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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 Rosie Project: a Novel by Graeme Simsion
March 3 and 19
A socially awkward genetics professor who has never been on a second date sets out to find the perfect wife, but instead finds Rosie Jarman, a fiercely independent barmaid who is on a quest to find her biological father.  Discussion Guide
My Wish List: a Novel by Gregoire Delacourt
April 7 and 16
A family woman and fabric-shop owner contemplates the dreams of her youth after winning the lottery, a fortune she decides to keep a secret while she reevaluates her adult choices and makes a list of the things she might want to change. Discussion Guide
The City of Thieves by David Benioff
May 5 and 21
Documenting his grandparents' experiences during the siege of Leningrad, a young writer learns his grandfather's story about how a military deserter and he tried to secure pardons by gathering hard-to-find ingredients for a powerful colonel's daughter's wedding cake.
The Bookman's Tale: A Novel of Obsession by Charlie Lovett
June 2 and 18
Relocating to the English countryside after the death of his wife, antiquarian book enthusiast Peter Byerly discovers an 18th-century study of Shakespeare forgeries that contains a Victorian portrait strongly resembling his late wife, a finding that sparks an obsessive search through the bard's historical period. Discussion Guide
No Book Club Meeting
The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown
August 4 and 20
Traces the story of an American rowing team from the University of Washington that defeated elite rivals at Hitler's 1936 Berlin Olympics, sharing the experiences of such contributors as their enigmatic coach, a visionary boat builder and a homeless teen rower.
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
September 1 and 17
A stunningly ambitious and beautiful novel 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
The Story of Land and Sea by Katy Simpson Smith
October 6 and 15
Set in a small coastal town in North Carolina during the waning years of the American Revolution, this incandescent debut novel follows three generations of family:  fathers and daughters, mother and son, master and slave, characters who yearn for redemption amidst a heady brew of war, kidnapping, slavery, and love.
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
November 3 and 19
When his most prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, is stolen, bookstore owner A. J. Fikry begins isolating himself from his friends, family and associates before receiving a mysterious package that compels him to remake his life.
December 1 and 17
Bring a favorite poem to share.

Previous book club selections:
Quiet: the Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain

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
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert
A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra
How the Light Gets In by Louise Penny

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 


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

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

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
by Hillary Jordan
Shanghai Girls
by Lisa See
Year of Wonders
by Geraldine Brooks
Zeitoun by Dave Eggers

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

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
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
by Nathan Philbrick
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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