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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

The Woman Who Would be King by Kara Cooney
February 2 & 18, 2016
An engrossing biography of the longest-reigning female pharaoh in Ancient Egypt and the story of her audacious rise to power in a man’s world. Discussion Guide

Euphoria by Lily King
March 1 & 17, 2016
From New England Book Award winner Lily King comes a breathtaking novel about three young anthropologists of the '30s caught in a passionate love triangle that threatens their bonds, their careers, and, ultimately, their lives. Discussion Guide
Elephant Company by Vicki Constantine Croke
April 5 & 21, 2016
The remarkable story of James Howard “Billy” Williams, whose uncanny rapport with the world’s largest land animals transformed him from a carefree young man into the charismatic war hero known as Elephant Bill. Discussion Guide
Mademoiselle Chanel by C.W. Gortner
May 3 & 19, 2016
Born into rural poverty, Gabrielle Chanel and her siblings are sent to orphanage after their mother’s death. The sisters nurture Gabrielle’s exceptional sewing skills, a talent that will propel the willful young woman into a life far removed from the drudgery of her childhood.  Discussion Guide
Indifferent Stars Above by Daniel James Brown
June 7 & 16, 2016
In April of 1846, Sarah Graves was twenty-one and in love with a young man who played the violin. But she was torn. Her mother, father, and eight siblings were about to disappear over the western horizon forever, bound for California. Sarah could not bear to see them go out of her life, and so days before the planned departure she married the young man with the violin, and the two of them threw their lot in with the rest of Sarah's family. On April 12, they rolled out of the yard of their homestead in three ox-drawn wagons. Discussion Guide
Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
Aug 2 & 18, 2016
Independent and spirited Bathsheba Everdene has come to Weatherbury to take up her position as a farmer on the largest estate in the area. Her bold presence draws three very different suitors: the gentleman-farmer Boldwood, soldier-seducer Sergeant Troy and the devoted shepherd Gabriel Oak. Each, in contrasting ways, unsettles her decisions and complicates her life, and tragedy ensues, threatening the stability of the whole community. Discussion Guide
Circling the Sun by Paula McLain
Sep 6 & 15, 2016
Brought to Kenya from England as a child and then abandoned by her mother, Beryl is raised by both her father and the native Kipsigis tribe who share his estate. Her unconventional upbringing transforms Beryl into a bold young woman with a fierce love of all things wild and an inherent understanding of nature’s delicate balance. But even the wild child must grow up, and when everything Beryl knows and trusts dissolves, she is catapulted into a string of disastrous relationships. Discussion Guide
Gutenberg's Apprentice by Alix Christie
Oct 4 & 20, 2016

An enthralling literary debut that evokes one of the most momentous events in history, the birth of printing in medieval Germany—a story of invention, intrigue, and betrayal.
Youthful, ambitious Peter Schoeffer is on the verge of professional success as a scribe in Paris when his foster father, the wealthy merchant and bookseller Johann Fust, summons him home to corruption- riddled, feud-plagued Mainz to meet "a most amazing man."  Discussion Guide
All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Nov 1 & 17, 2016
From the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr, the beautiful, stunningly ambitious instant New York Times bestseller about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.  Discussion Guide

Poetry
December 6 & 15, 2015

Bring a favorite poem to share.

Previous book club selections:
2016
What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty

2015
The Bookman's Tale: A Novel of Obsession by Charlie Lovett
The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown

The City of Thieves by David Benioff

The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri
The Martian by Andy Weir
My Wish List by Gregoire Delacourt

Quiet: the Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
The Story of Land and Sea by Katy Simpson Smith


2014
A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra
The Dressmaker of Khair Khana by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
The Girls of Atomic City by Denise Kiernan

How the Light Gets In by Louise Penny
One Thousand White Women: the Journals of May Dodd by Jim Fergus
Orange is the New Black : My Year in a Women's Prison by Piper Kerman

Orphan Train: a novel by Christina Baker Kline
The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed

2013
The Arrival by Shaun Tan
The Aviator's Wife : a Novel by Melanie Benjamin
Between Two Oceans by M.L. Stedman 
Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka
The Devil's Highway: a True Story by Luis Alberto Urrea
Flight Behavior: a Novel by Barbara Kingsolver

The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh 

The Paris Wife: a Novel by Paula McLain
Stitches: a Memoir by David Small
Three Strong Women by Marie NDiaye and John Fletcher
The Worst Hard Time: the Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl by Timothy Egan

2012

Angle of Repose by Wallace Earle Stegner
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz

Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather
The Girl Who Fell From the Sky by Heidi W. Durrow

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali
The Kitchen House: a Novel by Kathleen Grissom
The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
The Plague of Doves by Louise Erdrich
River of Red Gold by Naida West
State of Wonder by Ann Patchett

2011
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant by Anne Tyler
The Good Earth
by Pearl S. Buck
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
Little Bee by Chris Cleave
The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson
Mrs. Adams in Winter: a Journey in the Last Days of Napoleon by Michael O'Brien

Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea by Barbara Demick
Parrot and Olivier in America by Peter Carey
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 RelinThe World to Come by Dara Horn

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