Book Groups

Are you always looking for a good book or author? Do you like a lively discussion with other book enthusiasts? Then join one of our book groups! We have copies of the books available to borrow or you may click on the title and put a hold on the book in our catalog. Men and women of all ages are invited to join our book groups at any time.

First Thursday Book Club

This book group meets on the first Thursday of the month at 4 p.m. in the Essex Library 1889 Room. The group’s next meeting will be Thursday, September 5th at 4 p.m. when they will discuss Watership Down by Richard Adams. Madeline Romano leads the discussion. This group meets in the 1889 Room at the Essex Library.


Historical Fiction Book Group (Hi-Fi)

On the second Tuesday of each month, the Historical Fiction Book Group meets at 10:30 a.m. at the Essex Library. Librarian Emily Boucher is the moderator. The next meeting will take place on Tuesday, September 10th at 10:30 a.m. when we will discuss Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Told through the lives of five intertwining characters, the author recreates a groundbreaking moment in modern African history: Biafra’s struggle to establish an independent republic in Nigeria during the 1960s.

Classics Book Group

Join this exciting book discussion group and meet those great books you’ve always meant to read or revisit. We’ll be exploring literature from across the wide Western canon; from Beowulf to Brideshead, and beyond. Guaranteed to provoke thoughtful, wide-ranging discussions, insights, and illumination. The next meeting will be Thursday, September 26th at 5:30 p.m. when The Golden Bowl by Henry James will be discussed.

image: book cover shows a woman's white shoes under the a white and frilly dress hemThird Wednesday Book Group

This book group, open to all, meets on the third Wednesday of every month at 10:30 Essex Meadows. Library Director Deb Smith moderates the discussion. Their next meeting will take place Wednesday, September 18th at 10:30 a.m. when the group will discuss The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb by Melanie Benjamin.

American History Book Group

The group meets every other month to discuss a book, primarily non-fiction, that deals with a topic, time-period or biographical work related to the rich history of the United States. The group is moderated by Library Director Deb Smith. Selections are based on suggestions from group members and from trusted, critical book review sources. The next meeting will be on Thursday, September 19th at 5 p.m. when they will discuss Leadership in Turbulent Times by Doris Kearns Goodwin.