Book Discussion Group

Book Discussions

Discuss books with fellow lit lovers in the community! We meet the second Thursday of every month at 1:30pm at the Argenta Library. The library can place a hold on the monthly selections for you if you wish. We also try to keep a few spare copies at the circulation desk.

We’re always open to new members – join at any time! Contact us if you’d like more information.

July Selection

Camino Island

Camino Island

by John Grisham

Discussion: Thursday, July 12, 2018 at 1:30 pm

at the Argenta Library

Description:

A gang of thieves stage a daring heist from a secure vault deep below Princeton University’s Firestone Library. Their loot is priceless, but Princeton has insured it for twenty-five million dollars. Bruce Cable owns a popular bookstore in the sleepy resort town of Santa Rosa on Camino Island in Florida. He makes his real money, though, as a prominent dealer in rare books. Very few people know that he occasionally dabbles in the black market of stolen books and manuscripts.

August Selection

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Under a Dark Summer Sky

by Vanessa Lafaye

Discussion: Thursday, August 9, 2018 at 1:30 pm

at the Argenta Library

Description:

A debut novel set in Heron Key, Florida in 1935. Missy has waited 18 long years since Henry went away to war. Now he’s back, but she barely recognizes the desperate, destitute man he’s become. When white woman is found nearly beaten to death after the Fourth of July barbecue, suspicion falls on him. Tensions rise in the community while the barometer plummets – massive hurricane is on its way. Based on real historical events.

September Selection

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Girl in the Blue Coat

by Monica Hesse

Discussion: Thursday, September 13, 2018 at 1:30 pm

at the Argenta Library

Description:
Amsterdam, 1943. Hanneke spends her days procuring and delivering sought-after black market goods to paying customers, her nights hiding the true nature of her work from her concerned parents, and every waking moment mourning her boyfriend, who was killed on the Dutch front lines when the Germans invaded. She likes to think of her illegal work as a small act of rebellion.
On a routine delivery, a client asks Hanneke for help. Expecting to hear that Mrs. Janssen wants meat or kerosene, Hanneke is shocked by the older woman’s frantic plea to find a person-a Jewish teenager Mrs. Janssen had been hiding, who has vanished without a trace from a secret room. Hanneke initially wants nothing to do with such dangerous work, but is ultimately drawn into a web of mysteries and stunning revelations that lead her into the heart of the resistance, open her eyes to the horrors of the Nazi war machine, and compel her to take desperate action.

October Selection

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Tell Me Three Things

by Julie Buxbaum

Discussion: Thursday, October 11, 2018 at 1:30 pm

at the Argenta Library

Description:

Everything about Jessie is wrong. At least, that’s what it feels like during her first week of junior year at her new ultra-intimidating prep school in Los Angeles. It’s been barely two years since her mother’s death, and because her father eloped with a woman he met online, Jessie has been forced to move across the country to live with her step-monster and her pretentious teenage son, and to start at a new school where she knows no one.
Just when she’s thinking about hightailing it back to Chicago, she gets an email from a person calling themselves Somebody/Nobody (SN for short), offering to help her navigate the wilds of Wood Valley High School. Is it an elaborate hoax? Or can she rely on SN for some much-needed help?

Past discussion selections:

June 2018: Hissy Fit  by Mary Kay Andrews — Our Rating: 2.52 
May 2018: The Little Paris Bookshop  by Nina George — Our Rating: 2.75 
April 2018: The Secret Wisdom of the Earth by Christopher Scotton — Our Rating: 4.4
March 2018: Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult — Our Rating: 3.9
February 2018: Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris — Our Rating: 2.02
January 2018: All the Winters After by Sere Prince Halverson — Our Rating: 4.2
December 2017: Oil & Marble by Stephanie Storey — Our Rating: 4.1
November 2017: The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware — Our Rating: 1.9
October 2017: Plainsong by Kent Haruf — Our Rating: 4.1
September 2017: What She Left Behind by Ellen Marie Wiseman — Our Rating: 2.5
August 2017: Maine by Ellen Marie Wiseman — Our Rating: 3.6
July 2017: Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger — Our Rating: 4.2
June 2017: 
The Bones of Paradise by Jonis Agee — Our Rating: 4.0
May 2017: The Lake House by Kate Morton — Our Rating: 3.4
April 2017: The Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian — Our Rating: 4.6
March 2017: The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom — Our Rating: 2.3
February 2017: The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah — Our Rating: 4.9
January 2017: The Life We Bury by Allen Eskens — Our Rating: 4.6

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Interested in participating? Let us know!
We’ll keep you informed of future discussions and even place a hold on the book for you.
Each month the Book Discussion Group rates the book that we have read on a scale from 1-5.

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