Library-sponsored discussion groups for every literary interest. Book discussion selections are available at the Reader Services Desk one month prior to meetings. New members always welcome. Just drop in.
BookBites: Reading Social
Meets First Thursday of the Month • 7 PM
Unwind in the relaxed, welcoming atmosphere of Hackney’s on Lake (1514 E. Lake Avenue, Glenview) with good company, a bite to eat and drink, and a lively book discussion. More information.
Thursday, August 3, 7 PM:The Golden Son by Shilpi Somaya Gowda
The first of his family to go to college, Anil leaves his tiny Indian village to begin a medical residency at one of the best hospitals in America. When his father dies, Anil becomes the head of the household, but he is uncertain that he has the wisdom and courage required to take on the role.
Thursday, September 7, 7 PM:All the Stars in the Heavens by Adriana Trigiani
The movie business is booming in 1935 when Loretta Young meets Clark Gable on set. Already married, Gable falls for the young actress instantly. Far from the glittering lights of Hollywood, Sister Alda Ducci has been forced to leave her convent and begin a new journey that leads her to Loretta, as her secretary. The innocent and pious young Alda must navigate the wild terrain of Hollywood with fierce determination and a moral code that derives from her Italian roots.
Thursday, October 5, 7 PM:The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
Traces more than three decades in the lives of Sarah, a wealthy Charleston debutante who longs to break free from the strictures of her household and pursue a meaningful life; and the urban slave, Handful, who is placed in her charge as a child before finding courage and a sense of self.
Meets First Monday of the Month • 1PM • Community Room East
Indulge your passion for literature with a wide range of literary genres.
Monday, August 7:The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure A Parisian architect is paid sizably to create secret hiding spaces for Jews in his Nazi-occupied country but struggles with risking his life for a cause he is undecided about—until a personal failure brings home their suffering.
Monday, September 11:A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler Brimming with the luminous insight, humor, and compassion that are Anne Tyler’s hallmarks, this novel follows three generations of the Whitshanks, their shared stories and long-held secrets and all the unguarded and richly lived moments that combine to define who and what they are as a family.
Monday, October 2: Orphan Train by Christine Baker Kline
The story of two very different women who build an unexpected friendship: a 91-year-old woman with a hidden past as an orphan-train rider and the teenage girl whose own troubled adolescence leads her to seek answers to questions no one has ever thought to ask.
BOOKit! Exploring Nonfiction
Meets Bimonthly, Fourth Wednesday of the Month 7 PM • Multipurpose Room
Explore intriguing nonfiction selections with lively group discussion.
July 26:Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt by Michael Lewis
A small group of Wall Street iconoclasts realizes that the U.S. stock market has been rigged for the benefit of insiders. They band together—some of them walking away from seven-figure salaries—to investigate, expose, and reform the insidious new ways that Wall Street generates profits.
September 27:H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald
Helen Macdonald’s childhood obsession with falconry gives her comfort and purpose when she is grief-stricken following her father’s death. She acquires a goshawk named Mabel and embarks on the long, strange business of trying to train this wildest of animals.
November 15:Darjeeling: the Colorful History and Precarious Fate of the World’s Greatest Tea by Jeff Koehler
Darjeeling’s tea bushes run across a mythical Indian landscape steeped in the religious, the sacred, and the picturesque. Planted among tea estates at high elevation in the heart of the eastern Himalayas, Darjeeling is generally considered the finest tea in the world. India’s tea industry grew to be the largest on the globe and came to symbolize British imperial rule in India. Note:Meets 3rd Wednesday Due to Thanksgiving Holiday.
Much Ado About Mysteries
Meets Quarterly, Thursday Evenings 7 PM • Community Room East
Are you mad about mysteries? Join us for a quarterly discussion for mystery fans. To sign up for the group’s email list, receive book lists, meeting reminders, and agendas, contact: email@example.com or call Reader Services at 847-729-7500 x7600.
FALL – September 14: The Book Was Better?: Mysteries Made Into Movies WINTER – December 14: Award Winners: The Anthonys
All Things Spanish
Please Note: No meeting in August
Wednesdays, September 20, October 18 & November 15, 7-8:30 PM
Native and non-native Spanish speakers are invited to join the fun while practicing language skills and expanding their love for Spanish/Latino culture. Meetings may include reading a short story, watching a film, and more. Meetings are conducted primarily in Spanish. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Relax with a beverage and tell others what you’ve recently enjoyed (or not enjoyed!). Meet new people and share your love of reading. Readers Advisory staff will be available to talk about hot new titles and selections the Library’s book groups have been discussing.