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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 7, 2016 - "The Overcoat" by Nikolai Gogol
  • January 4, 2017 - The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George
  • February 1, 2017 - The Ghost Map by Steven Johnson
  • March 1, 2017 - Prayers for the Stolen by Jennifer Clement
  • April 5, 2017 - A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
  • May 3, 2017 - My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor
  • June 7, 2017 - Tallgrass by Sandra Dallas
  • July 5, 2017 - The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder
  • August 2, 2017 - A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marr
  • September 6, 2017 - On Beauty by Zadie Smith
  • October 4, 2017 - Carmel Clay Reads Selection
  • November 1, 2017 - For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
  • December 6, 2017 - "For Esmé-with Love and Squalor" by J.D. Salinger


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

  • 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.

  • November 9, 2016 - A Spy Among Friends by Ben Macintyre
  • December 14, 2016 - The Boston Girl by Anita Diamont
  • January 11, 2017 - A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler
  • February 8, 2017 - The Johnstown Flood by David McCullough
  • March 8, 2017 - The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende
  • April 12, 2017 - The Turner House by Angela Flournoy
  • May 10, 2017 - A Memory of Violets by Hazel Gaynor
  • June 14, 2017 - Us by David Nicholls
  • July 12, 2017 - Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker by Jennifer Chiaverini
  • August 9, 2017 - The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty
  • September 13, 2017 - At the Edge of the Orchard by Tracy Chevalier
  • October 11, 2017 -Carmel Clay Reads selection (TBD)
  • November 8, 2017 - Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
  • December 13, 2017 - The Passenger by Lisa Lutz

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.

  • November 9, 2016 - A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra
  • December 14, 2016 - Prayers for the Stolen by Jennifer Clement
  • January 11, 2017 - The Light Between Oceans by ML Stedman
  • February 8, 2017 - The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty
  • March 8, 2017 - The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton
  • April 12, 2017 - The Astronaut Wives Club by Lily Koppel
  • May 10, 2017 - The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
  • June 14, 2017 - Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
  • July 12, 2017 - Stiff: The Curious Life of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach
  • August 9, 2017 - The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories by Ken Liu
  • September 13, 2017 - The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure
  • October 11, 2017 - A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
  • November 8, 2017 - The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  • December 13, 2017 - My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry by Fredrick Backman

Spanish Language Book Group

This group meets the first Thursday of the month (except for December) at 7:00 p.m. in the Book Group Room. This discussion is an immersive experience; once you enter the Book Group Room, you are to speak only Spanish. Registration is not required. For more information, call the Readers' Advisory Desk at 814-3987.

  • October 6, 2016 -- Las Pequenas memorias by Jose Saramago
  • November 3, 2016 -- La Musica para Clara by Elizabeth Subercaseaux
  • January 5, 2017 -- Misericordia by Benito Perez Galdos
  • February 2, 2017 -- La Reina Descalza by Ildefonso Falcones
  • March 2, 2017 -- El Mundo de Afuera by Jorge Franco

What We're Reading

The Hating Game
Sally Thorne

Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman are the assistants to the co-CEOs of Bexley & Gamin, recently merged publishing houses with two very different ideas of how to run a business. From the very start, Lucy and Joshua try to one- up the other in every aspect of their job -- until an announcement is made for a new promotion, and only one of them can have it.