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.


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

The March by E.L. Doctorow

General William Tecumseh Sherman’s historic and destructive march through Georgia and the Carolinas is recounted in this magisterial novel which won the Pen-Faulkner Award in 2006.


2pm Saturday, November 10

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 House at the Edge of Night by Catherine Banner

This is a sweeping saga about four generations of a family living on an island off the coast of Italy. Their lives are transformed by world wars and a great recession, by the threat of fascism and their deep bonds of passion and friendship, and by bitter rivalries and the power of forgiveness.

10am Tuesday, September 11
Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover

Growing up off-the-grid with her survivalist family in Idaho, the author leaves to seek an education, ultimately earning a PhD from Cambridge University. Her memoir is a story of family loyalty and the overwhelming grief that comes when you sever your closest ties.


10am Tuesday, October 9
Varina by Charles Frazier

With her marriage prospects limited, Varina Howell marries Jefferson Davis, a much-older widower with whom she expects a life of security. Instead, he pursues a career in politics and is appointed president of the Confederacy, placing Varina at the center of one of the darkest moments in American history making her culpable regardless of her intentions.

10am Tuesday, November 13
The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

When a former POW, comes home from the Vietnam War he decides to move his family to Alaska. This unforgettable portrait of human frailty and resilience reveals the character of the modern American pioneer and the spirit of a vanishing Alaska, a place of incomparable beauty and danger. It is a story about love and loss, the fight for survival, and the wildness that lives in both man and nature.


10am Tuesday, December 11

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.

  Delicious Memories: Recipes and Stories from the Chef Boyardee Family by Anna Boiardi

Written by the granddaughter of the famous Chef Boyardee, this one-of-a-kind cookbook shares authentic Italian recipes passed down from generation to generation, bringing back warm childhood memories.

7pm Wednesday, September 5
Milk Street: The New Home Cooking by Christopher Kimball

Nominated for a 2018 James Beard Award, the former Cook’s Illustrated editor provides over 125 recipes that may change the way you cook.


7pm Wednesday, October 3
Tasty Latest and Greatest: Everything You Want to Cook Right Now by Tasty

Buzzfeed’s newest cookbook and New York Times best seller features traditional recipes like lasagna and baked buffalo cauliflower to the downright zany glitter-bombed unicorn cake.


7pm Wednesday, November 7
All Time Best Holiday Entertaining by the Editors at America’s Test Kitchen         

Friends and family will rush to gather around your holiday table to indulge in these savory and sweet recipes.


7pm Wednesday December 5

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 Wonder by Emma Donoghue

An English nurse is called to a remote Irish village to observe an 11-year-old girl who has not eaten in months yet appears healthy. Is this is a miracle or a hoax?

2pm Tuesday, September 25

My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout

Recuperating from surgery in a New York City hospital, Lucy is visited by her estranged mother and the two share stories about the people from Lucy’s childhood in Illinois. They seem to reconnect despite the tension and sadness from Lucy’s lonely childhood.


2pm Tuesday, October 23

The Secret Chord by Geraldine Brooks

Tracing his journey—from obscurity to fame, from shepherd to soldier, from hero to traitor, from beloved king to murderous despot to his remorseful and diminished dotage—a Pulitzer Prize-winning author peels away the myth to bring the biblical King David to life


2pm Tuesday, November 27

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.


A Voice in the Night by Andrea Camilleri

Inspector Montalbano finds himself in a tight spot as he questions the apparent suicide of a supermarket manager who had been interviewed about a robbery. In addition, he is investigating the Provincial President’s son as a suspect in the murder of the young man’s girlfriend.

7:30pm Tuesday, September 11

Vicious Circle by C.J. Box

Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett put Dallas Cates behind bars, but now Cates is out of jail and has vowed revenge on Joe and his family.

7:30pm Tuesday, October 9

Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz

The editor in charge of the Atticus Pund series discovers that the last book in the author’s series has missing chapters—and that the author has committed suicide. She begins searching not only for the missing chapters but also for the truth about the author’s untimely death.

7:30pm Tuesday, November 13
Wolf Winter by Cecilia Ekback

In 1717 Maija and her family move to Swedish Lapland in the shadow of Blackasen, a mountain with a haunting history.  After her daughter finds a mutilated body on the mountain that neighbors attribute to a wolf attack, Maija suspects something more menacing.


7:30pm Tuesday, December 11

Connect with your kids through reading! Middle graders (Grades 5-8) and their parents will read the same book and then come together for an evening book discussion at the Bertram Woods Branch. Copies of the book will be available at the Adult Reference Desk at Bertram Woods Branch. Register in person or by phone beginning 1 month before each program.

Towers Falling by Jewell Parker Rhodes

A group of middle school classmates learn about the events of 9/11 in a story of friendship, family, and finding your way in a complicated world.

7-8pm Wednesday, October 24
Hello Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly

Four friends on a neighborhood adventure learn about bravery and self-acceptance.

7-8pm Wednesday, November 28
Wishtree by Katherine Applegate

Red is a neighborhood oak tree where neighbors tie their wishes to its branches. When a new family moves in, not everyone is welcoming, and Red’s experience as a wishtree is more important than ever.

7-8pm Wednesday, January 23

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 Radium Girls by Kate Moore

This is a harrowing look at the women who worked for the United States Radium Corporation and the Radium Dial Company, painting radioactive material on watch faces during World War I. When their health began to fail, these courageous women fought for safer working conditions that continue to affect how industries handle radium to this day.

7pm Monday, September 17
Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

Saeed and Nadia meet while living in a country on the brink of war.  As the violence escalates they hear rumors of doors leading to safety in places far removed from the conflict. Part love story, part modern fable, Hamid places the humanity of displaced people front and center.

7pm Monday, October 8
Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

Jojo and Kayla live with their grandparents and their frequently disappearing mother, Leonie. When their father is released from prison, Leonie takes her children on a road trip to reunite the family. This lyrical novel, which won the 2017 National Book Award, offers an intimate look at an African-American family living in rural Mississippi.


7pm Monday, November 12