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.
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
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
Thursday, July 14 at 7 p.m.
Register here for Zoom meeting
Read and discuss great Chinese books you’ve read.
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.
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
Mystery Book Club
Thursday, July 21 at 7 p.m.
What mystery are you reading now? Read and discuss your current favorite mystery. Check out past Mystery Book Club picks here.
Monday, July 25 at 7 p.m.
In person at Haggard Library
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
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.
For more reading suggestions, check out our Plano Reads posts.