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Book Groups

bookgroupslogo2— Book Club in a Bag!
— Books Talk at Bethany Branch
— Books Talk at Gere Branch
— Just Desserts Mystery Discussion Group
“Great Books Reading and Discussion Group”
National Book Clubs (Oprah, Real Simple, Today Show, etc.)
— Non-Library Book Clubs


Book Talks and Book Discussion Groups

In addition to our Preschool Storytimes and various youth-related book discussion activities, the Lincoln City Libraries offers several Book Talk and Book Discussion Groups for adult readers as well. All of the groups listed below are free and open to the public…simply drop in at one of our gatherings, or call the branch location where the meeting is taking place if you have additional questions!

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  onlinebooklisticon — Online Booklist Available!  blue-podcast-2 — Podcast Recording Available!

For more information on any of these book groups, contact the branch or location where the group meets. You can also view some booklists from past Book Talks.

>>> Submit your own community Book Discussion Group information! <<<


BCinaBag-200Book Club in a Bag!

Book Clubs and organizations now have the ability to check out several popular titles, including the five One Book – One Lincoln finalists from the past several years, in a new format. For each title, the Book Club in a Bag will contain 10 copies of that book as well as some starter discussion questions. Book Club in a Bag selections will be able to be checked out for 8 weeks but with no renewals. You can find out what titles are available in the Book Club in a Bag program by searching in the library catalog under Subject: Book Club in a Bag. New titles will be added to this service on a regular basis.

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Bethany Branch LibraryBethany BooksTalks
Bethany Branch
1810 North Cotner Blvd.
441-8550

Bethany BooksTalks welcomes everyone for a morning of good books. For the past six years, speakers have presented a group of books, sometimes with a theme and sometimes not. These informal presentations allow for good conversation as well. The Bethany BooksTalk group meets every Friday morning, beginning at 10:30 A.M., unless otherwise noted. Approximately 10-20 regular attendees.

Would you like to receive updates about the Bethany and Gere BooksTalk groups in your e-mail, such as annoucements of upcoming talk themes, schedule changes and/or notices about new booktalk booklists on the BookGuide site? Visit our Sign-Up page, fill out our simple form, and you’ll start receiving book group notices with the next message that is sent!

Our Fall/Winter 2016 schedule has been announced — although specific themes for some sessions are still t.b.a. — click the onlinebooklisticon  icons (where available) — to see the online booklist for each talk after it has been presented!

DATE TITLE/THEME — PRESENTER.
February 3, 2017
Title/Theme: TBA — presenter not yet announced.
February 10, 2017
Title/Theme: TBA — presenter not yet announced.
February 17, 2017
Title/Theme: TBA — presenter not yet announced.
February 24, 2017
Title/Theme: TBA — presenter not yet announced.
March 3, 2017
Title/Theme: TBA — presenter not yet announced.
March 10, 2017
Title/Theme: TBA — presenter not yet announced.
March 17, 2017
Title/Theme: TBA — presenter not yet announced.
March 24, 2017
Title/Theme: TBA — presenter not yet announced.
March 31, 2017
Title/Theme: TBA — presenter not yet announced.
April 7, 2017 Title/Theme: TBA — Becky W.C., from the Walt Branch, and Scott C., from the Bennett Martin Public Library and BookGuide web pages, present another “married library workers” join bookstalk.
April 14, 2017
Title/Theme: TBA — presenter not yet announced.
April 21, 2017
Title/Theme: TBA — presenter not yet announced.
April 28, 2017
Title/Theme: TBA — presenter not yet announced.
May 5, 2017
Title/Theme: TBA — presenter not yet announced.
May 12, 2017
Title/Theme: TBA — presenter not yet announced.
May 19, 2017
Title/Theme: TBA — presenter not yet announced.

For examples of some of the titles/themes talked about at previous Bethany BooksTalk meetings, check out our Book Group Archives webpage!


Charles H. Gere Branch LibraryGere BooksTalks
Gere Branch
2400 South 56th Street
441-8560

Everyone is welcome at Gere’s BooksTalk book discussion group! Each week during our Fall/Winter and Spring sessions, we hear about some great reading material from our featured presenter. Popular topics include mysteries, biographies, classic literature worth rereading, time travel books and romance fiction. Our presenters range from Lincoln City Libraries staff, to local authors, to members of the public with special interests to share. Several times a year, we participate in a book-share session, with each participant bringing several titles to talk about with the group. There’s no need to sign up in advance-we’re casual, friendly and always happy to see a new face, so join us, on Monday afternoons from 2:30-4:00 p.m., and broaden your reading horizons. Approximately 12-15 regular attendees.

Would you like to receive updates about the Gere and Bethany BooksTalk groups in your e-mail, such as annoucements of upcoming talk themes, schedule changes and/or notices about new booktalk booklists on the BookGuide site? Visit our Sign-Up page, fill out our simple form, and you’ll start receiving book group notices with the next message that is sent!

Our Winter/Spring 2017 schedule is being finalized — although specific themes for some sessions are still t.b.a. — click the onlinebooklisticon  icons (where available) — to see the online booklist for each talk after it has been presented!

DATE TITLE/THEME — PRESENTER.
January 9, 2017
Book Share Day — no presenter.
January 16, 2017
[ Library Closed for the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday ]
January 23, 2017
Title/Theme: TBA — presenter not yet announced.
January 30, 2017
Title/Theme: TBA — presenter not yet announced.
February 6, 2017
Title/Theme: TBA — presenter not yet announced.
February 13, 2017
[ Library Closed for the Presidents Day Holiday ]
February 20, 2017
Title/Theme: TBA — presenter not yet announced.
February 27, 2017
Title/Theme: TBA — presenter not yet announced.
March 6, 2017
Title/Theme: TBA — presenter not yet announced.
March 13, 2017
Irish Authors — Jodi R., from the Gere Branch Library, is today’s presenter.
March 20, 2017
Title/Theme: TBA — Marcy G., from the South Branch Library, is today’s presenter.mysicon
March 27, 2017
Title/Theme: TBA — May M., from the Gere Branch Library, is today’s presenter.
April 3, 2017
Title/Theme: TBA — presenter not yet announced.
April 10, 2017
Title/Theme: TBA — Becky W.C., from the Walt Branch, and Scott C., from the Bennett Martin Public Library and BookGuide web pages, present another “married library workers” join bookstalk.
April 17, 2017
Detective Fiction — Wyatt P., from the Gere Branch Library, is today’s presenter.
April 24, 2017
Good Reads for Teens — Susan S., Teen Specialist from the Eiseley Branch Library, is today’s presenter.
May 1, 2017
Title/Theme: TBA — Donna G., from the Virtual Services Department, is today’s presenter.
May 8, 2017
Title/Theme: TBA — Meagan M., from the Gere Branch Library, is today’s presenter.
May 15, 2017
One Book - One LincolnOne Book – One Lincoln – 2017 — Katie M., from the Bennett Martin Public Library downtown, gives a preview of the titles considered for the 2017 One Book – One Lincoln..
May 22, 2017
Title/Theme: TBA — presenter not yet announced.

For examples of some of the titles/themes talked about at previous Bethany BooksTalk meetings, check out our Book Group Archives webpage!


South Branch LibraryJust Desserts
South Branch Library
27th and South St.
441-8530 (Reference Desk at Bennett Martin – Just Desserts coordinator) or 441-8570 (South Branch)

The Just Desserts discussion group, focusing exclusively on Mystery Fiction, meets monthly at the South Branch Library. This group meets the last Thursday evening each month, January through October, 6:45 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. A specific mystery novel is selected in advance for discussion during each meeting, although general discussion about mystery fiction may follow the discussion of the selected title. Since our theme is “Death and Desserts,” (i.e. The murderer got their “just desserts.”), any and all participants are encouraged to bring a dessert (cookies, cake, pie, tarts, brownies, cream puffs, etc.) to share with the other group members. [Coffee and juice will be provided.]

If you’d like to join us, or you would like to be added to an e-mail notification list for news about this group, you can e-mail us to let us know of your interest, at: the BookGuide e-mail address, or fill out our newsletter sign-up form at our Newsletters page.To see a list of the mysteries discussed by the Just Desserts group in the past, visit our Just Desserts archives page…or you can print out a list of the titles discussed in the first ten years of Just Desserts. If you missed one of our past meetings and would like to contribute your own opinion about one of the books we discussed, visit the Just Desserts Blog, and leave a comment on one of the book entries!

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mysicon<<<<< Our Next Meeting!!
Thursday, January 26, 2017 — 6:30-7:45 p.m.

To open 2017, we’re going to try an experiment we’ve been contemplating for the past couple of years — Anthologies & Collections. Much the same as our annual May “series share” meeting, we won’t all be reading the exact same thing. Instead, all participants are encouraged to visit the 813.08 shelves of your favorite local library’s “non-fiction” shelves, where the thematic short-story anthologies are located, and pick out a mystery collection, filled with stories by a variety of different authors. At the January meeting, we’ll do a massive round robin, with all attendees given a couple of minutes to describe the anthology or collection they read, and to mention the highlights of what they did and didn’t like about it. If you’d rather not read a multi-author anthology, you’re also welcome to read a single-author short story collection (which are shelved in the fiction section under each author’s name individually).

You can read a classic anthology/collection, like the old volumes put out under the Ellery Queen or Alfred Hitchcock banners, or the annual Best American Mystery Stories, or a more recent thematic collection — we’ve got a ton of these, especially at the Bennett Martin Public Library downtown! Even if you’re not traditionally a fan of short stories, we hope that you’ll give one a try this month…you may just find (or learn about) a new author worth pursuing!

[Note: While most recent anthologies will be in the Dewey Decimal 813.08 classification, some of the older ones may also be under 808.83 (especially at Bennett Martin Public Library downtown). Also be aware — there will be lots of non-mystery anthologies (SF, Romance, Western, etc.) mixed in with the mysteries…choose carefully!]

Handout about Anthologies — distributed at the October 2016 Just Desserts meeting.

breakingcreed

mysiconThursday, February 23, 2017 — 6:30-7:45 p.m.

Omaha author Alex Kava is a favorite of many of the Just Desserts group members, especially for her series featuring FBI profiler Maggie O’Dell. In 2015, she launched an all-new series, starring Ryder Creed, an ex-marine turned K9 search and rescue dog trainer, although O’Dell puts in guest appearances. Two volumes in the Creed series came out in 2015 and a third is due in October 2016. Since this is a relatively new series, and not all group members have sampled it yet, we’ll be reading and discussing the first book in this series, Breaking Creed. Here’s the description: “Ryder Creed and his dogs have been making national headlines. They’ve intercepted several major drug stashes being smuggled through Atlanta’s airport. But their newfound celebrity has also garnered some unwanted attention. When Creed and one of his dogs are called in to search a commercial fishing vessel, they discover a secret compartment. But the Colombian cartels’ latest shipment isn’t drugs. This time, its cargo is human. To make matters worse, Creed helps one of the cartel’s drug mules escape—a fourteen-year-old girl who reminds him of his younger sister who disappeared fifteen years ago. Meanwhile, FBI agent Maggie O’Dell is investigating a series of murders—the victims tortured, killed, and dumped in the Potomac River. She suspects it’s the work of a cunning and brutal assassin, but her politically motivated boss has been putting up roadblocks. By the time she uncovers a hit list with Creed’s name on it, it might be too late. The cartel has already sent someone to destroy Creed and everyone close to him. But Creed and his dogs have a few surprises in store on their compound in Florida. Will it be enough to stop a ruthless cartel determined to remove the thorn in its side once and for all?”

Breaking Creed is available in the following formats: Hardback | Book-on-CD | Downloadable eBook

[At the time this title was selected, there were 18 print copies, 4 CD copies and 1 eBook licensed copy in the libraries’ collection.]
HardCaseCrime

mysiconThursday, March 30, 2017 — 6:30-7:45 p.m.

We’re trying another experiment for the March 2017 meeting of Just Desserts — instead of all group members reading the same book, or the same author, we’re all going to be reading the same publisher Hard Case Crime.

Hard Case Crime is an American publisher of hard-boiled detective stories, founded in 2004 by Charles Ardai and Max Phillips. Over the past 13 years, this imprint has published close to 150 different novels, some in hardback but most in paperback or trade paperback. Some of their titles are reprints of classic older works, while others are brand-new titles in the classic Noir or Hard-Boiled style, by authors both obscure and highly recognizable (Lawwrence Block, Stephen King, Ed McBain, Max Allan Collins, Mickey Spillane, just to name a few.).

Much like our “Series Share” months, everyone in attendance will be given a couple of minutes to share a description of which novel they read, and what they thought about it — “thumbs up or thumbs down”. This Just Desserts will be recorded on audio for release as part of the libraries’ audio Podcast series.

Here’s the Wikipedia article on Hard Case Crime, including a complete list of their published novels | Official Hard Case Crime website

Here’s a link to all the Hard Case Crime novels in the Lincoln City Libraries’ collection!

Handout/Checklist for Hard Case Crime — distributed at the October 2016 Just Desserts meeting!


Charles H. Gere Branch LibraryGreat Books Reading and Discussion Group

The Great Books Reading and Discussion Group is not a class. It is open to everyone interested in talking about some of the classics of the written word. This group meets twice-monthly at the Gere Branch library. This year will feature Great Conversations 6, an anthology of fifteen classic and contemporary selections published by the Great Books Foundation. The libraries, at this time, do NOT have copies of this collection available. You can order a copy for $24.95 plus shipping; phone 1-800-222-5870 and ask for Great Conversations 6, directly from the Great Books Foundation. It is also available for order online at www.greatbooks.org.

For more information call Discussion leader Will Hass at (402-742-9819).

Unless otherwise noted, meetings are Thursday evenings, 6:00 to 7:45 PM, at Gere Branch Library.

The 2015-2016 Great Books Reading and Discussion Group season runs Fall to Spring; check out the list of readings/discussions below!  

Date Title Being Discussed
2015 MEETING DATES
Sep 10, 2015 Seneca: On Tranquility of Mind
Sep 24, 2015 Francis Bacon: The New Organon
Oct 8, 2015 John Locke: A Letter Concerning Toleration
Oct 22, 2015 Joshua Reynolds: Discourse Seven
Nov 12, 2015 Edward FitzGerald (trans)/Browning: The Rubbaiyat of Omar Khayyam/Rabbi Ben Ezra
Dec 10, 2015 George Eliot: The Lifted Veil
2016 MEETING DATES
Jan. 14, 2016 Mark Twain: The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg
Jan. 28, 2016 Friedrich Nietzsche: On the Advantage and Disadvantage of History for Life
Feb. 11, 2016 Jane Addams: The Devil Baby at Hull House
Feb. 25, 2016 H.G. Wells: The Man Who Could Work Miracles
Mar. 10, 2016 Thomas Mann: Mario and the Magician
Mar. 24, 2016 Katherine Mansfield: The Daughters of the Late Colonel
Apr. 14, 2016 Karel Capek: R.U.R.
Apr. 28, 2016 Mary McCarthy: My Confession
May 12, 2016 Deborah Eisenberg: Holy Week
May 26, 2016 (Make-up, if needed)

This Program is Co-sponsored by Lincoln City Libraries, Lincoln, Nebraska


National Book Clubs

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The Masterpiece Theatre Book and Film Club

[2002-2011]
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The Oprah Book Club
and The Oprah Book Club 2.0

[Complete historical list
1996-2002, 2003-2010, 2012-present]

realsimplebookclub The Real Simple Book Club
[Complete historical list 2008– ]

Plus these no-longer-active National Book Clubs:


nonlibdiscgroups

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Reading and Writing Nebraska, by Mel Krutz (for The Nebraska Center for the Book) is available for public use in the reference room at the Bennett Martin Public Library (14th & “N” St.), as well as the Heritage Room of Nebraska Authors. This newly-compiled 2004 volume lists over 60 additional book discussion groups in the Lincoln area, with address, telephone and e-mail contact information for each group. Many listings also give a description of the types of materials dicussed by each group, and their meeting frequency.If you’ve got a book group that’s open to the general public, free-of-charge, and you’d like to be included in our list of local Book Discussion Groups here, please visit our Book Groups Survey page and fill out a brief form giving us some information about your group.


Aldersgate Book Clubs

Where We Meet: Aldersgate United Methodist Church
8320 South St.
We meet in individual homes so contact us to obtain the address of our meeting place and what we are reading.
When We Meet: Monthly — The daytime group meets at 1:30 p.m. on the first Wednesday of the month. The evening group meets at 7:00 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month
Group Contact: Shirley Hanley, 402-464-7304; e-mail: aldersgatelinc@windstream.net
We Discuss: A mix of fiction and non-fiction.
Group Description: We enjoy discussing books that we can compare to our own experiences.
Other Notes: We usually read the One Book – One Lincoln nominees. We have also recently read Uncle Tom’s Cabin, The Lacuna, La’s Orchestra Saves the World, Ahab’s Wife and Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand.

Circle 4 Book Discussion Group

Where We Meet: First-Plymouth Congregational Church UCC
2000 “D” St.
When We Meet: Monthly — 11:30 a.m. — usually the third Tuesday, Calvert Parlor
Group Contact: Amy Tuttle, 435-5454
We Discuss: A mixture of Fiction and Non-Fiction. Some examples of past books we’ve read include: David Guterson’s Snow Falling on Cedars; Kent Haruf’s Plainsong; Marcus Borg’s Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time; and J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.
Group Description: Lively, open-minded women with an appreciation for interrelations among characters, and consequences of action, as demonstrated in good fiction.
Other Notes: Our 2005-2006 reading list: June 21, 2005 – Khaled Hosseini: The Kite Runner*; July 19 – Kent Haruf: Eventide; August 16 – Yann Martel: The Life of Pi*; September 20 – Tim O’Brien: The Things They Carried*; October 18 – Stephen King: The Green Mile*; November 15 – James Agee: A Death in the Family; December 13 – NOTE DATE – Karen Armstrong: The Spiral Staircase; January 17, 2006: – Marilynne Robinson: Gilead; 15 copies February 21 – Marly Swick: Evening News; March 21 – John Steinbeck: Tortilla Flat; April 18 – Barbara Kingsolver: Pigs in Heaven; May 16 – Willa Cather: My Antonia; June 20 – Chaim Potok: The Chosen.* One Book — One Lincoln semifinalist. We have already read Ted Kooser’s Local Wonders.

Indigo Bridge Books
Haymarket District — The Creamery Building     
701 “P” St. Suite #102
477-7770

Indigo Bridge Books, in the Creamery Building in the heart of Lincoln’s downtown Haymarket District, sponsors several regularly scheduled bookclubs, with specific themes. Most of these clubs focus on discussing a specific, pre-selected book at each meeting, as identified below. To see the specifics, including titles scheduled for upcoming discussions, please visit the Indigo Bridge Books Web site, and click on Book Clubs.
Graphic Novel Book Club
Wednesdays
7:00 P.M.
A book club for discussing Graphic Novels. Check the Indigo Bridge Books web site for specific dates and titles.
Upcoming Book Discussions: See schedule on the Indigo Bridge web site. Book titles not posted for individual meetings on that web site.
We Discuss: Past titles discussed include: The Losers by Andy Diggle; Kiss Ass by Mark Miller; Joker by Brian Azzarello; and Luther by Brian Azzarello, Like a Sniper Lining Up His Shot by Jean-Patrick Manchette; (Sept 28) Axe Cop by Malachai Nicolle; (Oct 12) Petrograd by Philip Gelatt; The Crow by James O’Barr; (Nov 9) The Three Paradoxes by Paul Hornschemeier.
The Lacy Lucys YA Book Club
Tuesdays at 4:00 p.m. The Lacy Lucys meet every Tuesday at 4. While the book selections are great for young adults they are also good for mature younger readers and older adults who like fantastic books. Books come predominantly from the YA section but you’ll also see straight fiction, fantasy and whatever looks best while the club picks out books.
Upcoming Book Discussions: See schedule on the Indigo Bridge web site. Book titles not posted for individual meetings on that web site.
LGBTQ Literature Book Club
First Saturdays of each month The LGBTQ Book Club meets monthly at 1 o’clock on the first Saturday. Meetings are usually an hour and a half, with the first hour dedicated to discussing the book. This is followed by a short break and then the final half hour is dedicated to choosing the next book to be read by universal vote. This is an open gathering of anyone who is interested in reading works by and about lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning persons.
Upcoming Book Discussions: See schedule on the Indigo Bridge web site. Book titles not posted for individual meetings on that web site.
Mystery FictionMystery Monday Book Club
2nd Mondays
7:30 P.M.
This mystery fiction discussion group — which formerly met at the now-defunct Lee Booksellers — meets on the second Monday evening of each month, starting at 7:30 p.m. For more information, contact Anne at 402-768-6162 or e-mail at cb40006(at)windstream.net Approximately 5-10 regular attendees.
Upcoming Book Discussions: See schedule on the Indigo Bridge web site. Book titles not posted for individual meetings on that web site.
We Discuss: Past titles discussed: (Apr 12) Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn; (May 10) Exposed by Alex Kava; (Jun 14) Grave Goods by Ariana Franklin; (Jul 12) Starvation Lake by Brian Gruley; and (Aug 9) The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson; and (Nov 8) Shanghai Moon by S.J. Rozan; (Jan 10) Flower Net by Lisa See; (Apr 11) Fourth Watcher by Timothy Hallinan; (May 9th) Still Life by Louise Penny; (Jun 13th) Snow Angels by James Thompson; (Jul 11th) Random Violence by Jassy Mackenzie; (Aug 9th) All of My Enemies by Barry Maitland, (Oct 10th) The Case of the Missing Servant by Tarquin Hall; (Nov 11th) Citizen Vince by Jess Walter.
Women’s Diabetes Support Group
Every other Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. The Women’s Diabetes Support Book Group is a community social support program, hosted by Amelia Montes, for women who are interested in a new dietary way to live. This is one part information and education based and one part support and shared experience based. You don’t have to be a woman living with diabetes to join this group, as its goal is to help create a better life balance for those with diabetes or those helping loved ones. Meetings are every other Wednesday beginning at 7 p.m. You don’t have to read a specific book to attend, discussion revolves around a variety of sources.
Upcoming Book Discussions: See schedule on the Indigo Bridge web site. Book titles not posted for individual meetings on that web site.

The Lincoln Book Club #1

Where We Meet: Join the group at Facebook.com for additional information (you must be logged into your Facebook account to view this page!)
When and Where We Meet: Monthly — 3:00 p.m. — the first Sunday of every month — at locations to be determined — check the Facebook page for the most up-to-date information — this group appears to have gone dormant
Group Contact: The organizers can be contacted at the Facebook group page or in the past could be reached by e-mail at LincolnNEBookClub@gmail.com
We Discuss: Upcoming titles for discussion: None listed currently — this group may have gone dormant.
Group Description: Formed via online meeting organization site Meetup.com in September 2009, then quickly migrated to Facebook in late 2009, and was meeting regularly through June of 2012, when the organizer left Lincoln — no meetings have been held since then. The Lincoln Book Club is open to anyone who’d like to join the group. Visit the site (via links above) for additional information.

Some examples of past books this group has read and discussed include: Verghese’s Cutting for Stone, Sayers’ Murder Must Advertise, Jarvis’ The Necklace, Fowles’ The Magus; Bauby’s The Diving Bell and the Butterfly; Shaffer’s The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society; Strout’s Olive Kitteridge; Dillard’s The Maytrees; Enger’s Peace Like a River; Allen’s Without Feathers; Russo’s Empire Falls; Sijie’s Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress; Onan’s A Prayer for the Dying; Murakami’s Kafka at the Shore; Diaz’s The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Stockett’s The Help, Doctorow’s The March, Munro’s Too Much Happiness, Winspear’s Maisie Dobbs and Young’s The Shack.

The Lincoln Book Club #2 (age 20s and 30s)

Where We Meet: Join the group at Meetup.com for additional information
When and Where We Meet: Once a Month — Time and Date vary — generally meet at group members’ homes — check the Meetup.com page for the most up-to-date information
Group Contact: The organizers can be contacted at the Meetup.com group page
We Discuss: Upcoming titles for discussion: ???
Group Description: Formed via online meeting organization site Meetup.com in May 2012, The Lincoln Book Club describes themselves as “A gathering for people between 20 and 39 who love to read. We’re currently working out day and time details, so more to come! Ladies and gents of all sorts are welcome.” The group has also met socially for movie outings, often for movies based on works of literature. Visit the site (via link above) for additional information.

Some examples of past books this group has read and discussed include: Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl (February 2013), Lois Lowry’s Gathering Blue (January 2013), Deborah Harkness’ A Discovery of Witches (December 2012), Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus (November 2012), Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower (October 2012), Milan Kundera’s The Unbearable Lightness of Being (September 2012), Laurie R. King’s The Beekeeper’s Apprentice (August 2012), E.L. James’ Fifty Shades of Grey (May 2012).

Lincoln Mom’s Book Club

When and Where We Meet: Monthly — times, dates and locations seem to vary — check the group’s Meetup.com page for the most up-to-date information
Group Contact: This group’s organizer is Jennifer, and she can be reached through her Meetup.com profile page.
We Discuss: Upcoming titles for discussion: ???
Group Description: Formed via online meeting organization site Meetup.com in May 2009, Lincoln Mom’s started a book group as part of their activities in September 2011. Visit the site (via links above) for additional information.

Some examples of past books this group has read and discussed include: Austen’s Emma, Grisham’s Skipping Christmas, Verghese’s Cutting for Stone, and See’s Shanghai Girls.

Something Different

When and Where We Meet: Monthly — We meet the first Thursday of every month, at 9:30 a.m. at the 52nd & “O” St. Barnes & Noble.
Group Contact: This group’s organizer is Phyllis, and she can be reached by phone at 402-483-2601 or by e-mail.
We Discuss: Upcoming titles for discussion:The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce, with “companion books” The Round House by Louise Erdrich and The Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian (October); American Heiress by Daisy Goodwin (November).
Group Description: We’re a book club that believes in reading “Something Different” for every monthly meeting. Over the past 12 years, we’ve read fiction, non-fiction, autobiographies, mysteries, historical fiction, current best sellers – basically, anything that interests us. One of our recent additions has been the selection of a “companion” book for the monthly choice. This book is roughly connected to the main selection, either to add insight to the topic under discussion; or an understanding of the historical time period; or an additional glimpse of the subject matter.

For the complete, extensive, list of what this group has read and discussed, dating back to 2002, check out their official web site.

Star Base Andromeda: Lincoln’s Science Fiction Club

When and Where We Meet: Science Fiction discussed on this dateOur regular weekly meetings are at The Coffee House (1326 “P” St.), Tuesdays from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.. Approximately once every 5 to 6 weeks, we have a Book Discussion meeting at a different location — the Downtown UNL Student Union (14th & “R” St. – near food court), or The Coffee House (1346 “P” St.) or The Learning Commons at UNL’s Love Library (14th & “R” St.)
See Star Base Andromeda’s Book Discussions page for current schedule and title information
Group Contact: Scott Clark, 325-0246
We Discuss: Upcoming Titles for Discussion: Aug 2016: Planetfall by Emma Newman; Sep 2016: Shockwave Rider by John Brunner.

We exclusively discuss Science Fiction and Fantasy literature, with occasional dips into Horror. We alternate between established “classics” of these genres (pre-1980), and works by prominent contemporary authors (1980s to the present).

Group Description: This general-interest Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror club meets weekly Tuesday night meetings, and occasional Sunday afternoon events. We have a Book Discussion night approximately every six weeks. Membership in the club is not necessary to participate in Book Discussions, and guests are always welcome.

Books we’ve recently discussed in recent years include: Mary Gentle’s Rats and Gargoyles, Andre Norton’s The Crossroads of Time, Clive Barker’s The Thief of Always, H. Beam Piper’s Little Fuzzy, Joe Haldeman’s The Forever War, Neal Stephenson’s Snow Crash, David Gerrold’s The Man Who Folded Himself, Jane Yolen’s collection Sister Emily’s Lightship and Other Stories, Leigh Brackett’s classic The Long Tomorrow, the anthology Beyond Singularity, Fritz Leiber’s The Big Time, Kage Baker’s In the Garden of Iden, Philip K. Dick’s Eye in the Sky, Elizabeth Moon’s Nebula-winning The Speed of Dark, Jack Williamson’s The Humanoids, Charles Stross’ Accelerando, Theodore Sturgeon’s More Than Human, John Ringo’s There Will Be Dragons, The Worm Ouroboros by E.R. Eddison, “Farewell to the Master” by Harry Bates (the story which became the film The Day the Earth Stood Still), Brown Girl in the Ring by Nalo Hopkinson, Her Smoke Rose Up Forever by James Tiptree Jr. (Alice Sheldon), Fledgling by Octavia Butler, Rogue Moon by Algis Budrys, Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, Watership Down by Richard Adams, Paul of Dune by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson, The Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut, Hunter’s Run by George R.R. Martin, Gardner Dozois and Daniel Abraham, Minority Report by Philip K. Dick, Dying Inside by Robert Silverberg, Little Brother by Cory Doctorow, Voyage of the Space Beagle by A.E. van Vogt, Undertow by Elizabeth Bear, What Mad Universe by Fredric Brown, Declare by Tim Powers, The Best of Cordwainer Smith by Cordwainer Smith, The Yiddish Policemen’s Union by Michael Chabon, The Space Merchants by Frederik Pohl and C.M. Kornbluth, Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman, Time and Again by Jack Finney, The Practice Effect by David Brin, Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, World War Z by Max Brooks, Babel-17 by Samuel R. Delany, The Dervish House by Ian McDonald, Roadside Picnic by Boris and Arkady Strugatsky, Timescape by Gregory Benford, The Skylark of Space by E.E. “Doc” Smith, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller, Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams, To Your Scattered Bodies Go by Philip Jose Farmer, A Shadow in Summer by Daniel Abraham, A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Kirinyaga by Mike Resnick, Deathbird Stories by Harlan Ellison, Player of Games by Iain M. Banks, Non-Stop by Brian Aldiss, The Bookman by Lavie Tidhar, The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury, The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper and Among Others by Jo Walton.A Case of Conscience by James Blish; The Quantum Thief by Hannu Rajaniemi; The Mote in God’s Eye by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle; Downbelow Station by C.J. Cherryh; The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle; Spin by Robert Charles Wilson; 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne; Redshirts by John Scalzi; Brave New World by Aldous Huxley; The Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Volume One: 1929-1964 edited by Robert Silverberg (Dec 2013 – our 100th book discussion!), The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson, The Ship Who Sang by Anne McCaffre; After the Golden Age by Carrie Vaughn (Apr); Bug Jack Barron by Norman Spinrad; Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro; 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke; Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie; Year of the Quiet Sun by Wilson “Bob” Tucker; “The Magicians” by Lev Grossman; “The Moon is a Harsh Mistress” by Robert A. Heinlein; “Beaker’s Dozen” by Nancy Kress; “The Hobbit” by J.R.R. Tolkien; “The Sparrow” by Mary Doria Russell; “The Man in the High Castle” by Philip K. Dick; “Mort” by Terry Pratchett; “First Men in the Moon” by H.G. Wells; “The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August” by Claire North; “Make Room, Make Room” by Harry Harrison; “House of Leaves” by Mark Danielewski; “Wild Seed” by Octavia Butler; “Fly by Night” by Frances Hardinge; “The Chrysalids” by John Wyndham; “The Dog Said Bow-Wow” by Michael Swanwick; “Lest Darkness Fall” by L. Sprague de Camp; “The Three-Body Problem” by Cixin Liu; “Lord of Light” by Roger Zelazny.

Other Notes: Our format is that everyone participating in the discussion should have read the pre-selected book before the meeting. We try to have at least 3 to 4 books selected in advance. Please see Star Base Andromeda Web site for the current reading/discussion schedule, or our Book Discussions page for information about our past, present and upcoming selections. Approximately 5-10 regular attendees.

Third Tuesday Mystery Book Club

Where We Meet: Braeda Fresh Express Cafe
4901 “O” St.
When We Meet: 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.. the 3rd Tuesday of every month.
Group Contact: Check out this group’s Facebook Page for additional updated information! (You do not need to log into a Facebook account to connect to the group’s page!)
We Discuss: Upcoming titles for discussion includeAug 2016: Murder Most Malicious by Alyssa Maxwell; Sep 2016: Under Tower Peak by Bart Paul; Oct 2016: Language of the Dead by Stephen Kelly; Nov 2016: Lethal Investments by K.O. Dahl; Dec 2016: Bones of Contention by Jeanne Matthews; Jan 2017: Dinosaur Feather by Sissel-Jo Gazan; and Feb 2017: Murder is a Fine Art by David Morrell.
Group Description: This group of mystery fans, which formerly met at Lee Booksellers, has continued since the demise of that Lincoln bookstore, enjoying mysteries and thrillers each month at the Braeda Fresh Express Cafe at 49th & “O” St.

Some of our past books for discussion: October: A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick; November: The Killing Way by Tony Hays; December: The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters; January 2011: In the Shadow of Gotham by Stefanie Pintoff; February 2011: The Calling by Inger Ash Wolfe; March 2011: A Small Death in the Great Glen by A.D. Scott; April 2011: The Murdered House by Pierre Mangan; May 17: The Sixth Lamentation by William Brodrick; Jun 21: Crazy Eights by Elizabeth Gunn; July 19: The Case of the Missing Servant by Tarquin Hall; Aug 16: The Eye of Jade by Diane Wei Ling. Oct 2011: Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin; Dec 2011: Field of Blood by Denise Mina; Jan 2012: Jacquot and the Waterman by Martin O’Brien; Feb 2012: Hunting Ivory by Suzanne Arruda; [March through July 2012 information not available.]; Aug 2012: A Trust Betrayed by Candace Robb; Sep 2012: Jade Lady Burning by Martin Limon; Oct 2012: Keeper of Lost Causes by Jussi Adler-Olsen.; Nov 2012: The Holy Thief by William Ryan; Dec 2012: Shoofly Pie by Tim Downs; Jan 2013: The Illusion of Murder by Carol McCleary; Feb 2013: Portello by Ruth Rendell; Mar 2013: The Bookseller by Mark Pryor; Apr 2013: The Instruments of Death by Imogen Robertson; May 2013: The Lock Artist by Steve Hamilton;Jun 2013: Killed at the Whim of a Hat by Colin Cotterill. Sep 2013: The Hynpotist by Lars Kepler; Oct 2013: Detective Inspector Huss by Helene Tursten; Nov 2013: Expats by Chris Pavone; Dec 2013: Death of a Red Heroine by Xiaulong Qui; Mar 2014: The Damage Done by Hilary Davidson; Apr 2014: Live by Night by Dennis Lehane; May 2014: Unpardonable Crime by Andrew Taylor; Jun 2014: Snow White Must Die by Nele Neuhaus; Jul 2014: The Midwife’s Tale by Sam Thomas; Aug 2014: Pot Thief Who Studied Pythagoras by Michael Orenduft; Sep 2014: Raggedy Man by Clyde Curley; Oct 2014: Under a Silent Moon by Elizabeth Haynes; Nov 2014: The Yard by Alex Grecian; Dec 2014: Norwegian by Night by Derek B. Miller; Jan 2015: A Murder at Rosemunde’s Gate by Susanna Calkins. Aug 2016: The Redbreast by Jo Nesbo; Sep 2016: Messenger of Anthens by Anne Zouroudi.

Thursday Afternoon Book Group

Where We Meet: St. Mark’s United Methodist Church
8550 Pioneers Blvd., Lincoln, NE 68520 – Lower Fellowship Hall
When We Meet: 1:15 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month
(year-round)
Group Contact: Dennis Hanneman, e-mail form at: http://www.stmarks.org/litesite.cfm?page_content=pe_include.cfm&pid=9byy14h1d2216ht792d&q=m&content=smallgroup
We Discuss: A mixture of fiction and non-fiction
Group Description: Thursday Afternoon Book Group picks a new book each month to read and discuss.
Other Notes: Titles are selected in advance for an entire year. Here are the 2016 selections: January 7: Gray Mountain by John Grisham; February 4: The Promise of a Pencil by Adam Braun; March 3: Death Zones & Darling Spies by Beverly D. Keever (a One Book One Nebraska selection); April 7: Wish You Well by David Baldacci; May 5: Being Mortal by Atul Gawande (later announced as the One Book – One Lincoln selection); June 2: House Divided by Mike Lawson; July 7: The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown; August 4: Tamarack County by William Kent Krueger; September 1: Code Talker by Joseph Bruchac; October 6: At the Water’s Edge by Sarah Gruen; November 3: (unknown); December 1: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.

Wednesday Morning Book Discussion Group

Where We Meet: St. Paul United Methodist Church
1144 “M” St. – Room 155/157
When We Meet: 10:00 A.M. the 4th Wednesday of each month
(August through May, excluding December)
Group Contact: Judy Jensen, 420-6370 or jensenjkay(at)yahoo.com
We Discuss: We read and discuss group selected fiction, non-fiction, biographies, a classic, a title authored by a Nebraskan and the One Book – One Lincoln titles. We strive to experience literature that will expand our horizons in learning about others in order that we can make a difference perhaps in our little corner of the world. Many of the titles we read can be found in the church’s library.
Group Description: We are a very enthusiastic small group, who love reading and discussing books with each other. Although we are sponsored by the church, we do not read only religious books (in fact very few) and our membership is not limited to church members. In fact, several are not, and I’m sure anyone would feel comfortable there.
Other Notes: Members select books for the upcoming year at a Spring meeting. Members come with lists of books they’re interested in, and the group selects from among those. Coffee and cookies are served at each meeting, and a little social and get acquainted time is allowed.