Adult Book Discussion

Adult Book Discussion Group

Eisenhower's Adult Book Discussion group meets the first Monday of every month from 7:00 - 8:30 pm and the following Tuesday from 2:00 - 3:30 pm. Wide ranging book choices and discussions will keep you excited and energized about reading. Copies of each month's book are available in regular, large type, audio and eBook formats at the Library Services Desk.

Want more? Take a look at our list of previous titles and our blog below for upcoming books.

Commonwealth by Ann Patchett

Monday, August 07, 7:00 – 8:30 PM.

This month’s Adult Book Discussion book will be Commonwealth by Ann Patchett.

One Sunday afternoon, Bert Cousins shows up at Franny Keating’s christening party uninvited. Before evening falls, he has kissed Franny’s mother, 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.

Copies of the book will be available at the Library Services Desk approximately a month before our discussion.

Book | Large Print | eBook | Audiobook CD | Download Audiobook

My Name is Lucy Barton

Monday, July 10, 7:00 – 8:30 PM.

This month’s Adult Book Discussion book will be My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout.

Lucy Barton is recovering slowly from what should have been a simple operation. Her mother, to whom she hasn’t spoken for many years, comes to see her. Gentle gossip about people from Lucy‘s childhood in Amgash, Illinois, seems to reconnect them, but just below the surface lay the tension and longing that have informed every aspect of Lucy‘s life. Knitting this powerful narrative together is the brilliant storytelling voice of Lucy herself: keenly observant, deeply human, and truly unforgettable.

Copies of the book will be available at the Library Services Desk approximately a month before our discussion.

Book | Large Print | eBook | Audiobook CD | Download Audiobook

The Wonder

Monday, April 10, 7:00 - 8:30 pm.

This month’s Adult Book Discussion book will be The Wonder by Emma Donoghue.

In the latest masterpiece by Emma Donoghue, bestselling author of Room, an English nurse brought to a small Irish village to observe what appears to be a miracle, a girl said to have survived without food for months-soon finds herself fighting to save the child’s life.

Copies of the book will be available at the Library Services Desk approximately a month before our discussion.

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

Monday, April 10, 7:00 - 8:30 pm.

This month’s Adult Book Discussion book will be The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Mari Kondo. 

With detailed guidance for determining which items in your house “spark joy” (and which don’t), this international bestseller featuring Tokyo’s newest lifestyle phenomenon will help you clear your clutter and enjoy the unique magic of a tidy home—and the calm, motivated mindset it can inspire.

Copies of the book will be available at the Library Services Desk approximately a month before our discussion.

Book | Large Print | Audiobook CD | Audiobook Playaway

Leaving Lucy Pear

Monday, March 6, 7:00 - 8:30 pm.

This month’s Adult Book Discussion book will be Leaving Lucy Pear by Anna Solomon.

In 1917 Beatrice sneaks out of her uncle's house on Cape Ann, Massachusetts, leaves her baby at the foot of a pear tree, and watches as another woman claims the infant as her own. Ten years later, Prohibition is in full swing, post-WWI America is in the grips of rampant xenophobia, and Bea returns to her uncle’s house, seeking refuge from her unhappiness. But she discovers far more.

Copies of the book will be available at the Library Services Desk approximately a month before our discussion.

Harmony by Carolyn Parkhurst

The WidowFebruary's book: Harmony by Carolyn Parkhurst

Monday, January 6th, 7:00 - 8:30 pm

How far would you go to save your child? Would you quit your job, sell your house, and move to an off-the-grid family camp run by a charismatic leader who purports to be an expert on curing special needs children?

The Widow

The WidowJanuary's book: The Widow by Fiona Barton

Monday, January th, 7:00 - 8:30 pm

There’s a lot Jean hasn’t said over the years about the crime her husband was suspected of committing. She was too busy standing by her man while living with the accusing glares and the anonymous harassment. Now he’s dead and there’s no reason to stay quiet. There are people who want to hear her story. They want to know what it was like living with that man. She can tell them that there were secrets. There always are in a marriage.

Saving Simon by Jon Katz

Saving Simon Book CoverDecember's book: Saving Simon by Jon Katz

Monday, December 5th, 7:00 - 8:30 pm

In the spring of 2011, Jon Katz received a phone call that would challenge every idea he ever had about mercy and compassion. An animal control officer had found a neglected donkey on a farm and she hoped that Jon and his wife, Maria, would be willing to adopt him. Jon wasn’t planning to add another animal to his home on Bedlam Farm. But the moment he saw the Simon, he felt a powerful connection. Jon and Maria decided to take him in.

The Excellent Lombards by Jane Hamilton

Excellent Lombards Book CoverNovember's book: The Excellent Lombards by Jane Hamilton

Monday, November 14th, 7:00 - 8:30 pm

Frankie Lombard loves her family's apple orchard and the tangled web of family members who inhabit it. Content to spend her days with her brother William and her cousin Amanda and  tending the orchard with her father, Frankie wishes the rhythm of life could continue undisturbed. But she cannot help being haunted by the fact that some family members stay on the farm and others leave. As Frankie is forced to shed her childhood fantasies and face the possibility of losing her idyllic life, she must decide whether loving something means clinging tightly or letting go.

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