Book Groups

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Brave New Worlds

Mystery Book ClubOpen MindsRead It & Steep

 History Book ClubThe Next Big Thing

Science Book Discussion GroupSeries Book Club

NEW! Brave New Worlds

Meets on the third Monday of every month at 6 pm via zoom. Contact Zoey Mills at zmills@ccls.org with questions.

Sci-Fi/Speculative Fiction 2021 Selections:

September 20 via Zoom:

book jacket

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

by Douglas Adams

 Physical Book
 Audiobook on CD
 eBook
 Digital Audiobook

October 18 via Zoom:

This Is How You Lose the Time War

This is How You Lose the Time War

by Amal El-Mohtar & Max Gladstone

 Physical Book
 Audiobook on CD
 eBook
 Digital Audiobook

Special Date:  November 29 via Zoom:

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How Rory Thorne Destroyed the Multiverse

by K. Eason

 Physical Book
 Digital Audiobook

December 20 via Zoom:

Semiosis

by Sue Burke

Physical Book
 eBook

Sci-Fi/Speculative Fiction 2021 Selections:

January 17 via Zoom:

Light from Uncommon Stars

by Ryka Aoki

Physical Book
 eBook

 

Open Minds Book Group

Meets on the third Tuesday of every month at 2 pm. New members are always welcome. Contact Gretchen Chamberlin at gchamberlin@ccls.org with any questions.

Open Minds 2021 Selections:

Please check back to see whether these meetings will be held via Zoom or in person.

January 19 via Zoom:

The Resisters

By Gish Jen

 Physical Book
 Digital eBook
Digital Audiobook

February 16:

A Long Petal of the Sea

by Isabel Allende

 Physical Book
 Physical Large Type Book
 Audiobook on CD
 eBook
 Digital Audiobook

March 16:

The Water Dancer

by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Physical Book
Large Type Physical Book
 Audiobook on CD
 eBook
Digital Audiobook

April 20:

Transcendent Kingdom

by Yaa Gyasi

Physical Book
Large Type Physical Book
 Audiobook on CD

May 18:

Homeland Elegies

by Ayad Akhtar

Physical Book
Audiobook on CD
 eBook
Digital Audiobook

June 15:

How Much of These Hills is Gold

by C. Pam Zhang

 Physical Book
 Physical Large Type Book
 eBook
 Digital Audiobook

July 20:

The Yellow House

by Sarah M. Broom

 Physical Book
 eBook

 

August 17:

Dark Salt Clear: The Life in a Cornish Fishing Town

by Lamorna Ash

 Physical Book
 eBook

September 21:

Shuggie Bain

by Douglas Stuart

 Physical Book
 Physical Large Type Book
 eBook
 Digital Audiobook

October 19:

Codebreaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing & the Future of the Human Race

by Walter Isaacson

Physical Book
Audiobook on CD 

November 16:

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue

by V.E. Schwab

Physical Book
Large Type Physical Book
 Audiobook on CD
 eBook
Digital Audiobook

December 21:

Klara and the Sun

by Kazuo Ishiguro

Physical Book
Large Type Physical Book
 eBook
Digital Audiobook

Open Minds 2022 Selections:

January 18:

Wilmington’s Lie: The Murderous Coup of 1898 and the Rise of White Supremacy

by David Zucchino

Physical Book
 eBook

Open Minds Book Group Selections since 2015

Read It & Steep Book Group

Read It & Steep welcomes readers with a love of non-traditional titles, scrumptious treats & spirited conversation. Read It & Steep meets on the third Tuesday of each month from 7-8:30 pm. New members are always welcome. Contact Kate Shaw at kshaw@ccls.org with any questions.

Read It & Steep 2021 Selections:

Please check back to see whether these meetings will be held via Zoom or in person.

January 19 via Zoom:

Because Internet

by Gretchen McCulloch

Physical Book
 eBook
Digital Audiobook

February 16 via Zoom:

A Gentleman in Moscow

A Gentleman in Moscow

by Amor Towles

Physical Book
Large Type Physical Book
Audiobook on CD
 eBook
Digital Audiobook

March 16 via Zoom:

The Penelopiad

by Margaret Atwood

Physical Book
Audiobook on CD
 eBook

April 20 via Zoom:

The Imperfectionists

by Tom Rachman

Physical Book
Large Type Physical Book
eBook

May 18 via Zoom:

The Deep

by Rivers Solomon

Physical Book
Audiobook on CD
 eBook

Special Date: June 14 via Zoom:

Wicked Plants

by Amy Stewart

Physical Book

July 20 via Zoom:

There There

by Tommy Orange

Physical Book
Large Type Physical Book
Audiobook on CD
 eBook
Digital Audiobook

August 17 via Zoom:

Mexican Gothic

by Silvia Moren0-Garcia

Physical Book
Large Type Physical Book
 eBook
Digital Audiobook

September 21 via Zoom:

Lab Girl

by Hope Jahren

Physical Book
Large Type Physical Book
 eBook
Digital Audiobook

October 19 via Zoom:

The Graveyard Book

by Neil Gaiman

Physical Book
Audiobook on CD
 eBook
Digital Audiobook

Special Date: December 7 via Zoom:

Heir Apparent

by Vivian Vande Velde

Physical Book
 eBook

Read It & Steep Selections since 2012

History, Textbook, Bookmark, Blue, EducationHistory Book Club

The History Book Club is a volunteer run group that currently meets via zoom. Members select the topic for each meeting and are free to read titles of their choosing and to participate in discussion of the topic at the next meeting. This book club traditionally meets every other 4th Tuesday of the month from 7-8:30 pm. New members are always welcome. Contact Steve Harlen at sharlen@pa.gov with any questions.  The group meets at 7 pm.

July 29, 7 pm: UFOs, led by subject expert Bill Bower; ATTEND VIA ZOOM

September 28: The Clinton Years; REGISTER HERE to receive a reminder email

Special date: December 7, 7 pm: Post World War II Dictators & Strongmen; REGISTER HERE to receive a reminder email

 

Science Books Discussion Group

Meets on the third Thursday of every month at 7:15 pm. New members are always welcome. Contact Valerie Green at vgreen@ccls.org with any questions.

Science Book Discussion Group Selections for 2021:

Please check back to see whether these meetings will be held via Zoom or in person.

January 21 via zoom:

The End of Everything (Astrophysically Speaking)

by Katie Mack

 Physical Book

 eBook
Digital Audiobook

 

February 18 via zoom:

The Deep History of Ourselves

by Joseph LeDoux

 Physical Book

March 18 via zoom:

Entangled Life

by Merlin Sheldrake

 Physical Book
 eBook
Digital Audiobook

April 15 via zoom:

Kindred: Neanderthal Life, Love, Death & Art

by Rebecca Wragg Sykes

 Physical Book

May 20 via zoom:

The Body

by Bill Bryson

 Physical Book
 Large Type Physical Book
Audiobook on CD
 eBook
Digital Audiobook

June 17 via zoom:

Lost in Math

by Sabine Hossenfelder

 Physical Book

July 15 via zoom:

The Secret Lives of Planets

by Paul Murdin

 Physical Book

August 19 via zoom:

Fundamentals

by Frank Wilczek

 Physical Book

September 16 via zoom:

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Exercised

by Daniel Lieberman

 Physical Book
 Large Type Physical Book
 eBook
Digital Audiobook

October 21 via zoom:

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A Brief History of Earth

by Andrew Knoll

 Physical Book
 Large Type Physical Book
 eBook
Digital Audiobook

November 18 via zoom:

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The Code Breaker

by Walter Isaacson

 Physical Book
Audiobook on CD
 eBook
Digital Audiobook

December 16 via zoom:

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A Short History of Humanity

by Johannes Krause

 Physical Book

2022 Selections:

January 20:

book jacket

Bones: Inside & Out

by Roy A. Meals

 Physical Book
 eBook

Science Book Group Selections since 2000

Series Book Club

We’re excited to announce the start of a new remote book club for February 2021. This book club will choose a series and read it to completion, one book a month. We are inspired by the global read along of Lauren Willig’s Pink Carnation series to start us off!

Please be aware that this series includes explicit scenes & may not be suitable for all ages.

Meets on the last Friday of every month at 7 pm. Registration required. Contact Kate Shaw at kshaw@ccls.org with any questions.

Series Book Club 2021 Selections:

February 26 via zoom:

The Secret History of the Pink Carnation (Pink Carnation #1)

by Lauren Willig

 Physical Book
 Large Type Physical Book

March 26 via zoom:

The Masque of the Black Tulip (Pink Carnation #2)

by Lauren Willig

Physical Book
Audiobook on CD

April 30 via zoom:

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The Deception of the Emerald Ring (Pink Carnation #3)

by Lauren Willig

 Physical Book
 eBook

May 28 via zoom:

Event image previewThe Seduction of the Crimson Rose (Pink Carnation #4)

by Lauren Willig

 Physical Book
 eBook

June 25 via zoom:

Series Book Club

The Temptation of the Night Jasmine (Pink Carnation #5)

by Lauren Willig

 Physical Book
Audiobook on CD
 eBook

July 30 via zoom:

Series Book ClubThe Betrayal of the Blood Lily (Pink Carnation #6)

by Lauren Willig

 Physical Book
Audiobook on CD

September 24 via zoom:

Warcross

by Marie Lu

 Physical Book
 Large Type Physical Book
Audiobook on CD
 eBook
Digital Audiobook

November 26  via zoom:


Wildcard

by Marie Lu

 Physical Book
 Large Type Physical Book
Audiobook on CD
 eBook
Digital Audiobook

 

Series Book Club 2022 Selections:

January 28 via zoom:

Amazon.com: The Last Werewolf: 9780307742179: Duncan, Glen: Books

The Last Werewolf

by Glen Duncan

 Physical Book
 eBook

February 25 via zoom:

Talulla Rising: Duncan, Glen: 9780307742186: Amazon.com: BooksTalullah Rising

by Glen Duncan

 Physical Book
 eBook

March 25 via zoom:

By Blood We Live: Duncan, Glen: 9780307742193: Amazon.com: Books

By Blood We Live

by Glen Duncan

 Physical Book

The Next Big Thing Book Club

Started in August 2019: Have you been stuck in a rut reading all the same authors? Let us introduce you to new voices!  The Next Big Thing book club is an adult book club that reads debut titles by fresh, new authors.

Meets on the third Thursday of every month at 6 pm. Contact Beverly Michaels at bmichaels@ccls.org with any questions.

The Next Big Thing 2021 Selections:

January 21 via Zoom:

My Dark Vanessa

by Kate Elizabeth Russell

 Physical Book
 Large Type Physical Book
 Audiobook on CD
 eBook
 Digital Audiobook

February 18 via Zoom:

A Certain Hunger

by Chelsea Summers

 Physical Book
 eBook

March 18 via Zoom:

A Burning

by Megha Majumdar

 Physical Book
 Large Type Physical Book
 eBook
 Digital Audiobook

April 15 via Zoom:

New Waves

by Kevin Nguyen

 Physical Book
 eBook
 Digital Audiobook

May 20 via Zoom:

The Prophets

by Robert Jones, Jr.

 Physical Book
 Large Type Physical Book

June 17 via Zoom:

The Liar’s Dictionary

by Eley Williams

 Physical Book
 Large Type Physical Book
 eBook
 Digital Audiobook

July 15 via Zoom:

The Witch’s Heart

by Genevieve Gornichec

 Physical Book
 eBook
 Digital Audiobook

August 19: POSTPONED
September 16 via Zoom:

Madam

by Phoebe Wynne

 Physical Book
 eBook

 

October 21 via Zoom:

The Lost Apothecary

by Sarah Penner

 Physical Book
 Large Type Physical Book
 Audiobook on CD
 eBook
 Digital Audiobook

November 18 via Zoom:

Detransition, Baby

by Torrey Peters

 Physical Book
 eBook
 Digital Audiobook

December 16 via Zoom:

Of Women and Salt

by Gabriela Garcia

 Physical Book
 Large Type Physical Book
 Audiobook on CD
 eBook
 Digital Audiobook

 

The Next Big Thing Selections since 2019

Mystery Book Club

The Mystery Book Club will meet at 11 am on the second Monday of each month, currently meeting via zoom. Join us as we discuss mysteries under the following themes:

Mystery Book Club 2021 Topics:

Mystery Book Club 2022 Topics:

  • January 10: Forensic Anthropologists
    • Suggested authors include:
      • Aaron Elkin
      • Ellie Griffiths
      • Kathy Reich
  • February 14: Mysteries Solved by Couples
    • Suggested couples include:
      • Tommy & Tuppence Beresford (author Agatha Christie)

For more information or to sign up, contact Beverly Michaels at 610.296.7996 or bmichaels@ccls.org.

Art Book Club

The Art Book Club is currently not meeting. For more information, contact Victoria Skelly at victoriacskelly@gmail.com or call Paoli Library at 610.296.7996.

Art Book Club Selections since 2015