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.

Can’t We Talk about Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast

New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast’s memoir is an intimate look at the lives of her aging parents and their only child. This poignant and funny graphic novel was the winner of the 2014 National Book Critics Circle award for autobiography.

2pm Saturday, May 12
Ordinary Grace  by William Kent Krueger

Krueger’s mystery, the winner of the 2014 Edgar Award, is the story of a young man, a small town, and murder in the summer of 1961.

2pm Saturday, July 7

Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity  by Katherine Boo

Winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize, Boo’s landmark work of narrative nonfiction tells the dramatic and sometimes heartbreaking story of families striving toward a better life in one of the 21st century’s great, unequal cities.

2pm Saturday, September 15

Book Buzz is led by Lynda Thomas. 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 Turner House by Angela Flournoy

For the thirteen Turner siblings, the house on Yarrow Street is more than simply their childhood home on Detroit’s East Side – it represents the family’s complicated 50-year history. Now that the house is worth less than they owe on the mortgage, they must struggle with the decision of what to do with their family home.

10am Tuesday, May 8
  The Last Ballad by Wiley Cash

Set in the Appalachian foothills of North Carolina in 1929 and inspired by actual events, The Last Ballad is a moving tale of courage in the face of oppression and injustice chronicling an ordinary woman’s struggle for dignity and her rights in a textile mill.

10am Tuesday, June 19
  Everybody’s Son By Thrity Umrigar

Local and bestselling author, Thrity Umrigar, deftly explores issues of race, class, privilege, and power and asks us to consider uncomfortable moral questions in this probing, ambitious, emotionally wrenching novel of two families–one black, one white.

10am Tuesday, July 10
  Behold the Dreamers By Imbolo Mbue

In a compulsively readable novel about marriage, immigration, class, race, and the trapdoors in the American Dream, Mbue tells the unforgettable story of a young Cameroonian couple making a new life in New York just as the Great Recession upends the economy.

10am Tuesday, August 14

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.

Michael Symon’s 5 in 5: 5 Fresh Ingredients + 5 Minutes = 120 Fantastic Dinners by Michael Symon

Local celebrity chef Michael Symon combines pantry staples with 5 fresh ingredients to create the foundation of a quick, homemade meal.

7pm Wednesday, May 2
My Paris Kitchen: Recipes and Stories by David Lebovitz

Ooh la la!  Food blogger Lebovitz intersperses recipes and stories of Parisian life, and will make you feel like you’re in the City of Light.

7pm Wednesday, June 6

Have a great summer!

We’ll see you in September


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.

Treachery at Lancaster Gate by Anne Perry

When an explosion in Victorian London kills two policemen and seriously injures three more, many believe that anarchists are the culprits. But Thomas Pitt, commander of Special Branch, knows well enough that someone with decidedly more personal motives lit the deadly fuse and his hunch may bury him alive.

2pm Tuesday, April 24
  Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis—that of white working-class Americans. A deeply moving memoir with its share of humor and vividly colorful figures, J. D. Vance tells a compelling story of what social, regional and class decline feels like.

2pm Tuesday, May 22
  Mischling by Affinity Konar

In 1944 twin sisters, Pearl and Stasha, arrive at Auschwitz to be part of an experimental population known as Mengele’s Zoo where they experience privileges and horrors unknown to others. A superbly crafted story that defies every expectation, traversing one of the darkest moments in human history to show us the way toward ethereal beauty, moral reckoning and soaring hope.

2pm Tuesday, June 26

Have a great summer!

Keep checking back here for our Fall book selections

Mystery Book Discussions are led by Pam Tidwell and Lynne Miller. 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.

  Where it Hurts by Reed Farrel Coleman

Ex-con Tommy Delicamino is not satisfied with the police investigation into his drug dealing son’s death.  He turns to Gus Murphy, a retired cop with a dead son of his own, hoping to find understanding and the help he needs to flush out his son’s murderer.  Gus reluctantly delves into the underbelly of Long Island in pursuit of a killer.

7:30pm Tuesday, May 8
  A Dying Fall by Elly Griffiths

Forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway becomes suspicious about the circumstances of the death of her old university friend when she receives a letter from him just one day after she finds out he has died in a house fire.  Ruth wonders if his death could be linked to the all too important archeological find he reveals in his letter.

7:30pm Tuesday, June 12

Have a great Summer!

We will be back for more Mysteries in the Fall

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 and Stacie Anderson. 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.

  When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi.

What makes life worth living? This is the question posed in this profoundly moving memoir by a 36-year-old neurosurgeon diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. The book examines life and death from the perspective of a promising young doctor and a terminal patient with not much time left. Books will be available at the Main Reference desk one month before the discussion.

7pm Monday, May 14
  My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman.

7-year-old Elsa has a strong bond with grandmother. Both are seen as a little eccentric. Elsa finds comfort in the fantastical stories her grandmother tells her. When her grandmother dies and leaves Elsa to disperse an array of letters apologizing to those she has wronged, Elsa finds herself on her grandest adventure yet.

7pm Monday, June 11
  The Girls by Emma Cline.

Evie Boyd is a typical teenager girl growing up in 1960’s California. One day, she comes across a group of girls in the park and becomes enthralled with an entrancing older girl, Suzanne. As Evie’s infatuation with Suzanne grows, Evie finds herself pulled into a cult that will soon commit unimaginable violence.

7pm Monday, July 9
  Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

Mia and her teenage daughter, Pearl, are free spirits, never putting down roots in an area for long, who arrive in Shaker Heights. The Richardsons are a typical suburbanite family living in Shaker Heights. When friends of the Richardson family adopt a Chinese baby, it causes a controversy that sparks conflict between Mia and Elena Richardson and divides the community. A compelling story of identity, secrets and the consequences of conformity.

7pm Monday, August 13