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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

Mar. 7 The Book of Salt by Monique Truong
In Paris, in 1934, Binh has accompanied his employers, Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas, to the train station for their departure to America. His own destination is unclear: will he go with "the Steins," stay in France, or return to Vietnam? Binh fled his homeland in disgrace. For five years, he has been the live-in cook at the famous apartment at 27 Rue de Fleurus. Before Binh's decision is revealed, his narrative catapults us back to his youth in French-colonized Vietnam, his years as a galley hand at sea, and his days turning out fragrant repasts for the doyennes of the Lost Generation. He is a habitue of the Paris demimonde, an exile and an alien, a man of musings and memories, and, possibly, lies. Love is the prize that has eluded him, from his family to the men he has sought out, often at his peril. NY Times review, author interview and KCRW radio.

Apr. 4 Girl Waits with Gun by Amy Stewart
May 2 Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf
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

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

Mar. 1 How it All Began by Penelope Lively
The mugging of a retired schoolteacher on a London street has unexpected repercussions for her friends and neighbors when it inadvertently reveals an illicit love affair, leads to a business partnership, and helps an immigrant to reinvent his life.

Apr. 5 The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald
May 3 Hild by Nicola Griffith
June 7 The Last Painting of Sara De Vos by Dominic Smith


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

Mar. 9 The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George
There are books that are suitable for a million people, others for only a hundred. There are even remedies--I mean books--that were written for one person only...A book is both medic and medicine at once. It makes a diagnosis as well as offering therapy. Putting the right novels to the appropriate ailments: that's how I sell books." Monsieur Perdu calls himself a literary apothecary. From his floating bookstore in a barge on the Seine, he prescribes novels for the hardships of life. Using his intuitive feel for the exact book a reader needs, Perdu mends broken hearts and souls. The only person he can't seem to heal through literature is himself; he's still haunted by heartbreak after his great love disappeared. She left him with only a letter, which he has never opened. After Perdu is finally tempted to read the letter, he hauls anchor and departs on a mission to the south of France, hoping to make peace with his loss and discover the end of the story. Joined by a bestselling but blocked author and a lovelorn Italian chef, Perdu travels along the country's rivers, dispensing his wisdom and his books, showing that the literary world can take the human soul on a journey to heal itself. Internationally bestselling and filled with warmth and adventure, The Little Paris Bookshop is a love letter to books, meant for anyone who believes in the power of stories to shape people's lives. Author interview and website.

Apr. 13 A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
May 11 Empire of Deception: the Incredible Story of a Master Swindler who Seduced a City and Captivated a Nation by Dean Jobb
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

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

Feb. 27 Into the Beautiful North by Luis Urrea (Carlsbad Reads Together)
Nineteen-year-old Nayeli works at a taco shop in her Mexican village and dreams about her father, who journeyed to the US when she was young. Recently, it has dawned on her that he isn't the only man who has left town. In fact, there are almost no men in the village--they've all gone north. While watching The Magnificent Seven, Nayeli decides to go north herself and recruit seven men--her own "Siete Magníficos"--to repopulate her hometown and protect it from the bandidos who plan on taking it over. Events for Carlsbad Reads Together.

Mar. 27 The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
Apr. 24 The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett
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