Book Discussions

Our animated discussions of current and classic books are for adults. New members are always welcome. No sign-up is necessary. Just come! Use the catalog search link above to reserve a copy or read book reviews.

Upcoming Events

09/08/2018
11:00 AM

The Botany of Desire

Saturday Samplers
The Botany of Desire: A Plant’s-Eye View of the World  (2001) • Michael Pollan
Michael Pollan ingeniously demonstrates how people and domesticated plants have formed a similarly reciprocal relationship, masterfully linking four fundamental human desires—sweetness, beauty, intoxication, and control—with the plants that satisfy them: the apple, the tulip, marijuana, and the potato. No sign-up is needed. Just come! [Please note start time.]

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09/15/2018
10:30 AM

Fifty Book Challenge

booksstackxxJoin our challenge to read fifty books in a year. The group meets several times a year for reading suggestions, feedback and refreshments. Link here to our 50 Book Challenge resources. New members are always welcome. Free. Click here to email Pat Kennedy-Grant to receive meeting reminders and other information.

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09/25/2018
10:30 AM

Educated: A Memoir

Memoirs & Coffee – with Pat Kennedy-Grant
Educated: A Memoir (2018) • Tara Westover
A universal coming-of-age story that gets to the heart of what an education is and what it offers: the perspective to see one’s life through new eyes, and the will to change it. Free. No sign-up is needed. Just come!

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10/06/2018
3:30 PM

Frankenstein

Saturday Samplers
Frankenstein (1818) • Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
At once a Gothic thriller, a passionate romance, and a cautionary tale about the dangers of science, Frankenstein tells the story of committed science student Victor Frankenstein who’s obsessed with discovering the cause of generation and life and bestowing animation upon lifeless matter. Gillian Hettinger will join us to examine the fascinating and scandalous lives of Mary Shelley, Percy Bysshe Shelley, and Lord Byron–all key figures of the Romantic era. No sign-up is needed. Just come! [Please note start time.]

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10/23/2018
10:30 AM

In Search of Mary Shelley

Memoirs & Coffee – with Pat Kennedy-Grant
In Search of Mary Shelley: The Girl Who Wrote Frankenstein (2018) • Fiona Sampson
Sampson has written a book that finally answers the question of how it was that a nineteen-year-old came to write a novel so dark, mysterious, anguished, and psychologically astute that it continues to resonate two centuries later. Free. No sign-up is needed. Just come!

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