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Book Discussion Groups

All three NOPL locations host regular book discussion groups throughout the year. These groups are open to the public. Click on a NOPL location below to see the upcoming selections for each group and come to discuss books with your fellow community members.

All meetings are at 6:30 PM and everyone is welcome to attend any or all discussions. Light refreshments are served.

January 26, 2016 – Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher by Timothy Egan
February 23, 2016 – Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
March 29, 2016 – A Wilder Rose by Susan Wittig Albert
April 26, 2016 – Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv
May 31, 2016 – The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Philipp Sendker
June 28, 2016 – The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
August 30, 2016 – The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton
September 27, 2016 – A Tree Grows In Brooklyn by Betty Smith
October 25, 2016 – The Martian by Andy Weir
November 29, 2016 – Lies My Teacher Told Me by James W. Loewen

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
The First of July by Elizabeth Speller
When She Woke by Hillary Jordan
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The Postmistress  by Sarah Blake
Stones From a River by Ursula Hegi
Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
The Shoemaker’s Wife by Adriana Trigiani
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
With or Without You by Domenica Ruta
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Mudbound by Hillary Jordan
The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty
The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout
Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt
The Namesake
 by Jhumpa Lahiri (CNY READS selection)
Can’t Wait to Get to Heaven 
by Fannie Flagg
 The Whole Golden World 
by Kristina Riggle
The Light Between Oceans 
by M.L. Stedman
After Her
 by Joyce Maynard
The Journal of Best Practices
 by David Finch
After Life by Rhian Ellis
Those Who Save Us by Jenna Blum
Defending Jacob by William Landay
Swamplandia by Karen Russell
Last Night at the Ritz by Elizabeth Savage
Mercy Train by Rae Meadows
Fool by Frederick Dillen
Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple
Wild by Cheryl Strayed
Private Life by Jane Smiley
Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin
The Man in My Basement by Walter Mosley
The Paris Wife by Paula McLain
1000 White Women by Jim Fergus
Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Cutting For Stone by A.Verghese
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
Nothing Daunted by Dorothy Wickenden
Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

The Cicero Book Discussion Group is currently on hiatus. Please check back soon.

All meetings are at 6:30 PM in the NOPL at Cicero Meeting Room. Everyone is welcome to attend. Official name: The Jean Barletta Book Discussion Group, in memory of Jean Barletta.

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler
The Fault in our Stars by John Green
Any book by poet Billy Collins
She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb
What She Left Behind by Ellen Marie Wiseman

Huckleberry Flynn by Mark Twain
Men We Reaped
by Jusmyn Ward
The Husband’s Secret
by Liane Moriarty
I am Malala
by Malala Yousafzai
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor
Mystery Night (Reader’s Choice)
View from Penthouse B by Elinor Lipman
The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton
Light Between Oceans
 by M.L. Stedman
America’s Women
 by Gail Collins
Tortilla Curtain
  by T.C. Boyle
Flight Behavior 
by Barbara Kingsolver
Very Valentine
 by Adrianna Trigiani
Townie: A Memoir
 by Andre Dubus III
Please Look After Mom by Kyung-sook Shin
The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay
The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman
State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
Readers Choice (holiday selection)
Bossypants by Tina Fey
Swamplandia!  by Karen Russell
The Submission by Amy Waldman
Anything by author Carl Hiaasen
Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks
Poetry Month. Reader’s Choice (Poetry)
Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender
The Fifth Witness by Michael Connelly
Wish You Well by David Baldacci
Reader’s Choice (Civil War related)
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver
Hotel on the Corner Between Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
The Savage Garden by Mark Mills
Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin
Careless in Red by Elizabeth George
Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
Persuasion by Jane Austen

All meetings are at 6:30 PM at NOPL at North Syracuse and everyone are welcome to attend any or all discussions.

February 1, 2016 – Some Luck by Jane Smiley
March 7, 2016 – Breaking Night by Liz Murray
April 4, 2016 – All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
May 2, 2016 – Above the Waterfall by Ron Rash
June 6, 2016 – The Road to Character by David Brooks
July 11, 2016 – The Space Between Us by Thrity Umrigar
August 1, 2016 – At Weddings and Wakes by Alice McDermott
September 12, 2016 – Best Boy by Eli Gottlieb
October 3, 2016 – The Rogue Lawyer by John Grisham
November 7, 2016 – The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure
December 5, 2016 – The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
January 9, 2017 – Planning Session
February 6, 2017 – What She Left Behind (Ellen Marie Wiseman)

Wishin’ and Hopin’ by Wally Lamb
A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
Big Brother by Lionel Shriver
Mockingbird Next Door by Marja Mills
Ordinary Grace by Marja Mills
Under the Wide and Starry Sky by Nancy Horan
Nora Webster by Colm Toibin
The Painter by Peter Heller
First of July by Elizabeth Speller
Red Tent by Anita Diamant
Andrew’s Brain by E.L. Doctorow
The Returned by Jason Mott
12 Years a Slave
by Solomon Northrup
The Imperfectionists
by Tom Rachman
Me Before You
by Jojo Moyes
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
by Rebecca Skloot
A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
The Sandcastle Girls
by Chris Bohjalian
The Namesake 
by Jhumpa Lahiri
The Handmaid’s Tale 
by Margaret Atwood
by Malcolm Gladwell
Where’d You Go, Bernadette 
by Maria Semple
by Susan Cain
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
 by Jamie Ford
Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer
Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman and The Lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan
Save Me by Lisa Scottoline
Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo
Tortilla Curtain by T.C. Boyle
Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalie
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown
Faithful Place by Tana French.
Look Me In The Eye by John Elder Robison
The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
In The Garden of Beasts by  Erik Larson
The Lantern by Deborah Lawrenson
Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson
The Girl in the Garden by Kamala Nair
Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight by Alexander Fuller
A Fierce Radiance, by Lauren Belfer
The Double Bind, by Chris Bohjalian
The Art of Racing in the Rain, by Garth Stein
David Copperfield, by Charles Dickens
Cleopatra’s Daughter, by Michelle Moran
The Reliable Wife, by Robert Goolrick
Olive Kitteridge, by Elizabeth Strout
Empire of the Summer Moon, by S.C. Gwynne
She Came From West Virginia, by Paul Dodd
My Name is Mary Sutter, by Robin Oliveira
The Lost City of Z, by David Grann

Book Club Kits:  Make Your Own Book Club!

Looking for new titles for your book discussion group? Let NOPL help! We have nearly two dozen kits that will appeal to all types of reading groups, featuring romance novels, mysteries, popular non-fiction and many New-York Times best sellers. Each kit contains ten paperback copies of the same title and a discussion guide. The entire kit can be checked out for a six-week period on one person’s library card. Click here for our full collection. If you are looking to create a monthly book group at NOPL, a clerk or librarian can help you schedule times to use our library community rooms.