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: any title from the British Library Crime Classics series. Books in the series will be featured at the meeting, noon Tuesday, October 11.
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.
November 8: mysteries by Robert Crais
History Book Club: Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow - Chapters 1-18. Traces the life of Alexander Hamilton, an illegitimate, largely self-taught orphan from the Caribbean who rose to become George Washington's aide-de-camp and the first Treasury Secretary of the United States. The book will be featured at the meeting, 11 a.m. Saturday, October 15.
History Book Club meets the third Saturday of the month at 11 a.m. Upcoming selections:
Nov. 19: Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow - Chapters 19 - Epilogue
Dec. 17: to be determined
Birthday Book Club: Celebrate the life of Edgar Allan Poe (death: October 7) by reading Mrs. Poe by Lynn Cullen. Struggling to support her family in mid-19th-century New York, writer Frances Osgood makes an unexpected connection with literary master Edgar Allan Poe and finds her survival complicated by her intense attraction to the writer and the scheming manipulations of his wife. The book will be featured at the meeting, noon Tuesday, October 18.
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 third Tuesday of the month at noon. Upcoming selections:
Dec. 13: Amherst by William Nicholson or Miss Emily by Nauala O'Connor
Read More Book Club at Prison City Pub and Brewery: Our revamped evening group will read books in support of the library's reading challenge. This month: a fantasy or science fiction book. Read something from either category and discuss your chosen book at the meeting, 7 p.m. Wednesday, October 26.
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:
Nov. 30: a book with a blue cover
Dec. 28: A book you've always wanted to read but haven't
Coffee and Conversation: 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. The book will be featured at the meeting, 10:30 a.m. Thursday, October 27.
Coffee and Conversation meets the last Thursday of the month at 10:30 a.m. Upcoming selections:
Nov. 17: My Name Is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout
Dec. 15: 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 Meg Gardiner
Franklin & Winston: An Intimate Portrait of an Epic Friendship by Jon Meacham. A definitive account of a historic friendship provides a close-up look at the complex relationship between Franklin Roosevelt and Winston Churchill and its seminal influence on the course of World War II, examining each man and their feelings toward each other, their families, and their individual attempts to manage and influence each other.
West of Sunset by Stewart O'Nan. A tale inspired by F. Scott Fitzgerald's last years in Hollywood finds him reflecting on past events at the height of the Jazz Age while falling in love, struggling to hold his family together and penning The Last Tycoon.
Still Life by Louise Penny. Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Surêté du Québec and his team are called in to the scene of a suspicious death in a rural village south of Montreal. Still Life introduces not only an engaging series hero in Inspector Gamache, who commands his forces with integrity and quiet courage, but also a winning and talented writer of traditional mysteries, Louise Penny.
A Fatal Likeness by Lynn Shepherd. Commissioned to negotiate the release of papers linked to Frankenstein infamy, London detective Charles Maddox, whose uncle remains haunted by an unsolved mystery surrounding the Romantics literary movement, is roped into a gothic-tinged case that places him in the path of such luminaries as Lord Byron and Mary Shelley.
Too Close to the Falls by Catherine Gildiner. In a memoir about life in small-town America, the author relates her adventures growing up in the 1950s as the daughter of a pharmacist in Lewiston, New York, a small village near Niagara Falls.
Lisa Jackson's New Orleans series featuring Rick Bentz and Reuben Montoya.
Lafayette in the Somewhat United States by Sarah Vowell. A portrait of the popular French Revolutionary War hero, the Marquis de Lafayette, discusses his nonpartisan influence on a fledgling United States, his relationships with the Founding Fathers and his contributions during the contentious 1824 presidential election.
The Flavia de Luce series by Alan Bradley. The series follows young, precocious Flavia, who has a love of chemistry and poisons, as she investigates crimes in the 1950s English countryside.
Bound for the Promised Land: Harriet Tubman, Portrait of an American Hero by Kate Clifford Larson. Draws on extensive genealogical resources and new archives and materials to capture Harriet Tubman's complex life and personality, revealing her personal life, accomplishments, and influence.
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. Reunited when the elder's husband is sent to fight in World War II, French sisters Vianne and Isabelle find their bond as well as their respective beliefs tested by a world that changes in horrific ways.
The Paris Wife by Paula McLain. A deeply evocative story of ambition and betrayal, the story captures a remarkable period of time and a love affair between two unforgettable people: Ernest Hemingway and his wife Hadley.
The Gail Connor series by Barbara Parker.
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 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 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 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.