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 normally meets monthly from September to June with the exception of December. This year, however, we will also be meeting in July and August. 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 2nd-Friday Book Club will meet online using video conferencing on Friday,  August 14, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. when we will discuss Baby, You’re Gonna Be Mine: Stories by Kevin Wilson.  If you would like more information about the book club, or if you would like to join us, send an email to: PelhamLibrary@wlsmail.org.  Click on the cover to learn more about the book:  

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
April 10My 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

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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