Book groups

ELPL offers book groups for all ages and reading preferences.

Books on Tap - August 2015

Come discuss Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson before he comes to speak in East Lansing! Books on Tap will discuss the One Book, One Community 2015 selection on August 11th at 6:30pm at Jimmy's Pub.

"A powerful true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us, and a clarion call to fix our broken system of justice—from one of the most brilliant and influential lawyers of our time

 Bryan Stevenson was a young lawyer when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending those most desperate and in need: the poor, the wrongly condemned, and women and children trapped in the farthest reaches of our criminal justice system. One of his first cases was that of Walter McMillian, a young man who was sentenced to die for a notorious murder he insisted he didn’t commit. The case drew Bryan into a tangle of conspiracy, political machination, and legal brinksmanship—and transformed his understanding of mercy and justice forever.
 
Just Mercy is at once an unforgettable account of an idealistic, gifted young lawyer’s coming of age, a moving window into the lives of those he has defended, and an inspiring argument for compassion in the pursuit of true justice."

Review from Amazon.

Books on Tap - July Follow Up

With a majority of the group apparently on summer vacation, we had a small group discussion about The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson. Overall, this light read with hints of the tale of Forrest Gump, was the perfect summer read for our group. It was interesting to see the history of Allan Karlson and the interesting group of people he encountered through his life (Mao Zedong, Winston Churchill, and Harry S. Truman to name a very few). Jonasson's background in journalism is on full display in this book: even though the idea that Allan led the life in the story is far-fetched; the timeline of his actions was thoroughly researched and lined up accordingly.

We also did our summer book exchange and talked a little about other books we've been reading. See the list and descriptions here.

Come to Jimmy's August 11 when we discuss the One Book, One Community selection Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson.

Books on Tap - July 2015

Are you intrigued by this title: The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared? If so, read the book by Jonas Jonasson and join us at Jimmy's Pub on July 14 at 6:30 pm to discuss this book.

**Also: Christmas in July book exchange!!**

Bring in a book you love, a book you hate, something funny, something awful - wrapped up and ready to swap for our summer book exchange.

"A reluctant centenarian much like Forrest Gump (if Gump were an explosives expert with a fondness for vodka) decides it’s not too late to start over …

After a long and eventful life, Allan Karlsson ends up in a nursing home, believing it to be his last stop. The only problem is that he’s still in good health, and in one day, he turns 100. A big celebration is in the works, but Allan really isn’t interested (and he’d like a bit more control over his vodka consumption). So he decides to escape. He climbs out the window in his slippers and embarks on a hilarious and entirely unexpected journey, involving, among other surprises, a suitcase stuffed with cash, some unpleasant criminals, a friendly hot-dog stand operator, and an elephant (not to mention a death by elephant).

Books on Tap - June Follow Up

Thank you to everyone who came to Jimmy's to discuss Yes Please by Amy Poehler. As usual, we had a very lively conversation about the different topics that struck a chord with the group. There was a slight divide on if you loved it or just kind of went with it. It was agreed that throughout the book Poehler had inserted little nuggets of wisdom that rang out clear and loud as to how we should strive to live our lives and how to treat others:

"How a person treats their waitress is a great indication of their character."

"I think we should stop asking people in their twenties what they 'want to do' and start asking them what they don’t want to do."

After jumping around to different points, the conversation veered towards cell phones and the role they now play in our everyday lives - and not necessarily that they are trying to kill us (as Amy suggests). It was interesting to see the different reactions to cell phone use, appropriate time and place, the idea of multi-tasking, and the level of addiction that some have.

Come to Jimmy's on July 14 to discuss The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson

Also! Bring a wrapped book for our Christmas in July book exchange!

Books on Tap - July 2015

Jimmy's Pub, East Lansing, MI
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Better Living Book Club - July 2015

East Lansing Public Library - Meeting Room

July's title is Twinkie Deconstructed by Steve Ettlinger.

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Out of This World Book Club - June 2015

East Lansing Public Library - Children's Storytime Room

June's title is The Martian by Andy Weir.

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Better Living Book Club - June 2015

East Lansing Public Library - Meeting Room

June's title is Don't Sweat the Small Stuff  by Richard Carlson, PhD.

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Books on Tap - June 2015

On June 9 at 6:30pm we will talk about the book Yes Please by Amy Poehler.

"Do you want to get to know the woman we first came to love on Comedy Central's Upright Citizens Brigade? Do you want to spend some time with the lady who made you howl with laughter on Saturday Night Live, and in movies like Baby Mama, Blades of Glory, and They Came Together? Do you find yourself daydreaming about hanging out with the actor behind the brilliant Leslie Knope on Parks and Recreation? Did you wish you were in the audience at the last two Golden Globes ceremonies, so you could bask in the hilarity of Amy's one-liners?

If your answer to these questions is "Yes Please!" then you are in luck. In her first book, one of our most beloved funny folk delivers a smart, pointed, and ultimately inspirational read. Full of the comedic skill that makes us all love Amy, Yes Please is a rich and varied collection of stories, lists, poetry (Plastic Surgery Haiku, to be specific), photographs, mantras and advice. With chapters like "Treat Your Career Like a Bad Boyfriend," "Plain Girl Versus the Demon" and "The Robots Will Kill Us All" Yes Please will make you think as much as it will make you laugh. Honest, personal, real, and righteous,Yes Please is full of words to live by."

Review from Amazon.

Books on Tap - May Follow Up

One way or another, I will keep sneaking science fiction into Books on Tap meetings! The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern, explored the world of fantasy science fiction. Many people were intrigued by the descriptive qualities of the book. Morgenstern has a way with words that bring the images of the circus to life. Overall, people enjoyed the book and were interested by the fact that this was Morgenstern's first book. We discussed the connections between this work and the works of William Shakespeare, as well as how it was different from other books in the manner in which the storyline switched around in time. 

Come to Jimmy's on June 9th at 6:30pm to discuss Yes Please by Amy Poehler.

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."

Review from Goodreads.

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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