Book Clubs

Already in a book club outside the Library, or want to form one? Try one of our Book Club Kits or pick up multiple copies of previous Book Club Picks.

The Classics (formerly The Jane Austen Club)
This online book club reads classic British novels.
Meets Tuesdays at 6:30pm via Zoom.
2020 Selections
December 1st North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell Register here.

 

Building Bridges Book Club
Read and discuss a book of poems with others who appreciate poetry and would like to take a closer look at form, structure, and craft.
Meets on second Saturdays at 1:00pm via Zoom.
2020 Selections
October 10th Kontemporary Amerikan Poetry by John Murillo
November 14th Post-Colonial Love Poem by Natalie Diaz
December 12th Unearth [the Flowers] by Thea Matthews Register here.

 

Civic Minded Book Club
Do you want to effect change in our society? Topics to be explored are the current global political climate, the Constitution, inequalities in the political and economic systems, the state of America and its citizens today, and alternatives for our future.
2020 Selections
December 16th OMG WTF Does the Constitution Say Anyway? by Ben Sheehan Register here.
January 6th On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century by Timothy Snyder
December 12th Them: Why We Hate Each Other - And How to Heal by Ben Sasse

 

Discovering Other Lives Book Club
This book club reads critically-acclaimed biographies, memoirs, and histories. Register Here for the next meeting.
Meets First Thursdays at 7:00pm. On Zoom
2020 Selections
January 9th *date change due to New Years* Robin by Dave Itzkoff
February 6th Know My Name by Chanel Miller
March 5th by Hope Jahren
April 2nd March (Book One) by John Lewis
May 7th The Ungrateful Refugee by Dina Nayeri
June 4th Small Fry by Lisa Brennan-Jobs
July 2nd  Children of the Land by Marcel Hernandez Castillo
 August  6th March by John Lewis
September 3rd Up Jumped the Devil by Bruce Conforth and Gale Dean Wardlow
October 1st The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore
November 5th My Own Words by Ruth Bader Ginsburg
December 3rd  Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb Register here.

 

Great Escape Book Club
This book club invites members to step into other worlds and experience the best of speculative fiction (including science fiction, fantasy, and alternate reality). Sign up for the next meeting here. 
Meets Wednesdays at 6:00pm on Zoom
2020 Selections
January  No Meeting
February 10th The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins
March 16th This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar
April 20th CANCELLED
May 27th Crooked House by Agatha Christie
June 24th The Lost Book of Adana Moreau by Michael Zapata
July 29th Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
August  19th The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alex E. Harrow
September 23rd  The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Trenton
October 21st The Long Way To a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
 November 18th The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter by Theodora Goss
 December   No meeting - Happy Holidays!

 

Award-Winning American Novelists Book Club
This book club reads work by American authors who have won prestigious awards for fiction, such as the Pulitzer, Nobel, PEN/Faulkner, and the National Book Award. Register for the next meeting here.
Meets Fourth Tuesdays at 7:00pm On Zoom.
2020 Selections
January 28th The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead
February 25th The Ninth Hour byAlice McDermott
March 24th *CANCELLED*
April 28th *CANCELLED*
May 26th News of the World by Paulette Jiles
June 23rd Nemesis by Philip Ross
 July 28th  Godshot by Chelsea Bieker 
 August 25th The Gone Dead by Chanelle Benz
 September 22nd An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon
 October 27th  The Water Dancer By Ta-Nehisi Coates
 November 24th Welcome to Hard Times By E.L. Doctorow
 December 22nd  The Spectator Bird By Wallace Stegner 


World Literature Book Club
Does a country define the writer or does the writer define a country? Join us as we dip into the literary waters of many cultures and sample some of the best stories around. Register for the next meeting here.
Meets Third Tuesdays at 7:00pm.
2020 Selections
January 21st Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips
February 18th My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
March 17th *CANCELLED*
April 21st Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk
May 19th Girl Woman Other by Bernadine Evaristo
June 16th The Mountains Sing by Nguyen Phan Que Mai
July 21st Old Filth by Jane Gardam
August 18th The Far Field by Madhuri Vijay
September 15th The Stone Angel by Margaret Laurence
October 20th The Sacrament: A Novel by Olaf Olafsson
November 17th In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez
December 15th The Girl From the Train By Irma Joubert

 

Friends of the Library Book Club
If a book is worth reading it's worth discussing. Books are democratically chosen from a wide variety of types. The public is welcome. For more information call Ann Roth-Card at (415) 383-7306.
Meets Third Tuesdays at 3:30pm.
2020 Selections
January 21st The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
February 18th Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
March 17th Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin
April 21st Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
May 19th Sea of Poppies by Amitav Ghosh
June 16th Amsterdam by Ian McEwan
July 21st The Time of Our Singing by Richard Powers
August 18th The Cancer Ward by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
September 15th The Last Bus to Wisdom by Ivan Doig
October 20th On Persephone's Island by Mary Taylor Simeti
November 17th The Fig Eater by Jody Shieldo

For information about book clubs, contact our reference desk: reference@cityofmillvalley.org.

Thursday, December 3, 2020

7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM
Discovering Other Lives Book Club

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM
World Literature Book Club

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM
Award Winning American Novelists Online Book Club