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.

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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, July 10th at 10:30 a.m. when we will discuss Golden Hill by Francis Spufford. Set in New York a generation before the American Revolution, a handsome immigrant seems strangely determined to keep locals suspicious when he refuses to explain his investment intentions.

exit west coverFirst Thursday Book Group

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, July 5th at 4 p.m. when they will discuss Exit West by Mohsin Hamid. Madeline Romano leads the discussion.


the good soldier coverClassics 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 27th at 5:30 p.m. when The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford will be discussed.

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Third Wednesday Book Group

This book group, open to all, meets on the third Wednesday of every month at 10:30 Essex Meadows. Library Director Richard Conroy moderates the discussion. Their next meeting will take place Wednesday, September 19th at 10:30 a.m. when the group will discuss Last Hope Island by Lynne Olson.


Playing with Fire coverAmerican 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 Richard Conroy. Selections are based on suggestions from group members and from trusted, critical book review sources. The next meeting will be 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 6th when they will discuss Playing with Fire: The 1968 Election and the Transformation of American Politics by Lawrence O’Donnell.