April Book Clubs
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April Book Clubs

A multigenerational family saga, a music-themed mystery and a neo-noir thriller are all in the mix for our April book clubs. Choose from one of the April 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, April 1 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, April 9 at 7pm
Schimelpfenig Library

French Braid by Anne Tyler
Available as Print | Large Print | eBook  | eAudiobook

The Garretts take their first and last family vacation in the summer of 1959. They hardly ever venture beyond Baltimore, but in some ways they have never been farther apart. Yet as these lives advance across decades, the Garretts’ influence on one another ripples unmistakably through each generation. Full of heartbreak and hilarity, French Braid is classic Anne Tyler: a stirring, uncannily insightful novel of tremendous warmth and humor that illuminates the kindnesses and cruelties of our daily lives, the impossibility of breaking free from those who love us, and how close–yet how unknowable–every family is to itself.

Chinese Book Talk 中文书谈论会

Thursday, April 11 at 7pm
Meeting virtually – register here
Read and discuss great Chinese books you’ve read.

Thursday, April 18 at 7pm

Hybrid, meeting in-person at Davis Library and on Zoom

Blood Relations by Jonathan Moore
Available as Print

“Who is Claire Gravesend?” So PI Lee Crowe wonders when he finds her dead, in a fine cocktail dress, on top of a Rolls Royce in the most dangerous neighborhood in San Francisco. Claire’s mother, Olivia, is one of the richest people in California. She doesn’t believe the coroner: her daughter did not kill herself. Olivia hires Crowe, but the questions about the Gravesend family pile up fast. Then, Crowe visits Claire’s Boston townhouse and has to fend off an armed intruder. He leaves Boston afraid, but finds his way to Claire’s secret San Francisco pied-á-terre. It’s there that his questions come to a head. Sleeping in an upstairs bedroom, he finds Claire–her face, her hair, her scars–and so far as he can tell, she’s alive.

Brown Bag Book Club

Thursday, April 25 at 12pm
Parr Library

The Violin Conspiracy by Brendan Slocumb
Available as Print | eBook | eAudiobook

Growing up Black in rural North Carolina, Ray McMillian’s life is already mapped out. But Ray has a gift and a dream—he’s determined to become a world-class professional violinist. When he discovers that his beat-up, family fiddle is actually a priceless Stradivarius, all his dreams suddenly seem within reach. But on the eve of the renowned and cutthroat Tchaikovsky Competition, the violin is stolen, a ransom note for five million dollars left in its place. As the competition approaches, Ray must not only reclaim his precious violin, but prove to himself—and the world—that no matter the outcome, there has always been a truly great musician within him.  

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