Book Discussions @Shaker Library

Our Book discussion groups are temporarily canceled.  We look forward to rescheduling these groups and meeting with our community again soon!


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.

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

Set against the backdrop of the Civil War, this daring novel finds the President grieving the death of his son Willie who exists in the bardo – a space between the living and the dead. Winner of the 2017 Man Booker Prize.
2pm Saturday, May 9


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 Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes

Based on the true story of the Pack Horse Library initiative in Depression-era America, this is a richly rewarding tale of five extraordinary women and their journey of friendship and love in the mountains of Kentucky.

10am Tuesday, April 14
The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

First published in 1970 by Morrison, winner of the 1993 Nobel Prize in Literature, the novel tells the story of 11-year-old Pecola Breedlove, the nightmare at the heart of her yearning, and the tragedy of its fulfillment.

10am Tuesday, May 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.

Cravings: Hungry for More by Chrissy Teigen.

Pop culture phenomenon Chrissy Teigen takes us back to her creative kitchen, sharing recipes such as her ‘Blueberry Cream Cheese Pancakes’, ‘Chicken Teriyaki Burgers’ or the ‘Three Ingredient Chocolate Mousse’.

7pm Wednesday, April 1
5 Ingredients: Quick & Easy Food By Jamie Oliver

World renowned chef Jamie Oliver creates 130 new recipes for his newest cookbook ‘Quick and Easy’, ranging from his quick steak stir-fry, the smoky chorizo salmon, and the irresistible cherry chocolate mousse.


7pm Wednesday, May 6


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.

Becoming by Michelle Obama

An intimate, powerful, and inspiring memoir by the former First Lady of the United States. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private.

2pm Tuesday, April 28


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.

August Snow by Stephen Mack Jones

After blowing the whistle on corrupt Detroit politicians, rebellious ex-cop August Snow begins investigating the suspicious death of a wealthy business woman and finds himself the target of the city’s most dangerous criminals.
7:30pm Tuesday, April 14
The Widows of Malabar Hill by Sujata Massey

Perveen Mistry, one of India’s first female lawyers, is the only one who can speak to three widows who live in seclusion about their legal rights. Soon after her visit one of the household members is found murdered. Perveen must figure out what happened before anyone else dies.
7:30pm Tuesday, May 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.

Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate

In 1939, Rill Foss and her four siblings are left home alone one night when her father must take her mother to the hospital. Suddenly, they are taken by force to the Tennessee Children’s Home Society orphanage where Rill must fight to keep her siblings together. In the present day, Avery Stafford, a woman who seems to have it all, must struggle with her family’s hidden history after a chance encounter.


7pm Monday, April 13
The Great Pretender: the Undercover Mission That Changed Our Understanding of Madness by Susannah Cahalan

In 1970, Stanford psychologist David Rosenham and 7 other well-adjusted people admitted themselves into asylums to test the medical definition of insanity. The resulting study, accounting the alarming diagnoses and the treatments they received there, changed the field of psychiatry and mental health diagnosis. Through this narrative history, Cahalan explores the question “What is mental illness?”

7pm Monday, May 11