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.

Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo

Pulitzer Prize-winner Boo’s 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. This title was the winner of the 2012 National Book Award for nonfiction.

2pm Saturday, May 11

Americanah by Chiminanda Ngozi Adichie

A young woman from Nigeria leaves behind her home and her first love to start a new life in America, only to find her dreams are not all she expected. Adichie was awarded the 2013 National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction for Americanah.

2pm Saturday, July 20


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.

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

A true American classic first published in 1943, this is the tale of a little girl living in the slums of Brooklyn, who dreamily watches out her window as a tree struggles to reach the sky.


10am Tuesday, May 14
The Distance Home by Paula Saunders
In postwar rural South Dakota, two young siblings in a loving by struggling family employ disparate paths to elude the hardships of home.
10am Tuesday, June 11
The House of Broken Angels by Luis Alberto Urrea
This is an authentic portrait of a Mexican-American family gathering at their home in San Diego for a bittersweet weekend in honor of their dying patriarch.
10am Tuesday, July 9
The Food Explorer by Daniel Stone
Readers learn of the true adventures of a late-nineteenth-century botanist who explored the earth in search of foods that would revolutionize both American farming and the American palate.
10am Tuesday, August 13

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.

Cook Like a Pro by Ina Garten

Garten’s newest cookbook invites you back into her kitchen to learn her latest tips and tricks to perfect your cuisine while exploring her newest recipes.

7pm Wednesday, May 1
Half Baked Harvest: Recipes from My Barn in the Mountains by Tieghan Gerard

Through stunning photography and easy-to-follow recipes, Tieghan’s Half Baked Harvest invites us into her barn turned kitchen with recipes that will transport you straight into her mountains.

7pm Wednesday, June 5
 We are taking the summer off – see you in September!

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.

The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn

When a reclusive woman believes she has witnessed a crime in a neighboring house, she undergoes a Hitchcockian nightmare journey of psychological suspense, almost entirely within the walls of her New York City home.

2pm Tuesday, May 28

The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace by Jeff Hobbs

An unforgettable biography about an intelligent and ambitious young African-American man who escapes the slums of Newark for Yale University only to succumb to the dangers of the streets when he returns home.

2pm Tuesday, June 25

We are taking the summer off. See you in September!


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.

Death in St. Petersburg by Tasha Alexander

Lady Emily accompanies her husband on a business trip to Russia.  An exciting evening at the Mariinsky theater ends in tragedy when a ballerina’s body is found face down in the snow.  A pleasure trip turns into much more as Prince Vasilii Guryanov draws Lady Emily into the investigation.

7:30pm Tuesday, May 14
Song of the Lion by Anne Hillerman

Navajo Tribal cop, Bernadette Manuelito, her husband Joe Chee and their mentor, legendary Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn team up to investigate a bombing. At first, the incident appears to be an act of ecoterrorism, but further research uncovers a menacing scheme related to one of Leaphorn’s cold cases.

7:30pm Tuesday, June 11
We are taking the summer off. See you in September!


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.

Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann

In the 1920’s, the Osage tribe of Oklahoma discovered oil under their land. Soon after, someone began killing members of tribe off, one by one. Killers of the Flower Moon tells the story of the FBI investigation into the murders and explores the prejudice against Native Americans that allowed the number of murders to climb so high.

7pm Monday, May 13
Laura and Emma by Kate Greathead

Laura is a single mother, determined to raise her daughter with a different set of values than those of her upper east side Manhattan parents. Told through a series of vignettes, the novel explores issues of class, family and a woman struggling to find her own identity.

7pm Monday, June 10
Tangerine by Christine Mangan

Alice Shipley and Lucy Mason were close in college, but haven’t spoken in over a year. Alice moved across the world to Tangier with her husband and is shocked when Lucy appears on her doorstep. Lucy encourages Alice to be more adventurous but rekindling the friendship might have unforeseen consequences.

7pm Monday, July 8
Everything Here is Beautiful by Mira T. Lee
A tender story about two sisters, reserved Miranda and vivacious Lucia, whose previously separate lives become intertwined through the bonds of family and the toll mental illness takes on everyone affected by it.
7pm Monday, August 12