Book Discussion Groups

Monday Evening Book Group

Meets the 2nd Monday of each month 6:30 P.M.
Cambridge Community Library

Call the library with questions at (608) 423-3900.

New members are welcome to the group at any time! There is no pressure to attend every session–come when you can!

Wednesday Evening Book Group

Meets the third Wednesday of each month at 7:00 P.M.
This group, also known as the Ladies’ Rhythm and Movement Society, has limited its members to 12, but has a waiting list at the circulation desk.

The group meets in the homes of its members.


Monday Book Club Titles:

“The World Without Us” by Alan Weisman

If human beings disappeared instantaneously from the Earth, what would happen? How would the planet reclaim its surface? What creatures would emerge from the dark and swarm? How would our treasured structures–our tunnels, our bridges, our homes, our monuments–survive the unmitigated impact of a planet without our intervention? In his revelatory, bestselling account, Alan Weisman draws on every field of science to present an environmental assessment like no other, the most affecting portrait yet of humankind’s place on this planet.


“The Burgess Boys” by Elizabeth Strout

After their father died in a freak car accident, Jim and Bob Burgess were eager to leave their home. Both have built successful careers in New York when called home by their sister Susan whose son has been accused of committing a hate crime. As the siblings reconnect, long-running tensions are brought to the surface.


“The Hungry Tides: A Novel” by Amitav Ghosh

Off the easternmost coast of India, in the Bay of Bengal, lies the immense labyrinth of tiny islands known as the Sundarbans. For settlers here, life is extremely precarious. Attacks by deadly tigers are common. Unrest and eviction are constant threats. Without warning, at any time, tidal floods rise and surge over the land, leaving devastation in their wake.
In this place of vengeful beauty, the lives of three people from different worlds collide.


“Love, InshAllah: The Secret Love Lives of American Muslim Women” by Ayesha Mattu & Nura Maznavi

Romance, dating, sex and – Muslim women? In this groundbreaking collection, 25 American Muslim writers sweep aside stereotypes to share their search for love openly for the first time, showing just how varied the search for love can be–from singles’ events and online dating, to college flirtations and arranged marriages, all with a uniquely Muslim twist.


“A Tale for the Time Being” By Ruth Ozeki

In Tokyo, sixteen-year-old Nao struggles with loneliness and her classmates’ bullying. Her diary is her only solace—and will touch lives in a ways she can scarcely imagine.

Across the Pacific, Ruth a novelist, discovers a collection of artifacts washed ashore in a Hello Kitty lunchbox—possibly debris from the devastating 2011 tsunami. As the mystery of its contents unfolds, Ruth is pulled into the past, into Nao’s drama and her unknown fate, and forward into her own future.


“A Spot of Bother” By Mark Haddon

A combination of wild humor and romantic intrigue with a poignant depiction of aging, illness, and the fear of death.


“The Zookeeper’s Wife: A War Story” by Diane Ackerman

A true story in which the keepers of the Warsaw Zoo, Antonina and Jan Zabinski, saved hundreds of people and animals during the German invasion.


“The Girl You Left Behind” by Jojo Moyes

A bestseller of love and loss, deftly weaving two journeys from World War I France to present day London.


“The Snow Child” by Eowyn Ivey

This mesmerizing debut is the story of a couple whose longing for a child is so intense that they may have imagined her into existence. As dazzling as the snowy Alaskan landscape, in this beautiful, violent place things are rarely as they appear, and what they eventually learn will transform all of them.


“Change of the Heart” by Jodi Picoult

Would you give up your vengeance against someone you hate if it meant saving someone you love? Would you want your dreams to come true if it meant granting your enemy’s dying wish? This story mesmerizes and enthralls readers with topics of redemption, justice, and love.


“The Professor and the Madman” by Simon Winchester

A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary


“The Sense of an Ending” by Julian Barnes

This intense novel follows a middle-aged man as he contends with a past he has never much thought about. He is then presented with a mysterious legacy that obliges him to reconsider a variety of things he thought he’d understood all along, and to revise his estimation of his own nature and place in the world.