Love reading? Join one of Seymour Library's book clubs! Check out our upcoming selections below. Click on underlined titles to go to our catalog to place a hold. Feel free to come to a meeting even if you didn't make it all the way through the book.
New this month! We've added a new group: the Birthday Book Club. Please scroll down to learn more. Also, we've tweaked the evening book club. The former Coffee and Conversation evening group is now the Read More! Book Club, in support of those working on the library's reading challenge.
Coffee and Crime: Hannah Swensen series by author Joanne Fluke. Please read any book within the series. Books by the author will be featured at the meeting, noon Tuesday, February 9.
Coffee and Crime meets the second Tuesday of the month at noon. Author or series selections are chosen at each meeting for the upcoming month.
March 8: to be determined
History Book Club: 1776 by David McCullough. The author draws on personal correspondence and period diaries to present a landmark history of the American Revolution, capturing the people and events that transformed American history. The book will be featured at the meeting, 11 a.m. Saturday, February 20.
History Book Club meets the third Saturday of the month at 11 a.m. Upcoming selections:
March 19: John Adams by David McCullough (Parts 1 & 2)
April 16: John Adams by David McCullough (Part 3)
May 21: In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette by Hampton Sides
Read More Book Club (formerly Coffee and Conversation): Our revamped evening group will read books in support of the library's reading challenge. This month: first-time authors. Read The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler or any other author's first book and discuss your reading. The book and other debuts will be featured at the meeting, 7 p.m. Wednesday, February 24.
Read More meets the fourth Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. Upcoming selections:
March 23: a book recommended to you
Coffee and Conversation (morning): Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf. Addie Moore and Louis Waters, a widow and widower each living alone, forge a loving bond over their shared loneliness, provoking local gossip and the disapproval of their grown children in ways that are further complicated by an extended visit by a sad young grandchild. The book will be featured at the meeting, 10:30 a.m. Thursday, February 25.
Coffee and Conversation meets the last Thursday of the month at 10:30 a.m. Upcoming selections:
March 31: A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler
Birthday Book Club (NEW): Celebrate a different author’s birthday each month by reading an adaptation of their work or a work of fiction that places a new twist on their lives. This month: Wilhelm Grimm. Share your favorite fairy tale and discuss Gregory Maguire’s After Alice, a retelling of Alice in Wonderland. The book and fairy tales will be featured at the meeting, 1 p.m. Saturday, February 26.
Birthday Book Club meets the fourth Saturday of the month at 1 p.m. Upcoming selections:
March 26: to be determined
Even if you aren't able to join us, you can follow what we're reading to get ideas. Here's a look at the titles so far this year.
Mysteries by M.C. Beaton. The author has two long-standing series: Agatha Raisin and Hamish Macbeth.
One Summer: America, 1927 by Bill Bryson. Bryson examines closely the
events and personalities of the summer of 1927 when America's story was one of brawling adventure, reckless optimism and delirious energy.
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman. In this bestselling and delightfully quirky debut novel from Sweden, a grumpy yet lovable man finds his solitary world turned on its head when a boisterous young family moves in next door.
The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters. Forced to take in lodgers in economically challenged 1922 South London, widow Mrs. Wray and her spinster daughter find their lives profoundly and disturbingly changed by the arrival of a modern young couple.
Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell. A tour of key historic sites in America where incidents of political violence have occurred reveals lesser-known points of interest pertaining to each and shares information about how history has been shaped by popular culture and tourism.
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court by Mark Twain. A blow on the head transports a Yankee to 528 A.D. where he proceeds to modernize King Arthur's kingdom by organizing a school system, constructing telephone lines, and inventing the printing press.
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman. In this bestselling and delightfully quirky debut novel from Sweden, a grumpy yet loveable man finds his solitary world turned on its head when a boisterous young family moves in next door.
The Inspector Kurt Wallander series by Henning Mankell.
The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel Brown. Traces the story of an American rowing team from the University of Washington that defeated elite rivals at Hitler's 1936 Berlin Olympics, sharing the experiences of their enigmatic coach, a visionary boat builder, and a homeless teen rower.
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng. A story of the divisions between cultures and the rifts within a family explores the fallout of the drowning death of Lydia Lee, the favorite daughter of a Chinese-American family in 1970s Ohio.
Jenn McKinlay mysteries. She is the author of three series: Cupcake Bakery, Hat Shop, and Library Lover's mysteries.
Nothing Like It in the World: The Men Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad 1863-1869 by Stephen E. Ambrose. Chronicles the race to finish the transcontinental railroad in the 1860s and the exploits, sacrifices, triumphs, and tragedies of the individuals who made it happen.
Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Brunt. Her world upended by the death of a beloved artist uncle who was the only person who understood her, fourteen-year-old June is mailed a teapot by her uncle's grieving friend, with whom June forges a poignant relationship.
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. Taking a job as an assistant to extreme sports enthusiast Will, who is wheelchair bound after a motorcycle accident, Louisa struggles with her employer's acerbic moods and learns of his shocking plans before demonstrating to him that life is still worth living.
The Nameless Detective series by Bill Pronzini.
Dead Wake by Erik Larson. A chronicle of the sinking of the Lusitania discusses the factors that led to the tragedy and the contributions of such figures as Woodrow Wilson, bookseller Charles Lauriat, and architect Theodate Pope Riddle.
The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett. Set in twelfth-century England, this epic of kings and peasants juxtaposes the building of a magnificent church with the violence and treachery that often characterized the Middle Ages.
The English Teacher by Lila King. A single mother has sheltered her son for many years at the private school where she works as an English teacher, but she is beginning to unravel as secrets from her past catch up with her.
The Easy Rawlins series by Walter Mosley.
The Greater Journey by David G. McCullough. The book relates the story of the American artists, writers, and doctors who traveled to Paris in the nineteenth century, fell in love with the city and its people, and changed America through what they learned there.
Beach Music by Pat Conroy. Beach Music is about Jack McCall, an American living in Rome with his young daughter, trying to find peace after the recent trauma of his wife's suicide. But his solitude is disturbed by the appearance of his sister-in-law, who begs him to return home, and of two school friends asking for his help in tracking down another classmate who went underground as a Vietnam protester and never resurfaced.
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. The sudden death of a Hollywood actor during a production of King Lear marks the beginning of the world's dissolution, in a story told at various past and future times from the perspectives of the actor and four of his associates.
Inspector George Gently series mysteries by Alan Hunter.
The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara. Incisive portraits of Lee, Longstreet, Meade, and other Civil War leaders are interwoven with rich historical detail to provide a fictional recreation of the bloody battle at Gettysburg.
Redeployment by Phil Klay. A collection of short stories by a former Marine captain and Iraq veteran focuses on the complexities of life for soldiers on the front lines and after, exploring themes ranging from brutality and faith to guilt and survival.
Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion. A socially awkward genetics professor who has never been on a second date sets out to find the perfect wife, but instead finds Rosie Jarman, a fiercely independent barmaid who is on a quest to find her biological father.
“The Wars of Reconstruction” by Douglas Egerton. A groundbreaking new history, telling the stories of hundreds of African-American activists and officeholders who risked their lives for equality--in the face of murderous violence--in the years after the Civil War.
"Ella Minnow Pea" by Mark Dunn. A linguistic tour de force sure to delight word lovers playfully recounts what happens when the citizens of an island must rely on all their ingenuity to communicate in an increasingly limited language when the government progressively bans letters from the alphabet.
“Ahab’s Wife: Or, The Star-gazer” by Sena Jeter Naslund. A rich epic, drawn from the classic Moby Dick, chronicles the life of Una Spenser, wife of the immortal Captain Ahab, from her Kentucky childhood, through her adventures disguised as a whaling ship cabin boy, to her various marriages.
“Bloody Crimes: The Chase for Jefferson Davis and the Death Pageant for Lincoln’s Corpse,” by James Swanson. The author of The New York Times best-seller "Manhunt" returns to the Civil War era to tell the epic story of the search for Jefferson Davis and the eventful funeral procession for assassinated president Abraham Lincoln.
“All the Light We Cannot See,” by Anthony Doerr. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the novel tells the story of a blind French girl on the run from the German occupation and a German orphan-turned-Resistance tracker. They struggle with respective beliefs after meeting on the Brittany coast.
“Euphoria,” by Lily King. Three young anthropologists in the 1930s are caught in a passionate love triangle that threatens their bonds, their careers, and, ultimately, their lives.
"The Swerve: How the World Became Modern," by Stephen Greenblatt. A work of history and a story of discovery, in which one manuscript, plucked from a thousand years of neglect, changed the course of human thought and made possible the world as we know it. Greenblatt will speak in Syracuse as part of next season's Rosamond Gifford Lecture Series in Syracuse.
"A Constellation of Vital Phenomena," by Anthony Marra. In a rural village in December 2004 Chechnya, a failed doctor harbors the traumatized 8-year-old daughter of a father abducted by Russian forces and treats a series of wounded rebels and refugees while exploring the shared past that binds him to the child.
"All the Light We Cannot See," by Anthony Doerr. A blind French girl on the run from the German occupation and a German orphan-turned-Resistance tracker struggle with their beliefs after meeting on the Brittany coast.
"Wedding of the Waters: the Erie Canal and the Making of a Great Nation," by Peter L. Bernstein. A history of the Erie Canal's construction and subsequent influence on American geography profiles the nation in the first quarter-century of the 1800s, demonstrating how the canal's creation impacted the industrial revolution and citing the contributions of such figures as Washington, Jefferson, and van Buren.
"Just Kids" by Patti Smith. An artist and musician recounts her romance, lifetime friendship and shared love of art with Robert Mapplethorpe, in an illustrated memoir that includes a colorful cast of characters, including Bob Dylan, Allen Ginsberg, Andy Warhol, William Burroughs and more.
"The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry" by Gabrielle Zevin. When his most prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, is stolen, bookstore owner A. J. Fikry begins isolating himself from his friends, family and associates before receiving a mysterious package that compels him to remake his life.
“Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin" by Jill Lepore. A portrait of Benjamin Franklin's youngest sister, Jane, reveals how she was, like her brother, a passionate reader, gifted writer, and shrewd political commentator who made insightful observations about early America.
“The Shoemaker's Wife” by Adriana Trigiani. This intricately woven tapestry of love and family, war and loss, risk and destiny follows star-crossed lovers Enza, a practical beauty, and Ciro, a strapping mountain boy, who, after their first meeting in the Italian Alps, find their destinies inexplicably entwined as they build their lives in America.
"The Night Circus" by Erin Morgenstern. Waging a fierce competition for which they have trained since childhood, circus magicians Celia and Marco unexpectedly fall in love with each other and share a fantastical romance that manifests in fateful ways.
“Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore” by Robin Sloan. After a layoff during the Great Recession sidelines his tech career, Clay Jannon takes a job at a bookstore in San Francisco, and soon realizes that the establishment is a facade for a strange secret.
“Lila” by Marilynne Robinson. Abandoning her homeless existence to become a minister's wife, Lila reflects on her hardscrabble life on the run with a canny young drifter and her efforts to reconcile her painful past with her husband's gentle Christian worldview.