Book groups

ELPL offers book groups for all ages and reading preferences.

Out of this World Book Club - May 2015

East Lansing Public Library - Tutor/Group Study Room

May's title is Caves of Steel by Isaac Asimov

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Books on Tap - May 2015

We're back to our regular schedule! Come to Jimmy's on May 12th at 6:30 pm to join in our discussion of The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.

"The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called "Le Cirque des Reves," and it is only open at night.

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway--a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love - a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.

True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus per-formers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead."

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Books on Tap - April Follow Up

Even though I was in denial until the last minute, we ended up inside for April's meeting to discuss Still Alice by Lisa Genova. Quite a few people were able to see the movie while it was in theaters and that brought a different level of discussion to our group on Tuesday. While there were differences between the film and book - which is to be expected - overall we didn't think either was compromised by the other. Most of the conversation focused around the question of "what would you do?" We discussed options from the perspective of being a family member to someone with Alzheimer's, as well as being someone with Alzheimer's. I think this book provoked some deep thinking about a situation that many people have to deal with and the difficult choices that must be made.

Next up: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. See you on May 12th, 6:30pm at Jimmy's!

Out of this World Book Club - April 2015

East Lansing Public Library - Tutor/Group Study Room

April's title is To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis.

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Books & Bagels May 2015

East Lansing Public Library - Children's Storytime Room

May's title is Nuts To You by Lynne Rae Perkins.  Sign up at the Circulation desk - the first 15 to register get a free copy of the book.  Bagels are generously provided by Panera Bread of Frandor.

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Better Living Book Club - April 2015

East Lansing Public Library - Meeting Room

April's title is Spontaneous Happiness by Dr. Andrew Weil.

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Books on Tap - April 2015

*Meeting the 3rd Tuesday in April*

Wish for good weather as we meet on Jimmy's patio at 6:30 on April 21st to discuss the book and movie Still Alice by Lisa Genova.

"Alice Howland is proud of the life she worked so hard to build. At fifty years old, she’s a cognitive psychology professor at Harvard and a world-renowned expert in linguistics with a successful husband and three grown children. When she becomes increasingly disoriented and forgetful, a tragic diagnosis changes her life--and her relationship with her family and the world--forever.

At once beautiful and terrifying, Still Alice is a moving and vivid depiction of life with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease that is as compelling as A Beautiful Mind and as unforgettable as Judith Guest's Ordinary People."

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Books on Tap - March Follow Up

Vendela Vida's book Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name proved a popular pick! Although some members of the group were disappointed by the lack of resolution provided by the ending, overall this novel was appreciated for its storytelling and characters. Our discussion mostly focused on the characters relationships and attempting to figure out the patterns they chose to repeat by their actions. Another point of interest was the location of the book: Lapland or Sampi. This region has land in Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Russia with most of the area being above the Arctic Circle. Not many people in the group had much exposure to the geographical area and it was very interesting to learn about the land and the people.

For April - everyone needs to hope for good weather as we are currently booked to be on the patio! On the 3rd Tuesday, April 21st, we will discuss Still Alice by Lisa Genova. Along with discussing the book, we will also incorporate a movie discussion.

Out of this World Book Club - March 2015

East Lansing Public Library - Tutor/Group Study Room

March's title is Lock In by John Scalzi

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Books on Tap - March 2015

We will discuss Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name by Vendela Vida on March 10th. Come to Jimmy's Pub at 6:30pm to join our conversation.

"On the day of her father's funeral, twenty-eight-year-old Clarissa Iver­ton discovers that he wasn't her biological father after all. Her mother disappeared fourteen years earlier, and her fiancé has just revealed a life-changing secret to her. Alone and adrift, Clarissa travels to mystical Lapland, where she believes she'll meet her real father. There, at a hotel made of ice, Clarissa is confronted with the truth about her mother's his­tory, and must make a decision about how—and where—to live the rest of her life."

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Books on Tap - February Follow Up

Good news - everyone had agreeing opinions on 10:04 by Ben Lerner! Bad news - we all agreed that it was not a favorite by a long shot. His work seemed to leave many questions unanswered for the reader and many of our group questioned the point of this novel. It was interesting to have such a lively conversation about a book that sounded great in reviews and on the book jacket, but didn't quite seem to match up to that in reality. Since people were in attendance this month that had missed out on January's meeting, we then spent time discussing Quiet again. I believe that it says a lot for a book that we had two separate and in-depth conversations over a two-month period.

Our next meeting will be March 10 @ 6:30 pm when we will discuss Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name by Vendela Vida.

Books on Tap - February 2015

6:30, February 10th - meet at Jimmy's Pub to discuss 10:04 by Ben Lerner.

"In the last year, the narrator of 10:04 has enjoyed unlikely literary success, has been diagnosed with a potentially fatal medical condition, and has been asked by his best friend to help her conceive a child. In a New York of increasingly frequent superstorms and social unrest, he must reckon with his own mortality and the prospect of fatherhood in a city that might soon be underwater.
A writer whose work Jonathan Franzen has called 'hilarious...cracklingly intelligent...and original in every sentence,' Lerner captures what it’s like to be alive now, during the twilight of an empire, when the difficulty of imagining a future is changing our relationship to both the present and the past."

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Books on Tap - January Follow Up

Welcome to 2015 Books on Tap! One thing that came to light in our meeting is that our group is predominately composed of introverts - completely skewing from the statistics Susan Cain put forth in Quiet: The power of introverts in a world that can't stop talking.

Out of this World Book Club - February 2014

East Lansing Public Library - Tutor/Group Study Room

February's title is Soon I Will Be Invincible by Austin Grossman.

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Better Living Book Club - March 2015

East Lansing Public Library - Meeting Room

March's title is Life is So Good by George Dawson and Richard Glaubman will be discussed in March.   

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