Book Groups

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A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson

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.

July 17: Welcome Meeting, 7pm - All following meetings at 6:30pm
August 21: A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
Back in America after twenty years in Britain, Bill Bryson decided to reacquaint himself with his native country by walking the 2,100-mile Appalachian Trail, which stretches from Georgia to Maine. The AT offers an astonishing landscape of silent forests and sparkling lakes -- and to a writer with the comic genius of Bill Bryson, it also provides endless opportunities to witness the majestic silliness of his fellow human beings. 

Upcoming Selections:

September 28: The Woman in Black by Susan Hill
October 16: The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
November 20: The Tender Bar by J.R. Moehringer

The Perfume Collector by Kathleen Tessaro

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

Current Selection:

August 11The Perfume Collector by Kathleen Tessaro
Newlywed Grace Monroe doesn't fit anyone's expectations of a successful 1950s London socialite, least of all her own. When she receives an unexpected inheritance from a complete stranger, Madame Eva d'Orsey, Grace is drawn to uncover the identity of her mysterious benefactor. Weaving through the decades, from 1920s New York to Monte Carlo, Paris, and London, the story Grace uncovers is that of an extraordinary women who inspired one of Paris's greatest perfumers. Immortalized in three evocative perfumes, Eva d'Orsey's history will transform Grace's life forever, forcing her to choose between the woman she is expected to be and the person she really is. 

Upcoming Selections:

September 8: The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert
October 13: Skeletons at the Feast by Chris Bohjalian
November 10: The Cartographer of No Man's Land by P. S. Duffy
December 8: Someone Else's Love Story by Joshilyn Jackson

Humboldt’s Gift by Saul Bellow

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.

Current Selection:

July 21: Humboldt’s Gift by Saul Bellow 
Saul Bellow's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel explores the long friendship between Charlie Citrine, a young man with an intense passion for literature, and the great poet Von Humboldt Fleisher. At the time of his death, however, Humboldt is a failure, and Charlie's life is falling apart: his career is at a standstill, and he's enmeshed in an acrimonious divorce, infatuated with a highly unsuitable young woman, and involved with a neurotic mafioso. And then Humboldt acts from beyond the grave, bestowing upon Charlie an unexpected legacy that may just help him turn his life around.

Upcoming Selections:

August 18: Fatelessness by Imre Kertesz 
September 15: Martin Dressler: The Tale of an American Dreamer by Steven Millhauser 
October 20: Andersonville by MacKinlay Kantor 
November 17: In Cold Blood by Truman Capote 
December 15: no meeting

Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

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

Current Selection:

August 7: Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
Identifies the qualities of successful people, maintaining that culture, family, and idiosyncratic factors can have a decisive impact on shaping high achievers.

Upcoming Selections:

September 4: Moloka'i by Alan Brennert 
October 2: Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power by Jon Meacham
November 6: The Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnson
December 4: The Water is Wide by Pat Conroy

Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnson

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

Current Selection:

July 22Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnson
The Orphan master's son follows a young man's journey through the icy waters, dark tunnels, and eerie spy chambers of the world's most mysterious dictatorship, North Korea. 


Upcoming Selections:

August 26: One Summer America 1927 by Bill Bryson
September 23: Lost in Shangri-La: A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II by Mitchell Zuckoff
October 28: The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
November 25: Cooked by Michael Pollan

Lost in Shangri-la by Mitchell Zuckoff

Meets the fourth Tuesday of the month at 7pm

Current Selection:

July 22: Lost in Shangri-la by Mitchell Zuckoff

Award-winning former Boston Globe reporter Mitchell Zuckoff unleashes the exhilarating, untold story of an extraordinary World War II rescue mission, where a plane crash in the South Pacific plunged a trio of U.S. military personnel into the jungle-clad land of New Guinea.

Upcoming Selections:

August 25: The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield 
September 23: The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom 
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

The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty

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.

Current Selection:

August 19: The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty
Discovering a tattered letter that says she is to open it only in the event of her husband's death, Cecelia, a successful family woman, is unable to resist reading the letter and discovers a secret that shatters her life and the lives of two other women. 

Upcoming Selections:

September 16: Dear Life: Stories by Alice Munro
October 21: Still Life by Louise Penny
November 18: A Visit From the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
December 16: The Painted Girls by Cathy Marie Buchanan

Lost in Shangri-La By Mitchell Zuckoff

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

Current Selection:

August 8: Lost in Shangri-La By Mitchell Zuckoff
Award-winning former Boston Globe reporter Mitchell Zuckoff unleashes the exhilarating, untold story of an extraordinary World War II rescue mission, where a plane crash in the South Pacific plunged a trio of U.S. military personnel into the jungle-clad land of New Guinea.

Upcoming Selections:

September 12: Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman
October 10: Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan
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.