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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

Aug. 7 Mudbound by Hillary Jordan: In Jordan's prize-winning debut, prejudice takes many forms, both subtle and brutal. It is 1946, and city-bred Laura McAllan is trying to raise her children on her husband's Mississippi Delta farm--a place she finds foreign and frightening. In the midst of the family's struggles, two young men return from the war to work the land. Jamie McAllan, Laura's brother-in-law, is everything her husband is not--charming, handsome, and haunted by his memories of combat. Ronsel Jackson, eldest son of the black sharecroppers who live on the McAllan farm, has come home with the shine of a war hero. But no matter his bravery in defense of his country, he is still considered less than a man in the Jim Crow South. It is the unlikely friendship of these brothers-in-arms that drives this powerful novel to its inexorable conclusion. 

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

Aug. 1 Red Notice by Bill Browder: A real life political thriller about an American-born financier in the Wild East of Russia, the murder of his principled young attorney, and his dangerous mission to expose the people responsible in the Kremlin. Bill Browder started out his adult life as the Wall Street maverick whose instincts led him to Russia just after the breakup of the Soviet Union, where he made his fortune. Along the way he exposed corruption, and barely escaped with his life. His Russian lawyer wasn't so lucky: he ended up in jail, where he was tortured to death. That changed Browder forever. He saw the murderous heart of the Putin regime hand has spent the last half decade on a campaign to expose it. Because of this, he became Putin's number one enemy. A financial caper, a crime thriller, and a political crusade, Red Notice is the story of one man taking on overpowering odds to change the world.

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

Aug. 9 The Common Good by Robert B. Reich...demonstrates that a common good not only exists but in fact constitutes the very essence of any society or nation...We must weigh the moral obligations of citizenship and carefully consider how we as a country should relate to honor, shame, patriotism, truth, and the meaning of leadership...A fundamental statement about the purpose of society and a cri de coeur to save American soul.

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

July 23 Age of Innocence Edith Wharton: A portrayal of New York society in the 1870's where money was important but counted less than manners and morals.

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