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.

Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann

Winner of the 2009 National Book Award, McCann’s novel offers a dazzling and hauntingly rich vision of the loveliness, pain, and mystery of life in New York City in the 1970s.

2pm Saturday, March 17

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 Leavers By Lisa Ko

In the Bronx, an undocumented Chinese immigrant mysteriously disappears without a trace and her eleven-year-old son is left bewildered and heart-broken. After being adopted into a white family, he struggles between assimilation and memories of his mother, and never stops wondering what happened to her.

10am Tuesday, March 13
Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger

Forty years later in life, Frank Drum reflects on the Minnesota summer of 1961 when he was a thirteen-year-old boy struck by unexpected tragedy, thrust into an adult world full of secrets, lies, adultery, and betrayal.

10am Tuesday, April 10
  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

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.

Breakfast for Dinner: Recipes for Frittata Florentine, Huevos Rancheros, Sunny-Side-Up Burgers, and More! by Lindsay Landis & Taylor Hackbarth

If you like breakfast any time of day, this cookbook offers more than 100 recipes to wake you up with fresh takes on old favorites.

7pm Wednesday, March 7
Nigella Kitchen: Recipes from the Heart of the Home by Nigella Lawson

Complete with tips and tricks in the “kitchen confidential section,” Lawson’s book includes over 200 recipes – from easy to complicated – to suit a range of abilities.

7pm Wednesday, April 4
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

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.

  Killers of the Flower Moon: the Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann

A twisting, haunting, true-life murder mystery and a masterpiece of narrative nonfiction, David Grann revisits a shocking series of crimes based on years of research and startling new evidence. A searing indictment of the callousness and prejudice toward American Indians that allowed the murderers to operate with impunity for so long.

2pm Tuesday, March 27
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

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.

Even the Dead by Benjamin Black

Dublin pathologist Quirke, suffering hallucinations and needing rest, gets pulled into another investigation when he discovers that what appears to be just a fatal car accident might be a homicide.  Meanwhile, his daughter asks him to look into the disappearance of a pregnant woman. Quirke reaches out to his friend Inspector Haskett to help him untangle the mess.

7:30pm Tuesday, March 13
The Dry by Jane Harper

Agent Aaron Falk has no intention of going back to the town he grew up in and was run out of twenty years earlier, however, it appears his former best friend has murdered his wife and son and turned the gun on himself.  His friend’s father wants him to investigate but long-held secrets might be better off buried.

7:30pm Tuesday, April 10
  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

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.

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond

In Evicted, MacArthur “Genius” Matthew Desmond follows eight families in Milwaukee as they struggle to keep a roof over their heads. Evicted transforms our understanding of poverty and economic exploitation while providing fresh ideas for solving one of 21st-century America’s most devastating problems. Its unforgettable scenes of hope and loss remind us of the centrality of home, without which nothing else is possible.

7pm Monday, March 12
  The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

In this 2016 National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize alternative history novel, Whitehead envisions the Underground Railroad as a literal train. Cora and Caesar escape from a plantation in the Southeastern United States but the escape doesn’t go as planned and they are now being pursued by Ridgeway, a slave catcher. As they travel north, each stop illustrates the echoes of a history we all share.

7pm Monday, April 9
  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