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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

July 11 The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness by Sy Montgomery
In this astonishing book from the author of the bestselling memoir The Good Good Pig, Sy Montgomery explores the emotional and physical world of the octopus--a surprisingly complex, intelligent, and spirited creature--and the remarkable connections it makes with humans. NPR review, author website, and author interview.

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

July 5 The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen
It is April 1975, and Saigon is in chaos. At his villa, a general of the South Vietnamese army is drinking whiskey and, with the help of his trusted captain, drawing up a list of those who will be given passage aboard the last flights out of the country. The general and his compatriots start a new life in Los Angeles, unaware that one among their number, the captain, is secretly observing and reporting on the group to a higher-up in the Viet Cong. The Sympathizer is the story of this captain: a man brought up by an absent French father and a poor Vietnamese mother, a man who went to university in America, but returned to Vietnam to fight for the Communist cause.

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

July 13 The Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant
Turning fifteen in Renaissance Florence, Alessandra Cecchi becomes intoxicated with the works of a young painter whom her father has brought to the city to decorate the family's Florentine palazzo. NPR audio review and author interview.

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

June 26 My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell
When the unconventional Durrell family can no longer endure the damp, gray English climate, they do what any sensible family would do: sell their house and relocate to the sunny Greek isle of Corfu. My Family and Other Animals was intended to embrace the natural history of the island but ended up as a delightful account of Durrell's family's experiences, from the many eccentric hangers-on to the ceaseless procession of puppies, toads, scorpions, geckoes, ladybugs, glowworms, octopuses, bats, and butterflies into their home.

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