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Library Book Clubs

Previous Book Club Selections

Tuesday Evening Book Club 

Time: First Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m.
Location: Cole Community Room
Contact: Elyse Roy @ 760-434-2866 or elyse.roy@carlsbadca.gov

May 2 Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf
In Holt, Colorado, widower Louis Waters is initially thrown when the widowed Addie Moore suggests that they spend time together, in bed, to stave off loneliness. They are soon exchanging the confidences and memories of lives now empty of family, and their hopes for the imminent future. Washington Post review and interview with the wife of the author.

June 6 Johnny Got His Gun by Dalton Trumbo
July 11 The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness by Sy Montgomery
Aug. 1 The Last Painting of Sara de Vos by Dominic Smith
Sept. 5 The Whip by Karen Kondazian
 Oct. 3 White Teeth by Zadie Smith
Nov. 7 Where’d you Go, Bernadette?  by Maria Semple
Dec. 5 The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
Jan. 2 A Room with a View by E. M. Forster
Feb. 6 Eleanor and Hick: The Love Affair that Shaped a First Lady by Susan Quinn

First Wednesday Book Club

Time: First Wednesday of every month at 2 p.m.
Location: Dove Gowland Meeting Room
Contact: Librarian @ 760-602-2038 or liza.blue@carlsbadca.gov

May 3 Hild by Nicola Griffith
A brilliant, lush, sweeping historical novel about the rise of the most powerful woman of the Middle Ages: Hild Hild is born into a world in transition. In seventh-century Britain, small kingdoms are merging, usually violently. A new religion is coming ashore; the old gods' priests are worrying. Edwin of Northumbria plots to become overking of the Angles, ruthlessly using every tool at his disposal: blood, bribery, belief. Hild is the king's youngest niece. She has the powerful curiosity of a bright child, a will of adamant, and a way of seeing the world--of studying nature, of matching cause with effect, of observing human nature and predicting what will happen next--that can seem uncanny, even supernatural, to those around her. She establishes herself as the king's seer. And she is indispensable--until she should ever lead the king astray. The stakes are life and death: for Hild, her family, her loved ones, and the increasing numbers who seek the protection of the strange girl who can read the world and see the future.

June 7 The Last Painting of Sara De Vos by Dominic Smith
July 5 The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen
Aug. 2 The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
Sept. 6 Black Man in a White Coat by Damon Tweedy
Oct. 4 The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters
Nov. 1 Same Kind of Different as Me by Ron Hall & Denver Moore
Dec. 4 Hillbilly Elegy by J. D. Vance

Thursday Afternoon Book Club

Time: Second Thursday of every month at 2 p.m.
Location: Cole Community Room
Contact: Elyse Roy @ 760-434-2866 or elyse.roy@carlsbadca.gov

May 11 Empire of Deception: the Incredible Story of a Master Swindler who Seduced a City and Captivated a Nation by Dean Jobb
It was a time of unregulated madness. And nowhere was it madder than in Chicago at the dawn of the Roaring Twenties ... Enter a slick, smooth-talking, charismatic lawyer named Leo Koretz, who enticed hundreds of people ... to invest as much as $30 million--upwards of $400 million today--in phantom timberland and nonexistent oil wells in Panama ... When Leo's scheme finally collapsed in 1923, he vanished, and the Chicago state's attorney, a man whose lust for power equaled Leo's own lust for money, began an international manhunt that lasted almost a year. Washington Times review, Chicago Tribune review, and author interview.

June  8 Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Thurston
July 13 The Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant
Aug. 10 Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf
Sept. 14 Where’d you Go, Bernadette?  by Maria Semple
Oct. 12 The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
Nov. 9 Imagine me Gone by Adam Haslett
Dec. 14 A Room with a View by E. M. Forster
Jan. 11 The Round House by Louise Erdrich
Feb. 8 Hillbilly Elegy by J. D. Vance

Monday Night Classics Book Club

Time: Fourth Monday of every month at 7 p.m.
Location: Dove Gowland Meeting Room
Contact: Leila Dooley @ 760-434-2881 or leila.dooley@carlsbadca.gov

Apr. 24 The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett
In Dashiell Hammett's famous crime novel, we meet one of the detective-story master's most enchanting creations, Nick and Nora Charles, a rich, glamorous couple who solve homicides in between wisecracks and martinis. At once knowing and unabashedly romantic, The Thin Man is a classic murder mystery that doubles as a sophisticated comedy of manners.

May 22 Henry V by William Shakespeare
June 26 My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell
July 24 The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Aug. 28 Mother Night by Kurt Vonnegut
Sept.25 Emma by Jane Austen
Oct. 23 The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells
Nov. 27 The Caine Mutiny by Herman Wouk