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Book Discussions

Critical Mass

Are you interested in interacting with other people who love reading? Do you enjoy making sense out of what you read through discussion, and tackling books you may not normally try on your own? Then this group is for you!

The library's evening book discussion group meets on the first Wednesday of each month from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. in the Book Club Room. Readers' Advisory librarians will lead the discussions, which typically focus on serious literature such as classics and award winners.

Registration is not required. For more information, call the Readers' Advisory Desk at 814-3987.

  • December 4, 2013 - Slaughter-house Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  • January 8, 2014 - Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns
  • February 5, 2014 - The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
  • March 5, 2014 - Carmel Clay Reads the Arts
  • April 2, 2014 - Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt
  • May 7, 2014- The Magnificent Ambersons by Booth Tarkington
  • June 4, 2014 - The Round House by Louise Erdrich
  • July 2, 2014 - Once Upon a River by Bonnie Jo Campbell
  • August 6, 2014 - The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
  • September 3, 2014 - The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot
  • October 1, 2014 - A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
  • November 5, 2014 - The Light in the Ruins by Chris Bohjalian
  • December 3, 2014 - And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini

Mystery Book Group

Meetings are held the 4th Wednesday of each month, at 7:00 p.m. in the Book Club Room of the Carmel Clay Public Library

  • December 18, 2013 - The Murders in the Rue Morgue: The Dupin Tales by Edgar Allan Poe
  • January 22, 2014 - The Shanghai Moon by S.J. Rozan
  • February 26, 2014 - The Draining Lake by Arnaldur Indridason
  • March 26, 2014 - Self's Punishment by Bernhard Schlink
  • April 23, 2014 - The Snack Thief by Andrea Camilleri
  • May 28, 2014 - Audition for Murder by P.M. Carlson
  • June 25, 2014 - Nine Dragons by Michael Connelly
  • July 23, 2014 - Tishomingo Blues by Elmore Leonard
  • August 27, 2014 - The First Rumpole Omnibus by John Mortimer
  • September 24, 2014 - The Shanghai Murders by David Rotenberg
  • October 22, 2014 - A Thief of Time by Tony Hillerman
  • November 19,2014 - Firestorm by Nevada Barr
  • December 17, 2014 - The Third Man by Graham Greene

Page Turners

Page Turners is a book discussion group that meets on the second Wednesday morning of each month from 9:30 to 11:00. We are a lively group who enjoy a variety of fiction works as well as an occasional biography or work of non-fiction. Led by a Readers' Advisory Librarian, the group is casual in format and everyone is encouraged to participate.

Registration is not required. For more information, call the Readers' Advisory Desk at 814-3987.

  • December 11, 2013 - Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward
  • January 8, 2014 - The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
  • February 12, 2014 - Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver
  • March 12, 2014 - Carmel Clay Reads selection
  • April 9, 2014 - The Expats by Chris Pavone
  • May 14, 2014 - Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
  • June 11, 2014 - The Aviator's Wife by Melanie Benjamin
  • July 9, 2014 - The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom
  • August 13, 2014 - The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult
  • September 10, 2014 - My Ántonia by Willa Cather
  • October 8, 2014 - Istanbul Passage by Joseph Kanon
  • November 12, 2014 - The Destiny of the Republic by Candice Millard
  • December 10, 2014 - The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri

What We're Reading

Savage Girl
Jean Zimmerman

Can a savage girl, supposedly raised by wolves in the wilderness, be civilized? This is the premise of Jean Zimmerman's second historical thriller Savage Girl. While on a tour of the American West, the wealthy Delegate family discovers a wild girl in a Nevada backwater town freak show. Patriarch Freddy Delegate, an advocate of the new field of psychology, determines that they can change the girl from her "savage" state into a "civilized" person so they decide to take her back to New York to carry out this transformation and integrate her into Manhattan's social elite.