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.

Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine.

Selected as the NEA Big Read 2019, Citizen: An American Lyric was the winner of the 2014 National Book Critics Circle award for poetry. The book, written by Jamaican-born author Claudia Rankine, exposes modern American racism with poetry, commentary and visual art. Adrienne Gosselin will facilitate the discussion. Dr. Gosselin is an Associate Professor of English at Cleveland State University where she specializes in African-American Literature and Culture and Black Women’s Studies.

2pm Saturday, February 2


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 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
The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin

A 12-year-old girl is convinced that her best friend died from a rare jelly fish sting and undertakes a heartfelt journey to prove her theory.

10am Tuesday, January 8
The Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

Invisible Man is a milestone in American literature that established Ralph Ellison as one of the key writers of the century and has continued to engage readers since its appearance in 1952.

10am Tuesday, February 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.

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
Eat a Little Better: Great Flavor, Good Health, Better World by Sam Kass

Sam Kass, former White House chef for the Obama family, shares 90 of his healthiest recipes in a cookbook that also teaches us the importance of choosing healthy, natural options for every meal.

7pm Wednesday, January 7
Dinner, A Love Story: It all Begins at the Family Table by Jenny Rosenstrach

Jenny Rosenstrach crafts a cookbook that blends two of life’s greatest joys: Family and Food. Weaving together delectable recipes and the stories behind them, this cookbook will have your heart yearning for more.

7pm Wednesday, February 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.

The Association of Small Bombs by Karan Mahajan.

A small bomb explodes in a crowded marketplace in Delhi and lives are lost and others, victims and perpetrators both, irrevocably changed.

2pm Tuesday, January 22

The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson

The bestselling author of Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand returns with a breathtaking novel of love on the eve of World War I that reaches far beyond the small English town in which it is set.

2pm Tuesday, February 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.

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
Man on the Washing Machine by Susan Cox

Theophania Bogart, party girl and society photographer, runs to San Francisco and sets up a soap specialty shop in order to escape a high-profile family tragedy. Before long Theo witnesses a man falling from a third floor window, she’s knocked out, tied up, and imprisoned. She needs to figure out who the killer is before her new life is disclosed as a fraud.

7:30pm Tuesday, January 8
A Rising Man by Abir Mukherjee

Captain Sam Wyndham, formerly of Scotland Yard, has arrived in Calcutta after World War 1 and takes a post with the local police force. Wyndham and his new colleagues Digby and Banerjee investigate the murder of a British official and find themselves immersed in turmoil brewing in the colonial city.

7:30pm Tuesday, February 12

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.

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.

Educated by Tara Westover

Westover grew up in the mountains of Idaho in a survivalist Mormon family. Nominally homeschooled and encouraged by an older brother to escape the strict household through going to college, Westover taught herself critical thinking skills, took the ACTs and entered her first real classroom at Brigham Young University at the age of 17. Her captivating memoir recounts Westover’s struggle to gain the knowledge she needed to compete with her peers and the heartache of having to cut those most close to you out of your life because they may hold you back.


7pm Monday, January 14
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

Nicholas Young and Rachel Chu’s relationship is reaching that tipping point. He’s asked her to accompany him to his best friend’s wedding in Singapore. He’s neglected to mention that he’s a member of one of the richest families in the country.  Will Rachel be able to successfully navigate the labyrinth of old money vs. new money, squabbling socialites, and meddling relatives insisting they have Nicholas’ best interest at heart?

 7pm Monday, February 11