meets the last Thursday of the month at 10:30 a.m.

July 27 at 10:30 a.m.: The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman. Documents the true story of Warsaw Zoo keepers and resistance activists Jan and Antonina Zabinski, who in the aftermath of Germany’s invasion of Poland saved the lives of hundreds of Jewish citizens by smuggling them into empty cages and their home villa.

August 31 at 10:30 a.m.: Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue. Two marriages, one immigrant working class and the other from the top one percent, are shaped by financial circumstances, infidelities, secrets and the 2008 recession.

 

Previous book club picks

June

LaRose by Louise Erdrich. Horrified when he accidentally kills his best friend’s five-year-old son while hunting, Landreaux Iron gives away his own young son to his friend’s family according to ancient tradition, a decision that helps both families reach a tenuous peace that is threatened by a vengeful adversary.

a book that takes place somewhere you’ve always wanted to go

The Father Anselm series by the author William Brodrick

Austenland by Shannon Hale. Because her obsession with Jane Austen’s Mr. Darcy, as played by Colin Firth in the BBC adaptation of “Pride and Prejudice,” is ruining her love life, Jane Hayes is delighted when she gets the chance to take a trip to an English resort catering to Austen-crazed women.

Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge by Erica Armstrong Dunbar. A revelatory account of the actions taken by the first president to retain his slaves in spite of Northern laws profiles one of the slaves, Ona Judge, describing the intense manhunt that ensued when she ran away.

 

May

The Phryne Fisher series by the author Kerry Greenwood

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen. In nineteenth-century England, two sisters are drawn into unhappy romances despite the cool judgement of one and the emotional intensity of the other.

Princes at War: The Bitter Battle Inside Britain’s Royal Family in the Darkest Days of WWII by Deborah Cadbury. Traces the dramatic, tragic lives of George V’s four sons against the backdrop of World War II, sharing insights into the pivotal roles of Wallis Simpson and other contributors as drawn from recently discovered family letters.

a book for kids or teens

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi. A young neurosurgeon faced with a terminal diagnosis describes his examination into what truly makes a meaningful life.

April

The Carpenter and Quincannon series by the writing team of Marcia Muller and Bill Pronzini

The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler. As six Californians get together to form a book club to discuss the novels of Jane Austen, their lives are turned upside down by troubled marriages, illicit affairs, changing relationships, and love.

Mrs. Lincoln: A Life by Catherine Clinton. A profile of Mary Todd Lincoln evaluates how her life reflected nineteenth-century America, discussing her aristocratic family, her experiences as a southerner married to a northern politician, and her struggles with the deaths of her husband and children.

a book set on a college campus

The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson. Arriving in the village of Rye, England, in 1914, Beatrice Nash, a young woman of good family, becomes the first female teacher of Latin at the local school and falls in love with her sponsor’s nephew.

March

Longbourn by Jo Baker. A reimagining of Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” from the perspectives of its below-stairs servants captures the drama of the Bennet household from the sideline viewpoint of Sarah, an orphaned housemaid.

Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era by James McPherson. Focuses on the military campaigns, including strategy and logistics, military leaders, and common soldiers.

a Western

Commonwealth by Ann Patchett. Commonwealth is the story of two broken families and the paths their lives take over the course of 40 years, through love and marriage, death and divorce, and a dark secret from childhood that lies underneath it all.

February

the Ruth Galloway, forensic archaeologist, mystery series by Elly Griffiths

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. Elizabeth Bennett’s early determination to dislike Mr. Darcy is a prejudice only matched by his arrogant pride.

a book with a one word title

Mrs. Poe by Lynn Cullen. Struggling to support her family in mid-19th-century New York, writer Frances Osgood makes an unexpected connection with literary master Edgar Allan Poe and finds her survival complicated by her intense attraction to the writer and the scheming manipulations of his wife.

January

the Joe Gunther mystery series by Archer Mayor

Jane’s Fame: How Jane Austen Conquered the World by Claire Harman. The author gives readers a complete biography of both Jane Austen and her lasting cultural influence.

Confederates in the Attic: Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War by Tony Horwitz. A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist leads readers on a high-spirited, revealing journey through the Old South, tangling with the forces of white rage, rebel grit, and regional pride in places where the Civil War is more than a memory.

a mystery

The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl by Timothy Egan. The book presents an oral history of the dust storms that devastated the Great Plains during the Depression, following several families and their communities in their struggle to persevere despite the devastation.