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.

Await Your Reply by Dan Chaon

The varied lives of three strangers interconnect in unforeseen ways – and with unexpected consequences – in the gripping novel that won the 2010 Ohioana Award.

2pm Saturday March 16

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


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.

Love and Ruin by Paula McLain

In a work of historical fiction set against the turbulent backdrops of Madrid and Cuba, readers learn about Martha Gellhorn’s love affair with Ernest Hemingway.

10am Tuesday, March 12
I Will Always Write Back by Caitlin Alifirenka

In this compelling dual memoir, an all-American girl and a boy from Zimbabwe recount how they became better people through their long-distance correspondence that spanned six years.
10am Tuesday, April 9
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

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.

The Minimalist Kitchen by Melissa Coleman

Sometimes, less is more. In Melissa Coleman’s Minimalist Kitchen, discover how you’ll be able to minimize your kitchen and cooking – without compromising the flavor of your meals.

7pm Wednesday, March 13
Magnolia Table by Joanna Gaines

Joanna Gaines, star of the HGTV show ‘Fixer Upper’ , celebrates the strong bond of family and friends with her take on traditional and comfort meals – ranging from Chicken Pot Pie and White Cheddar Bisque to other favorites such as Overnight French Toast and Chocolate Chip cookies.

7pm Wednesday, April 3
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

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.

Fools and Mortals by Bernard Cornwell

This is an action-packed novel portraying William Shakespeare’s first production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream – as related by his estranged younger brother, Richard.

2pm Tuesday, March 26

Lazaretto by Diane McKinney-Whetstone

This masterful work of historical fiction, set in the aftermath of the Civil War, evokes powerful stories of love, friendship and humanity amid the vibrant black community of Philadelphia  where their lives intersect at the legendary Lazaretto–America’s first quarantine hospital.

2pm Tuesday, April 23

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

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.

Unholy City by Carrie Smith

When a senior churchwarden is found murdered in the herb garden of his Manhattan church, detectives Clarie Codella and Brian Haggerty must rise above their rocky relationship to identify a killer among several possible suspects.

7:30pm Tuesday, March 12
Murder in Saint-Germain by Cara Black

Paris – July, 1999.  Private investigator Aimee Leduc is overwhelmed with work and at home when she runs into her friend, counterterrorism agent Suzanne Lesage.  Suzanne is suffering from PTSD and is haunted by the memory of a Serbian warlord and she needs Aimee’s help.  How can Aimee say no?

7:30pm Tuesday, April 9
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

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.

Ghost by Jason Reynolds 7pm Wednesday, February 27

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.

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Eleanor Oliphant’s life is one of structure and isolation. That’s interrupted when Sammy, an elderly man, falls in the street and is tended to by Eleanor and the IT guy at her office, Raymond. The three form an unlikely friendship that broadens their lonely worlds.

7pm Monday, March 11
Sourdough by Robin Sloan

Lois’s life is consumed by her job in technology. One day, she is gifted the starter for the sourdough recipe used by a restaurant she frequents as the owners must return to their home country. Will this gift be more trouble than it’s worth or will it open Lois’s life up to a new purpose?

7pm Monday, April 8
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