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)

Lilac Girls coverOn 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,  April 10th at 10:30 a.m. when we will discuss Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly. Based on the true story of a New York socialite, Caroline Ferriday, this novel reveals a story of love and redemption, as well as terrible secrets about a group of concentration camp survivors known as the “Rabbits.”


The Tipping Point 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, March 1st at 4 p.m. when they will discuss The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell.  Madeline Romano leads the discussion.


1919 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, March 8th at 5:30 p.m. when 1919 by John Dos Passos will be discussed.

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet coverThird 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, March 28th at 10:30 a.m. when The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell will be discussed.


Friends Divided 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, March 15th when they will discuss Friends Divided: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson by Gordon S. Wood.