2nd-Friday Book Club

The 2nd-Friday Book Club meets on the second Friday of the month at 10:30 a.m. in the Library’s Program Room. Please see the chart below, or visit the Library’s calendar, for Book Club dates and join us. Upcoming titles for discussion are listed below.

This Book Club meets monthly from September to June with the exception of December. 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 Book Club at any time. We hope to see you here!

Facilitated by Carol Ipsen, who spent over 20 years as a journalist for Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, Newsday, Reader’s Digest, and other publications. She is an avid reader of fiction and non-fiction, and has been a book club junkie for many years.

Generously funded by a gift in memory of Karin and Ted Mayer.

The next meeting of the 2nd-Friday Book Club will be on Friday, February 14, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. when we will discuss The Friend by Sigrid Nunez. Click on the cover to learn more:

Fall 2019 — Spring 2020

September 13Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver
October 18Hidden Figures: The true story of four black women
and the space race
by Margot Lee Shetterly
November 8Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
December No Meeting
January 10Last Hope Island: Britain, occupied Europe and the
Brotherhood that helped turn the tide of war
by Lynne Olsen
February 14The Friend by Sigrid Nunez
March 13The Soul of an Octopus: A surprising exploration into the
wonder of consciousness
by Sy Montgomery
April 0My Korean Deli: Risking it all for a convenience store by Ben Ryder Howe
May 8Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
June 12Midnight in Peking: How the murder of a young
Englishwoman haunted the last days of old China
by Paul French

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.

Fall 2018 — Spring 2019

September 21American Pastoral by Philip Roth
October 12Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
November 9Anything Is Possible by Elizabeth Strout
December No Meeting
January 11Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan
February 8The Milk Lady of Bangalore : An Unexpected Adventure by Shoba Narayan
March 8Hag-Seed: The Tempest Retold by Margaret Atwood
April 12The Liars’ Club by Mary Karr
May 10Anil’s Ghost by Michael Ondaatje
June 14The Moviegoer by Walker Percy

Fall 2017 — Spring 2018

September 8Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
October 13 The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Annie Barrows
November 10Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
December No Meeting
January 12The Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders
and the Birth of the FBI
by David Grann
February 9The Innocent by Ian McEwan
March 9A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
April 13The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
May 11The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry
June 8Between Them: Remembering My Parents by Richard Ford

Fall 2016 – Spring 2017

September 9The Hare With Amber Eyes by Edmund de Waal
October 14 Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
November 11My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout
December 9The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
JanuaryNo meeting
February 17Plainsong by Kent Haruf
March 10The Master (possibly combined
with The Turn of the Screw) by Colm Toibin
April 14Binocular Vision by Edith Pearlman
May 12Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
June 9The Noise of Time by Julian Barnes

Fall 2015 – Spring 2016

October Ragtime by E. L. Doctorow
November The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat by Oliver Sacks
December Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman
February Sea of Poppies by Amitav Ghosh
March Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
April An Unnecessary Woman by Rabih Alameddine
May The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
June Some Luck by Jane Smiley

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