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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 2, 2015 - A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote
  • January 6, 2016 - The Moon and Sixpence by W. Somerset Maugham
  • February 3, 2016 - I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
  • March 2, 2016 - The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty
  • April 6, 2016 - Euphoria by Lily King
  • May 4, 2016 - Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of the President by Candice Millard
  • 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

  • November 18, 2015 - At Bertram's Hotel by Agatha Christie
  • December 16, 2015 - Dangerous Davies: The Last Detective by Leslie Thomas
  • January 27, 2016 - The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
  • February 24, 2016 - How the Light Gets In by Louise Penny
  • March 23, 2016 - The Last Policeman by Ben Winters
  • April 27, 2016 - No Second Chance by Harlan Coben
  • May 25, 2016 - Those Who Wish Me Dead by Michael Koryta
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • November 2015 - American Gods by Neil Gaiman
  • December 2015 - The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer
  • January 14, 2015 - All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  • February 11, 2015 - Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
  • March 10, 2015 - The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach
  • April 14, 2015 - The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
  • May 12, 2015 - Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
  • June 9, 2015 - The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
  • July 14, 2015 - The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
  • August 11, 2015 - The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
  • September 8, 2015 - The Secret History by Donna Tartt
  • October 13, 2015 -- Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
  • November 10, 2015 - A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra
  • December 8, 2015 - Prayers for the Stolen by Jennifer Clement

What We're Reading

Primates of Park Avenue: A Memoir
Wednesday Martin

When Wednesday Martin moves from New York's West Village to the Upper East Side with her husband and toddler son, her entire life changes. She throws herself into fitting in to what she calls the "haves, have-mores, and have-mosts" culture of her Park Avenue neighborhood, where a person's address can make or break their social interactions. While she has the right neighborhood under her belt, Martin still struggles to make friends for herself and her young son. Even after getting into a "top-tier" preschool (which required a lot more than just an application), they are left out of playdates and rarely spoken to. So Martin, who has a background in anthropology, decides to put those skills to use on her fellow Manhattan mommies in the style of Jane Goodall and the other primate researchers who came before her.