If your book group needs novels or nonfiction titles, one member of your group can check out multiple copies of one title, thanks to the library’s book group kits to go. Packaged in a royal blue tote bag, each kit contains: at least six copies of the title; book group questions to encourage a lively discussion; book reviews; and biographical information about the author. The kits check out for six weeks and can be renewed. The person who checks out the kit for the group is responsible for its contents. If you have any questions about the kits, contact the adult reference desk at 248-246-3727.
The library hosts two monthly book discussion groups:
September 19, 2016
The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton. 1905. Set among the elegant brownstones of New York City and opulent country houses like gracious Bellomont on the Hudson, the novel creates a satiric portrayal of what Wharton herself called “a society of irresponsible pleasure-seekers” with a precision comparable to that of Proust. And her brilliant and complex characterization of the doomed Lily Bart, whose stunning beauty and dependence on marriage for economic survival reduce her to a decorative object, becomes an incisive commentary on the nature and status of women in that society.
October 17, 2016
Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie. 1933. On a three-day journey through the snowbound Balkan hills, Hercule Poirot must weed through an array of international suspects to find the passenger who murdered a gangster on the Orient.
October 20, 2016
The Painter by Peter Heller. 2014. A multi-layered novel about an artist trying to outrun his past.
November 17, 2016
Unbecoming by Rebecca Scherm. 2015. In a debut novel with plenty of psychological suspense, Scherm details the evolution of a small town American girl into a professional international jewel thief.
The Book Group does net meet in December.
January 19, 2017
The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Olympics by Daniel Brown. 2013. The story of working class youths from the University of Washington rowing team who emerge from obscurity and defeat elite international rivals at the 1936 Berlin Olympics.