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Library Book Clubs

Monday Night Classics Book Club

Time: Fourth Monday of every month at 7 p.m.
Location: Gowland Meeting Room at the Dove Lane Library

Contact: Leila Dooley @ 760-434-2881 or leila.dooley@carlsbadca.gov

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Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

Once again, the Earth is under attack. An alien species is poised for a final assault. The survival of humanity depends on a military genius who can defeat the aliens. But who? Ender Wiggin is a brilliant, ruthless, cunning, a tactical and strategic master, and a child. Recruited for military training by the world government, Ender's childhood ends the moment he enters his new home: Battle School. How will Ender perform in real combat conditions? After all, Battle School is just a game. Isn't it?

Aug. 25 The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare
Sept. 22 The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark
Oct. 27 The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Nov. 24 The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane

 

Past book club selections

The Winter of our Discontent by John Steinbeck

SEAL Team Six: Memoirs of an elite Navy SEAL sniper by Howard E. Wasdin

Maya’s Notebook by Isabel Allende

House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus

Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers

The Expats: A Novel by Chris Pavone

Caleb's Crossing by Geraldine Brooks

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

Montana 1948 by Larry Watson

Passion of Artemisia by Susan Vreeland

Strength in what Remains by Tracy Kidder

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

West with the Night by Beryl Markham

The Professor and the Madman by Simon Winchester

My Beloved World by Sonja Sotomayor

Plainsong by Kent Haruf

The Closer by Alan Mindell

Sula by Toni Morrison

In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin by Erik Larson

The Cat's Table by Michael Ondaatje

The Stranger by Albert Camus

Palisades Park by Alan Brennert

I, Claudius by Robert Graves

Peace like a River by Leif Enger

The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman

Tuesday Evening Book Club

Time: First Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m.
Location: Cole Community Room at the Georgina Cole Library

Contact: Elyse Roy @ 760-434-2866 or elyse.roy@carlsbadca.gov

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Maya’s Notebook by Isabel Allende

After the death of her beloved grandfather, nineteen-year-old Maya Vidal, turning to drugs, alcohol, and petty crimes, becomes trapped in a war between assassins, the police, the FBI, and Interpol, until her grandmother helps her escape to the remote island of Chiloé, off coast of Chile where she tries to make sense of her life. Maya, a young American on the run records in her diary her adjustment to a new country, her drug problems, her romantic life, and other developments.

Author Interview 

Author Website

Sept. 2 Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver
Oct. 7 Nightwoods by Charles Frazier
Nov. 4 Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo
Dec. 2 The 100-Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson

First Wednesday Book Club

Time: First Wednesday of every month at 2 p.m.
Location: Gowland Meeting Room at the Dove Lane Library

Contact: Susan Burke @ 760-602-2062 or susan.burke@carlsbadca.gov

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Border Songs by Jim Lynch

An extremely tall dyslexic is pushed away from his family's Washington dairy farm to join the Border Patrol, where he indulges his obsessions with birds and art while occasionally catching smugglers and illegal immigrants on the British Columbian border.

Sept. 3 Mudwoman by Joyce Carol Oates
Oct. 1 The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty
Nov. 5 The Four Seasons: a Novel of Vivaldi's Venice by Laurel Corona
Dec. 3 Accidental Anarchist: from the diaries of Jacob Marateck by Bryna Kranzler

First Thursday Book Club

Time: First Thursday of every month at 7 p.m.
Location: Gowland Meeting Room at the Dove Lane Library

Contact: Susan Burke @ 760-602-2062 or susan.burke@carlsbadca.gov

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The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

When Victoria Jones starts working for a florist, she realizes her talent with flowers helps her change the lives of the people who buy her creations. But when she must confront her painful past, she has to decide how much she is willing to change.

Sept. 4 Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
Oct. 2 The Four Seasons: a Novel of Vivaldi's Venice by Laurel Corona
Nov. 6 The Forger by Cioma Schonhaus
Dec. 4 It was a dark and stormy night (A trivial pursuit-type game based on literature)

Thursday Afternoon Book Club

Time: Second Thursday of every month at 2 p.m.
Location: Cole Community Room at the Georgina Cole Library 

Contact: Elyse Roy @ 760-434-2866 or elyse.roy@carlsbadca.gov

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Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver

Set in the present day in the rural community of Feathertown, Tennessee, this novel tells the story of Dellarobia Turnbow, a petite, razor-sharp 29-year-old who nurtured worldly ambitions before becoming pregnant and marrying at seventeen. Now, after more than a decade of tending to small children on a failing farm, oppressed by poverty, isolation and her husband's antagonistic family, she has mitigated her boredom by surrendering to an obsessive flirtation with a handsome younger man. In the opening scene, Dellarobia is headed for a secluded mountain cabin to meet this man and initiate what she expects will be a self-destructive affair. But the tryst never happens. Instead, she walks into something on the mountainside she cannot explain or understand: a forested valley filled with a lake of silent red fire that appears to her a miracle. After years lived entirely in the confines of one small house, Dellarobia finds her path suddenly opening out, chapter by chapter, into blunt and confrontational engagement with her family, her church, her town, her continent, and finally the world at large.

Author's Interview

NPR Book Review

NY Times Book Review

Sept. 11 Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo
Oct. 9 Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

Contact Information

Dove Library
librarian@carlsbadca.gov
760-602-2038
1775 Dove Lane
Carlsbad, CA 92011
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Cole Library
librarian@carlsbadca.gov
760-434-2871
1250 Carlsbad Village Drive
Carlsbad, CA 92008
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