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.

Historical Fiction Book Group (Hi-Fi)

Salt Houses by Hala AlyanOn 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, May 8th at 10:30 a.m. when we will discuss Salt Houses by Hala Alyan. A Palestinian family faces an unsettled future as they lose their homeland multiple times: first due to the upheaval of the Six-Day War of 1967, and yet again when Saddam Hussein invades Kuwait in 1990.


Cocoa Beach 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, May 3rd at 4 p.m. when they will discuss Cocoa Beach: A Novel by Beatriz Williams.  Madeline Romano leads the discussion.


Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee 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, May 10th at 5:30 p.m. when Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown will be discussed.

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, April 25th at 10:30 a.m. when The Flight of the Maidens by Jane Gardam will be discussed.


Madam Secretary 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, May 17th when they will discuss Madam Secretary by Madeleine Albright.