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Library Book Clubs

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Spanish Language Book Club 

Time: Tuesdays at 10 a.m. 
Location: Learning Center Room 14
Contact: ​Lizeth Simonson @ 760-931-4500

El club de Lectura en Español se reúne una vez al mes.  Para más información llame al 760-931-4500.

Tuesday Evening Book Club

Time: First Tuesday of every Month at 7 p.m. 
Location: Cole Community Room
Contact: Madelyn Horton @ 760-434-2833 or Madelyn.horton@carlsbadca.gov 

Dec. 4 The Sea, the Sea by Iris Murdoch: Charles Arrowby, leading light of England's theatrical set, retires from glittering London to an isolated home by the sea. He plans to write a memoir about his great love affair with Clement Makin, his mentor both professionally and personally, and to amuse himself with Lizzie, an actress he has strung along for many years. None of his plans work out, and his memoir evolves into a riveting chronicle of the strange events and unexpected visitors - some real, some spectral - that disrupt his world and shake his oversized ego to its very core.

 
 

 

   

 

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 

Dec. 5 The House of Broken Angels by Luis Alberto Urrea: In Urrea's exuberant new novel of Mexican-American life, 70-year-old patriarch Big Angel de la Cruz is dying, and he wants to have one last birthday blowout. Unfortunately, his 100-year-old mother, America, dies the week of his party, so funeral and birthday are celebrated one day apart. The entire contentious, riotous de la Cruz clan descends on San Diego for the events--"High rollers and college students, prison veternaos and welfare mothers, happy kids and sad old-timers and pinches gringos and all available relatives." Not to mention figurative ghosts of the departed and an unexpected guest with a gun. Taking place over the course of two days, with time out for an extended flashback to Big Angel's journey from La Paz to San Diego in the 1960s, the narrative follows Big Angel and his extended familia as they air old grievances, initiate new romances, and try to put their relationships in perspective. Urrea (The Hummingbird's Daughter) has written a vital, vibrant book about the immigrant experience that is a messy celebration of life's common joys and sorrows

 

Thursday Afternoon Book Club

Time: Second Thursday of every month at 2 p.m.
Location: 
Cole Community Room
Contact:
Sheri Hanlon @ 760-602-2062 sheri.hanlon@carlsbadca.gov 

Dec. 13 Commonwealth by Ann Patchett: The acclaimed, bestselling author--winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Orange Prize--tells the enthralling story of how an unexpected romantic encounter irrevocably changes two families' lives. One Sunday afternoon in Southern California, Bert Cousins shows up at Franny Keating's christening party uninvited. Before evening falls, he has kissed Franny's mother, Beverly--thus setting in motion the dissolution of their marriages and the joining of two families. Spanning five decades, Commonwealth explores how this chance encounter reverberates through the lives of the four parents and six children involved. Spending summers together in Virginia, the Keating and Cousins children forge a lasting bond that is based on a shared disillusionment with their parents and the strange and genuine affection that grows up between them. When, in her twenties, Franny begins an affair with the legendary author Leon Posen and tells him about her family, the story of her siblings is no longer hers to control. Their childhood becomes the basis for his wildly successful book, ultimately forcing them to come to terms with their losses, their guilt, and the deeply loyal connection they feel for one another. Told with equal measures of humor and heartbreak, Commonwealth is a meditation on inspiration, interpretation, and the ownership of stories. It is a brilliant and tender tale of the far-reaching ties of love and responsibility that bind us together

Dec. 13 Commonwealth by Ann Patchett

Monday Night Classics Book Club

Time: Fourth Monday of every month at 7 p.m.                                            
Location:  Gowland Meeting Room
Contact: Heidi Wyner @ 760-602-2044 or Heidi.wyner@carlsbadca.gov 

Nov. 26 Of Plymouth Plantation William BradfordAn unabridged republication of Bradford's history of the Plymouth Settlement, 1608-1650, rendered into modern English by Harold Paget, which was originally published by E.P. Dutton and Company, New York, in 1920