The Manchester City Library is pleased to offer to our patrons two book clubs. Each club meets once per month. Many books for the Thursday Evening Book Club can be found on Hoopla, and there is no wait to check out and download the book. To place a hold on a physical book, please call the library at 603-624-6550 x 3319. Meeting dates and times subject to change.
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Thursday Evening Book Club: Thursdays @ 7PM in person and via ZOOM. Email Steve Viggiano for an invitation to join the meeting.
September 9, 2021
LeGuin, Ursula. Left Hand of Darkness. 2021, 225 p.
While on a mission to the planet Gethen, earthling Genly Ai is sent by leaders of the nation of Orgoreyn to a concentraion camp from which the exiled prime minister of the nation of Karhide tried to rescue him.
October 14, 2021
Larson, Erik. Devil in the White City: Murder Magic, and madness at the Fair that Changed America. 2003, 447 p.
In an account of the Chicago World's Fair of 1893 relates the stories of two men who shaped the history of the event - architect Daniel H. Burnham, who coordinated its construction, and serial killer Herman Mudgett.
November 18, 2021
Robinson, Jennifer. Our Darkest Night. 2021, 362 p.
Hiding from the Nazis in the guise of a farmer's wife, a Jewish woman is met with suspiscion by a Nazi official who harbors a vendetta against the former seminary student posing as her husband.
December 9, 2021
Christie, Agatha. Murder on the Orient Express. 1934, 250 p.
On a three-day journey through the snowbound Balkan hills Hercule Poirot must weed through an array of international suspects to find the passenger who murdered a gangster on the Orient Express.
January 13, 2022
Goodwin, Doris Kearns. Leadership in Turbulent Times. 2018, 473 p.
Draws on the five decades of scholarship to offer an illuminating exploration of the early development, growth, and exercise of leadership as demonstrated by Presidents Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt, and Lyndon Johnson.
February 11, 2022
Baldwin, James. Another Country. 1962, 436 p.
Presents a graphic portrayal of bisexuality and interracial relations. Rufus Scott, a black jazz musician, commits suicide, impelling his friends to search for the meaning of his death and, consequently, for a deeper understanding of their own identities. Employing a loose, episodic structure, this work traces the affairs--heterosexual and homosexual as well as interracial--among Scott's friends.
March 10, 2022
Macintyre, Ben. Agent Sonya: Moscow's Most Daring Wartime Spy. 2020, 377 p.
Reveals the story of the female spy hidden in plain sight who set the stage for the Cold War--one of the last great intelligence secrets of the 20th century.
April 7, 2022
Gagne, Ty. Where You'll Find Me: Risk, Decisions, and the Last Climb of Kate Matrosova. 2017, 192 p.
On February 15, 2015, Kate Matrosova, an avid mountaineer, set off before sunrise for a traverse of the Northern Presidential Range in New Hampshire's White Mountains. Late the following day, rescuers carried her frozen body out of the mountains amis some of the worst weather ever recorded on these deceptively rugged slopes.
May 12, 2022
Wilkerson, Isabel. Caste: the Origins of Our Discontents. 2020, 476 p.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Warmth of Other Suns identifies the qualifying characteristics of historical caste systems to reveal how a rigid heirarchy of human rankings, enforced by religious views, heritage and stigma, impact everyday American lives.
June 9, 2022
Garcia, Gabriela. Of Women and Salt. 2021, 207 p.
A sweeping, masterful debut about a daughter's fateful choice, a mother motivated by her own past, and family legacy that begins in Cuba before either of them were born.
The Brown Bag Book Club meets on the last Tuesday of each month from 12:15-1:30
Call the Info Desk at 624-6550 Ext. 3319 for more information on how to participate.
In person meeting locations to be announced.
September 28, 2020
Jessica Bruder. Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century.
Employers across America have discovered a new, low cost labor pool made up of transient older Americans. These casualties of the Great Recession have taken to the road by the thousands, forming a growing community of nomads.
October 26, 2020
Janet Sesklien Charles. The Paris Library: a Novel.
About the power of books, the bonds of friendship and the ordinary heroes who can be found in the most perilous times and the quietest places. Based on the true WWII story of the American Library in Paris.
November 30, 2020
Kristen Hannah. The Great Alone.
A small troubled family moves to Alaska with the intention of living simply. But the solace that they enjoy is interrupted by a series of events that tests them to the limit.
December 28, 2020
Paulette Jiles. News of the World: a Novel.
In 1870 Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd travels through northern Texas giving readings of the news of the world to paying audiences. His life changes drastically when he accepts $50 to deliver a young orphan to her relatives in San Antonio.
January 25, 2022
William Kent Krugen. This Tender Land.
Odie O’Banion runs away from the Lincoln Indian Training School after committing a serious crime. With three companions he travels the Mississippi during a summer of discovery where they meet drifters, farmers, faith healers and every kind of lost soul.
February 22, 2022
Heidi W. Durrow. The Girl Who Fell From the Sky: a Novel.
The portrait of a young biracial girl forced to deal with society’s ideas of race and class after a family tragedy turned her life upside down.
March 29, 2022
Jane Harper. The Survivors.
Kieran Elliott’s life changed forever on the day a reckless mistake led to devastating consequences. The guilt that haunts him resurfaces on a visit to his former home in Tasmania.
April 26, 2022
Chris Bohjalian. Hour of the Witch.
A young Puritan woman – faithful, resourceful, but afraid of the demons that dog her soul – plots her escape from a violent marriage in this historical thriller.
May 224, 2022
Joseph Conrad. Heart of Darkness.
This dark allegory describes the narrator’s journey up the Congo River and his meeting with, and fascination by, Mr. Kurtz a mysterious personage who dominates the unruly inhabitants of the region.
June 28, 2022
Robert Kolker. Hidden Valley Road: Inside the mind of an American Family
The story of a family with twelve children, six diagnosed with schizophrenia. The author reports specifically on the effects on the siblings who did not become mentally ill.