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.
Coffee and Crime: The Gail Connor series by Barbara Parker. Books by the author will be featured at the meeting, noon Tuesday, June 14.
Coffee and Crime, our mystery book club, meets the second Tuesday of the month at noon. Author or series selections are chosen at each meeting for the upcoming month.
July 12: The Flavia de Luce series by Alan Bradley
History Book Club: The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II by Denise Kierna. Traces the unknown contributions of tens of thousands of women residents of the Manhattan Project's then-secret city of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, whose uranium-enriching jobs in support of the Project were shrouded in secrecy and whose legacy is still being felt today. The book will be featured at the meeting, 11 a.m. Saturday, June 18.
History Book Club meets the third Saturday of the month at 11 a.m. Upcoming selections:
July 16: Bound for the Promised Land: Harriet Tubman, Portrait of an American Hero by Kate Clifford Larson
August 20: Lafayette in the Somewhat United States by Sarah Vowell
Read More Book Club (formerly Coffee and Conversation) at Prison City Pub and Brewery: Our revamped evening group will read books in support of the library's reading challenge. This month: a funny book. Discuss your chosen book at the meeting, 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 22.
Read More meets the fourth Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m at Prison City Pub and Brewery, 28 State St., Auburn. Upcoming selections:
July 27: a road trip
August 24: a graphic novel
Coffee and Conversation: The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving by Jonathan Evison. After losing virtually everything meaningful in his life, Benjamin trains to be a caregiver, but his first client, a fiercely independent teen with muscular dystrophy, gives him more than he bargained for and soon the two embark on a road trip to visit the boy's ailing father.The book will be featured at the meeting, 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 30.
Coffee and Conversation meets the last Thursday of the month at 10:30 a.m. Upcoming selections:
July 28: The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
August 25: To be determined
Birthday Book Club: Celebrate Thomas Hardy’s birthday (June 2) by reading The Master by Colm Toibin. Nineteenth-century writer Henry James is heartbroken when his first play performs poorly in contrast to Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest and struggles with subsequent doubts about his sexual identity, his decision not to marry, and his difficulties with emotional intimacy.The book will be featured at the meeting, 1 p.m. Tuesday (special date), June 28.
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. Birthday Book Club meets the fourth Saturday of the month at 1 p.m. Upcoming selections:
July 30: The Paris Wife by Paula McLain
August 27: A Fatal Likeness by Lynn Shepherd
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.
The Brother Cadfael series by Ellis Peters.
In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette by Hampton Sides. A dramatic account of the ill-fated 19th-century naval expedition to the North Pole cites the contributions of German cartographer August Peterman, New York Herald owner James Gordon Bennett and famed naval officer George Washington De Long in the team's efforts to survive brutal environmental conditions.
The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy by Rachel Joyce. Given days to live and attended by a cast of well-wishers, Queenie Hennessy hides the existence of a long letter to Harold Fry revealing shocking and beautiful truths about her life.
Dreaming Spies by Laurie R. King. Discovering a peculiar stone from the Imperial gardens of Kyoto in their own home garden, Russell and Holmes recall a dangerous job they performed for the emperor before reconnecting with a Japanese tutor who is not who she seems.
The Tony Hill and Carol Jordan series by Val McDermid.
The Flight of Gemma Hardy by Margot Livesey. Overcoming a life of hardship and loneliness, Gemma Hardy, a brilliant and determined young woman, accepts a position as an au pair on the remote Orkney Islands where she faces her biggest challenge yet.
Brooklyn by Colm Toibin. Leaving her home in post-World War II Ireland to work as a bookkeeper in Brooklyn, Eilis Lacey discovers a new romance in America with a charming blond Italian man before devastating news threatens her happiness.
Margery Allingham's Albert Campion series.
John Adams by David McCullough
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A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler. The changing needs of aging parents impact a family gathering during which Abby Whitshank relates how her husband and she fell in love during the summer of 1959 and shares decades of marriage impacted by children and long-held secrets.
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.
Hannah Swensen series by author Joanne Fluke.
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 of Speculation by Erika Swyler
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.