The Manchester City Library is pleased to offer to our patrons two book discussion groups. Each group meets once per month virtually. Many books for the Thursday evening book discussion group 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. Meeting dates and times subject to change.
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Thursday Evening Book Discussion: Thursdays @ 6PM via ZOOM. Email Steve Viggiano for an invitation to join the meeting.
September 10, 2020
Kristina McMorris. Sold on a Monday. 2018, 352 p. Formats: ebook (Libby, CloudLibrary, Hoopla)
Inspired by an actual newspaper photograph that stunned the nation, Sold on a Monday is a powerful novel of love, redemption, and the unexpected paths that bring us home.
October 8, 2020
Margaret Verble. Cherokee America. 2019, 385 p. Formats: ebook (Libby, CloudLibrary, Hoopla), eaudio (Hoopla)
In the Spring of 1875 in the Cherokee Nation, Check, a wealthy farmer and mother of five boys, must protect her mixed-race family and tight-knit community at all costs when violence erupts.
November 12, 2020
Michelle Alexander. The New Jim Crow: mass incarceration in the age of colorblindness. 2020, 377 p. Formats: ebook (Libby, CloudLibrary, Hoopla), eaudio (Libby)
Argues that the War on Drugs and policies that deny convicted felons equal access to employment, housing, education, and public benefits create a permanent under caste based largely on race.
December 10, 2020
A. J. Finn. The Woman in the window: a novel. 2018, 427 p. Formats: Large print, audiobook on CD, ebook (Libby, Hoopla), eaudio: (Libby, CloudLibrary, Hoopla)
An agoraphobic recluse languishes in her New York City home, drinking wine and spying on her neighbors, before witnessing a terrible crime through her window that exposes her secrets and raises questions about her perceptions of reality.
January 14, 2021
Robin DiAngelo. White fragility: why it's so hard for white people to talk about racism. 2018, 169 p. Formats: Ebook (Libby, CloudLibrary), eaudio (Libby, CloudLibrary)
Groundbreaking book exploring the counterproductive reactions white people have when discussing racism that serve to protect their positions and maintain racial inequality.
February 11, 2021
Ta-Nehisi Coates. The Water dancer: a novel. 2019, 403 p. Formats: Large print, audiobook on CD, ebook (Libby, CloudLibrary), eaudio (Libby, CloudLibrary)
A Virginia slave narrowly escapes a drowning death through the intervention of a mysterious force that compels his escape and personal underground war against slavery.
March 11, 2021
Sonia Purnell. A woman of no importance: the untold story of the American spy who helped win World War II. 2019, 352 p. Formats: Large print, ebook (Libby, CloudLibrary), eaudio (Libby)
Traces the story of mid-twentieth-century spy Virginia Hall, detailing her pivotal role in coordinating Resistance activities in Europe that helped change the course of World War II.
April 8, 2021
Elaine Weiss. The woman's hour: the great fight to win the vote. 2018, 404 p. Formats: Large print, ebook (Libby)
An uplifting account of the 1920 ratification of the constitutional amendment that granted voting rights to women traces the culmination of seven decades of legal battles and cites the pivotal contributions of famous suffragists and political leaders.
May 13, 2021
Peter Stark. Astoria: John Jacob Astor and Thomas Jefferson's lost Pacific empire: a story of wealth, ambition, and survival. 2014, 366 p. Formats: Ebook (CloudLibrary, Hoopla), eaudio (Hoopla)
Documents the 1810 to 1813 expedition, financed by millionaire John Jacob Astor and encouraged by Thomas Jefferson, to establish Fort Astoria, a trading post on the Columbia River in the Pacific Northwest.
June 10, 2021
Zora Neale Hurston. Hitting a Straight lick with a crooked stick: stories from the Harlem Renaissance. 2020, 252 p. Formats: Large print, audiobook on CD, ebook (Hoopla), eaudio (CloudLibrary, Hoopla)
Featuring eight lesser-known stories, a collection of Harlem Renaissance tales by the revered folklorist and author of Their Eyes Were Watching God explores subjects ranging from class and migration to racism and sexism.
July 8, 2021
Timothy Egan. The immortal Irishman: the Irish Revolutionary who became an American hero. 2016, 368 p. Formats: audiobook on CD, ebook (CloudLibrary, Libby, Hoopla)
Places the improbable life of revolutionary hero Thomas Francis Meagher against a backdrop of Irish-American history, detailing his leadership during Irish uprisings, service with the Irish Brigade in the Civil War, and achievements as the territorial governor of Montana.
August 12, 2021
Jeanine Cummins. American dirt. 2020, 386 p. Formats: Large print, audiobook on CD, ebook (CloudLibrary, Libby), eaudio (Hoopla, Libby)
Selling two favorite books to an unexpectedly erudite drug-cartel boss, a bookstore manager is forced to flee Mexico in the wake of her journalist husband's tell-all profile and finds her family among thousands of migrants seeking hope in America.
The Brown Bag Book Club meets on the last Tuesday of each month online by e-mail.
Call the Info Desk at 624-6550 Ext. 3319 for more information on how to participate.
September 29, 2020
David McCullough. The Wright Brothers.
David McCullough "shows us as never before how two Ohio boys from a remarkable family taught the world to fly." The Washington Post
October 27, 2020
Geraldine Brooks. Year of Wonders: A Novel of the plague.
When an infected bolt of cloth carries plague to an isolated village, the villagers make the extraordinary choice to quarantine themselves for a year to arrest the spread of the disease.
November 24, 2020
Jim DeFede. The Day the Wrold Came to Town
When 38 jetliners bound for the U.S. were forced to land in Gander, Newfoundland on September 11, 2001 the citizens of this small community and surrounding towns are called upon to care for thousands of distraught travelers.
December 29, 2020
Andrew Krivak. The Bear.
A beautifully written story very much in the form of a Native American legend or myth. A cautionary tale of human fragility, of love and loss.
January 26, 2021
Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik. Notorious RBG: the Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg
A hybridof reported narratives, annotated dissents, rare archival photographs, documents and illustrations that tell the story of an unusual and transfrmational woman who transcends generational divides.
February 23, 2021
JoJo Moyes. The Giver of Stars.
In the 1930's a group of women, under the guidance of Eleanor Roosevelt and known as The Packhorse Librarians, overcame countless obstacles to deliver literacy to rural Kentucky.
March 30, 2021
Jeanine Cummins. American Dirt
"...Jeanine Cummins has given face to migrants everywhere who flee violence and near-certain death in search of only one thing: a chance at life..." Tara Conklin, author of The Last Romantics.
April 27, 2021
Katherine Pancol. The Yellow Eyes of Crocodiles
What do you do when your husband runs off to Kenya to start a crocodile farm with his mistress and you are without funds? You take your sister, the author's, advice and substitute your name as the author of her latest novel. All is well until the book is a runaway success.
May 25, 2021
Ursula LeGuin. No Time to spare: Thinking About What Matters
A late in Life series of essays by a wise woman: "If I'm ninety and believe I'm forty-five, I'm headed for a very bad time trying to get out of the bathtub." Ursula Le Guin
June 29, 2021
Rose Walsh. Ghosted
Sarah and Eddie meet and fall in love instantly. So when Eddie leaves for a long-booked vacation and promises to call she doesn't doubt him. But he doesn't call.