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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: Madelyn Horton @ 760-434-2933 Madelyn.Horton@carlsbadca.gov

Oct. 2 At Home: A Short History of a Private Life by Bill Bryson:  Bryson takes readers on a tour of his house, a rural English parsonage, showing how each room has figured in the evolution of private life.

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

Oct. 3 Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover: Tara Westover was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches and sleeping with her "head-for-the-hills bag." In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her father's junkyard. The family was so isolated from mainstream society that there was no one to ensure the children received an education, and no one to intervene when one of Tara's older brothers became violent. As a way out, Tara began to educate herself, learning enough mathematics and grammar to be admitted to Brigham Young University.

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: Sheri Hanlon @ 760-602-2062 sheri.hanlon@carlsbadca.gov 

Oct. 11 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.

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

Sept. 24 Moll Flanders by Daniel DefoeThis is the spirited story of a survivor whose racy anecdotes and shady dealings only underline her essential warmth and goodness. But there is nothing sentimental about Moll, who presents herself warts and all. Though her adventures take her abroad, she remains the vivid creation of London.

Oct. 22 Study in Scarlet Arthur Conan Doyle
Nov. 26 Of Plymouth Plantation William Bradford