After-Dark Book Club

The Library’s After-Dark Book Club for adults usually meets on the first Thursday of the month at 7:30 pm in the Library’s Program Room — with the exception, during the 2016-17 series, of March — when it will meet on the 9th. For meeting dates and selected books, please see below or check out the Library’s events calendar and join us.

The After-Dark Book Club “season” is from September to June with the exception of January. In the Spring, members make suggestions and vote on the titles that will be discussed when the Book Club resumes in September. At the monthly meetings, participants may pick up the next month’s book for discussion at the Circulation Desk. New members are welcome to join the After-Dark Book Club at any time. We hope to see you here!

Our next meeting will be on Thursday, May 4, 2017 when the Club will discuss Under the Udala Trees by Chinelo Okparanta (click on the cover to learn more):

September 2016 – June 2017

September 8Everyone Brave Is Forgiven by Chris Cleave
October 6No Great Mischief by Alistair MacLeod
November 3The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
December 1Fire Shut Up in My Bones: A Memoir by Charles M. Blow
JanuaryNo meeting
February 2The Witch of Lime Street: Séance, Seduction, and Houdini in the Spirit World by David Jaher
March 9 (Note: This is the second Thursday.)Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter by Mario Vargas Llosa
April 6Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family by Amy Ellis Nutt
May 4Under the Udala Trees by Chinelo Okparanta
June 1The Last Painting of Sara De Vos by Dominic Smith

February – June 2016

FebruaryWe Are Not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas
MarchStoner by John Williams
AprilThe History of Love by Nicole Krauss
MayOur Souls at Night: A Novel by Kent Haruf
JuneDead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson

Previous Titles

We hope that the titles below give you a taste of the types of books our club members enjoy discussing. Looking for a good read? Please see our Book Club Recommendations featuring books we especially enjoyed.

2015

FebruaryThe Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
MarchThe Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman
April Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner
MayThe Submission by Amy Waldman
JuneCaleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks
SeptemberAll the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
OctoberMe Before You by JoJo Moyes
NovemberThe Quiet American by Graham Greene
DecemberThe Spectator Bird by Wallace Stegner

2014

February The Art of Fielding, by Chad Harbach
March Please Look After Mom, by Kyung-Sook Shin
April The Sandcastle Girls, by Chris Bohjalian
May The Sense of Ending, by Julian Barnes
June Maine, by Courtney Sullivan
September Cutting for Stone, by Abraham Verghese
October Citizens of London: The Americans Who Stood with Britain in Its Darkest, Finest Hour,
by Lynne Olson
November The Island Beneath the Sea, by Isabelle Allende
December My Beloved World, by Sonia Sotomayor

2013

February Wolf Totem, by Jiang Rong
March The Space Between Us, by Thrity Umrigar
April Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake, by Anna Quindlen
May Next to Love, by Ellen Feldman
June Runaway, by Alice Munro
September Daughters of the Revolution, by Carolyn Cooke
October Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley
November This is How You Lose Her, by Junot Diaz
December Behind the Beautiful Forevers:  Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity, by Katherine Boo

2012

February One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd, by Jim Fergus
March The Privileges, by Jonathan Dee
April The Birth of Venus, by Sara Dunant (Also POETRY)
May Nine Stories, by J.D. Salinger
June Unaccustomed Earth, by Jhumpa Lahiri
September People of the Book, by Geraldine Brooks
October Cleopatra:  A Life, by Stacy Schiff
November Half of a Yellow Sun, by Adichie Chimamanda Ngozi
December Paris Wife, by Paula McCain

2011

February Saving the World, by Julia Alvarez
March Who Occupies this House, by Kathleen Hill
April Sarah’s Key, by Tatiana de Rosnay
May The Help, by Kathryn Stockett
June Let the Great World Spin, by Colum McCann
September Little Bee, by Chris Cleave
October Olive Kitteridge, by Elizabeth Strout
November Shadow of the Wind, by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
December A Gesture Life, by Chang-Rae Lee

2010

February The Book Theif, by Markus Zusak
March Before You Know Kindness, by Chris Bohjalian
April A Backward Glance, by Edith Wharton
May Autobiography of a Face, Lucy Grealy & Truth and Beauty by Ann Patchett
June Eat, Pray, Love, by Elizabeth Gilbert
September No Meeting
October South of Broad, by Pat Conroy
November The Hour I First Believed, by Wally Lamb
December A Room with a View, by E.M. Forster

2009

February Empire Falls, by Richard Russo
March A Lesson Before Dying, by Ernest Gaines (the Big Read)
April Nothing Like it in the World, by Stephen Ambrose
May Three Junes, by Julia Glass
June The Full Matilda, by David Haynes
September Three Cups of Tea, by Greg Mortenson
October No meeting
November Revolutionary Road, by Richard Yates
December The Glass Castle, by Jeannette Walls

2008

February The Looming Tower, by Lawrence Wright
March Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston
April Suite Francaise, by Irene Nemirovsky
May A Thousand Splendid Suns, by Khalid Hosseini
June On the Road, by Jack Kerouac
September One Hundred Years of Solitude, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
October Water for Elephants, by Sara Gruen
November Say You’re One of Them, by Uwem Akpen
December Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, by Lisa See

2007

February The Lighthouse, by P.D. James
March The Falls, by Joyce Carol Oates
April no meeting
May The Mayor of Lexington Avenue, by James Sheehan
June The City of Falling Angels, by John Berendt
September Digging to America, by Anne Tyler
October no meeting
November Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China, by Jung Chang
December The Memory Keeper’s Daughter, by Kim Edwards

 

Thanks to our Book Club members, Joanne Davies, and Claudia Gisolfi for compiling this reading record.

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