Book Club

NEW MEETING OPTIONS

Choose a daytime meeting at 1 pm or a nighttime meeting at 7 pm on the first Thursday of each month. Both meetings are held at the library but a virtual option will be offered at the 7pm meeting via Zoom. Please contact the library at 991-1660 or mtlaurel@shelbycounty-al.org for more information or to get on the book club mailing list. Check the calendar here for additional information.

READING THE BOOK
The primary purpose of the book club is to have an exchange of ideas, which means you need to attempt to read the book. So, please give the book a try and read as much of it as possible. If you aren’t able to  finish the entire book, you will still be able to participate and be a welcome addition to the group based on how much you read. Hopefully, at the end of the discussion you will be able to answer the question: “Did what you hear make you want to finish the book?” 

REQUESTING THE BOOK:
The library will do its best to supply books to all members of the book club through print copies, ebook downloads, and audiobooks. Due to the increasing number of the group and popularity of certain books, we may not always have enough books available in the system at one time. It is strongly encouraged that you read ahead or plan to get the book independently of the library if none are available. 

BOOK CLUB SELECTIONS

Current Book Club Brochure

Here are the upcoming Mt Laurel book club books:

June 2: The Overstory by Richard Powers

August 11The Island of Missing Trees by Elif Shafak

September 8: A Girl Stands at the Door by Rachel Devlin

October 6: Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
Special event!  Meet local author Anne Glass (pen name Antonia Gavrihel) at the October Lunch ‘n Learn. Back to One by Antonia Gavrihel

November 3: The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

December 1: The Children’s Blizzard: A Novel by Melanie Benjamin OR The Children’s Blizzard by David Laskin

Previous Selections

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The Dovekeepers by Alice HoffmanThe Hours by Michael CunninghamAn Unnecessary Woman by Rabih Alameddine 
Elephant Company by Vicki CrokeThe Goldfinch by Donna Tartt Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee     
Circling the Sun by Paula McLain  The Girl on the Train by Paula HawkinsThe Husband’s Secret by Laine Moriarty
As I Lay Dying by William FaulknerThe Wright Brothers by David McCulloughThe Master Butchers Singing Club by Louise Erdrich
In Manchuria by Michael Meyer Cold Winter Rain by Steven P. GregoryThe Hare with Amber Eyes by Edmund De Waal
 Keeping the Faith by Wayne Flynt The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri This is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Padgett
 Lucky Us by Amy BloomAudubon’s Elephant by Duff Hart-DavisAnd the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini 
Commonwealth by Ann PatchettThe Love of a Good Woman by Alice MunroThe Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Philipp Sendker
Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel   Defending Jacob by William LandayThe Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown 
The Secret Keeper by Kate MortonA Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson
Great House by Nicole KraussGone Girl by Gillian FlynnThe Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak  The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah Whistling Past the Graveyard by Susan Crandall 
The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende  The Painted Girls by Cathy Marie BuchananAll the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr 
The Crossing by Howard FastNobody’s Fool by Richard RussoThe Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
My Life in France by Julia ChildOur Souls at Night by Kent HarufLight Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman 
Strapless by Deborah DavisThe Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. VanceThe Genius of Birds by Jennifer AckermanLove, Life and Elephants by Daphne Sheldrick
Rules of Civility by Amor TowlesThe Blind Assassin by Margaret AtwoodThe Woman on the Orient Express by Lindsay Jayne Ashford
 El Paso by Winston Groom  A Man Called Ove by Fredrik BackmanThe Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
Last Bus to Wisdom by Ivan DoigBefore We Were Yours by Lisa WingateThe Story of Arthur Truluv by Elizabeth Berg 
The Boston Girl by Anita DiamantThe Bettencourt Affair by Tom SanctonThe Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See
The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah The Moviegoerby Walker Percy Love by the Glass by Dorothy Gaiter & John Brecher
Loving Frank by Nancy Horan   A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor TowlesThe Good Neighbor: The Life & Works of Fred Rogers by Maxwell King
Pachinko by Min Jin LeeWhere the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
Carnegie’s Maid by Marie BenedictThe Library Book by Susan OrleanThe Gown: A Novel of the Royal Wedding by Jennifer Robson
Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz Unsheltered by Barbara KingsolverA Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
If the Creek Don’t Rise by Leah Weiss  Educated by Tara WestoverClementine: The Life of Mrs. Winston Churchill by Sonia Purnell
The Address by Fiona DavisUnmarriageable by Soniah KamalPale Rider: The Spanish Flu of 1918 and How It Changed the World by Laura Spinney
The Dutch House by Ann PatchettBecoming Mrs. Lewis by Patti CallahanThe Shadowy Horses by Susanna Kearsley
The Whistling Season by Ivan DoigWhen Crickets Cry by Charles MartinDeath Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather
Firefly Lane by Kristin HannahAnything is Possible by Elizabeth StroutThe Six: The Lives of the Mitford Sisters by Laura Thompson
Lady Clementine by Marie BenedictMurder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie  Irena’s Children: The Extraordinary Story of the Woman Who Saved 2,500 Children from the Warsaw Ghetto by Tilar J Mazzeo
The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See  The Lincoln Highway by Amor TowlesWhen We Were Young and Brave by Hazel Gaynor
The Taking of Jemima Boone by Matthew PearlThe Giver of Stars by Jojo MoyesSurviving Savannah by Patti Callahan Henry
The Overstory by Richard Powers Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America by Beth Macy
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