2nd-Friday Book Club

The 2nd-Friday Book Club usually meets on the second Friday of the month at 10:30 a.m. We are currently meeting both at the Library and on Zoom in a hybrid format. This is subject to change so please check back for updates.  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.

The 2nd-Friday Book Club will be meeting every month with the exception of December. In the Spring, members make suggestions and vote on the titles that will be discussed starting 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 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.

The 2nd-Friday Book Club will be taking a break in July and August but will start back up with a new season of selections in September. Check back soon for next season’s selections.  If you would like more information about the book club, or if you would like to join us, send an email to: library@pelhamlibrary.org

Fall 2023 — Spring 2024

September 8Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty by Patrick Radden Keefe
October 13This is Happiness by Niall Williams
November 10In the Distance by Hernan Diaz
December 8The Accidental Tourist by Anne Tyler
January No meeting
February 9The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray
March 8Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus
April 12Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
May 10Horse by Geraldine Brooks
June 14Hello Beautiful by Ann Napolitano

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 2022 — Spring 2023

September 9The Five Wounds by Kirsten Valdez Quade
October 14The Brooklyn Follies by Paul Auster
November 11All the Rivers by Dorit Rabinyan
December No Meeting
January 13Citizens of London: The Americans Who Stood with
Britain in Its Darkest, Finest Hour
by Lynne Olson
February 10Song Yet Sung by James McBride
March 10How Beautiful We Were by Imbolo Mbue
April 14The Book of Eels: Our Enduring Fascination With the Most
Mysterious Creature in the Natural World
by Patrik Svensson
May 12The Lions of Fifth Avenue by Fiona Davis
June 2Oh William!: A Novel by Elizabeth Strout
July 14The Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie R. King
August 11Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford

Fall 2021 — Spring 2022

September 10The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
October 8Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger
November 12The Shipping News by Annie Proulx
December No Meeting
January 14The Night Watchman by Louise Erdich
February 11Miracle at St. Anna by James McBride
March 11Circe by Madeline Miller
April 8The Beekeeper of Aleppo: A Novel by Christi Lefteri
May 13Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam
June 10A Woman is No Man: A Novel by Etaf Rum
July 8The Tender Bar: A Memoir by J.R. Moehringer
August 19Last Summer at the Golden Hotel by Elyssa Friedland

Fall 2020 — Spring 2021

September 11Olive, Again by Elizabeth Strout
October 9Florida by Lauren Groff
November 13The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson
December No Meeting
January 8The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson
February 12Metropolitan Stories by Christine Coulson
March 12Inland by Tea Obreht
April 9The Beneficiary by Janny Scott
May 14Sea Wife by Amity Gaige
June 11The Alchemist by Paul Coelho
July 9Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand
August 13Double Whammy by Carl Hiaasen

Fall 2019 — Spring 2020

SeptemberUnsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver
October Hidden Figures: The true story of four black women
and the space race
by Margot Lee Shetterly
NovemberWhere the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
December No Meeting
JanuaryLast Hope Island: Britain, occupied Europe and the
Brotherhood that helped turn the tide of war
by Lynne Olsen
FebruaryThe Friend by Sigrid Nunez
March The Soul of an Octopus: A surprising exploration into the
wonder of consciousness
by Sy Montgomery
AprilThe Plague by Albert Camus
MayMy Korean Deli: Risking It All For a Convenience Store by Ben Ryder Howe
JuneBeautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
JulyOrphan Train by Christina Baker
AugustBaby, You're Gonna be Mine by Kevin Wilson

Fall 2018 — Spring 2019

SeptemberAmerican Pastoral by Philip Roth
October Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
NovemberAnything Is Possible by Elizabeth Strout
December No Meeting
January Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan
FebruaryThe Milk Lady of Bangalore : An Unexpected Adventure by Shoba Narayan
MarchHag-Seed: The Tempest Retold by Margaret Atwood
April The Liars’ Club by Mary Karr
May Anil’s Ghost by Michael Ondaatje
June The Moviegoer by Walker Percy

Fall 2017 — Spring 2018

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

Fall 2016 – Spring 2017

September The Hare With Amber Eyes by Edmund de Waal
October Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
November My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout
DecemberThe Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
JanuaryNo meeting
February Plainsong by Kent Haruf
March The Master (possibly combined
with The Turn of the Screw) by Colm Toibin
April Binocular Vision by Edith Pearlman
May Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
JuneThe 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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