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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.

  • June 1, 2016 - My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante
  • July 6, 2016 - Some Luck by Jane Smiley
  • August 3, 2016 - 84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff
  • September 7, 2016 - Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
  • October 5, 2016 - Carmel Clay Reads
  • November 2, 2016 - Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger
  • December 7, 2016 - "The Overcoat" by Nikolai Gogol

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

  • June 22, 2016 - Blood Shot by Sara Paretsky
  • July 27, 2016 - Night Fall by Nelson DeMille
  • August 24, 2016 - Last Bus to Woodstock by Colin Dexter
  • September 28, 2016 - The Bone is Pointed by Arthur Upfield
  • October 26, 2016 - Wicked Autumn by G.M. Malliet
  • November 16, 2016 - Whiskey Sour by J.A. Konrath
  • December 28, 2016 - The Chill by Ross Macdonald

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.

  • June 8, 2016 - Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
  • July 13, 2016 - Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger
  • August 10, 2016 - A Room With a View by E. M. Forster
  • September 14, 2016 - Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
  • October 12, 2016 - Carmel Clay Reads selection
  • November 9, 2016 - A Spy Among Friends by Ben Macintyre
  • December 14, 2016 - The Boston Girl by Anita Diamont

Read Between the Wines

Are you the kind of person who can't sit through a book without fried food and a cold beer? Do you find yourself longing, while reading, for a vinyl booth and sticky table? Does a book not truly end until you've discussed it over a drink? Then the library has just the book club for you. Read Between the Wines is a book club for people in their 20s and 30s who want to talk books while trying out local breweries, pubs and restaurants. The club will meet monthly in venues throughout Carmel.

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

  • June 9, 2016 - The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
  • July 13, 2016 - The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
  • August 10, 2016 - The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
  • September 14, 2016 - The Secret History by Donna Tartt
  • October 12, 2016 -- Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
  • November 9, 2016 - A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra
  • December 14, 2016 - Prayers for the Stolen by Jennifer Clement

What We're Reading

The Emperor of All Maladies
Siddhartha Mukherjee

Oncologist and cancer researcher Siddhartha Mukherjee uses science, history and sociology to document cancer through the ages. Reaching back as far as a thousand years ago to the first oblique mentions of cancer, he uses meticulously researched anecdotes to explain how our understanding of the disease has broadened and sharpened over the years.