The Manchester City Library is pleased to offer to our patrons two book discussion groups. Each group meets once per month at the Main Branch of the library on Pine Street. If you would like to participate, please pick up your copy of the assigned reading at the Circulation Desk.
Thursday Evening Book Discussion: Thursdays @ 7PM in the Hunt Room
September 14, 2017
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
The lives of a blind French girl and a German boy who is a member of the Hitler Youth converge during World War II.
October 12, 2017
Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
This hilarious tale of a blundering narcissist contains a theme of isolation that is just as relevant in the Internet age as it was when it was written in 1980.
November 9, 2017
Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson
The Author of The Devil in the White City brings to life the sinking of the Lusitania during World War I.
December 14, 2017
News of the World by Paulette Jiles
In this novel set in 1870's Texas, Captain Jefferson Kidd has been commissioned to return to her family a 10-year-old girl rescued from Indian Capture.
January 11, 2018
Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
Story of a runaway slave on her dangerous path to freedom. National Book Award winner and Oprah Book Club selection.
February 8, 2018
For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
A classic story of love and war during the Spanish Civil War.
March 8, 2018
Hero of the Empire: The Boer War, A Daring Escape and the Making of Winston Churchill by Candice Millard
Young Winston Churchill's experiences as a prisoner during the Boer War and his harrowing escape.
April 12, 2018
Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue
A novel about marriage, immigration, class, race and the American dream that centers on a young Cameroon couple making a new life in New York just as the recession hits.
May 10, 2018
Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J. D. Vance
This nonfiction account of growing up in a rust Belt town offers a proving look at the struggles of America's White working class.
Brown Bag Book Club: Last Tuesday of the month @12:15-1:30PM in the Hunt Room
September 26, 2017
My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier
Philip Ashley suspects that his cousin's widow, Rachel, is responsible for his death. But once he meets her, Philip falls under her spell. A master storyteller weaves a tale that challenges the reader to decipher whether there really is a villain. What will you think?
October 24, 2017
Kookooland, A Memoir by Gloria Norris
"... A memoir written on the edge of a knife blade. Chilling, intensely moving, and darkly funny, it cuts to the heart and soul of a troubled American family, and announces the arrival of a startlingly original voice."
November 28, 2017
Never Caught: The Washingtons' Relentless Pursuit of their Runaway Slave: Ona Judge by Erica Armstrong Dunbar
After she was brought to Philadelphia with her first family, Ona Judge learned that Pennsylvania required enslaved people to be freed after six months' residency. She subsequently escaped. Her story unmasks the Washington's deep-seated belief in slavery which caused them to pursue her into New Hampshire.
December 26, 2017
The Hare with Amber Eyes: A Hidden Inheritance by Edmund de Waal
An unusual memoir that begins when the author inherits a collection of 264 tiny Japanese wood and ivory carvings called netsuke. His desire to know how the collection survived leads him to trace the history of his family, a banking family once as familiar as the Rothchilds. His search brought him to the end of World War II when the collection, hidden from the Nazis in Vienna, was all that remained of his family's vast empire.
January 30, 2018
East of Eden by John Steinbeck
A sprawling and often brutal novel that follows the intertwined destinies of two families, the Trasks and the Hamiltons, whose generations helplessly reenact the fall of Adam and Eve and the poisonous rivalry of Cain and Abel.
February 27, 2018
The Sleepwalker by Chris Bohjalian
Annalee Ahlberg has mysteriously disappeared. She is a sleepwalker whose affliction manifests in ways both bizarre and devastating, like the night her daughter pulled her back from the Gale River Bridge. A look at the complexities of sleepwalking and those affected by this strange phenomenon.
March 27, 2018
The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson
"A novel to cure your Downton Abbey withdrawal... A delightful story about nontraditional romantic relationships, class snobbery, and everybody-knows-everybody complications of living in a small community."
April 24, 2018
The Shipping News by Amanda Proulx
At thirty-six, Quoyle, a third-rate newspaperman, is wrenched violently out of his work-a-day life when his two-timing wife gets her just desserts. He retreats with his two daughters to his ancestral home on the Newfoundland coast, where a rich cast of local characters all play a part in Quoyle's struggle to reclaim his life.
May 29, 2018
Elephant Company: The Inspiring Story of an Unlikely Hero and the Animals Who Helped Him Save Lives in World War II by Vicki Croke
The story of J.H. "Billy" Williams, often referred to as "Elephant Bill" because of his unusual bond with the largest land mammal on earth. Blending biography, history, and wildlife biology, Croke builds her story around Williams' exotic adventures.
June 26, 2018
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
In 1922, Count Alexander Rostov is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal and sentenced to house arrest. How he uses his reduced circumstances and who comes to help is the heart of the story.