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. Readers of all ages are invited to join our book groups at any time.


Whittaker Chambers by Sam Tanenhaus 

American History Book Group

Next meeting: in July to discuss Whittaker Chambers by Sam Tanenhaus.

The group meets in the library 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. Selections are based on suggestions from group members and from trusted, critical book review sources. The group is moderated by Executive Director Ann Thompson.

Participants may Zoom in. Please email Ann at athompson@essexlib.org for the Zoom link.

Pale fire: a novel

Classics Book Group

Next meeting: Thursday, July 25 at 5:00 p.m. to discuss Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov.

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 group is moderated by Executive Director Ann Thompson.

This group meets on Zoom. Please email athompson@essexlib.org for the Zoom link.

List of Previous Classic Book Choices


the goldfinch book cover

First Thursday & Saturday Book Group

Next meeting: Thursday, September 5 at 4:00 p.m. OR Saturday, September 7 at 10:00 a.m. to discuss The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt.

This book group typically meets on the first Thursday of the month at 4 p.m. in the program room. A second meeting of the group is held in the conference room on a Saturday at 10:00 a.m. Participants can attend either date and time, both groups read the same book. Adult Services Librarian Elizabeth Reinhart moderates the discussions.

Participants may Zoom in. Please email Elizabeth at ereinhart@essexlib.org for the Zoom link.


Demon Copperhead book cover

Historical Fiction Book Group (Hi-Fi)

Next meeting: Tuesday, September 10 at 10:30 a.m. to discuss Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver.

This book group usually meets in the Library’s conference room on the second Tuesday of each month at 10:30 a.m. Adult Services Librarian Elizabeth Reinhart moderates the discussions.

Participants may Zoom in. Please email Elizabeth at ereinhart@essexlib.org for the Zoom link.

List of Previous Historical Fiction Book Choices


Third Wednesday Book Group

Next meeting: Wednesday, September 18 at 11:00 a.m. to discuss The Covenant of Water by Abraham Verghese.

This general interest book group is open to all and meets on the the third Wednesday of every month at 11:00 a.m. at Essex Meadows. Executive Director Ann Thompson moderates the discussion.

List of Previous Third Wednesday Book Choices