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Book Groups

bookgroupslogo2— Book Club in a Bag!
BooksTalk at Bethany Branch
— BooksTalk at Gere Branch
— Just Desserts Mystery Discussion Group
Let’s Get Books Together – An LGBTQ Book Group (on hiatus)
The Nebraska Heritage Book Club
“Great Books Reading and Discussion Group”
National Book Clubs (Oprah, Reese’s Book Club, 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!

mysicon — Mysteries discussed  romicon — Romance fiction discussed  sficon — Science Fiction discussed  westicon — Western fiction discussed
  [ BOOKLIST ] — Online Booklist Available, as either a web page or PDF!  [ PODCAST ] — 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 the current year’s One Book – One Lincoln finalists , in a special 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 an annual basis.

Subscribe to the monthly Book Club Choices Booklist Newsletter, via the form below, to receive excellent reading suggestions for book groups in your e-mail each month.

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Bethany Branch LibraryBethany BooksTalks
Bethany Branch
1810 North Cotner Blvd.

Bethany BooksTalks welcomes everyone for a morning of good books. Since 2001, 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 15-20 regular attendees.

Would you like to receive updates about the Bethany and Gere BooksTalk groups in your e-mail, such as announcements 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!

PLEASE NOTE: During the Fall/Winter 2020 and Winter/Spring 2021 sessions, due to the ongoing public safety procedures that the libraries have in place, the Bethany BooksTalks and Gere BooksTalks groups were combined into a single weekly meeting online, using Zoom meeting software. Weekly in-person book group meetings at Bethany Branch have returned, as of June 2021, with simultaneous Zoom options discontinued in July 2021.

Date Program Description
June 4, 2021
Book Share Day — no presenter.
June 11, 2021
Book Share Day — no presenter.
June 18, 2021
Book Share Day — no presenter. [ BOOKLIST ]
June 25, 2021
Book Share Day — no presenter. [ BOOKLIST ]
July 2, 2021
Book Share Day — no presenter.
July 9, 2021
Book Share Day — no presenter. [ BOOKLIST ]
July 16, 2021
Book Share Day — no presenter. [ BOOKLIST ]
July 23, 2021
Book Share Day — no presenter. [ BOOKLIST ]
July 30, 2021
Book Share Day — no presenter.
August 6, 2021
Book Share Day — no presenter.
August 13, 2021
Book Share Day — no presenter.
August 20, 2021
Book Share Day — no presenter.
August 27, 2021
Book Share Day — no presenter.

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

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

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 8-15 regular attendees.

Would you like to receive updates about the Gere and Bethany BooksTalk groups in your e-mail, such as announcements 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!

PLEASE NOTE: During the Fall/Winter 2020 and Winter/Spring 2021 sessions, due to the ongoing public safety procedures that the libraries have in place, the Bethany BooksTalks and Gere BooksTalks groups have been combined into a single weekly meeting online, using Zoom meeting software. Please see the Lincoln City Libraries BooksTalks on Zoom schedule above. We hope to return to having weekly book group meetings at Gere Branch in the near future, now that public safety concerns have reduced.

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

Bennett Martin Public LibraryJust Desserts
Bennett Martin Public Library
136 S. 14th St. (4th Floor Auditorium)
441-8530 (Public Service Desk at Bennett Martin Public Library downtown)

The Just Desserts discussion group, focusing exclusively on Mystery Fiction, meets monthly at the Bennett Martin Public Library, downtown. This group meets the last Thursday evening of each month, January through October, 6:45 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.

A specific mystery novel (or author) 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, bars, 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!

mysiconThursday, July 29, 2021 — 6:30-7:45 p.m. <<<<< Our Next Discussion!!

In July, Just Desserts members will be reading and discussing a novel by an author we’ve never discussed before. Ruth Ware is a psychological suspense author who has achieved quite a lot of buzz over the past few years. She has, thus far, written only stand-alone novels, and for the purposes of our group discussion, we’ll be tackling her latest, One by One, a modern high-tech take on Agatha Christie’s “And Then There Were None” trope, which made many “Best Mysteries of 2020” lists at the end of last year.

Here’s the plot description of One by One from the jacket blurb:

Getting snowed in at a luxurious, rustic ski chalet high in the French Alps doesn’t sound like the worst problem in the world. Especially when there’s a breathtaking vista, a full-service chef and housekeeper, a cozy fire to keep you warm, and others to keep you company. Unless that company happens to be eight coworkers…each with something to gain, something to lose, and something to hide.

When the cofounder of Snoop, a trendy London-based tech startup, organizes a weeklong trip for the team in the French Alps, it starts out as a corporate retreat like any other: PowerPoint presentations and strategy sessions broken up by mandatory bonding on the slopes. But as soon as one shareholder upends the agenda by pushing a lucrative but contentious buyout offer, tensions simmer and loyalties are tested. The storm brewing inside the chalet is no match for the one outside, however, and a devastating avalanche leaves the group cut off from all access to the outside world. Even worse, one Snooper hadn’t made it back from the slopes when the avalanche hit.

As each hour passes without any sign of rescue, panic mounts, the chalet grows colder, and the group dwindles further…one by one.

This link goes to the Ruth Ware page on, where you can link to the plot descriptions of each her books.

This link goes to the One by One page on the official Ruth Ware website.

One by One is available in the following formats: Regular Print | Book-on-CD | E-book | Downloadable Audio

mysiconThursday, August 26, 2021 — 6:30-7:45 p.m.

In August, the Just Desserts group will be taking on a stand-alone psychological suspense novel by a chameleonic author best known for his mainstream “general fiction”, Chris Bohjalian. In fact, one or two of his novels in the past have even been considered for our One Book – One Lincoln reading project. His latest novel, The Red Lotus, is a dark, suspenseful novel, which also made many “Best Mysteries of 2020” lists at the end of last year.

Here’s the plot description of The Red Lotus from the jacket blurb:

“From the New York Times bestselling author of The Flight Attendant comes a twisting story of love and deceit: an American man vanishes on a rural road in Vietnam, and his girlfriend follows a path that leads her home to the very hospital where they met.

Alexis and Austin don’t have a typical “meet cute”—their first encounter involves Alexis, an emergency room doctor, suturing a bullet wound in Austin’s arm. Six months later, they’re on a romantic getaway in Vietnam: a bike tour on which Austin can show Alexis his passion for cycling, and can pay his respects to the place where his father and uncle fought in the war. But then Austin fails to return from a solo ride. Alexis’s boyfriend has vanished, the only clue left behind a bright yellow energy gel dropped on the road.

As Alexis grapples with this bewildering loss, she starts to uncover a series of strange lies that force her to wonder: Where did Austin go? Why did he really bring her to Vietnam? And how much danger has he left her in? Set amidst the adrenaline-fueled world of the emergency room, The Red Lotus is a global thriller about those who dedicate their lives to saving people — and those who peddle death to the highest bidder.

This link goes to the Chris Bohjalian page on, where you can link to the plot descriptions of each book in his various series.

This link goes to the Red Lotus page on the official Chris Bohjalian website.

The Red Lotus is available in the following formats: Regular Print (15) | Large Type (4) | Book-on-CD (5) | E-book (3) | Downloadable Audio (2)
Note: The libraries own several copies of The Red Lotus  in the above formats. However as this is still a relatively new title and as of February 2021 there are only 19 physical copies, you may wish to place a reserve on this title in advance. This title link will take you to all formats available from the libraries.

mysiconThursday, September 30, 2021 — 6:30-7:45 p.m.

For our September 2021 meeting, the Just Desserts group will be reading various different volumes in a long-running historical mystery series, featuring midwife Sarah Brandt and NYC detective Frank Malloy. The libraries own all twenty-four volumes (so far) in the “Gaslight Mystery” series, written by Victoria Thompson, set in the late 1800s/early 1900s in New York City. Copies of most titles are available in both print and electronic formats, although the libraries own limited numbers of physical copies of each book — anywhere from 1 to 8 (fewer than 5 of most).

So…anyone wishing to participate in the September meeting is encouraged to read ANY one or more of Thompson’s “Gaslight Mystery” novels, and the group will discuss the overall series in broad general terms at our meeting, with everyone given an opportunity to say which book they read and what their opinion about it was.

The graphic at left includes four random entries from the series — feel free to read ANY novel in the series.

Check out this handout describing the entire Gaslight Mystery series (up to 2021), prepared for Just Desserts.

mysiconThursday, October 28, 2021 — 6:30-7:45 p.m. on Zoom!

As we have traditionally done, for several years, our October meeting will be our once-a-year opportunity to look back at a classic mystery/suspense/thriller writer. For October 2021, the Just Desserts group will examine the Easy Rawlins series by mystery writer Walter Mosley. Mosley’s first published novel was Devil in a Blue Dress in 1990 (the first Easy Rawlins novel), and the author has gone on to have over 55 novels published — both stand-alones and also entries in 5 different series. But it was the Easy Rawlins series that first launched him to fame, and after 15 volumes, it’s the series he’s still, perhaps, best known for. The Easy Rawlins series continues to this date, with the most recent entry, Blood Grove, released in February 2021.

The 15 volumes in the Easy Rawlins series are:

Anyone wishing to participate in our October Just Dessert discussion should read ANY one or more of the 15 Easy Rawlins novels listed above. The libraries have between 1 and 9 copies of each novel in the series; only Little Scarlet and later are available in any formats other that standard print. Each participant will be given a chance, “round robin”-style, to talk about whichever title(s) they selected and read. After this first “Round Robin” about Walter Mosley Easy Rawlins novels, we’ll hold our traditional monthly “Round Robin”, in which everyone can describe whatever else they’ve been reading lately.

This link goes to the Walter Mosley page on, where you can link to the plot descriptions of each book in his various series, especially the Easy Rawlins series.

This link goes to the books page on the official Walter Mosley website.

Easy Rawlins series handout for Just Desserts members [ coming soon ]

Bennett Martin Public LibraryLet’s Get Books Together!
Bennett Martin Public Library
136 S. 14th St. (2nd floor – NE corner by the elevator)
441-8530 (Customer Service Desk at Bennett Martin Public Library downtown)

The Bennett Martin Public Library is pleased to be the new official meeting spot for Let’s Get Books Together: A LGBTQ+ Book Club!

The group will meet the second Wednesday evening of every month, 6:30 p.m. – 7:45 p.m., in the 4th floor auditorium, for the discussion of books with themes relevant to the LGBTQ+ community in Nebraska. In addition to book discussion and socializing, the group will also serve as a source of support and safety for all members. A specific novel, story collection or non-fiction title is selected in advance for discussion during each meeting, although general discussion about LGBTQ+ literature may follow the discussion of the selected title.

LGBT Book Club is welcoming of all age groups, and any member of the public who can respect the safe space we are trying to create for our local LGBTQ community.

Visit the archive of past Let’s Get Books Together! selections.



The Nebraska Heritage Book Club
Jane Pope Geske Heritage Room of Nebraska Authors
Bennett Martin Public Library (3rd floor)

136 S. 14th St.
441-8516 (Heritage Room phone #)

The Heritage Room of Nebraska Authors at Bennett Martin Public Library is pleased to be the new official meeting spot for The Nebraska Heritage Book Club (formerly The Nebraska History Book Club)!

For several years, this group met at the Nebraska History Museum (15th & “P”). This group was formed to discuss books about Nebraska history, highlighting the books on the booklist. Everyone is welcome. Come when you can!

This group has now relocated their monthly meetings to the Jane Pope Geske Heritage Room of Nebraska Authors, on the 3rd floor of the downtown library. The group meets on the 4th Friday of every month, from Noon to 1:00 p.m., for the discussion of books by Nebraska authors or with a Nebraska history theme. A specific novel, story collection or non-fiction title is selected in advance for discussion during each meeting.

Some Examples of Past Discussions: February 25 2017: Black Elk Speaks by John G. Neihardt; March 24 2017: Sharpie: The Life of Evelyn Sharp – Nebraska’s Aviatrix by Diane Bartels; April 21 2017: Hector’s Bliss by Dennis Vossberg (3rd Friday); May 26 2017: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell. September 29 2017: The Bones of Paradise by Jonis Agee (5th Friday); October 27 2017: Bloody Mary, Gentle Woman by Frances G. Reinehr; November 17 2017: The Christmas of the Phonograph Record by Mari Sandoz (3rd Friday — We will do a choral reading of the book); January 26 2018: Book TBD; February 23 2018: Have You Seen Mary? by Jeff Kurrus or another book about Sandhills Cranes.

Visit the archive of past Nebraska Heritage Book Club selections.

Friday, June 25 2021 — Noon-1:00 p.m. <<<<< Our Next Discussion!!

The title for discussion at the May meeting is Mari Sandoz’ Crazy Horse: The Strange Man of the Oglalas.

Here’s the description from our catalog:

“Crazy Horse, the legendary military leader of the Oglala Sioux whose personal power and social nonconformity contributed to his reputation as being “strange,” fought in many famous battles, including the Little Bighorn, and held out tirelessly against the U.S. government’s efforts to confine the Lakotas to reservations. Finally, in the spring of 1877 he surrendered, only to meet a violent death. More than a century later Crazy Horse continues to hold a special place in the hearts and minds of his people. Mari Sandoz offers a powerful evocation of the long-ago world and enduring spirit of Crazy Horse.”

Friday, July 23 2021 — Noon-1:00 p.m.

The title for discussion at the July meeting is Ann Patchett’s The Magician’s Assistant. Discussion lead by Georgean McReynolds.

Here’s the description from our catalog:

“A secretive magician’s death becomes the catalyst for his partner’s journey self-discovery in this “enchanting” book (San Francisco Chronicle)“that is something of a magic trick in itself” (Newsweek).
When Parsifal, a handsome and charming magician, dies suddenly, his widow Sabine–who was also his faithful assistant for twenty years–learns that the family he claimed to have lost in a tragic accident is very much alive and well. Sabine is left to unravel his secrets, and the journey she takes, from sunny Los Angeles to the bitter windswept plains of Nebraska, will work its own magic on her. Sabine’s extraordinary tale, “with its big dreams, vast spaces, and disparate realities lying side by side” captures the hearts of its readers and “proves to be the perfect place for miraculous transformations” (The New Yorker). “

Friday, August 27 2021 — Noon-1:00 p.m.

The title for discussion at the August meeting is James J. Kimball’s Prairie Forge: The Extraordinary Story of the Nebraska Scrap Metal Drive of World War II. Discussion lead by Georgean McReynolds.

Here’s the description from our catalog:

“In the wake of Pearl Harbor, President Roosevelt called for the largest arms buildup in our nation’s history. A shortage of steel, however, quickly slowed the program’s momentum, and arms production fell dangerously behind schedule. The country needed scrap metal. Henry Doorly, publisher of the Omaha World-Herald, had the solution. Prairie Forge tells the story of the great Nebraska scrap drive of 1942–a campaign that swept the nation and yielded five million tons of scrap metal, literally salvaging the war effort itself.

James J. Kimble chronicles Doorly’s conception of a fierce competition pitting county against county, business against business, and, in schools across the state, class against class–inspiring Nebraskans to gather 67,000 tons of scrap metal in only three weeks. This astounding feat provided the template for a national drive. A tale of plowshares turned into arms, Prairie Forge gives the first full account of how home became home front for so many civilians.”

Friday, September 24 2021 — Noon-1:00 p.m.

The title for discussion at the September meeting is Willa Cather’s O, Pioneers!

Here’s the description from our catalog:

“The first of Cather’s renowned prairie novels, O Pioneers! established a new voice in American literature-turning the stories of ordinary Midwesterners and immigrants into authentic literary characters.

O Pioneers! was Willa Cather’s first great novel, and to many it remains her unchallenged masterpiece. No other work of fiction so faithfully conveys both the sharp physical realities and the mythic sweep of the transformation of the American frontier-and the transformation of the people who settled it. Cather’s heroine is Alexandra Bergson, who arrives on the wind-blasted prairie of Hanover, Nebraska, as a girl and grows up to make it a prosperous farm. But this archetypal success story is darkened by loss, and Alexandra’s devotion to the land may come at the cost of love itself.

At once a sophisticated pastoral and a prototype for later feminist novels, O Pioneers! is a work in which triumph is inextricably enmeshed with tragedy, a story of people who do not claim a land so much as they submit to it and, in the process, become greater than they were.”

Friday, October 22 2021 — Noon-1:00 p.m.

The title for discussion at the October meeting is L. Robert Puschendorf’s Nebraska Post Office Murals: Born of the Depression, Fostered by the New Deal.

Here’s the description from our catalog:

“As a part of the New Deal that offered hope during the Great Depression, scores of public art projects were commissioned around the country. Now they are among the most enduring visual legacies of that era. Twelve Nebraska post offices were chosen to receive individualized murals from the program. Nebraska’s Post Office Murals presents the story of these valuable historical pieces.

Richly illustrated with color fold-outs and never-before-published artists’ sketches, the book reveals the personalities, conflicts, and spirit of the times from which the art emerged. Each of the artists commissioned to paint the murals had a background story. Author Robert Puschendorf, NSHS associate director and the deputy state historic preservation officer, follows the journey of each mural to its completion.”

Friday, November 19 2021 — Noon-1:00 p.m. (one week early so as to not conflict with Thanksgiving Holiday)

The title for discussion at the November meeting is William Kloefkorn’s The Coldest Christmas, or How Do You Start a Reindeer? And Nine Other Yuletide Stories.

Here’s a blurb from the back of this 1993 book:

“William Kloefkorn is a poet who approves of children. So each year he writes a Christmas story, one calculated to entertain the young — most especially those who aren’t. When he isn’t tinkering with a story of a poem, he teaches classes at Nebraska Wesleyan in Lincoln. He is married to Eloise. They have four children — Terry Lynn, John Charles, Tracy Ann, and Robert Karl — and eight grandchildren: Michelle, William, Anna, Kylie, Jamie, Nicole, Nate and Alyssa.” (this book compiles 10 of Kloefkorn’s children’s Christmas stories)

Friday, January 28 2022 — Noon-1:00 p.m.

The title for discussion at the January meeting is Melanie Benjamin’s The Children’s Blizzard. Joyce Vanier will lead the discussion.

Here’s the description from our catalog:

“The morning of January 12, 1888, was unusually mild, following a punishing cold spell. It was warm enough for the homesteaders of the Dakota territory to venture out again, and for their children to return to school without their heavy coats-leaving them unprepared when disaster struck. At just the hour when most prairie schools were letting out for the day, a terrifying, fast-moving blizzard blew in without warning. Schoolteachers as young as sixteen were suddenly faced with life and death decisions- keep the children inside, to risk freezing to death when fuel ran out, or send them home, praying they wouldn’t get lost in the storm?

Based on actual oral histories of survivors, The Children’s Blizzard follows the stories of Raina and Gerda Olsen, two sisters, both schoolteachers-one who becomes a hero of the storm, and one who finds herself ostracized in the aftermath. It’s also the story of Anette Pedersen, a servant girl whose miraculous survival serves as a turning point in her life and touches the heart of Gavin Woodson, a newspaperman seeking redemption. It was Woodson and others like him who wrote the embellished news stories that lured Northern European immigrants across the sea to settle a pitiless land. Boosters needed them to settle territories into states, and they didn’t care what lies they told these families to get them there-or whose land it originally was. At its heart, this is a story of courage, of children forced to grow up too soon, tied to the land because of their parents’ choices. It is a story of love taking root in the hard prairie ground, and of families being torn asunder by a ferocious storm that is little remembered today-because so many of its victims were immigrants to this country.”

Friday, February 25 2022 — Noon-1:00 p.m.

The title for discussion at the February meeting is Jay Brady’s Do You Remember? Roger Lempke will lead the discussion.

Here’s the description from the introduction to this 1999 book:

The book Do You Remember?, contains a collection of Jay Brady’s columns, in which each is a journey back in time to post-World War II, as seen through the eyes of a young boy and teenager growing up in rural Nebraska. Jay’s down-home sense of humor, his broad knowledge of sports and music, and his uncanny, though sometimes controversial, memory of people, places and events will take you down memory lane. Combining facts and humor, Do You Remember? lives up to its name, as each column brings out a memory of the way life was in the mid-nineteen hundreds. Jay Brady’s column originally appeared in the Ainsworth Star Journal, the Grand Island Independent, and both the Nebraska and Colorado Fenceposts magazines.

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 St. Paul United Methodist Church, 1144 “M” St. in downtown Lincoln. Unless otherwise noted, meetings are the second and fourth Thursday evenings, each month, 6:30 to 8:00 PM.

For more information call Discussion Leader Will Hass at (402-742-9819) or email: wilhass(at)

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

Date Title Being Discussed
Sep 13, 2018 Blazac: La Grande Breteche
Sep 27, 2018 Hwang: The Old Gentleman
Oct 11, 2018 Shepard: Krakatau
Oct 25, 2018 Weldon: Weekend
Nov 8, 2018 Cheever: Torch Song
Dec 13, 2018 Gordimer: My First Two Women
Jan. 10, 2019 Fitzgerald: Babylon Revisited
Jan. 24, 2019 Parker: The Custard Heart
Feb. 7, 2019 Maugham: A Woman of Fifty
Feb. 21, 2019 Tremain: My Wife is a White Russian
Mar. 14, 2019 Calvino: Theft in a Pastry Shop
Mar. 28, 2019 Lurie: Fat People
Apr. 11, 2019 Huxley: Nuns at Luncheon
Apr. 25, 2019 Houston: Cowboys Are My Weakness
May 9, 2019 (Make-up, if needed)

National Book Clubs


The Oprah Book Club
and The Oprah Book Club 2.0

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


Reese’s Book Club at Hello Sunshine

Plus these no-longer-active National Book Clubs:


readandwritenebReading and Writing Nebraska [R 028.9 Kru], 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 Club

Where We Meet: Aldersgate United Methodist Church
8320 South St.
We meet in individual homes and/or the church’s Fellowship Hall, so contact us to obtain the address of our meeting place and what we are reading. Due to COVID-19 distancing requirements, the Aldersgate Book Club has been meeting on Zoom. Contact the group (see below) to inquire about joining them!
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: Contact the church office to learn more about what we’re reading, 402-489-1510; [e-mail inquiry form] e-mail:  [website]
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 by Harriet Beecher Stowe, The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver, La’s Orchestra Saves the World by Alexander McCall-Smith, Ahab’s Wife by Sena Jeter Naslund and Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson.

Boisterous Women, Wine & Books – Lincoln Chapter

When and Where We Meet: Monthly — times, dates and locations seem to vary — check the group’s page for the most up-to-date information
Group Contact: This group’s organizer is Nia M. The group is public.
We Discuss: Upcoming titles for discussion:
Group Description:

Formed via online meeting organization site in December of 2019. Here is a book club for women in Lincoln and Omaha, Nebraska and pretty much as far as you are willing to drive to Lincoln! We are a group of friendly and boisterous women who love reading all types of books, having fun, and drinking an assortment of beverages. If you’re in the area and looking to meet new women, make friends, talk about the newest authors you’ve found, etc. then check us out. We read a combination of books including Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy and Science Fiction novels, NY Times Bestsellers, Dystopian novels, and more. If there’s something you want to read we’re always interested to hear about it!

Some examples of past books this group has read and discussed include: The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah; Because We Are Bad by Lily Bailey; The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls; The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton; With the Fire On High by Elizabeth Acevedo; The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women by Kate Moore; In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado; The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware; Five Feet Apart by Rachel Lippincott; Hunger: A Memoir (of My Body) by Roxane Gay; Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter; Wool by Hugh Howey.

Cliffhangers Book Club

Where We Meet: Meadowlark Coffee and Espresso
1624 South St.
When We Meet: Monthly — 9:00 a.m. –  11:00 a.m., the third Saturday of every month, starting in the Spring of 2018
Group Contact: Erin Bauer – — click here for the group’s Facebook group page
We Discuss: Thrillers and Suspense Fiction.
Group Description: Love heart-pounding suspense and page turners you can’t put down? Enjoy books with twists and turns that keep you guessing? Then this is the book club for you! Join us for coffee or tea as we discuss bestselling thriller and suspense novels, new and old.
Other Notes:

Upcoming Discussions: Dec 15 2018Unraveling Oliver by Liz Nugent; Jan 19 2019The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn; Feb 16 2019Force of Nature by Jane Harper; Mar 16 2019You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott; Apr 20 2019The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchinson; May 18 2019Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewel; Jun 15 2019Her Every Fear by Peter Swanson.

Past Discussions: Apr 21 2018The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson, May 19 2018Bird Box by Josh Malerman; Jun 16 2018The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware; Jul 21 2018The Dry by Jane Harper; Aug 18 2018It’s Always the Husband by Michele Campbell; Sep 22 2018The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters; Oct 20 2018The Broken Teaglass by Emily Arsenault; Nov 17 2018Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn.

Read, Meet & Eat Book Club

When and Where We Meet: Monthly — times, dates and locations seem to vary — check the group’s page for the most up-to-date information
Group Contact: This group’s organizer is Emily. The group is closed, but you can ask to join at their profile page.
We Discuss: Upcoming titles for discussion: 
Group Description: Formed via online meeting organization site in August 2016, Read, Meet & Eat started a book group as part of their activities in 2016. This is a book club for anybody interested in reading books and meeting new people over a burger and a beer. All books are welcome as are all people. Come join us for an intellectual discussion (or not!) on the book of the month we jointly choose. Visit the site (via links above) for additional information.

Some examples of past books this group has read and discussed include: The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro; Lives of the Monster Dogs by Kirsten Bakis; The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead; Exit West by Mohsin Hamid; Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng; Lab Girl by Hope Jahren; Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley; American Pain by John Temple; Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel Garcia Marquez; Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan; An American Marriage by Tayari Jones; A Prayer for Owen Meaney by John Irving; Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover; A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles (Feb 2019)

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: May 2018: Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann; June 2018: Lonesome Dreamer by Timothy G. Anderson (Anderson will be attending this meeting to meet readers); July 2018: Where’d You Go, Bernadette?; August 2018: The Woman Who Smashed Codes by Jason Fagone.
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 (1324 “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 (1324 “P” St.).
See Star Base Andromeda’s Book Discussions page for current schedule and title information (website currently inactive though group continues to meet on Zoom during COVID-19).
Group Contact: Scott Clark, email:
We Discuss: Upcoming Titles for Discussion: [unknown]

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 discussed since we began having “Book Discussion” meetings include: 1999: Childhood’s End by Arthur C. Clarke; I, Robot by Isaac Asimov. 2000: Neuromancer by William Gibson; The Parafaith War by L.E. Modesitt; Citizen of the Galaxy by Robert Heinlein; Marrow by Robert Reed. 2001: Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury; Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes; FlashForward by Robert Sawyer; Mission of Gravity by Hal Clement. 2002: The Boat of a Million Years by Poul Anderson; Newton’s Cannon by J. Gregory Keyes; Tangled Up in Blue by Joan D. Vinge; Interstellar Pig by William Sleator; At the Mountains of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft; The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K. Leguin; Darwin’s Radio by Greg Bear. 2003: Lincoln’s Dreams by Connie Willis; The Dying Earth by Jack Vance; Perdido Street Station by China Mieville; The Demolished Man by Alfred Bester; Revelation Space by Alistair Reynolds; Unicorn Variations by Roger Zelazny. 2004: The Vor Game by Lois McMaster Bujold; Protector by Larry Niven; Coraline by Neil Gaiman; City by Clifford Simak; Rats and Gargoyles by Mary Gentle. 2005: The Crossroads of Time by Andre Norton, The Thief of Always by Clive Barker, Little Fuzzy by H. Beam Piper, The Forever War by Joe Haldeman, Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson. 2006: The Man Who Folded Himself by David Gerrold, collection Sister Emily’s Lightship and Other Stories by Jane Yolen, The Long Tomorrow, by Leigh Brackett, the anthology Beyond Singularity, The Big Time by Fritz Leiber. 2007: In the Garden of Iden by Kage Baker, Eye in the Sky by Philip K. Dick, The Speed of Dark by Elizabeth Moon, The Humanoids, by Jack Williamson, Accelerando by Charles Stross, More Than Human by Theodore Sturgeon. 2008: There Will Be Dragons by John Ringo, 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. 2009: 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. 2010: 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, or The Modern Prometheus by Mary Shelley. 2011: 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. 2012: 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 (a.k.a. Starship) 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. 2013: 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!). 2014: The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson, The Ship Who Sang by Anne McCaffrey; 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. 2015: 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. 2016: 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; Planetfall by Emma Newman; The Shockwave Rider by John Brunner; Eyes of the Dragon by Stephen King; Nerves by Lester Del Rey. 2017: A Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge; The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton; Transcendental by James Gunn; Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang by Kate Wilhelm; Blindsight by Peter Watts; A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle; Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang; The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Leguin; Soldier of the Mist by Gene Wolfe. 2018: Dragon’s Egg by Robert L. Forward; Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer; The Shrinking Man by Richard Matheson; Black Hole (a graphic novel) by Charles Burns. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess; Unnatural Issue by Mercedes Lackey; Way Station by Clifford Simak; Ties of Power by Julie Czerneda; Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon.

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 5-15 regular attendees.

Third Tuesday Mystery Book Club

Where We Meet: Braeda Fresh Express Cafe
4231 S. 33rd St. (33rd & Pioneers)
When We Meet: 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.. the 3rd Tuesday of every month.
Group Contact: Facebook Group page for the Lincoln Third Tuesday Mystery Book Club, restarted anew in March 2017. (Not to be confused with the earlier Third Tuesday Mystery Book Club of Lincoln FB group page, which is no longer active).
We Discuss: Upcoming titles for discussion include[unknown].
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 33rd and Pioneers Blvd.

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 2015: The Redbreast by Jo Nesbo; Sep 2015: Messenger of Athens by Anne Zouroudi; Aug 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; Feb 2017: Murder is a Fine Art by David Morrell, Mar 2017: Hangman’s Daughter by Oliver Poetzsch, Apr 2017: Delivering the Truth by Edith Maxwell; May 2017: Collecting the Dead by Spencer Kope; Jun 2017: The Killing Kind by Chris Holm; Jul 2017: Rubbernecker by Belinda Bauer; Aug 2017: The Long and Faraway Gone by Lou Berney; Sep 2017: All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda; Oct 2017: His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet; Nov 2017: The Anatomist’s Wife by Anne Lee Huber; Dec 2017: The Ex by Alafair Burke; Jan 2018: A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn; Feb 2018: The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware; Mar 2018: In Farleigh Field by Rhys Bowen; Apr 2018: The Zig-Zag Girl by Elly Griffiths; May 2018: The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair by Joel Dicker; Jun 2018: Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann (Non-Fiction); Jul 2018: Chemistry of Death by Simon Beckett; Aug 2018: The Dry by Jane Harper; Sep 2018: Snowblind by Ragnar Jonasson; Oct 2018: A Lady in the Smoke by Karen Odden.

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) [website]
Group Contact: Dennis Hanneman, e-mail form at:
We Discuss: A mixture of fiction and non-fiction This group appears to have gone dormant.
Group Description: Thursday Afternoon Book Group picks a new book each month to read and discuss. This group appears to have gone dormant.
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. This group appears to have gone dormant.

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)
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 winning title. We read 9 books per year. 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.