Book Discussions @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.

The Worst Hard Time by Timothy Egan

Journalist and author Timothy Egan follows a half-dozen families and their communities through the dust storms that terrorized America’s High Plains during the Depression. Winner of the 2006 National Book Award for nonfiction.

2pm Saturday, September 14

Less by Andrew Sean Greer

Almost 50, faltering writer Arthur Less is invited to his one time-boyfriend’s wedding. To escape the awkwardness of the situation, he accepts invitations to various author events around the world and sets out on an unlikely adventure.

2pm Saturday, November 23


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.

Cherokee America by Margaret Verble

Set in the late 19th century Cherokee Nation, this epic of the American frontier intertwines several plots around a heroic and unforgettable female character whose mixed race family, friends, and neighbors come together to protect their community.

10 am Tuesday, September 10
Good Kids, Bad City: A Story of Race and Wrongful Conviction in America by Kyle Swenson

This immersive exploration of race in America Interweaves the dramatic details of a case from 1970s Cleveland, which resulted in one of American history’s most disgraceful miscarriages of justice.

10am Tuesday, October 8
The Soul of America by Jon Meacham

In this inspiring book, Meacham illustrates dramatic turning points in American history which demonstrate how our national spirit has been shaped by the contest to lead the country to look forward rather than back, to assert hope over fear.

10am Tuesday, November 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.

The Home Cook by Alex Guarnaschelli

Alex Guarnaschelli, an Iron Chef and Chopped judge, presents her vibrant yet wholesome take on 300 recipes that will take your meals to the next level. From her classic pasta puttanesca to her quinoa allspice oatmeal cookies, The Home Cook will have you feverishly turning the pages to find your next perfect recipe.
7pm Wednesday, September 4

Hot For Food: Vegan Comfort Classics 101 by Lauren Toyota

Lauren Toyota shares her innovative and creative ways to combine comfort food and vegan cooking together to create delicious and craveable dishes such as Philly Cheesesteaks, hot buffalo chicken dip, and cinnamon rolls.

7pm Wednesday, October 2

Dinner for Everyone: 100 Iconic Dishes Made 3 Ways – Easy, Vegan, or Perfect for Company by Mark Bittman

Former NYT columnist and James Beard award winner Mark Bittman crafts a simple and straightforward cookbook featuring 100 diverse recipes made in three different ways: easy, vegan, or for company. With impressive dishes such as lemon polenta with mushroom ragu or tandoori-style shrimp, Dinner for Everyone will fill your kitchen with meals that your friends and family will treasure.

7pm Wednesday, November 13


The Fourth Tuesday Book Discussion 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.

Priestdaddy by Patricia Lockwood

Father Greg Lockwood is unlike any Catholic priest you have ever met – lounging in his boxer shorts and jamming on his guitar. When an unexpected crisis leads his irreverent poet daughter and her husband to move back into the rectory, their two worlds collide.

2pm Tuesday, September 24

The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir by Jennifer Ryan

Letters and journals reveal the struggles, affairs, deceptions, and triumphs of five members of a village choir during World War II as they band together to survive the upheavals of war and village intrigue on the English home front.

2pm Tuesday, October 22

Washington Black by Esi Edugyan

Washington Black is an eleven-year-old field slave on a Barbados sugar plantation until his master’s eccentric brother chooses him to be his manservant. Surprisingly, a life of dazzling adventure, dignity and meaning follows – until a man is killed and a bounty is placed on the young boy’s head.

2pm Tuesday, November 26


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.

The Bishop’s Wife by Mette Ivie Harrison

Jared Helm comes knocking on the Bishop’s door one night claiming his wife has abandoned him and his daughter. The Bishop has asked his wife to stay out of the domestic matter, but Linda just can’t seem to stop thinking that something more sinister may be going on.

7:30pm Tuesday, September 10

City of Ink by Elsa Hart

In 18th Century Beijing, former Imperial librarian Li Du is now working as a humble clerk. Called upon to assist in a murder investigation, Li Du uses his intellect and research skills to solve more than one mystery.

7:30pm Tuesday, October 8

The Wolf and the Watchman by Niklas Natt och Dag

Stirred from sleep one autumn morning, night watchman Mickel Cardell is notified that a body has been seen floating in the Larder. Now it’s a race against time to see if lawyer Cecil Wing and Cardell can identify the mutilated body before Cecil himself dies from consumption.

7:20pm Tuesday, November 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 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.

The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

Four adolescent siblings encounter a mystical psychic in 1960’s New York City. Her predictions shape the course their lives for the next fifty years.

7pm Monday, September 9
Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive by Stephanie Land

Stephanie Land’s plan to break away from her Pacific Northwest hometown gets derailed by an unexpected pregnancy. Working as a maid to support her daughter, Land began compiling her experiences in a part of the workforce that is often overlooked.
7pm Monday, October 14
White Houses by Amy Bloom

A fictionalized account of the intimate relationship between First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and “first friend” Lorena Hickok.
7pm Monday, November 11