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Library Book Clubs

Previous Book Club Selections

Tuesday Evening Book Club

Time: First Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m.
Location: Cole Community Room
Contact: Librarian @ 760-434-2871 librarian@carlsbadca.gov

May 1 The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
The circus arrives without warning. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves , and it is only open at night.
But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway--a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love--a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.

June 5 Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
July 3 The Chilbury Ladies' Choir by Jennifer Ryan
Aug. 7 Mudbound by Hillary Jordan
Sept. 4 Commonwealth by Ann Patchett
Oct. 2 At Home: A Short History of Private Life by Bill Bryson
Nov. 6 When the English Fall by David Williams
Dec. 4 The Sea, the Sea by Iris Murdoch

First Wednesday Book Club

Time: First Wednesday of every month at 2 p.m.
Location: Dove Gowland Meeting Room
Contact: Liza Blue @ liza.blue@carlsbadca.gov

May 2 When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
At the age of thirty-six, on the verge of completing a decade's worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, and the next he was a patient struggling to live. And just like that, the future he and his wife had imagined evaporated. When Breath Becomes Air chronicles Kalanithi's transformation from a naïve medical student "possessed," as he wrote, "by the question of what, given that all organisms die, makes a virtuous and meaningful life" into a neurosurgeon at Stanford working in the brain, the most critical place for human identity, and finally into a patient and new father confronting his own mortality.

June 6 Station Eleven by Emily St. John
July 5* (Thursday) Blessings by Anna Quindlen
Aug. 1 Red Notice by Bill Browder
Sept. 5 Rules of Civility by Amor Towles
Oct. 3 Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover
Nov. 7 The Book of Joy by Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu
Dec. 5 The House of Broken Angels by Luis Alberto Urrea


Thursday Afternoon Book Club

Time: Second Thursday of every month at 2 p.m.
Location: Cole Community Room
Contact: Librarian @ 760-434-2871 librarian@carlsbadca.gov

May 10 A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
A Gentleman in Moscow immerses us in another elegantly drawn era with the story of Count Alexander Rostov. When, in 1922, he is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, the count is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life, and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel's doors. Unexpectedly, his reduced circumstances provide him a doorway into a much larger world of emotional discovery.  

June 14 Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende
July 12 The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
Aug. 9 The Common Good by Robert Reich
Sept. 13 The Chilbury Ladies' Choir by Jennifer Ryan
Oct. 11 Mudbound by Hillary Jordan
Nov. 8 Animal Farm: 1984 by George Orwell
Dec. 13 Commonwealth by Ann Patchett
Jan. 10 Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly


Monday Night Classics Book Club

Time: Fourth Monday of every month at 7 p.m.
Location: Dove Gowland Meeting Room
Contact: Monica Nelson @ Monica. nelson@carlsbadca.gov

May 21 Far from the Madding Crowd Thomas Hardy
Independent and spirited Bathsheba Everdene has come to Weatherbury to take up her position as a farmer on the largest estate in the area. Her confident presence draws three very different suitors- the gentleman-farmer Boldwood, soldier-seducer Sergeant Troy and the devoted Shepard Gabriel Oak. Each, in contrasting ways, unsettles her decisions and complicates her life, and when tragedy ensues, the stability of the whole community is threatened. The first of his works set in Wessex, Thomas Hardy's novel of swift passion and slow courtship is imbued with his evocative descriptions of rural life and landscapes, and with unflinching honesty about sexual relationships. This edition, based on Hardy's original 1874 manuscript, is the complete novel he never saw published, and restores its full candour and innovation. Rosemarie Morgan's introduction discusses the history of its publication, and the Biblical and classical allusions that permeate the novel.

June 25 Daughter of Time Josephine Tey
July 23 Age of Innocence Edith Wharton
Aug. 27 The French Lieutenant’s Woman John Fowles
Sept. 24 Moll Flanders Daniel Defoe
Oct. 22 Study in Scarlet Arthur Conan Doyle
Nov. 26 Of Plymouth Plantation William Bradford