Library Reading Groups

The 2013-2014 Reading Group lists are posted here. Just looking for a good book to read? You can view previous years’ book selections here.

2014 Reading Group Lists

Lebanon Library Tues. morning book group

Lebanon Library Tues. evening book group

Lebanon Library Thursday afternoon book group

Palmyra Public Library

2014 Lebanon Library Tuesday Morning Book Group

Lebanon Community Library 2014 Tuesday Morning Book Group. Registration Required.
Meets the 2nd Tuesday at 9 AM. For more information, call Susan Reedy at 717-273-7624.
Tuesday Morning Book Group 2014
January 14 2014 at 9 AM
March by Geraldine Brooks

"March is an extraordinary novel woven out of the lore of American history. From Louisa May Alcott's beloved classic "Little Women, Geraldine Brooks has taken the character of the absent father, March, who has gone off to war, leaving his wife and daughters to make do in mean times."-Library Journal

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February 11 2014 at 9 AM Lebanon Library
A Curtain Falls by Stefanie Pintoff

A show girl is found dead on a Broadway stage. Murder or suicide?
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March 11 2014 at 9 AM - Lebanon Library
Lest Innocent Blood Be Shed by Philip Hallie
Villagers in a town in southern France save thousands of Jews during WWII.Borrow From Library

April 8 2014 at 9 AM - Lebanon Library

Home by Toni Morrison

May 13, 2014 at 9 AM
Lebanon Library
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
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2014 Palmyra Library Reading Group

Palmyra Public Library
Group meets the 2nd Monday of each month in the library meeting room. Contact Mary Adams at 717-838-5797. New members are welcome!
2014 Book Selections
March 10, 2014 at 6:45 PM
Palmyra Library
The Orphan Master's Son (Pulitzer Prize for Fiction)
Summary: The son of an influential father who runs an orphan work camp, Pak Jun Do rises to prominence using instinctive talents and eventually becomes a professional kidnapper and romantic rival to Kim Jong Il. Borrow from Library
April 14 at 6:45PM
Palmyra Library
More than Petticoats:
Remarkable Pennsylvania Women by Kate Hertzog
Summary: Profiles fifteen Pennsylvania women who overcame social, cultural, and political obstacles to make a difference in the world. Borrow from Library
Tender is the Night
by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Summary: Summary: Set on the French Riviera in the late 1920s, Tender Is the Night is the tragic romance of the young actress Rosemary Hoyt and the stylish American couple Dick and Nicole Diver. A brilliant young psychiatrist at the time of his marriage, Dick is both husband and doctor to Nicole, whose wealth goads him into a lifestyle not his own, and whose growing strength highlights Dick's harrowing demise.
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Jun 9, 2014 at 6:45
The Aviator's Wife by Melanie Benjamin
Summary: Summary: Despite her own major achievements--she becomes the first licensed female glider pilot in the United States--Anne Morrow Lindbergh is viewed merely as Charles Lindbergh's wife. The fairy-tale life she once longed for will bring heartbreak and hardships, ultimately pushing her to reconcile her need for love and her desire for independence, and to embrace, at last, life's infinite possibilities for change and happiness. Borrow from Library

2014 Lebanon Library Thursday Afternoon Book Group

Thursday Afternoon Book Group meets the 1st Thursday of the month at 2 PM.
1/2/14 at 2 PM
My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor

Summary: the first Hispanic on the U.S. Supreme Court tells the story of her life before becoming a judge in an inspiring, surprisingly personal memoir.
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2/6/14 The Worst Hard Time by Timothy Egan

Summary: At its peak, the Dust Bowl covered close to one hundred million acres, and more than a quarter of a million Americans were forced to flee their ruined homes. Egan follows a diverse cast of individuals and families in communities across the affected region, weaving together the eyewitness accounts of survivors now in their eighties and nineties.
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3/6/14 Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver

Summary: Dellarobia Turnbow is a restless farm wife who gave up her own plans when she accidentally became pregnant at seventeen. Now, after a decade of domestic disharmony on a failing farm, she has settled for permanent disappointment but seeks momentary escape through an obsessive flirtation with a younger man.
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6/5/2014 The End of Country by Seamus McGraw
Summary: The End of Country is the compelling story about the epic battle for control of one of the richest natural gas deposits the world has ever known: the Marcellus Shale,...
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7/3/2014 Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker by Jennifer Chiaverini
Summary: Presents a fictionalized account of the friendship between Mary Todd Lincoln and her dressmaker Elizabeth Keckley, a former slave.
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8/7/2014
The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
Summary: "A novel set on a remote Australian island, where a childless couple live quietly running a lighthouse, until a boat carrying a baby washes ashore"-- Provided by publisher.
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9/4/2014
Blush: A Mennonite Girl Meets a Glittering World
Summary: Little Shirley Hershey grew up in a plain Mennonite home, yet was named for a movie star. With her nose pressed to the window of the glittering world, she felt intensely the gap that existed in the 1950s and '60s between Mennonites and the larger world. This is the story of how a rosy-cheeked, barefoot Mennonite farm girl prepared to enter the glittering world and learned how to do so on her own terms.
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10/2/2014
The Round House by Louise Erdrich
Summary: When his mother, a tribal enrollment specialist living on a reservation in North Dakota, slips into an abyss of depression after being brutally attacked, 14-year-old Joe Coutz sets out with his three friends to find the person that destroyed his family.
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2014 Lebanon Community Library Tuesday Evening Book Group

Tuesday Evening Book Group. This group meets the 4th Tuesday of the month at 6:30 PM
1/28/14 at 6:30 PM
Lebanon Library
Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage by Alice Munro
2/25/14 at 6:30 PM
Lebanon Library
The Worst Hard Time by Timothy Egan
3/25/14 at 6:30 PM
Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

Summary: First published in 1939, Steinbeck’s Pulitzer Prize-winning epic of the Great Depression chronicles the Dust Bowl migration of the 1930s and tells the story of one Oklahoma farm family, the Joads-driven from their homestead and forced to travel west to the promised land of California. Borrow From Library
4/22/14 at 6:30 PM
The Forty Rules of Love by Elif Shafak

Summary: Traces the parallel stories of a present day Massachusetts, unhappily married professional reader, Ella Rubinstein's inspiration of the story of Shams of Tabriz, and her own transformation, and, the 13th-century transformation of a successful but unhappy cleric, Rumi, into a mystic and poet.. Shafik blends the East and the West, past and present, and presents an account of how love works in the world. Borrow from Library
5/27/14 at 6:30 PM
Stoner by John Williams

Summary: William Stoner is born at the end of the nineteenth century into a dirt-poor Missouri farming family. Sent to the state university to study agronomy, he instead falls in love with English literature and embraces a scholar’s life, so different from the hardscrabble existence he has known.
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6/24/14 at 6:30 PM
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

Summary: "What if you could live again and again, until you got it right? On a cold and snowy night in 1910, Ursula Todd is born to an English banker and his wife. She dies before she can draw her first breath. On that same cold and snowy night, Ursula Todd is born, lets out a lusty wail, and embarks upon a life that will be, to say the least, unusual. For as she grows, she also dies, repeatedly, in a variety of ways, while the young century marches on towards its second cataclysmic world war.
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7/22/14 at 6:30 PM
Americanah by Chimamanda Adichie

Summary: "A young woman from Nigeria leaves behind her home and her first love to start a new life in America, only to find her dreams are not all she expected"-- Provided by publisher.
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2013 Reading Group Lists

Annville Free Library - No registration is necessary. AFL's book discussion group invites you to join them for some lively discussion. The group meets once a month on a Monday night at 6:30 PM. Each member is responsible for getting their own copy of the books. 717.867.1802
January 28, 2013 at 6:30 pm
To the Far Side of Planet Earth by Jim McConkey
Summary: A Peace Corps Volunteer tries to save the world and barely saves himself. His project becomes a Quest for Truth, and ends with a detour into insanity.


February 25, 2013 at 6:30pm
The Ghost Map by Steve Johnson
Summary: An account of the worst cholera outbreak in Victorian London--and an exploration of how Dr. John Snow's solution revolutionized the way we think about disease in cities.

March 25, 2013 at 6:30pm
Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder
Summary: "The quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a man who would cure the world" --Cover.

April 29, 2013 at 6:30pm – The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Steadman
Summary: "A novel set on a remote Australian island, where a childless couple live quietly running a lighthouse, until a boat carrying a baby washes ashore"-- Provided by publisher.

June 3, 2013 at 6:30pm – The Blue Orchard by Jackson Taylor
Summary: "The Blue Orchard" tells the compelling story of an indomitable woman, determined to build a better life for herself and her son in the face of crushing losses.

Lebanon Library Tuesday Morning Book Group

Lebanon Community Library Tuesday Morning Book Group (Registration is required for the Tues morning book group)
Meets the 2nd Tuesday at 9 AM. The Lebanon Library also hosts Tuesday evening and Thursday afternoon book groups. These are open to the public.
Tuesday Evening Book Club: meets 4th Tuesday of the month at 6:30 PM.
Thursday Afternoon Book Club: meets 1st Thursday of the month at 2 PM.
For more information, call Susan Reedy at 717-273-7624.
Tuesday Morning Book Group
January 8 at 9AM
Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
Summary: On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared--Lt. Louis Zamperini. Captured by the Japanese and driven to the limits of endurance, Zamperini would answer desperation with ingenuity; suffering with hope, resolve, and humor.

February 12 at 9AM
I Lay My Stitches Down : poems of american slavery by Cynthia Grady
Summary: A volume of evocative and moving poems considers the experiences of slaves in a variety of circumstances including a house slave, a mother who loses her daughter on the auction block, and a slave fleeing through the Underground Railroad.

April 9 at 9AM - In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson
Summary: Summary: The bestselling author of "Devil in the White City" turns his hand to a remarkable story set during Hitler's rise to power. The time is 1933, the place, Berlin, when William E. Dodd becomes America's first ambassador to Hitler's Germany in a year that proved to be a turning point in history.

May 14 at 9 AM - Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
Summary: In 1956, as a minister approaches the end of his life, he writes a letter to his son chronicling three previous generations of his family, a story that stretches back to the Civil War and reveals uncomfortable family secrets.

June, July, August – No meeting
Sept. 10 at 9AM
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

October 8 at 9AM
Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter

The story begins in 1962. On the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies a tall, thin woman approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, an American starlet, and she is dying. and the story begins again today when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studios back lot, searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

November 12 at 9 AM
All Quiet on the Western Front : a novel by Erich Maria Remarque

December 10, 2013
Island of Vice by Richard Zacks

Recounts the effort by newly appointed police commissioner Theodore Roosevelt to shut down late nineteenth-century New York City's brothels, gambling houses, and after-hours saloons.

 

2013 Lebanon Community Library Tuesday Evening Book Group

Tuesday Evening Book Group. This group meets the 4th Tuesday of the month at 6:30 PM
1/22/13 - Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson
Summary: In the small English village of Edgecombe St. Mary, retired war hero Major Ernest Pettigrew is enjoying the quiet life. However, when his brother's death coincidentally sparks a friendship with Mrs. Jasmina Ali, the village's only Pakistani shopkeeper, Major Pettigrew finds himself falling in love. But when small-town bigotry taboos his relationship, Major Pettigrew is left to decide if happiness is worth a ruined reputation.

2/26/13 - Life After Death by Damien Echols
Summary: accused of murdering three eight-year-old boys in Arkansas, eighteen-year-old Echols, deemed the "ringleader" of the West Memphis Three, was sentenced to death. Then in August 2011 the WMT were released. In these pages, Echols describes the terrors he experienced every day and his outrage toward the American justice system and offers a firsthand account of living on Death Row in heartbreaking, agonizing detail.

3/26/13 - Heft by Liz Moore
Summary: Arthur weighs 550 pounds and hasn't left his rambling Brooklyn home in a decade. Kel navigates life as a poor kid in a rich school, and pins his hopes on what seems like a promising baseball career. An unexpected connection transforms both their lives as they find sustenance and friendship in the most surprising places.

4/23/13 - Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
Summary: The story of a woman whose gift for flowers helps her change the lives of others even as she struggles to overcome her own past.

6/25/13 at 6:30PM
Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris

July and August - No Meetings
9/24/13 at 6:30PM
My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor

10/22/13 at 6:30 PM
The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway
11/26/13 at 6:30PM
The Round House by Louise Erdich

12/17/13 at 6:30PM
Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver

2013 Lebanon Library Thursday Afternoon Book Group

Thursday Afternoon Book Group meets the 1st Thursday of the month at 2 PM.
January 13 at 2PM
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver
Summary: Follows the author's family's efforts to live on locally- and home-grown foods, an endeavor through which they learned lighthearted truths about food production and the connection between health and diet.

February 7, 2013 at 2PM
Home by Toni Morrison
Summary: "The story of a Korean war veteran on a quest to save his younger sister"-- Provided by publisher.

April 3, 2013 at 2PM
Wild by Cheryl Strayed
Summary: A powerful, blazingly honest, inspiring memoir: the story of a 1,100 mile solo hike that broke down a young woman reeling from catastrophe--and built her back up again.

May 2, 2013 at 2PM The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
June 6 2013 at 2PM
Kindred by Octavia E. Butler

July 11 at 2PM
Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua

Traces the rewards and pitfalls of a Chinese mother's exercise in extreme parenting, describing the exacting standards applied to grades, music lessons, and avoidance of Western cultural practices.

August 1, 2013 at 2PM
Housekeeping by Marilyn Robinson
Winner of the Pen/Hemingway Award A modern classic,Housekeepingis the story of Ruth and her younger sister, Lucille, who grow up haphazardly, first under the care of their competent grandmother, then of two comically bumbling great-aunts, and finally of Sylvie, the eccentric and remote sister of their dead mother.

September 5 2013 at 2PM
The Known World by Edward P. Jones

October 3 2013 at 2PM
The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway

November 7 2013 at 2PM
We Band of Angels: the untold story of American nurses trapped on Bataan by the Japanese by Elizabeth Norman.

December 5 2013 at 2PM
Mudbound by Hillary Jordan

Myerstown Book Discussions 2013

Myerstown Community Library hosts quarterly, facilitated book discussions.
May 28, 2013

The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson

Two men, each handsome and unusually adept at his chosen work, embodied an element of the great dynamic that characterized America's rush toward the twentieth century. The architect was Daniel Hudson Burnham, the fair's brilliant director of works and the builder of many of the country's most important structures, including the Flatiron Building in New York and Union Station in Washington, D.C. The murderer was Henry H. Holmes, a young doctor who, in a malign parody of the White City, built his "World's Fair Hotel" just west of the fairgrounds--a torture palace complete with dissection table, gas chamber, and 3,000-degree crematorium.

October, 2013
Myerstown Library will host a facilitated discussion of the 2013 One Book, One Community book. The book will be announced August 22.

2013 Palmyra Library Reading Group

Palmyra Public Library
Group meets the 2nd Monday of each month in the library meeting room. Contact Mary Adams at 717-838-5797. New members are welcome!
2013 Book Selections
February 11, 2013 6:45PM
The Innocent Man by John Grisham
Summary: Presents the real-life case of Ron Williamson, a mentally ill former baseball player who was wrongfully convicted and sentenced to death for the 1982 murder of a 21-year-old woman in his Oklahoma hometown. Borrow from Library

March 11, 2013 6:45PM
Year of Wonders: a Novel of the Plague by Geraldine Brooks.
Summary: When an infected bolt of cloth carries plague from London to an isolated village, a housemaid named Anna Frith emerges as an unlikely heroine and healer. Through Anna's eyes we follow the story of the fateful year of 1666, as she and her fellow villagers confront the spread of disease and superstition. As death reaches into every household and villagers turn from prayers to murderous witch-hunting, Anna must find the strength to confront the disintegration of her community and the lure of illicit love.
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April 8, 2013 at 6:45PM
The Girl who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson



May 13, 2013
Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
Summary: Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon. Orphaned by their mother’s death and their father’s disappearance, bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution.

Moving from Addis Ababa to New York City and back again, Cutting for Stone is an unforgettable story of love and betrayal, medicine and ordinary miracles--and two brothers whose fates are forever intertwined.Borrow from library

June 10, 2013 at 6:45 pm
Death Comes to Pemberley by P.D. James.
Summary: Pemberley is thrown into chaos after Elizabeth Bennett's disgraced sister Lydia arrives and announces that her husband Wickham has been murdered. Borrow from Library

July 8, 2013 at 6:45 pm
Mildred Pierce by James M. Cain.
Summary: Mildred Pierce had gorgeous legs, a way with a skillet, and a bone-deep core of toughness. She used those attributes to survive a divorce in 1940s America to claw her way out of poverty. But Mildred also had two weaknesses: a yen for shiftless men and an unreasoning devotion to her monstrous daughter. Borrow from Library

August 12, 2013 at 6:45PM
Killing Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly & Martin Dugard
Summary: Describes the events surrounding the assassination of Abraham Lincoln and the hunt to track down John Wilkes Booth and his accomplices. Borrow from Library

September 19, 2013 at 6:45 pm
Silver Linings Playbook : a novel by Matthew Quick
Summary: After Pat Peoples and his wife Nikki separate, he goes to live with his parents but everything seems changed. No one wants to talk to him about Nikki, his old friends are busy with their families, and his new therapist seems to be recommending adultery as therapy. He meets Tiffany, a clinically depressed widow, who offers to act as a liaison between the couple if Pat will give up watching football, agrees to perform in the Dance Away Depression competition and not tell anyone about their contract.

October 14, 2013 at 6:45 pm
The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway. Join us to discuss this year's One Book, One Community selection.

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