Book groups

ELPL offers book groups for all ages and reading preferences.

 

Books On Tap - May 14, 2013

Join us May 14 at 6:30pm when we will discuss The Dog Stars by Peter Heller. Books On Tap meets at Jimmy's Pub the 2nd Tuesday of the month.

A riveting, powerful debut novel about a pilot living in a world filled with loss—and what he is willing to risk to rediscover, against all odds, connection, love, and grace.

Hig survived the flu that killed everyone he knows. His wife is gone, his friends are dead, he lives in the hangar of a small abandoned airport with his dog, his only neighbor a gun-toting misanthrope. In his 1956 Cessna, Hig flies the perimeter of the airfield or sneaks off to the mountains to fish and to pretend that things are the way they used to be. But when a random transmission somehow beams through his radio, the voice ignites a hope deep inside him that a better life—something like his old life—exists beyond the airport. Risking everything, he flies past his point of no return—not enough fuel to get him home—following the trail of the static-broken voice on the radio. But what he encounters and what he must face—in the people he meets, and in himself—is both better and worse than anything he could have hoped for.

Looking Ahead:
June 11, Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer

Books On Tap - April 9, 2013

Join us April 9 at 6:30pm when we will discuss Arc of Justice by Kevin Boyle. Books on Tap meets at Jimmy's Pub, located at 16804 Chadler Road.

An electrifying story of the sensational murder trial that divided a city and ignited the civil rights struggle.

In 1925, Detroit was a smoky swirl of jazz and speakeasies, assembly lines and fistfights. The advent of automobiles had brought workers from around the globe to compete for manufacturing jobs, and tensions often flared with the KKK in ascendance and violence rising. Ossian Sweet, a proud Negro doctor-grandson of a slave-had made the long climb from the ghetto to a home of his own in a previously all-white neighborhood. Yet just after his arrival, a mob gathered outside his house; suddenly, shots rang out: Sweet, or one of his defenders, had accidentally killed one of the whites threatening their lives and homes.

And so it began-a chain of events that brought America's greatest attorney, Clarence Darrow, into the fray and transformed Sweet into a controversial symbol of equality. Historian Kevin Boyle weaves the police investigation and courtroom drama of Sweet's murder trial into an unforgettable tapestry of narrative history that documents the volatile America of the 1920s and movingly re-creates the Sweet family's journey from slavery through the Great Migration to the middle class. Ossian Sweet's story, so richly and poignantly captured here, is an epic tale of one man trapped by the battles of his era's changing times.

Arc of Justice is the winner of the 2004 National Book Award for Nonfiction and a Michigan Notable Book for 2005.

Looking ahead:
May 14, The Dog Stars by Peter Heller

WORLD Through Literature Book Group for Teens

WORLD Through Literature Book Group
Saturday March 16
3-4 pm
Grades 7 & up
No Registration Required

Please join the WORLD Through Literature Book Group as they discuss Boys without Names by Kashmira Sheth on March 16 from 3-4 at the East Lansing Public Library. After the discussion, an activity is planned. Click on the book title above to check for availability.

To request an interlibrary loan copy through MeL with your East Lansing Public Library card, click here.

By the way, did you know that the word "WORLD" in the book group's name stands for We Overcome Real Life Divisions?
For more information contact Melissa Chamberlain at mdcham92@yahoo.com.

Top Ten Book Group Picks


The following titles were the most popular book group picks in January based on votes at Bookmovement.com.

 

 

1. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

 

 

2. The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
3. What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
4. Beautiful Ruins by Walter Jess
5. Defending Jacob by William Landay
6. The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom
7. Wild by Cheryl Strayed
8. Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
9. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
10. Sutton by J.R. Moehringer

So consider one of these titles for your book group. Don't belong to a book group? Then consider trying one of the groups offered through the library!

Better Living Book Club
Books on Tap
International Book Club
Out of This World

Wild by Cheryl Strayed

Tonight, I will have the honor of talking with two book clubs about my beloved time spent hiking the Appalachian Trail! When I hiked the trail, it was 2,164 miles long. It's stretched a little longer now, but it was long enough then! 1998 seems like a long time ago most days, but my memories of the trail are crystal clear. It made a huge impression on me and I have carried it with me in my heart every day since I last set foot on it. When I read Cheryl Strayed's book Wild, it brought back so many feelings and thoughts about my own long distance solo hike. I laughed and cried along with her and often knew exactly what she was talking about. I don't think I've ever read a book that had so many torn little bits of paper marking so many pages by the time I read the last sentence. Although our reasons for setting off on our long solo journeys were quite different, they were also very much the same. I am so excited to talk with everyone at the East Lansing Public Library's combined meeting of the Better Living Book Club and Books on Tap at Jimmy's Pub from 6:30-8 pm tonight! If you haven't read Wild yet, you still have time! You are also welcome to attend if you're still reading (we'll try not to spoil anything)! If you want to know more about these and other awesome book clubs, visit elpl.org! No registration required.

Top Ten Book Group Picks


The following titles were the most popular book group picks in January based on votes at Bookmovement.com.

 

 

1. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

 

 

2. The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
3. What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
4. Beautiful Ruins by Walter Jess
5. Defending Jacob by William Landay
6. The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom
7. Wild by Cheryl Strayed
8. Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
9. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
10. Sutton by J.R. Moehringer

So consider one of these titles for your book group. Don't belong to a book group? Then consider trying one of the groups offered through the library!

Better Living Book Club
Books on Tap
International Book Club
Out of This World

Wild by Cheryl Strayed

Tonight, I will have the honor of talking with two book clubs about my beloved time spent hiking the Appalachian Trail! When I hiked the trail, it was 2,164 miles long. It's stretched a little longer now, but it was long enough then! 1998 seems like a long time ago most days, but my memories of the trail are crystal clear. It made a huge impression on me and I have carried it with me in my heart every day since I last set foot on it. When I read Cheryl Strayed's book Wild, it brought back so many feelings and thoughts about my own long distance solo hike. I laughed and cried along with her and often knew exactly what she was talking about. I don't think I've ever read a book that had so many torn little bits of paper marking so many pages by the time I read the last sentence. Although our reasons for setting off on our long solo journeys were quite different, they were also very much the same. I am so excited to talk with everyone at the East Lansing Public Library's combined meeting of the Better Living Book Club and Books on Tap at Jimmy's Pub from 6:30-8 pm tonight! If you haven't read Wild yet, you still have time! You are also welcome to attend if you're still reading (we'll try not to spoil anything)! If you want to know more about these and other awesome book clubs, visit elpl.org! No registration required.

International Book Club 2013 Book Selections

January 17, 7pm: Love, Life and Elephants by Dame Daphne Sheldrick
February 21, 7pm:The Discovery of Jeanne Baret by Glynis Ridley
March 28, 7pm: In the Sea, There are Crocodiles by Fabio Geda
April 18, 7pm: A Fortune Teller Told Me by Tiziano Terani
May 16, 7pm: Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka

                                                                                                          

In 2013, the International Book Club will be hosted by Sarah Shaw, a valued member of the book club for several years.  She has enthusiastically agreed to volunteer her time and energy to continue this highly respected book discussion group. 

Copies of the book club selections can be obtained either through ELPL or MeLCat, our interlibrary loan service.  The Reference Desk is happy to help!

Books and Bagels for February

Calling all 4th through 6th graders!  Our February Books and Bagels book discussion will be on the wonderful book  A NEST FOR CELESTE:  A STORY ABOUT ART, INSPIRATION, AND THE MEANING OF HOME, by Henry Cole.  A beautifully illustrated novel about a mouse, her friendship with Audubon's apprentice, and her search for home.  I am planning a fun bird related craft too.  Yummy bagels, lots

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 If you are worried that the rush to eBook is killing the printed word this book is for you.  Check out our copy of:


This is not the end of the book

Top Book Club Books in June

The following were the most popular book club books during June based on votes from readers and leaders of more than 35,000 book clubs registered at Bookmovement.com:

International Book Club notes for March 15, 2012 - Cuba

  We had a wonderful evening on Thursday.  Thank you to our speaker, Margarita, for coming to help us better understand one person's experiences of Operation Pedro Pan.  And thank you, Margarita, for the food, too!  Yum!

Here are some of the books mentioned. This is the one about the woman in Cuba who blogs:

Havana Real: one woman fights to tell the truth about Cuba today by Yoani Sánchez ; translated by M.J. Porter.

Out of this World Book Group

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Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny

Out of This World is a new book group featuring speculative fiction.  Each month will feature a new book exploring the different genres in what is commonly known as science fiction/fantasy.  Out of This World meets the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 7pm in the Library's Meeting Room.

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First Fiction Book Club

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Still Alice by Lisa Genova

This book group focuses on debut fiction by new and established authors.  Drawing for free copy of the next book selection at each meeting!

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