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Library Book Clubs

Monday Night Classics Book Club

Time: Fourth Monday of every month at 7 p.m.
Location: Gowland Meeting Room at the Dove Lane Library

Contact: Leila Dooley @ 760-434-2881 or leila.dooley@carlsbadca.gov

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West with the Night by Beryl Markham

The author describes growing up in an Africa that no longer exists, training and breeding race horses, flying mail to Sudan, and being the first woman to fly the Atlantic from east to west.

May 27 Montana 1948 by Larry Watson
June 23 Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers
July 28 Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
Aug. 25 The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare
Sept. 22 The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark
Oct. 27 The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Nov. 24 The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane

 

Past book club selections

The Professor and the Madman by Simon Winchester

My Beloved World by Sonja Sotomayor

Plainsong by Kent Haruf

The Closer by Alan Mindell

Sula by Toni Morrison

In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin by Erik Larson

The Cat's Table by Michael Ondaatje

The Stranger by Albert Camus

Palisades Park by Alan Brennert

I, Claudius by Robert Graves

Peace like a River by Leif Enger

The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman

The Iliad by Homer

The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick

A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer

The Mystery of Edwin Drood by Charles Dickens

The Princess Bride by William Goldman

The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Philipp Sendker

The Frenchman's Creek by Daphne du Maurier

Tuesday Evening Book Club

Time: First Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m.
Location: Cole Community Room at the Georgina Cole Library

Contact: Elyse Roy @ 760-434-2866 or elyse.roy@carlsbadca.gov

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The Winter of our Discontent by John Steinbeck

Ethan Allen Hawley, the protagonist of the novel, works as a clerk in a grocery store that his family once owned. With the decline in their status, his wife is restless, and his teenage children are hungry for the tantalizing material comforts he cannot provide. Then one day, in a moment of moral crisis, Ethan decides to take a holiday from his own scrupulous standards.

June 3 Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
July 1 The Professor and the Madman by Simon Winchester
Aug. 5 Maya’s Notebook by Isabel Allende
Sept. 2 Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver
Oct. 7 Nightwoods by Charles Frazier
Nov. 4 Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo

First Wednesday Book Club

Time: First Wednesday of every month at 2 p.m.
Location: Gowland Meeting Room at the Dove Lane Library

Contact: Susan Burke @ 760-602-2062 or susan.burke@carlsbadca.gov

May 7

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Strength in what Remains by Tracy Kidder

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author Tracy Kidder returns with the extraordinary true story of Deo, a young man who arrives in America from Burundi in search of a new life. After surviving a civil war and genocide, he ekes out a precarious existence delivering groceries, living in Central Park, and learning English by reading dictionaries in bookstores until he begins to meet the strangers who will change his life, pointing him eventually in the direction of Columbia University, medical school, and a life devoted to healing.

June 4 Caleb's Crossing by Geraldine Brooks

First Thursday Book Club

Time: First Thursday of every month at 7 p.m.
Location: Gowland Meeting Room at the Dove Lane Library

Contact: Susan Burke @ 760-602-2062 or susan.burke@carlsbadca.gov

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Passion of Artemisia by Susan Vreeland

Recently rediscovered by art historians, and one of the few female post-Renaissance painters to achieve fame during her own era, Artemisia Gentileschi led a remarkably "modern" life. Susan Vreeland tells Artemisia's captivating story, beginning with her public humiliation in a rape trial at the age of eighteen, and continuing through her father's betrayal, her marriage of convenience, motherhood, and growing fame as an artist. Set against the glorious backdrops of Rome, Florence, Genoa, and Naples, inhabited by historical characters such as Galileo and Cosimo de' Medici II, and filled with rich details about life as a seventeenth-century painter, Vreeland creates an inspiring story about one woman's lifelong struggle to reconcile career and family, passion and genius.

June 5 The Expats: A Novel by Chris Pavone

Thursday Afternoon Book Club

Time: Second Thursday of every month at 2 p.m.
Location: Cole Community Room at the Georgina Cole Library 

Contact: Elyse Roy @ 760-434-2866 or elyse.roy@carlsbadca.gov

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Maya’s Notebook by Isabel Allende

Neglected by her parents, nineteen-year-old Maya Nidal has grown up in a rambling old house in Berkeley with her grandparents. When Popo dies of cancer, Maya goes completely off the rails. With her girlfriends--a tight circle known as the Vampires--she turns to drugs, alcohol, and petty crime, a downward spiral that eventually bottoms out in Las Vegas. Lost in a dangerous underworld, she is caught in the crosshairs of warring forces--a gang of assassins, the police, the FBI, and Interpol. Her one chance for survival is Nini, who helps her escape to a remote island off the coast of Chile. Here Maya tries to make sense of the past, unravels mysterious truths about life and about her family, and embarks on her greatest adventure: the journey into her own soul.

June 12 The Four Seasons: a Novel of Vivaldi’s Venice by Laurel Corona (author visit)
July 10 The Winter of our Discontent by John Steinbeck
Aug.14 Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver
Sept. 11 Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo
Oct. 9 Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

Contact Information

Dove Library
librarian@carlsbadca.gov
760-602-2038
1775 Dove Lane
Carlsbad, CA 92011
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Cole Library
librarian@carlsbadca.gov
760-434-2871
1250 Carlsbad Village Drive
Carlsbad, CA 92008
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