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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.

  • January 7, 2015 - Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
  • February 4, 2015 - Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  • March 4, 2015 - Carmel Clay Reads
  • April 1, 2015 - Mary Coin by Marisa Silver
  • May 6, 2015 - The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
  • June 3, 2015 - The Good Lord Bird by James McBride
  • July 1, 2015 - The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
  • August 5, 2015 - All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  • September 2, 2015 - The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
  • October 7, 2015 - Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • November 4, 2015 - So Big by Edna Ferber
  • December 2, 2015 - A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote


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

  • January 28, 2015 - M is for Malice by Sue Grafton
  • February 25, 2015 - The Kill Artist by Daniel Silva
  • March 25, 2015 - The 13th Juror by John Lescroart
  • April 22, 2015 - Pale Gray for Guilt by John MacDonald
  • May 27, 2015 - One Shot by Lee Child
  • June 24, 2015 - Death in the Stocks by Georgette Heyer
  • July 22, 2015 - Snow White Must Die by Nele Neuhaus
  • August 26, 2015 - The Nine Tailors by Dorothy Sayers
  • September 23, 2015 - The Wrong Girl by Hank Phillippi Ryan
  • October 28, 2015 - Friend of the Devil by Peter Robinson
  • November 18, 2015 - At Bertram's Hotel by Agatha Christie
  • December 16, 2015 - Dangerous Davies: The Last Detective by Leslie Thomas


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.

  • January 14, 2015 - The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier
  • February 11, 2015 - The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman
  • March 11, 2015 - Carmel Clay Reads pick (to be determined)
  • April 8, 2015 - Under the Wide and Starry Sky by Nancy Horan
  • May 13, 2015 - The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
  • June 10, 2015 - 1984 by George Orwell
  • July 8, 2015 - Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
  • August 12, 2015 - The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
  • September 9, 2015 - That Summer by Lauren Willig
  • October 14, 2015 - All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  • November 11, 2015 - The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
  • December 9, 2015 - The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty

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 2015 - When She Woke by Hilary Jordan
  • July 2015 - Zone One by Colson Whitehead
  • August 2015 - Cartwheel by Jennifer Dubois
  • September 2015 - Room by Emma Donoghue
  • October 2015 - The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant
  • November 2015 - American Gods by Neil Gaiman
  • December 2015 - The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer

What We're Reading

Bitter Greens
Kate Forsyth

At the age of sixteen, Charlotte-Rose leaves her Gascon home, Chateau de Cazeneuve, to live at the court of Louis XIV. She becomes a maid of honor to the queen and is known for her witty writing. But her scandalous affairs with noblemen and satirical verses bring her to the king's attention. Charlotte-Rose must choose banishment to an abbey or lose her pension from the king.