March Book Clubs
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March Book Clubs

Intriguing memoirs and the debut of a new detective mark this month’s Plano Public Library book club picks. Choose from one of these March selections or come and share your own recent reads. Check out (or download) this month’s books and get ready to read and discuss online or in-person. See all 2024 book club picks here.

What Are You Reading Now?

Monday, March 4 at 3pm
Hybrid, meeting in-person at Haggard Library and 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, March 12 at 7pm
Schimelpfenig Library

The Extraordinary Life of an Ordinary Man: A Memoir by Paul Newman

Available as Print | Large Print | eBook  | eAudiobook

The raw, candid, unvarnished memoir of an American icon. The greatest movie star of the past 75 years covers everything: his traumatic childhood, his career, his drinking, his thoughts on Marlon Brando, James Dean, Elizabeth Taylor, John Huston, his greatest roles, acting, his intimate life with Joanne Woodward, his innermost fears and passions and joys. Newman’s often traumatic childhood is brilliantly detailed. He talks about his teenage insecurities, his early failures with women, his rise to stardom, his early rivals (Marlon Brando and James Dean), his first marriage, his drinking, his philanthropy, the death of his son Scott, his strong desire for his daughters to know and understand the truth about their father.

Chinese Book Talk 中文书谈论会

Thursday, March 14 at 7pm
Meeting virtually – register here
Read and discuss great Chinese books you’ve read.

Mystery Book Club

Thursday, March 21 at 7pm
Hybrid, meeting in-person at Davis Library and on Zoom

Blackwater Falls by Ausma Zehanat Khan

Available as Print | eBook | eAudiobook

Girls from immigrant communities have been disappearing for months in the Colorado town of Blackwater Falls, but the local sheriff is slow to act and the fates of the missing girls are largely disregarded. At last, the calls for justice become too loud to ignore when the body of a star student and refugee—the Syrian teenager Razan Elkader—is deliberately positioned in a mosque. Detective Inaya Rahman and Lieutenant Waqas Seif of the Denver Police are recruited to solve Razan’s murder, and they quickly uncover a link to other missing and murdered girls. But as Inaya gets closer to the truth, Seif finds ways to obstruct the investigation. Inaya turns to her female colleagues, attorney Areesha Adams and Detective Catalina Hernandez, for help in finding the truth. The three have bonded through their experiences as members of vulnerable groups, and now they must work together to expose the conspiracy behind the murders before another girl disappears.

Brown Bag Book Club

Thursday, March 28 at 12pm
Parr Library

A Billion Years: My Escape From a Life in the Highest Ranks of Scientology by Mike Rinder

Available as Print | eBook | eAudiobook

One of the highest-ranking defectors from Scientology exposes the secret inner workings of the powerful organization in this remarkable memoir. Mike Rinder’s parents began taking him to their local Scientology center when he was five years old. After high school, he signed a billion-year contract and was admitted into Scientology’s elite inner circle. In the 1980s, Rinder became Scientology’s international spokesperson and the head of its powerful Office of Special Affairs. He helped negotiate Scientology’s pivotal tax exemption from the IRS and engaged with the organization’s prominent celebrity members. Yet Rinder couldn’t shake a nagging feeling that something was amiss. In 2007, at the age of fifty-two, Rinder finally escaped Scientology. Overnight, he became one of the organization’s biggest public enemies. In A Billion Years, the dark, dystopian truth about Scientology is revealed as never before.

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