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)

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, November 14 at 10:30 a.m. when we will discuss Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney.  Rooney cleverly examines the life of a well-published poet, Margaret Fishback, and her experiences in a changing America: from the Jazz Age to the onset of the AIDS epidemic.

Madam Secretary 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, November 2nd at 4 p.m. when they will discuss Madam Secretary by Madeleine Albright. Madeline Romano leads the discussion.


Look Homeward Angel 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, October 5th at 5:30 p.m. when Look Homeward, Angel by Thomas Wolfe will be discussed.


Hero of the Empire 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, November 16th at 10:30 a.m. when Hero of the Empire by Candice Millard by Anne Tyler will be discussed.


Most Blessed of the Patriarchs 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, November 16th when they will discuss Most Blessed of the Patriarchs: Thomas Jefferson and the Empire of the Imagination by Annette Gordon-Reed.