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Book Discussion Groups

Reading and discussion are the roots of learning and can also become the roots of community bonding. Join other readers at the Folsom Public Library for lively, monthly book discussions on the first Tuesday, 6:30-7:30 p.m. or the third Thursday, 1:00-2:00 p.m. in the Library Meeting Room. All adults welcomed! Copies of selection available for checkout at the Adult Information desk. 
Upcoming Book Club Selections

No meetings in July
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
August 5 and 21
A powerful, blazingly honest, inspiring memoir: the story of a 1,100 mile solo hike that broke down a young woman reeling from catastrophe--and built her back up again. Discussion guide.

The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert
September 2 and 18
Spanning much of the 18th and 19th centuries, the novel follows the fortunes of the extraordinary Whittaker family. Most memorable is the story of Alma Whittaker, who--born in the Age of Enlightenment, but living well into the Industrial Revolution--bears witness to that extraordinary moment in human history when all the old assumptions about science, religion, commerce, and class were exploding into dangerous new ideas.

A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra
October 7 and 16
In a rural village in December 2004 Chechnya, a failed doctor Akhmed harbors the traumatized 8-year-old daughter of a father abducted by Russian forces and treats a series of wounded rebels and refugees while exploring the shared past that binds him to the child.

Previous book club selections:
2014
Orange is the New Black : My Year in a Women's Prison by Piper Kerman
Orphan Train: a novel by Christina Baker Kline
The Dressmaker of Khair Khana by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
One Thousand White Women: the Journals of May Dodd by Jim Fergus
The Girls of Atomic City by Denise Kiernan
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

2013
The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh 
Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka
The Devil's Highway: a True Story by Luis Alberto Urrea
The Paris Wife: a Novel by Paula McLain
The Worst Hard Time: the Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl by Timothy Egan
Stitches: a Memoir by David Small
The Arrival by Shaun Tan

The Aviator's Wife : a Novel by Melanie Benjamin
Three Strong Women by Marie NDiaye and John Fletcher
Flight Behavior: a Novel by Barbara Kingsolver
Between Two Oceans by M.L. Stedman 


2012

River of Red Gold by Naida West
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
The Kitchen House: a Novel by Kathleen Grissom
The Girl Who Fell From the Sky by Heidi W. Durrow
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz
The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali
Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather
Angle of Repose by Wallace Earle Stegner
The Plague of Doves by Louise Erdrich


2011
The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
Little Bee by Chris Cleave
Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea by Barbara Demick
Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant by Anne Tyler
The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver
Parrot and Olivier in America by Peter Carey

The Help by Kathryn Stockett
Mrs. Adams in Winter: a Journey in the Last Days of Napoleon by Michael O'Brien
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
The School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister

2010
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West
by Dee Alexander Brown
Cutting for Stone
by Abraham Verghese
Funny in Farsi
by by Firoozeh Dumas
The Glass Castle
by Jeanette Wall
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
by Jamie Ford
The Last Child
by John Hart
The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon
by David Grann
Mudbound
by Hillary Jordan
Shanghai Girls
by Lisa See
Year of Wonders
by Geraldine Brooks
Zeitoun by Dave Eggers

2009
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows 
Honeymoon With My Brother: A Memoir
by Franz Wisner
Little Heathens : Hard Times and High Spirits on an Iowa Farm During the Great Depression
by Mildred Armstrong Kalish
Loving Frank: A Novel
by Nancy Horan
Marco Polo: From Venice to Xanadu
by Laurence Bergreen
My Antonia
by Willa Cather
Olive Kitteridge
by Elizabeth Strout
Out Stealing Horses
by Per Petterson
The Soloist: A Lost Dream, an Unlikely Friendship and the Redemptive Power of Music

by Steve Lopez
The Zookeeper's Wife: A War Story by Diane Ackerman

2007-08
The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs
The Double Bind
by Chris Bohjalian
Dispatches from the Edge
by Anderson Cooper 
Deadheads : a Murder Mystery
by Reginald Hill
God is Not Great : How Religion Poisons
Everything by Christopher Hitchens
Grayson
by Lynne Cox
The Inheritance of Loss
by Kiran Desai  
The Innocent Man
by John Grisham
Life of Pi : A Novel
by Yann Martel
The Madonnas of Leningrad : A Novel
by Debra Dean
Mayflower
by Nathan Philbrick
Oil!
byUpton Sinclair
On Gold Mountain
by Lisa See
The Quiet American
by by Graham Greene
The Secret Life of Bees
by Sue Monk Kidd
The Tea-Olive Bird Watching Society
by Augusta Trobaugh  
Three Cups of Tea
by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin
The World to Come by Dara Horn

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