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Book Discussions

Books After Lunch

The library's newest discussion group meets on the third Monday each month at 1:30 p.m. in the Book Club Room, unless otherwise noted. This is a casual group that welcomes readers and is led by a Readers' Advisory Librarian. Registration is not required. For more information, call the Readers' Advisory Desk at 814-3987.

  • December 18, 2017 - The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure
  • January 15, 2018 - Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
  • February 19, 2018 - Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande
  • March 19, 2018 - Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger
  • April 16, 2018 - Franklin and Eleanor: an Extraordinary Marriage by Hazel Rowley
  • May 21, 2018 - The Wonder by Emma Donoghue
  • June 18, 2018 - The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware
  • July 16, 2018 - My Jim by Nancy Rawles
  • August 20, 2018 - The Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person by Shonda Rhimes
  • September 17, 2018 - No One is Coming to Save Us by Stephanie Powell Watts
  • October 15, 2018 - Carmel Clay Reads Selection
  • November 19, 2018 - Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf
  • December 17, 2018 - A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline


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 3,2018 - State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
  • February 7, 2018 - The Turner House by Angela Flournoy
  • March 7, 2018 - The Children Act by Ian McEwan
  • April 4, 2018 - Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf
  • May 2, 2018 - News of the World by Paulette Jiles (The group will need to meet in the 2nd floor Board Room due to early voting)
  • June 6, 2018 - The Stranger in the Woods by Michael Finkel
  • July 11*, 2018 - The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead - *Meeting adjusted for holiday
  • August 1, 2018 - My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout
  • September 5, 2018 - Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
  • October 3, 2018 - Carmel Clay Reads Selection, to be announced
  • November 7, 2018 - Hillbilly Elegy by J. D. Vance
  • December 5, 2018 - The Snows of Kilimanjaro by Ernest Hemingway


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 27, 2017 - Rattlesnake Crossing by J.A. Jance
  • January 24, 2018 - Bruno, Chief of Police by Martin Walker
  • February 28, 2018 - The Bone Collector by Jeffery Deaver
  • March 28, 2018- Thin Air by Ann Cleeves
  • April 25, 2018 - Double Whammy by Carl Hiaasen
  • May 23, 2018 - The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler
  • June 27, 2018- Dark Fire by C.J. Sansom
  • July 25, 2018- And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
  • August 22, 2018 - Suffer the Innocent by C. Vaughn Mobley
  • September 26, 2018 - Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz
  • October 24, 2018 - The Long and Faraway Gone by Lou Berney
  • November 28, 2018 - Death in Brittany by Jean-Luc Bannalec
  • December 19, 2018 - In the Best Families by Rex Stout


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 10, 2018 - Persuasion by Jane Austen
  • February 14, 2018 - The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
  • March 14, 2018 - The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
  • April 11, 2018 - The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena
  • May 9, 2018 - Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond
  • June 13, 2018 - The Light of Paris by Eleanor Brown
  • July 11, 2018 - Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey
  • August 8, 2018 - The Chilbury Ladies' Choir by Jennifer Ryan
  • September 12, 2018 - The Stars are Fire by Anita Shreve
  • October 10, 2018 - Carmel Clay Reads Selection
  • November 14, 2018 - News of the World by Paulette Jiles
  • December 12, 2018 - A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

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.

  • December 13, 2017 - My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry by Fredrick Backman
  • January 10, 2018 - The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware
  • February 14, 2018 - Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
  • March 14, 2018 - The Zookeeper's Wife by Diane Ackerman
  • April 11, 2018 - : Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler
  • May 9, 2018 - The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson
  • June 13, 2018 - The Alice Network by Kate Quinn
  • July 11, 2018 - Before the Fall by Noah Hawley
  • August 8, 2018 - A Long Way Home by SarooBrierly
  • September 12, 2018 - Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
  • October 10, 2018 - Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult
  • November 14, 2018 - The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
  • December 12, 2018 - The Circle by Dave Eggers

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.

What We're Reading

The Royal Nanny
Karen Harper

Charlotte Bill arrives in Sandringham in 1897 to care for a generation of royals. Neither Charlotte (Lala as the children name her) nor anyone else can predict that the eldest sons David and Bertie will each one day be king. Lala knows these children, and the four siblings that follow, need her loyalty and unconditional affection.