August Book Clubs
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August Book Clubs

A cozy mystery featuring an unlikely amateur sleuth. A story of humanity spanning centuries and planets. The tale of two women connected by shocking secrets dating back to World War II. Whatever your literary tastes, our August book club picks offer a range of options. Choose from one of these 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, August 5 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.

Chinese Book Talk 中文书谈论会

Thursday, August 8 at 7pm
Meeting virtually – register here

Read and discuss great Chinese books you’ve read.

Second Tuesday Book Club

Tuesday, August 13 at 7pm
Hybrid, meeting in-person at Schimelpfenig Library and on Zoom

Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel
Available as Print | Large Print | eBook | eAudiobook | Playaway

Edwin St. Andrew is eighteen years old when he crosses the Atlantic. He enters the Canadian forest and suddenly hears the notes of a violin echoing in an airship terminal. Two centuries later a famous writer named Olive Llewellyn is on a book tour. Within the text of Olive’s best-selling pandemic novel, a man plays his violin for change in the echoing corridor of an airship terminal as the trees of a forest rise around him. When detective Gaspery-Jacques Roberts is hired to investigate an anomaly in the North American wilderness, he uncovers a series of lives upended: The exiled son of an earl driven to madness, a writer trapped far from home as a pandemic ravages Earth, and a childhood friend who, like Gaspery himself, has glimpsed the chance to do something extraordinary that will disrupt the timeline of the universe.

Mystery Book Club

Thursday, August 15 at 7pm
Hybrid, meeting in-person at Davis Library and on Zoom

The Maid by Nita Prose
Available as Print | Large Print | eBook | eAudiobook | Playaway

Molly Gray is not like everyone else. She struggles with social skills and misreads the intentions of others. Her gran used to interpret the world for her, codifying it into simple rules that Molly could live by. Since Gran died a few months ago, Molly has been navigating life by herself, throwing herself with gusto into her work as a hotel maid. But Molly’s orderly life is upended the day she enters the suite of the infamous and wealthy Charles Black, only to find Mr. Black himself dead in his bed. Before she knows what’s happening, the police target her as their lead suspect. She quickly finds herself caught in a web of deception, one she has no idea how to untangle. Fortunately for Molly, friends she never knew she had unite with her in a search for clues to what really happened to Mr. Black—but will they be able to find the real killer before it’s too late?

Brown Bag Book Club

Thursday, August 22 at 12pm
Parr Library

All the Flowers in Paris by Sarah Jio
Available as Print | eBook | eAudiobook

When Caroline wakes up in a Paris hospital with no memory of her past, she’s confused to learn that for years she’s lived a sad, reclusive life in a sprawling apartment on the rue Cler. Slowly regaining vague memories of a man and a young child, she vows to piece her life back together—though she can’t help but feel she may be in danger. A budding friendship with the chef of a charming nearby restaurant takes her mind off her foggy past, as does a startling mystery from decades prior.

In Nazi-occupied Paris, a young widow named Céline is forced to play a dangerous game to secure the safety of her loved ones. When her worst fears come true, she must fight back in order to save the person she loves most: her daughter. When Caroline discovers Céline’s letters tucked away in a closet, she realizes that her apartment harbors dark secrets—and that she may have more in common with Céline than she could have ever imagined.

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