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. In the event of a holiday, the Book Club may be re-scheduled. 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, her husband and son have lived here for 18 years following eight years in London. She is an avid reader of fiction and non-fiction, and has been a book club junkie for seven years.

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

We are currently on our summer hiatus. Our next meeting will be held in September. Our new reading list for the 2018-2019 season will be posted in early July. In the meantime, please take a look at one of our previous selections — The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead (click on the cover to learn more):

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

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.

September 2016 – June 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

October 2015 – June 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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