Book Groups

Book Group in a Bag: Book groups can now check out a bag of books for their reading group. Bags have 10 copies and check out for 6 weeks. Browse what's availability and request one online.
The Woman in Black by Susan Hill

Join the Central Rappahannock Regional Library at Adventure Brewing Company for a club all about books, beer, and some books about beer! Meets the 3rd Thursday of every month at 6:30pm, 33 Perchwood Drive, Fredericksburg, VA 22405.

September 18: The Woman in Black by Susan Hill
Arthur Kipps, a young solicitor, travels to the north of England to settle the estate of Alice Drablow, but unexpectedly encounters a series of sinster events. 

Upcoming Selections:

October 16: The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
November 20: The Tender Bar by J.R. Moehringer

Skeletons at the Feast by Chris Bohjalian

Meets the second Monday of the month at 7:30 p.m. in the 3rd floor conference room

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October 13Skeletons at the Feast by Chris Bohjalian
A masterful love story set against a backdrop of epic history and unforgettable courage In the waning months of World War II, a small group of people begin the longest journey of their lives. At the center is eighteen-year-old Anna, the daughter of Prussian aristocrats, and her first love, a twenty-year-old Scottish prisoner of war named Callum. With his boyish good looks and his dedication to her family, he has captured Anna's heart. But he is the enemy, and their love must remain a closely guarded secret. Only Manfred, a twenty-six-year-old Wehrmacht corporal, knows the truth. And Manfred, who is not what he seems to be, is reluctantly taken with Anna, just as she finds herself drawn uncomfortably to him. As these unlikely allies work their way west, their flight will test both Anna's and Callum's love, as well as their friendship with Manfred-and will forever bind the young trio together. 

Upcoming Selections:

November 10: The Cartographer of No Man's Land by P. S. Duffy
December 8: Someone Else's Love Story by Joshilyn Jackson

Andersonville by MacKinlay Kantor

Rediscover the timeless, treasured delights of the classics. Read, savor, and engage in lively discourse with our newest Book Group. Meets the 3rd Monday of every month, 7-8 p.m. For more information, please call the Adult Research Desk at 372-1144 ext. 232.

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October 20: Andersonville by MacKinlay Kantor 
Tells the heartbreaking story of the notorious Georgia prison where 50,000 Northern soldiers suffered-and 14,000 died-and of the people whose lives were changed by the grim camp where the best and the worst of the Civil War came together. 

Upcoming Selections:

November 17: In Cold Blood by Truman Capote 
December 15: no meeting

Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power by Jon Meacham

Meets the first Thursday of the month at 7:30 pm.

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October 2: Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power by Jon Meacham
"Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power" gives readers Jefferson the politician and president, a great and complex human being forever engaged in the wars of his era. Philosophers think; politicians maneuver. Jefferson's genius was that he was both and could do both, often simultaneously, catapulting him into becoming the most successful political leader of the early republic, and perhaps in all of American history. 

Upcoming Selections:

November 6: The Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnson
December 4: The Water is Wide by Pat Conroy

The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasso

Join other readers to talk about books. The group meets the fourth Tuesday of the month from 7-9 pm.

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September 23The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson
Confined to a nursing home and about to turn 100, Allan Karlsson, who has a larger-than-life back story as an explosives expert, climbs out of the window in his slippers and embarks on an unforgettable adventure involving thugs, a murderous elephant and a very friendly hot dog stand operator. 

Upcoming Selections:

October 28: The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
November 25: Cooked by Michael Pollan

The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom

Meets the fourth Tuesday of the month at 7pm

Current Selection:

September 23: The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom 
Boom recounts her horrific experiences in Hitler's concentration camps, explains how she survived, and offers hope through her timeless message of courage and faith. 

Upcoming Selections:

October 28: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn 
November 25: Saving CeeCee Honeycut by Beth Hoffman
December 23: The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd 
January 27, 2015: The Shoemaker’s Wife by Adriana Trigiani

Dear Life: Stories by Alice Munro

Join a lively and fun discussion of the month's selected title. Refreshments served. Meets the third Tuesday of every month at 10:30 a.m.

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October 21: Dear Life: Stories by Alice Munro
"This collection of stories illuminates moments that shape a life, from a dream or a sexual act to simple twists of fate that turn a person out of his or her accustomed path and into another way of being. Set in the countryside and towns of Lake Huron, these stories about departures and beginnings, accidents, dangers, and homecomings both virtual and real, paint a portrait of how strange, dangerous, and extraordinary the ordinary life can be." (Book description)


Upcoming Selections:

November 18: A Visit From the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
December 16: The Painted Girls by Cathy Marie Buchanan

Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan

Meets from 11:00 - noon on the second Friday of each month. 

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October 10: Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan
Violet Minturn, a half-Chinese/half-American courtesan who deals in seduction and illusion in Shanghai, struggles to find her place in the world, while her mother, Lucia, tries to make sense of the choices she has made and the men who have shaped her.

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November 14: Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

The Reading Guild meets the third Tuesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. The group's members pick a theme like Shakespeare or travel every other month; the other months are open discussions of your favorite book or current reading. Everyone brings a dish to share! Call the Cooper Branch (804-224-0921) or check our program listing for this month's topic.