Friends of the Cambridge Community Library
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
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:
“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.
“Everything you wanted to know about Indians But were afraid to ask” by Anton Treuer
White/Indian relations are often characterized by guilt and anger. Everything You Wanted to Know about Indians But Were Afraid to Ask cuts through the emotion and builds a foundation for true understanding and positive action.
“Station Eleven” by Emily St. John Mandel
An audacious, darkly glittering novel set in the eerie days of civilization’s collapse, Station Eleven tells the spellbinding story of a Hollywood star, his would-be savior, and a nomadic group of actors roaming the scattered outposts of the Great Lakes region, risking everything for art and humanity.
“Circling the Sun: A Novel” by Paula McLain
Set against the majestic landscape of early-twentieth-century Africa, McLain’s powerful tale reveals the extraordinary adventures of a woman before her time, the exhilaration of freedom and its cost, and the tenacity of the human spirit.
“Hillbilly Elegy” by J. D. Vance
A deeply moving memoir with its share of humor and vividly colorful figures, Hillbilly Elegy is the story of how upward mobility really feels. And it is an urgent and troubling meditation on the loss of the American dream for a large segment of this country.