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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 Martian by Andy Weir
November 3 and 19
Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there.  After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Discussion Guide
December 1 and 17
Bring a favorite poem to share.
What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
January  5 and 21
So imagine Alice’s surprise when she comes to on the floor of a gym and is whisked off to the hospital where she discovers the honeymoon is truly over — she’s getting divorced, she has three kids and she’s actually 39 years old. Alice must reconstruct the events of a lost decade, and find out whether it’s possible to reconstruct her life at the same time. She has to figure out why her sister hardly talks to her, and how is it that she’s become one of those super skinny moms with really expensive clothes. Discussion Guide
The Woman who would be King by Kara Cooney
February 2 and 18
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 and 17
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 and 21
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

Previous book club selections:
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
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

The Wish List by Gregoire Delacourt

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

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


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

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

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 RelinThe World to Come by Dara Horn

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