Plano Reads: July Book Clubs

Summer is well underway, which means plenty of time for reading. Whether you’re looking for a great beach read, something to listen to on an upcoming road trip, or just curious what great reads your friends have found, our book club picks are sure to have something of interest. Join Plano Public Library book clubs in person or online to discuss and share your latest reads. Choose from virtual, in person, and hybrid meeting options. 

Check out the 2022 Book Club catalog (PDF) for all sessions this year, with titles and themes. Continue reading for what’s coming up in July.

What Are You Reading Now?

Monday, July 11 at 3 p.m. 

Hybrid, meeting in person at Haggard Library and virtually on Zoom 

Read and discuss great books you’ve read. Check out past recap book lists here on the blog


Second Tuesday Book Club

Tuesday, July 12 at 7 p.m. 

In-person at Schimelpfenig Library 

Medicine Walk by Richard Wagamese 

Available as Print | eBook 

When Franklin Starlight is called to visit his father, he has mixed emotions. Raised by an old man he was entrusted to soon after his birth, Frank is haunted by the brief and troubling moments he has shared with his father, Eldon. When he finally travels by horseback to town, he finds Eldon on the edge of death, decimated from years of drinking. The two undertake a difficult journey into the mountainous backcountry, in search of a place for Eldon to die and be buried in the warrior way. As they travel, Eldon tells his son the story of his own life – from an impoverished childhood to combat in the Korean War and his shell-shocked return. Through the fog of pain, Eldon relates to his son these desolate moments, as well as his life’s fleeting but nonetheless crucial moments of happiness and hope, the sacrifices made in the name of love. And in telling his story, Eldon offers his son a world the boy has never seen, a history he has never known. 


Chinese Book Talk

中文书谈论会

中文书谈论会 

Thursday, July 14 at 7 p.m. 

Register here for Zoom meeting 

Read and discuss great Chinese books you’ve read. 

分享一本您读过的中文好书。 


Cook the Book

Tuesday, July 19 at 1 p.m. 

In person at Davis Library 

Backyard BBQ Faves 

Choose your favorite recipe for the monthly topic, prepare the dish and participate in a robust discussion on cooking. 

Examples:

Guy on Fire: 130 Recipes for Adventures in Outdoor Cooking by Guy Fieri, available as eBook 

Operation BBQ: 200+ Smokin’ Recipes from Competition Grand Champions by Stan Hays, available as Print 

Weber’s Ultimate Grilling: A Step-by-Step Guide to Barbecue Genius by Jamie Purviance, available as Print 

How to Grill Vegetables: The New Bible for Barbecuing Vegetables Over Live Fire by Steven Raichlen, available as Print 

Everyday Barbecue: All Year Outdoor Grilling by Andreas Rummel, available as Print 

Serial Griller: Grillmaster Secrets for Flame-Cooked Perfection by Matt Moore, available as Print and eBook 


Mystery Book Club

Thursday, July 21 at 7 p.m. 

Hybrid, meeting in person at Haggard Library and virtually on Zoom 

What mystery are you reading now? Read and discuss your current favorite mystery. Check out past Mystery Book Club picks here


Reel Reading

Monday, July 25 at 7 p.m. 

In person at Haggard Library 

Historical Fiction 

Teens: Reel Reading is your club to talk about all things binge-worthy. A monthly binge fest on books, TV series or films. 


Brown Bag Book Club

Thursday, July 28 at 12 p.m. 

In person at Parr Library – bring your lunch and discuss the featured book 

Uncanny Valley: A Memoir by Anna Wiener 

Available as Print | Large Print | eBook | eAudiobook 

In her mid-twenties, at the height of tech industry idealism, Anna Wiener – stuck, broke, and looking for meaning in her work, like any good millennial – left a job in book publishing for the promise of the new digital economy. She moved from New York to San Francisco, where she landed at a big-data startup in the heart of the Silicon Valley bubble: a world of surreal extravagance, dubious success, and fresh-faced entrepreneurs hell-bent on domination, glory, and, of course, progress. Anna arrived amidst a massive cultural shift, as the tech industry rapidly transformed into a locus of wealth and power rivaling Wall Street. But amid the company ski vacations and in-office speakeasies, boyish camaraderie and ride-or-die corporate fealty, a new Silicon Valley began to emerge: one in far over its head, one that enriched itself at the expense of the idyllic future it claimed to be building. 


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