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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

Sept. 5 The Whip by Karen Kondazian
Inspired by the true story of a woman, Charlotte "Charley" Parkhurst (1812-1879) who lived most of her extraordinary life as a man. As a young woman in Rhode Island, she fell in love and had a child. Her husband was lynched and her baby killed. The destruction of her family drove her west to California, dressed as a man, to track down the murder. Charley became a renowned stagecoach driver. She killed a famous outlaw, had a secret love affair, and lived with a housekeeper who, unaware of her true sex, fell in love with her. Charley was the first woman to vote in America (as a man). Book review and author interview.

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 Carlsbad Reads Together (TBA)

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

Sept. 6 Black Man in a White Coat by Damon Tweedy
One doctor's passionate and profound memoir of his experience grappling with race, bias, and the unique health problems of black Americans. When Damon Tweedy begins medical school, he envisions a bright future where his segregated, working-class background will become largely irrelevant. Instead, he finds that he has joined a new world where race is front and center. The recipient of a scholarship designed to increase black student enrollment, Tweedy soon meets a professor who bluntly questions whether he belongs in medical school, a moment that crystallizes the challenges he will face throughout his career. Making matters worse, in lecture after lecture the common refrain for numerous diseases resounds, "More common in blacks than whites." Black Man in a White Coat examines the complex ways in which both black doctors and patients must navigate the difficult and often contradictory terrain of race and medicine.

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

Sept. 14 Where’d you Go, Bernadette?  by Maria Semple
When her notorious, hilarious, volatile, talented, troubled, and agoraphobic mother goes missing, teenage Bee begins a trip that takes her to the ends of the earth to find her. LA Times interview, WSJ interview, NPR review and LA Times review.

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 Carlsbad Reads Together (TBA)

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

Aug. 28 Mother Night by Kurt Vonnegut
Mother Night is a daring challenge to our moral sense. American Howard W. Campbell, Jr., a spy during World War II, is now on trial in Israel as a Nazi war criminal. But is he really guilty? In this brilliant book rife with true gallows humor, Vonnegut turns black and white into a chilling shade of gray with a verdict that will haunt us all.

Sept.25 Emma by Jane Austen
Oct. 23 The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells
Nov. 27 The Caine Mutiny by Herman Wouk