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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

Apr. 4 Girl Waits with Gun by Amy Stewart
Constance Kopp doesn't quite fit the mold. She towers over most men, has no interest in marriage or domestic affairs, and has been isolated from the world since a family secret sent her and her sisters from city to country fifteen years ago. When a powerful, ruthless factory owner runs down their buggy, a dispute over damages turns into a war of bricks, bullets, and threats as he unleashes his gang on their family farm. The sheriff enlists her help, and it turns out Constance has a knack for outwitting (and disarming) the criminal element which might just take her back out into the world and onto a new path in life. Washington Post review, NPR review and NPR interview.

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

Apr. 5 The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald
Broken Wheel, Iowa, has never seen anyone like Sara, who traveled all the way from Sweden just to meet her pen pal, Amy. When she arrives, however, she finds that Amy's funeral has just ended. Luckily, the townspeople are happy to look after their bewildered tourist--even if they don't understand her peculiar need for books. Marooned in a farm town that's almost beyond repair, Sara starts a bookstore in honor of her friend's memory. All she wants is to share the books she loves with the citizens of Broken Wheel and to convince them that reading is one of the great joys of life. But she makes some unconventional choices that could force a lot of secrets into the open and change things for everyone in town.

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

Apr. 13 A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
A curmudgeon hides a terrible personal loss beneath a cranky and short-tempered exterior while clashing with new neighbors, a boisterous family whose chattiness and habits lead to unexpected friendship. NY Times review, author interview, and Author audio interview.

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

Mar. 27 The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson 
The story of four seekers who arrive at a notoriously unfriendly pile called Hill House: Dr. Montague, an occult scholar looking for solid evidence of a "haunting"; Theodora, his lighthearted assistant; Eleanor, a friendless, fragile young woman well acquainted with poltergeists; and Luke, the future heir of Hill House. At first, their stay seems destined to be merely a spooky encounter with inexplicable phenomena. But Hill House is gathering its powers -- and soon it will choose one of them to make its own.

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