Book Groups @Shaker Library

Lively discussions! Engaging book selections! Interesting people! These are just some of the benefits of joining one of the library’s book discussion groups that meet once a month.

We make it easy. All you have to do is pick up your copy of each monthly read and join in!

Contact us to reserve your place or stop by the Library Information Desk to pick up your copy of the book.

Join us as we discuss a variety of award winning titles, including those from the Pulitzer, Booker, and National Book Award Lists.

Award Winners Book Discussion is led by Lynne Miller. The group meets from 2-3:30pm at the Bertram Woods Branch. Please register and pick up books at the Bertram Woods Information Desk one month before the discussion.

Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri

Navigating between their Indian traditions and a baffling new world, the characters in Lahiri’s elegant, touching stories seek love beyond the barriers of culture and generations. The book won the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

2pm Saturday, May 20
The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo by Tom Reiss

Winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Biography, this is the story of Alex Dumas, father of the renowned author, Alexandre. Born to a black slave mother and a fugitive white French nobleman in what is now Haiti, Alex Dumas was sold into bondage but made his way to Paris where he was schooled as a sword-fighting member of the French aristocracy. After his heroic service as Napoleon’s cavalry commander, Dumas was captured and cast into a dungeon, beginning a harrowing ordeal, which was the inspiration for one of the world’s classic works of fiction.

2pm Saturday, June 17

Gone Fishing!

We’ll be back in September with more award-winning books.

The Jazz Palace by Mary Morris

The winner of the 2016 Anisfield-Wolf Award for fiction, Morris’s book is set in 1920’s Chicago. Benny, a young Jewish hatmaker – and piano prodigy – seeks excitement in the clubs on the South Side. He finds his passion playing jazz with black trumpeter, Napoleon, in a speakeasy, caught up in the glamour and the corruption of the prohibition era.

2pm Saturday, September 16

Book Buzz is led by Stacie Anderson. The group meets from 10-11:30am at the Main Library. Please register and pick up books at the Main Library Information Desk one month before the discussion.

The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu by Joshua Hammer

This fast-paced narrative reports the heroic effort to preserve Mali’s cultural heritage in the form of more than 350,000 ancient Islamic and secular manuscripts after Al Qaeda captured Timbuktu in 2012.

10am Tuesday, May 9
Commonwealth by Ann Patchett

A chance encounter sets in motion the dissolution of a marriage and the evolution of two American families blended over five decades, creating a sharply humorous, and profoundly affecting collage of parents, children, step-children, siblings, and step-siblings.

10am Tuesday, June 13

Hang in there. We’ll be back in August!

Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin

First published in 1953, this American classic is a haunting coming-of-age novel set in Harlem in the 1930s, based in part on Baldwin’s own childhood. Simultaneously brutal and compassionate, it chronicles a fourteen-year-old boy’s discovery of the terms of his identity.

10am Tuesday, August 8

The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen  

Lines of loyalty and commitment blur for the half-Vietnamese double agent at the center of this compelling and profoundly unsettling winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction set in the aftermath of the Vietnam War.

10am Tuesday, September 12

Do you like to cook or bake? Love experimenting in the kitchen and trying new cuisines? If so, join “Cook the Book,” Shaker Library’s new cookbooks Club! Each month, we’ll select a cookbook and each member will make a dish from that book. Discussion will be about the recipe, the cookbook, what worked (or didn’t), why you chose the recipe, etc.

Cook the Book! is led by Lynne Miller and Jim Bagwell. The group meets from 7-8:30pm. Please register and pick up books at the Bertram Woods Branch Information Desk one month before the discussion.

400 Best Sandwich Recipes: From Classics and Burgers to Wraps and Condiments by Alison Lewis

This book offers sandwich recipes for every occasion that are both scrumptious and simple to prepare.

7pm Wednesday, May 3

Weber’s Way to Grill: The Step-By-Step Guide to Expert Grilling by Jamie Purviance

With tips and insights for getting better every step of the way, this book is an all-in-one master class in all aspects of outdoor cooking. Confidence-building recipes are accompanied by color photographs.

7pm Wednesday, June 7

Cook the Book is taking time off July and August. Get ready to get cooking in September with Cleveland’s favorite chefs!

In the Kitchen with Cleveland’s Favorite Chefs: 35 Fabulous Meals in About an Hour
by Maria Isabella

Author Isabella asked local chefs what they’d prepare in their own kitchens if they were pressed for time. In the Kitchen shares the biographies of 35 area food celebrities, including Zach Bruell and Michael Symon, who reveal their trusted recipes – from starters to desserts.

7pm Wednesday, September 6

The Fourth Tuesday Book Group is led by Janis Williams. the group meets from 2-3:30pm at the Main Library. Please register and pick up books at the Main Library Information Desk one month before the discussion.

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

A.J. Fikry, owner of Island Books, has recently hit a bit of a rough patch. His wife has died, sales are waning and, most recently, there was the theft of his most prized possession: a rare collection of poems by Edgar Allen Poe. When a mysterious package arrives on his doorstep, it gives him a new perspective and a second chance at life.

2pm Tuesday, May 23
Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben

Home from the war and suffering from PTSD, Army pilot Maya Stern is with her husband, Joe, when he is brutally murdered by a robber in Central Park. Watching her daughter through a nanny cam two weeks later, she sees her playing with Joe. What can she believe?

2pm Tuesday, June 27

See you in September!


13 hours: the inside account of what really happened in Benghazi by Mitchell Zuckoff

A suspenseful account of the September 2012 attack on the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya as told by the contract security operators who defended it.

 2pm Tuesday, September 26

Mystery Book Discussions are led by Pam Tidwell. The group meets from 7:30-8:30pm at the Main Library.

Please register and pick up books at the Main Library Information Desk one month before the discussion.

Another One Goes Tonight by Peter Lovesey

Two police officers respond to one last call after a late night on the job when the patrol car spins out of control, killing one cop and landing the other in critical condition. Detective Diamond, having been sent to investigate the scene in order to determine the fault of the accident, arrives several hours later to find that a civilian involved in the crash has been left unattended. He calls for an ambulance and administers CPR immediately. After a while he becomes suspicious of the civilian and wonders if he saved the life a serial killer.

7pm Tuesday, May 9
Past Crimes by Glen Erik Hamilton

Van Shaw left his grandfather, Dono, and the criminal life in Seattle to become an Army Ranger. When his grandfather beckons him home after ten years of silence, Van arrives only to find him shot in the head. To solve the crime and clear himself as the prime suspect, Van must step back into Seattle’s underworld and reconnect with his grandfather’s old cronies.

7pm Tuesday, June 13

We’re headed out on great adventures in July and August.

Never fear! We return in September with more great mysteries.

  The Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie R. King

In his retirement, the great detective Sherlock Holmes grooms a young woman to follow in his footsteps.  Fifteen year-old Mary and the elderly beekeeper Holmes are let into a series of adventures which escalate in gravity until Holmes is in peril of his life.  At the frightening climax, the maturing Mary proves herself a worthy partner and successor.

7:30pm Tuesday, September 12

Enjoy a burger and beer with your biography? A martini with your mystery? Then please join us for some “savory” stories and a “spirited” discussion of a good book.

Pub Reads is led by Rachel Wilhoyte. The group meets from 7-8:30pm at The Academy Tavern. Copies will be available at the Main Library Reference desk for loan one month before the discussion and at Loganberry Books for sale.

The Academy Tavern is at 12800 Larchmere Blvd. Loganberry Books is at 13015 Larchmere.

The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League by Jeff Hobbs

This true story of a young African American struggling to navigate between his Ivy League University and his crime-ridden neighborhood of Newark is written by his former roommate. Through his examination of his classmate’s complicated life, the author explores the issues of race and class in America.

7pm Monday, May 8
The Painted Girls by Cathie Marie Buchanan

Inspired by the real-life model immortalized in Edgar Degas’s Little Dancer Aged Fourteen, this is the story of two sisters from the slums of lower Montmartre who seek success with the Paris Opera Ballet, but fall victim to the desires of their wealthy benefactors.

7pm Monday, June 12
Night by Elie Wiesel

In his brief and deeply moving autobiography, the author describes his as a teenager in the concentration camps of Auschwitz and Buchenwald.

7pm Monday, July 10
Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff

This story of a marriage is told from the couple’s two different points of view and provides a complex look into the joys and tragedies of a relationship.

7pm Monday, August 14
  The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant

85 year old Addie Baum relays her life story to her granddaughter, beginning as the 16 year old daughter of Jewish immigrants, growing up in Boston. A fascinating look at a woman trying to find her place in the world at the turn of the 20th century.

7pm Monday, September 11