Book Discussion Groups and Books

Book Discussions for 2021

 

Book discussions coming up.
Books are generally available about one month before the discussion date.

 

 2nd Tuesday Book Discussion
Tuesday, December 14 at 1pm “Say Nothing” by Patrick Radden Keefe

About the Book

Jean McConville’s abduction was one of the most notorious episodes of the vicious conflict known as The Troubles. Everyone in the neighborhood knew the I.R.A. was responsible. But in a climate of fear and paranoia, no one would speak of it. In 2003, five years after an accord brought an uneasy peace to Northern Ireland, a set of human bones was discovered on a beach. McConville’s children knew it was their mother when they were told a blue safety pin was attached to the dress–with so many kids, she had always kept it handy for diapers or ripped clothes.
Patrick Radden Keefe’s mesmerizing book on the bitter conflict in Northern Ireland and its aftermath uses the McConville case as a starting point for the tale of a society wracked by a violent guerrilla war, a war whose consequences have never been reckoned with. The brutal violence seared not only people like the McConville children, but also I.R.A. members embittered by a peace that fell far short of the goal of a united Ireland, and left them wondering whether the killings they committed were not justified acts of war, but simple murders.
 Elementary Book Chat
Tuesday, December 28 at 2 pm “Ghost Tale for Christmas Time” by Mary Pope Osborne

About the Book

Jack and Annie must help the famous writer, Charles Dickens! The brother and sister are whisked back in time to Victorian England and the foggy streets of London. There, Jack and Annie discover that Charles Dickens has been thrown in jail!  How can they help him?   They will need all their magic-and help from three ghosts-to keep the great writer from ruining his life!

 Teen Holiday Book Chat
Tuesday, December 29 at 2 pm “Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares” by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

About the Book

16-year-old Lily has left a red notebook full of challenges on her favorite bookstore shelf, waiting for just the right guy to come along and accept its dares. Dash, in a bad mood during the holidays, happens to be the first guy to pick up the notebook and rise to its challenges.
What follows is a whirlwind romance as Dash and Lily trade dares, dreams, and desires in the notebook they pass back and forth at locations all across New York City. But can their in-person selves possibly connect as well as their notebook versions, or will their scavenger hunt end in a comic mismatch of disastrous proportions?
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