Lunch & a Book

The library's lunchtime book discussion group started in September 1998. Books include works of fiction and nonfiction, classics and contemporary novels. We meet on the second Thursday of the month from Noon to 1:00 PM. The December meeting is used to share favorite titles and make suggestions for the coming year.

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During this pandemic year, some of our book club members found that they had extra time to do extra reading, while others found themselves suffering from a lack of focus. Some discovered new formats and found books to help them on new journeys, while others turned to old favorites. Regardless of the reading challenges of 2020, here are the recommendations from the Lunch and a Book Club of some of the best books they read this year.

 

 

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Fiction

Lunch and a Book: Thursday, February 11, 2021

Join us for a live virtual program on Thursday, February 11, 2021 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. via Zoom video conference as Lunch and a Book discusses:

The lying life of adults by Elena Ferrante
Also available in: e-book | e-audiobook | large print

 

Italian teenager Giovanna searches for a sense of identity and clear perspectives when she finds herself torn between the refinements and excesses of a divided Naples.

These books are immediately available on Hoopla in e-books format. If you would like to reserve a print copy, you may stop in to pick one up or call 734-397-0999 and select option 4. Curbside pick up of materials is also available. 

Registered participants will receive an email one day before the program with a link to the discussion. To help make the most of your virtual program experience, we have compiled some tips and resources.

Registration Required

Upcoming sessions

Thursday, February 11 - 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM Online Register

Lunch and a Book: January

Join us for a live virtual program on Thursday, January 14, 2021 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. via Zoom video conference as Lunch and a Book discusses:

March. Book 1 by 1940 February 21- John Lewis
Also available in: e-book

 

March is a vivid first-hand account of John Lewis' lifelong struggle for civil and human rights, meditating in the modern age on the distance traveled since the days of Jim Crow and segregation. Rooted in Lewis' personal story, it also reflects on the highs and lows of the broader civil rights movement.

March. Book 2 by John Lewis
Also available in: e-book

After the success of the Nashville sit-in movement, John Lewis' commitment to change through nonviolence is stronger than ever - but as he and his fellow Freedom Riders board a bus into the vicious heart of the deep south, they will be tested like never before. Faced with beatings, police brutality, imprisonment, arson, and even murder, the movement's young activists place their lives on the line while internal conflicts threaten to tear them apart. But their courage will attract the notice of powerful allies, from Martin Luther King, Jr. to Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy... and once Lewis is elected chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, this 23-year-old will be thrust into the national spotlight, becoming one of the "Big Six" leaders of the civil rights movement and a central figure in the landmark 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

March. Book 3 by 1940 February 21- John Lewis
Also available in: e-book

 

By Fall 1963, the Civil Rights Movement is an undeniable keystone of the national conversation, and as chair of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, John Lewis is right in the thick of it. With the stakes continuing to rise, white supremacists intensify their opposition through government obstruction and civilian terrorist attacks, a supportive president is assassinated, and African-Americans across the South are still blatantly prohibited from voting. To carry out their nonviolent revolution, Lewis and an army of young activists launch a series of innovative projects, including the Freedom Vote, Mississippi Freedom Summer, and a pitched battle for the soul of the Democratic Party waged live on national television. But strategic disputes are deepening within the movement, even as 25-year-old John Lewis heads to Alabama to risk everything in a historic showdown that will shock the world.

These books are immediately available on Hoopla in e-books format.If you would like to reserve a print copy, you may stop in to pick one up or call 734-397-0999 and select option 4. Curbside pick up of materials is also available. 

Registered participants will receive an email one day before the program with a link to the discussion. To help make the most of your virtual program experience, we have compiled some tips and resources.

Registration Required

Upcoming sessions

There are no upcoming sessions available.

Lunch and a Book: December

Come join us for Lunch and a Book’s annual “Holiday Tea.” This year we will be meeting virtually to discuss our favorite book of the year. You can pick ANY title from 2020 that you read – fiction or nonfiction. Come prepared to talk for a minute or two and to listen to others talk about their favorite 2020 title! 

 

Registration Required. Registered participants will receive an email one day before the program with a link to attend the discussion. To help you make the most of your virtual program experience, we have compiled some tips and resources.

Upcoming sessions

There are no upcoming sessions available.

Lunch and a Book: November

Join us for a live virtual program on Thursday, November 12, 2020 at 12:00 PM. via Zoom video conference as Lunch and a Book discusses:

Also available in: e-book | audiobook | e-audiobook

As the Keeper of Lost Objects, Laura holds the key to Anthony and Eunice's redemption. But can she unlock the past and make the connections that will lay their spirits to rest?

This book is available immediately on OverDrive in e-book formatIf you have registered for the program and would like to reserve a print copy, please call 734-397-0999 and select option 4.

Registered participants will receive an email one day before the program with a link to attend the discussion. To help you make the most of your virtual program experience we have compiled some tips and tricks.

 

Upcoming sessions

There are no upcoming sessions available.

Lunch and a Book: October

Join us for a live virtual program on Thursday, October 8, 2020 at 12:00PM via Zoom video conference as Lunch and a Book discusses:

Also available in: e-book | audiobook | e-audiobook | video

Oscar Wilde created his final and most lasting play, a comic masterpieces for all time, The Importance Of Being Earnest, in 1895. Considered one of the greatest, The Importance Of Being Earnest is a farce, playing with love, religion, and truth as it tells the tale of two men. Jack Worthing and Algernon Mon Crieff, bend the truth in order to add excitement to their lives.Jack invents an imaginary brother, Earnest, whom he uses as an excuse to escape from his dull country home and gallivant in town. Meanwhile, Algernon follows Jack's scam, but his imaginary friend, Bumbury, provides a convenient method of adventuring in the country. However, their deceptions eventually cross paths, resulting in a series of crises that threaten to spoil their romantic pursuits.Hailed as the first modern comedy in England, The Importance Of Being Earnest is Wilde's most famous work.

This book is available immediately on OverDrive in e-book format. If you have registered for the program and would like to reserve a print copy, please call 734-397-0999 and select option 4.

Registered participants will receive an email one day before the program with a link to attend the discussion. To help you make the most of your virtual program experience we have compiled some tips and resources.

Upcoming sessions

There are no upcoming sessions available.

Lunch and a Book: September

Join us for a live virtual program on Thursday, September 10, 2020 at 12:00PM via Zoom video conference as Lunch and a Book discusses:

An American marriage by Tayari Jones
Also available in: e-book | audiobook | e-audiobook | large print

Newlyweds Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of both the American dream and the new South. He is a young executive, and she is an artist on the brink of an exciting career. But as they settle into the routine of their life together, they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined. Roy is arrested and sentenced to twelve years for a crime Celestial knows he didn't commit. Though fiercely independent, Celestial finds herself bereft and unmoored, taking comfort in Andre, her childhood friend, and best man at their wedding. As Roy's time in prison passes, she is unable to hold on to the love that has been her center. After five years, Roy's conviction is suddenly overturned, and he returns to Atlanta ready to resume their life together.

This book is available immediately on Hoopla in e-book and e-audiobook formats. If you have registered for the program and would like to reserve a print copy, please call 734-397-0999 and select option 4.

Registered participants will receive an email one day before the program with a link to attend the discussion. To help you make the most of your virtual program experience we have compiled some tips and resources.

Upcoming sessions

There are no upcoming sessions available.

It is 1988. On a dead-end street in a run-down suburb there is a music shop that stands small and brightly lit, jam-packed with records of every kind. Like a beacon, the shop attracts the lonely, the sleepless, and the adrift; Frank, the shop's owner, has a way of connecting his customers with just the piece of music they need. Then, one day, into his shop comes a beautiful young woman, Ilse Brauchmann, who asks Frank to teach her about music. Terrified of real closeness, Frank feels compelled to turn and run, yet he is drawn to this strangely still, mysterious woman with eyes as black as vinyl. But Ilse is not what she seems, and Frank has old wounds that threaten to reopen, as well as a past it seems he will never leave behind. Can a man who is so in tune with other people's needs be so incapable of connecting with the one person who might save him? The journey that these two quirky, wonderful characters make in order to overcome their emotional baggage speaks to the healing power of music--and love--in this poignant, ultimately joyful work of fiction. CPL's Lunch and a Book Group gave this title 3.25 stars out of 5. This kit contains 10 copies of the title.

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