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.

The Underground RailroadHistorical 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 9th at 10:30 a.m. when we will discuss The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead. In Whitehead’s ingenious conception, the Underground Railroad is no mere metaphor – engineers and conductors operate a secret network of tracks and tunnels beneath the Southern soil.

The Wonder Garden 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, January 4th at 4 p.m. when they will discuss The Wonder Garden by Lauren Acampora. Madeline Romano leads the discussion.

 

Crime and Punishment 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, January 11th at 5:30 p.m. when Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky will be discussed.

 

Never Let Me Go coverThird Wednesday Book Group

This book group, open to all, meets on the third Wednesday of every month at 10:30 a.m.at Essex Meadows. Library Director Richard Conroy moderates the discussion. Their next meeting will take place Wednesday, January 17th at 10:30 a.m. when Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro will be discussed.

 

Book of Ages 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, January 18th when they will discuss Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin by Jill Lepore.

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