Be a part of an informal book discussion that meets at 6:30 on the first Thursday of every month.
This group is geared toward millennials (20s–30s), because we read too! We meet at the Cherry House Café in Beavercreek for each discussion.
For additional information, please call Beavercreek Community Library at (937) 352-4001.
February 01, 2018 – 6:30 p.m.
By Karen Russell
The town of Bigtree’s alligator-wrestling dynasty is in decline, and Swamplandia!, their park and home, is being stalked by a competitor. Ava’s mother, the park’s headliner, has just died; her sister, Ossie, has fallen in love with a man who may be a ghost; and her brother, Kiwi, has just defected to the competitor to save the family business. Now, Ava alone must manage ninety-eight gators and her own grief.
March 01, 2018 – 6:30 p.m.
By Miriam Toews
Elfrieda’s is an enviable life (world-renowned pianist, wealthy, and happily married) and Yolandi’s a mess (divorced, broke, and with two teenagers). Despite this, the sisters are fiercely close. After Elf attempts to end her life, Yoli must determine how to keep her family from falling apart, how to keep her own heart from breaking, and what it means to love someone who wants to die.
April 05, 2018 – 6:30 p.m.
By Vladimir Nabokov
Humbert Humbert—scholar, aesthete and romantic—has fallen in love with Lolita Haze, his landlady’s twelve-year-old daughter. Reluctantly agreeing to marry Mrs. Haze to be close to Lolita, Humbert suffers greatly in the pursuit of romance. When Lo herself starts looking elsewhere, he will carry her off on a cross-country misadventure, all in the name of love, obsession, and delusion.
May 03, 2018 – 6:30 p.m.
By James Howard Kunstler
The future is not what the people of Union Grove, New York, thought it would be. Transportation is slow and dangerous, food production is difficult, and the outside world is unknown. As the heat of summer intensifies, the residents struggle with the new way of life and discover what happens when existence becomes extremely local.
June 07, 2018 – 6:30 p.m.
By Richard Parry
Lucie Blackman stepped out into Tokyo in the summer of 2000, and vanished. The following winter, her remains were found buried in a seaside cave. This is the true account of the seven months in between—a massive search for the missing girl involving Japanese policemen, British private detectives, Australian dowsers, and Lucie’s desperate, but bitterly divided parents.
July 05, 2018 – 6:30 p.m.
By Mohsin Hamid
Daru Shezad is fired from his job in Lahore and begins to decline. Before long, he can’t pay his bills and loses his position among Pakistan’s elite. Descending into drugs and dissolution, he falls in love with the wife of his childhood friend and rival, Oz—the beautiful, restless Mumtaz. To reverse his fortunes, he embarks on a career in crime, finding himself on trial for murder when a heist goes awry.
August 02, 2018 – 6:30 p.m.
By Jeff Wilser
Hamilton’s core principles are unlocked for anyone interested in success, romance, money, or dueling. Orphaned as a child, he came to America with a code of honor and a hunger to work. He went on to help win the Revolutionary War, ratify the Constitution, create the country’s financial system, charm New York’s most eligible ladies, and land his face on our $10 bill.
September 06, 2018 – 6:30 p.m.
By Dennis Lehane
Rachel Childs, a former journalist who suffered an on-air breakdown, now lives as a virtual shut-in. Her husband tries to help Rachel heal, but a chance encounter on a rainy afternoon causes her life to fray. Ensnared in a conspiracy thick with deception, violence, and madness, Rachel must find the strength within herself to conquer fears and mind-altering truths.
October 04, 2018 – 6:30 p.m.
By Paul Tremblay
The Barrett family is torn apart when Marjorie begins to displays signs of incurable acute schizophrenia. As a last resort, they turn to a Catholic priest, who suggests an exorcism as well as a production company to document the Barrett’s plight. With medical bills looming, they agree to be filmed, and find themselves the unwitting stars of The Possession, a hit reality television show.
November 01, 2018 – 6:30 p.m.
By Catherine Lacey
Mary is struggling, her body all but paralyzed with pain. Seeking relief, she tries a miraculous treatment called Pneuma Adaptive Kinesthesia. Short of cash to pay for it, Mary scours Craigslist for jobs and applies for the “Girlfriend Experiment,” the brainchild of Kurt Sky, who longs to find the perfect relationship—even by paying different women to fulfill distinctive roles.
December 06, 2018 – 6:30 p.m.
By Kate Atkinson
Ursula Todd is born to an English banker and his wife on a cold and snowy night in 1910, and embarks upon a life that will be rather unusual. For as she grows, she also dies, repeatedly, all while the young century marches on toward its second world war. Does Ursula’s apparently infinite number of lives give her the power to save the world from its inevitable destiny? And if she can, will she?