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.

Island of a thousand mirrors coverHistorical 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, January 8th at 10:30 a.m. when we will discuss Island of a Thousand Mirrors by Nayomi Munaweera. Straddling opposite sides of the long and brutal civil war in Sri Lanka, two girls – one Sinhala, the other Tamil – navigate their histories, sibling rivalries and adolescent heartbreaks, the burdens of exile and belonging, and the harsh demands of survival.

image: book cover half black half white divided diagonallyFirst 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, January 3rd at 4 p.m. when they will discuss Tenth of December by George Saunders. Madeline Romano leads the discussion.


image: beige book cover with red lettering. Illustration shows a couple sitting in an open top, antique car.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, January 31st at 5:30 p.m. when Brideshead Revisited by by Evelyn Waugh will be discussed.

A gentleman in moscow book cover - open door shows a man on a balcony overlooking streetThird 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, January 16th at 10:30 a.m. when the group will discuss A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles.


image: book cover for James Madison, shows man with white hair and white cravat. his black clothes blend into a black backgroundAmerican 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, January 17th when they will discuss James Madison by Richard Brookhiser.