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bookgroupslogo2LIBRARY-SPONSORED BOOK GROUPS/MATERIALS:
— Book Club in a Bag!
BooksTalk at Bethany Branch
BooksTalk at South BranchNew -- starting in September 2021!
B.Y.O.B(ooks) ClubNew -- starting in January 2022!(at both the downtown and Walt Branch libraries)
— Just Desserts Mystery Discussion Group
Let’s Get Books Together — An LGBTQ Book Group
The Nebraska Heritage Book Club
Once Upon a Crime – True Crime BooksTalksNew -- starting in September 2021!
NON-LIBRARY BOOK GROUPS:
“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 LibraryBooksTalks at Bethany
Bethany Branch
1810 North Cotner Blvd.
Every Friday Morning, 10:30-11:30 a.m.

441-8550

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 library 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 alerts with the next message that is sent!

Date Program Description
January 7, 2022 to February 25, 2022
Cancelled — Resuming in March
March 4, 2022
What I’ve Read This Winter (2021/2022) — Jodi R., from the Anderson and Bethany Branch Libraries, is today’s presenter. [ BOOKLIST ]
March 11, 2022
Topic T.B.A. — Linda V., from the Anderson and Bethany Branch Libraries, is today’s presenter.
March 18, 2022
Speculative Fiction With Garren — Garren H., from the Bennett Martin Public Library downtown, is today’s presenter. [ BOOKLIST ] [ SLIDESHOW ]
March 25, 2022
Topic T.B.A. — Book Share day, no presenter.
April 1, 2022
Topic T.B.A. — Cal H. and Laurie J., from the Gere Branch Library, are today’s presenters.
April 8, 2022
Recent Historical Fiction about Art and Artists — Chery B., from the Anderson and Bethany Branch Libraries, is today’s presenter. [ BOOKLIST ]
April 15, 2022
Topic T.B.A. — Debbie A., former staff member at the Anderson and Bethany Branch Libraries, is today’s presenter. [ BOOKLIST ]
April 22, 2022
Hers and His ’22 — Becky W.C. and Scott C., from the Walt Branch Library and the Bennett Martin Public Library downtown, are today’s “married librarian couple” presenters. [ Becky’s BOOKLIST ] | [ Scott’s BOOKLIST ]
April 29, 2022
Karrie and Steph’s Awesome Booktalk – Spring 2021 — Karrie S. and Steph E., from the Anderson and Bethany Branch Libraries, are today’s presenters.
May 6, 2022
Susan’s Selections — Susan S., Teen Specialist at the Eiseley Branch Library, is today’s presenter.
May 13, 2022
Topic T.B.A. — Maddie O., from the Gere Branch Library, is today’s presenter.
May 20, 2022
Topic T.B.A. — Book Share day, no presenter.
May 27, 2022
One Book - One LincolnOne Book – One Lincoln — Sneak peek at the Top 10 finalists for 2022.
June to August 2022
Book Share Days – Throughout the Summer, the Bethany BooksTalk group will continue to meet each Friday morning, for weekly Book Share opportunities — without official presenters.

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!


South Branch LibraryBooksTalks at South
South Branch
2675 South St. (27th & South)
Every Thursday Evening, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

441-8570

South BooksTalks welcomes everyone for a weekly evening book chat opportunity, starting in September 2021. Patterned after the successful Bethany and Gere BooksTalk programs, guest speakers will present a talk on a group of books, sometimes with a theme and sometimes not. These informal presentations allow for good conversation as well. The South BooksTalk group meets every Thursday evening, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., unless otherwise noted. As this is the premiere season for this group, we have no idea yet how many attendees to expect.

Would you like to receive updates about the 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 alerts with the next message that is sent!

NOTE: Although the South BooksTalks have now returned to In-Person meetings, we are also still sharing them live on Zoom, simultaneously. To join us on Zoom, log in to all Thursday night sessions at 6:30 p.m. at the follow link: https://zoom.us/j/96769176082?pwd=NUpBUEFFV1JrSHBSMTFSZDdndGJnQT09&fbclid=IwAR0ZeyULpCp7Yp8XK8dH6ND6xGeW-4Hm2n-dJyTudqJw0dVItkv-eWY3rMU#success — or Meeting ID: 967 6917 6082 and Passcode: 074003.

Date Program Description
January 6, 2022
Women P.I.s. — Marcy G., from the Gere and South Branch Libraries, is today’s presenter. [ BOOKLIST ] THIS MEETING HELD ON ZOOM, NOT IN-PERSON!
January 13, 2022
Sarah’s Recent Recommendations — Sarah D., from Administration at the Bennett Martin Public Library downtown, and a published author in her own right, is today’s presenter. [ BOOKLIST ] THIS MEETING HELD ON ZOOM, NOT IN-PERSON!
January 20, 2022
Topic: T.B.A. — Monica K., from the Gere and South Branch Libraries, is today’s presenter. THIS MEETING HELD ON ZOOM, NOT IN-PERSON!
January 27, 2022
Questioning Our Realities and Recontextualizing Our Fictions: Using Films to Speak to Our Innermost Selves — Jasmine P., from the Eiseley and Williams Branches is today’s presenter. [ MOVIE LIST ] THIS MEETING HELD ON ZOOM, NOT IN-PERSON!
February 3, 2022
What Can You Believe? — Carrie K., from the Bennett Martin Public Library downtown, is today’s presenter. [ BOOKLIST ] THIS MEETING HELD ON ZOOM, NOT IN-PERSON!
February 10, 2022
The Real Life Horse Whisperer and Other True Tales — Monica K., from the Gere and South Branch Libraries, is today’s presenter. [ BOOKLIST ] THIS MEETING HELD ON ZOOM, NOT IN-PERSON!
February 17, 2022
What I’ve Read This Winter (2021/2022) — Jodi R., from the Anderson and Bethany Branch Libraries, is today’s presenter. [ BOOKLIST ] THIS MEETING HELD ON ZOOM, NOT IN-PERSON!
February 24, 2022
T.B.A. — presenter/theme to be announced.. THIS MEETING HELD ON ZOOM, NOT IN-PERSON!
March 3, 2022
Topic: T.B.A. — Monica K., from the Gere and South Branch Libraries, is today’s presenter.
March 10, 2022
Topic: T.B.A. — Laurie J., from the Gere Branch Library, is today’s presenter.
March 17, 2022
Speculative Fiction With Garren — Garren H., from the Bennett Martin Public Library downtown, is today’s presenter. [ BOOKLIST ] [ SLIDESHOW ]
March 24, 2022
ALA Recommended Reads — Library Director Pat Leach is today’s presenter. [ BOOKLIST ]
March 31, 2022
Susan’s Selections — Susan S., Teen Specialist at the Eiseley Branch Library, is today’s presenter.
April 7, 2022
Dark Academia — Maddie O., from the Gere and South Branch Libraries, is today’s presenter. [ BOOKLIST ]
April 14, 2022
Not Your Mother’s Romance Novels — Alicia G. is today’s guest presenter. [ BOOKLIST ]
April 21, 2022
Marcy’s Recent Cozy Reads (and More!) — Marcy G., from the Gere and South Branch Libraries, is today’s presenter. [ BOOKLIST ]
April 28, 2022
T.B.A. — presenter/theme to be announced.
May 5, 2022
Margaret’s Miscellany – 2022 — Margaret Berry is today’s guest presenter. [ BOOKLIST ]
May 12, 2022
Susan’s Selections — Susan S., Teen Specialist at the Eiseley Branch Library, is today’s presenter.
May 19, 2022
Scott’s Recent Reads — Scott C., from the Bennett Martin Public Library downtown, and manager of the BookGuide readers advisory pages, is today’s presenter. [ BOOKLIST ]
May 26, 2022
One Book - One LincolnOne Book – One Lincoln — Sneak peek at the Top 10 finalists for 2022.

This is the final session of the South BooksTalks for the Winter/Spring 2022 season. This BooksTalk series will return in the Fall.


Bennett Martin Public LibraryB.Y.O.B(ooks). Club
Bennett Martin Public Library
136 S. 14th St. (4th Floor Auditorium)
Third Wednesday of Every Month, starting January 2022, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

441-8530 (Public Service Desk at Bennett Martin Public Library downtown)

Would you like to gather with fellow book-lovers to discuss whatever you’ve been reading and enjoying lately, without the pressure of assigned reading?

The B.Y.O.B. (Bring Your Own Books) Club is designed with you in mind. Based loosely on the concept of “literary salons” of days gone by, the idea behind this group is that it will appeal to readers who want to talk about what they’ve read or listened to, but who don’t necessarily want to be “told” what to read, or who don’t feel like they have the time to read something assigned in addition to everything else that’s already on your “to be read” list.

Each meeting will be “themed”, so participants can select a title to talk about that matches the monthly theme. You don’t actually have to bring the book with you.

Would you like to receive updates about the various library-sponsored book 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 E-mail Group Sign-Up page, fill out our simple form, and you’ll start receiving book group alerts with the next message that is sent!

Date Program Description
January 19, 2022
NOTE: This month’s meeting will be held on ZOOM, not in-person. Zoom login information — Link: https://lincolnne.zoom.us/j/8465964290, Meeting I.D.: 846 596 4290.
Reading PromptA book you wish you could read again for the 1st time! [ BOOKLIST ]
February 16, 2022
NOTE: This month’s meeting will be held on ZOOM, not in-person. Zoom login information — Link: https://lincolnne.zoom.us/j/8465964290, Meeting I.D.: 846 596 4290.
Reading Prompt A book with a setting so intriguing (real or imagined) you wish you could travel there. [ BOOKLIST ]
March 16, 2022
Reading PromptA book you read because you liked the cover. [ BOOKLIST ]
April 20, 2022
Reading PromptNot worth the hype – a book it seems everyone loved but you! [ BOOKLIST ]
May 18, 2022
Reading PromptA book that made you laugh out loud [ BOOKLIST ]
June 15, 2022
Reading PromptYour Favorite Beach Read
July 20, 2022
Reading PromptA Book you Read Because You Saw Someone Reading it in a Public Space
August 16, 2022
Reading Prompt A Book You Were Intimidated to Read

Bess Dodson Walt Branch LibraryB.Y.O.B(ooks). Club
Walt Branch Library
6701 S. 14th St.
Third Thursday of Every Month, starting February 2022, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

441-4460

Would you like to gather with fellow book-lovers to discuss whatever you’ve been reading and enjoying lately, without the pressure of assigned reading?

The B.Y.O.B. (Bring Your Own Books) Club is designed with you in mind. Based loosely on the concept of “literary salons” of days gone by, the idea behind this group is that it will appeal to readers who want to talk about what they’ve read or listened to, but who don’t necessarily want to be “told” what to read, or who don’t feel like they have the time to read something assigned in addition to everything else that’s already on your “to be read” list.

Each meeting will be “themed”, so participants can select a title to talk about that matches the monthly theme. You don’t actually have to bring the book with you.

Would you like to receive updates about the various library-sponsored book 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 E-mail Group Sign-Up page, fill out our simple form, and you’ll start receiving book group alerts with the next message that is sent!

Date Program Description
March 17, 2022
Reading PromptA book you read because you liked the cover. [ BOOKLIST ]
April 21, 2022
Reading PromptNot worth the hype – a book it seems everyone loved but you! [ BOOKLIST ]
May 19, 2022
Reading PromptA book that made you laugh out loud [ BOOKLIST ]
June 16, 2022
Reading PromptYour Favorite Beach Read
July 21, 2022
Reading PromptA Book you Read Because You Saw Someone Reading it in a Public Space
August 17, 2022
Reading Prompt A Book You Were Intimidated to Read

Bennett Martin Public LibraryJust Desserts
Bennett Martin Public Library
136 S. 14th St. (4th Floor Auditorium)
Last Thursday of Every Month, January through October, 6:30-7:45 p.m.

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, 6:30 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. (socializing 6:30-6:45 — book discussion starts at 6:45)

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. (Decaf 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 (BookGuide@lincoln.ne.gov), or fill out our sign-up form at our E-mail Group Signups 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, May 26, 2022– 6:30-7:45 p.m. <<<<< Our Next Discussion!!

Continuing our annual tradition, which started in 2013, our May meeting will be a “Series Share” night! Because the libraries have volumes in so many brand-new mystery series constantly being added to the collection, most of which we don’t get in large quantities of copies, we’re not assigning any specific authors or titles this month. Instead — we encourage all attendees to sample a new “mystery”, “suspense” or “thriller” series, which launched in the past few years (2019 to 2022). Come to Just Desserts prepared to give a nutshell description of the series, the protagonist, the setting, the writing style, etc., and what your opinion is of that series — thumbs up or thumbs down. Extra points if it is a brand-new series, or a less-well-known author!

Attendees at Just Desserts are always looking for great new series to try out…our track record has been that this “series share” opportunity gives us all a lot of new authors to explore!

Note: Because of the unusual nature of this month’s discussion, we can’t guarantee that we’ll get to our traditional “Round Robin” at the end of the meeting — we hope to, but the discussion of “Series Shares” may take more time than anticipated!

 

mysiconThursday, June 30, 2022 — 6:30-7:45 p.m.

In June, the Just Desserts group will finally be reading and discussing a novel by one of the 20th century’s pre-eminent writers of espionage/suspense novels — John Le Carré, who passed away in 2020, after a career that saw the publication of over 25 best-sellers. Perhaps best known for his series of novels focusing on spymaster George Smiley (9 novels between 1961 and 2017), Le Carré’s final novel, Silverview, released in late 2021, revisits the themes of his lifetime body of works, without the explicit need to have read any of his earlier novels.

Here’s the plot description of Silverview from the jacket blurb:

In his final completed novel, John le Carré turns his focus to the world that occupied his writing for the past sixty years—the secret world itself.

Julian Lawndsley has renounced his high-flying job in the city for a simpler life running a bookshop in a small English seaside town. But only a couple of months into his new career, Julian’s evening is disrupted by a visitor. Edward, a Polish émigré living in Silverview, the big house on the edge of town, seems to know a lot about Julian’s family and is rather too interested in the inner workings of his modest new enterprise.

When a letter turns up at the door of a spy chief in London warning him of a dangerous leak, the investigations lead him to this quiet town by the sea . . .

Silverview is the mesmerizing story of an encounter between innocence and experience and between public duty and private morals. In his inimitable voice John le Carré, the greatest chronicler of our age, seeks to answer the question of what we truly owe to the people we love.”

John Le Carre on social media: Website

The Silverview page on Le Carre’s US Publisher Penguin Random House website

Silverview is available in the following formats: Regular Print (28) | Large Type (4) | Book-on-CD (on order) | E-book (2) | Downloadable Audio (2)
Note: The libraries own several copies of Silverview in the above formats. There should be plenty of physical copies of the book available to readers before our June discussion. However as the libraries only own 2 E-book and 2 E-audiobook copies. readers preferring those formats may wish to place their holds on the title well in advance of our discussion. This title link will take you to all formats available from the libraries.

mysiconThursday, July 28, 2022 — 6:30-7:45 p.m.

In July, the Just Desserts group will be reading and discussing a stand-alone suspense novel by hot contemporary author Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Velvet Was the Night. Moreno-Garcia’s first novel came out in 2015, and she has generated a great deal of critical buzz with each successive novel. Velvet Was the Night was her seventh novel, released in 2021, and made it onto many “best of the year” lists for 2021 releases.

Here’s the plot description of Velvet Was the Night from the jacket blurb:

From the New York Times bestselling author of Mexican Gothic comes a riveting noir about a daydreaming secretary, a lonesome thug, and the mystery of the missing woman that brings them together.

1970s Mexico City. Maite is a secretary who lives for one thing: the latest issue of Secret Romance. While student protests and political unrest consume the city, Maite escapes into stories of passion and danger. Her next-door neighbor, Leonora, a beautiful art student, seems to live a life of intrigue and romance that Maite envies. When Leonora disappears under suspicious circumstances, Maite finds herself searching for the missing woman — and journeying deeper into Leonora’s secret life of student radicals and dissidents.

Meanwhile, someone else is also looking for Leonora at the behest of his boss, a shadowy figure who commands goon squads dedicated to squashing political activists. Elvis is an eccentric thug who longs to escape his own life: He loathes violence and loves old movies and rock ‘n’ roll. But as Elvis searches for the missing woman, he comes to observe Maite from a distance — and grows more and more obsessed with this woman who shares his love of music, and the unspoken loneliness of his heart.

Now as Maite and Elvis come closer to discovering the secrets behind Leonora’s disappearance, they can no longer escape the danger that threatens to consume their lives, with hitmen, government agents, and Russian spies aiming to protect Leonora’s secrets — at gunpoint.”

Silvia Moreno-Garcia on social media: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

Velvet Was the Night page on Prose’s website

Velvet Was the Night is available in the following formats: Regular Print (11) |E-book (1) | Downloadable Audio (1)
Note: The libraries own several copies of Velvet Was the Night in the above formats. As of the start of May 2022, there were no holds on this title, however, with only single copies in E-book and E-audiobook formats, you’ll want to place holds on this soon. This title link will take you to all formats available from the libraries.

mysiconThursday, August 25, 2020 — 6:30-7:45 p.m.

In August 2022, the Just Desserts group is finally going to discuss something by one of the most prominent mystery/thriller writers of the past several decades — John Grisham. Since his debut novel, A Time to Kill, in 1989, Grisham has had nearly 50 novels published, most in the mystery subcategory of “Legal Thrillers”. The vast majority of his novels have been “stand-alones”, but he has written a few books that are connected to each other. He has also dabbled in thrillers for younger readers as well, with his Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer series.

For the purposes of Just Desserts, group members will be looking at just two of his novels, the Camino Island series. Just Desserts members are encouraged to read either one or both of the novels in that series (so far): Camino Island (2017), and/or Camino Waves (2020). The links below should take you to the titles, in all formats, in the libraries’ online catalog. While the libraries have enough copies of the second book in this series for us to focus on that one, there are many group members who prefer to start with the first title in any series, so you can read either or both of these, and our plan is to discuss them both in broad terms.

Here’s the plot descriptions from the jacket blurbs:

Camino Island: “A gang of thieves stage a daring heist from a vault deep below Princeton University’s Firestone Library. Their loot is priceless, impossible to resist.

Bruce Cable owns a popular bookstore in the sleepy resort town of Santa Rosa on Camino Island in Florida. He makes his real money, though, as a prominent dealer in rare books. Very few people know that he occasionally dabbles in unsavory ventures.

Mercer Mann is a young novelist with a severe case of writer’s block who has recently been laid off from her teaching position. She is approached by an elegant, mysterious woman working for an even more mysterious company. A generous monetary offer convinces Mercer to go undercover and infiltrate Cable’s circle of literary friends, to get close to the ringleader, to discover his secrets.

But soon Mercer learns far too much, and there’s trouble in paradise—as only John Grisham can deliver it.” (11 regular print, 7 Large Type, 8 Book-on-CD, multiple E-book and E-audiobook copies)

Camino Waves: “When Hurricane Leo threatens Florida’s Camino Island, the Governor is quick to issue an evacuation order. Most residents flee but a small group of diehards decide to ride it out. Amongst them is Bruce Cable, proprietor of Bay Books in downtown Santa Rosa.

The hurricane is devastating: homes and condos are leveled, hotels and storefronts ruined, streets flooded, and a dozen people are killed. One of the victims is Nelson Kerr, a friend of Bruce’s who wrote timely political thrillers. But evidence suggests that the storm wasn’t the cause of Nelson’s death – he had received several mysterious blows to the head.

Who would want Nelson dead? The local police are overwhelmed with the aftermath of the storm and in no condition to handle the case. Bruce begins to wonder if the shady characters in Nelson’s novels were more fact than fiction. And somewhere on Nelson’s computer is the manuscript of his new novel – could the key to the case be right there, in black and white? Bruce starts to look into it and what he finds between the lines is more shocking than any of Nelson’s plot twists – and far more dangerous.” (25 regular print, 8 Large Type, 8 Book-on-CD, multiple E-book and E-audiobook copies)

Read more about John Grisham online: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | YouTube

This link goes to the John Grisham page on FantasticFiction.com, where you can link to the plot descriptions of each of his books.

mysiconThursday, September 29, 2022 — 6:30-7:45 p.m.

In September, the Just Desserts group will be reading and discussing the debut novel of a new Canadian author, Nita Prose. Her first novel, The Maid, came out in January 2022, and has been generating a lot of positive buzz. It is part character study, of a unique new protagonist, and part complex mystery.

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

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • GOOD MORNING AMERICA BOOK CLUB PICK • “A heartwarming mystery with a lovable oddball at its center” (Real Simple), this cozy whodunit introduces a one-of-a-kind heroine who will steal your heart.

“The reader comes to understand Molly’s worldview, and to sympathize with her longing to be accepted—a quest that gives The Maid real emotional heft.” — The New York Times Book Review (Editors’ Choice)

“Think Clue. Think page-turner.”—Glamour

In development as a major motion picture produced by and starring Florence Pugh

Molly Gray is not like everyone else. She struggles with social skills and misreads the intentions of others. Her gran used to interpret the world for her, codifying it into simple rules that Molly could live by.

Since Gran died a few months ago, twenty-five-year-old Molly has been navigating life’s complexities all by herself. No matter — she throws herself with gusto into her work as a hotel maid. Her unique character, along with her obsessive love of cleaning and proper etiquette, make her an ideal fit for the job. She delights in donning her crisp uniform each morning, stocking her cart with miniature soaps and bottles, and returning guest rooms at the Regency Grand Hotel to a state of perfection.

But Molly’s orderly life is upended the day she enters the suite of the infamous and wealthy Charles Black, only to find it in a state of disarray and Mr. Black himself dead in his bed. Before she knows what’s happening, Molly’s unusual demeanor has the police targeting her as their lead suspect. She quickly finds herself caught in a web of deception, one she has no idea how to untangle. Fortunately for Molly, friends she never knew she had unite with her in a search for clues to what really happened to Mr. Black — but will they be able to find the real killer before it’s too late?

A Clue-like, locked-room mystery and a heartwarming journey of the spirit, The Maid explores what it means to be the same as everyone else and yet entirely different — and reveals that all mysteries can be solved through connection to the human heart.

Nita Prose on social media: Website | Twitter

The Maid page on Prose’s website

The Maid is available in the following formats: Regular Print (16) | Large Type (6) | E-book (15) | Downloadable Audio (12)
Note: The libraries own several copies of The Maid in the above formats. However as this is still a very popular title and as of March 2022, the eBook edition had a wait list of 12 weeks, E-book readers may wish to consider another format in order to get a copy by our September 29th meeting. This title link will take you to all formats available from the libraries.

Charles H. Gere Branch LibraryLet’s Get Books Together!
Gere Branch — Meeting Room #2
2400 South 56th Street
Last Wednesday of Every Month, 6:30-7:45 p.m.

441-8560

The Gere Branch Library is pleased to be the new official meeting spot for Let’s Get Books Together: An LGBTQ+ Book Club!

The group will meet the last Wednesday evening of every month, 6:30 p.m. – 7:45 p.m., in Meeting Room #2, 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.

Wednesday, May 25, 2022 — 6:30-7:45 p.m. <<<<< Our Next Discussion!!

The title for discussion at the May meeting is Cadwell Turnbull’s No Gods, No Monsters.

This month’s meeting is being held as a hybrid meeting — both In-Person and online via Zoom. The Zoom login link is https://lincolnne.zoom.us/j/92740534630, with Meeting I.D.: 927 4053 4630.

Here’s the description from our catalog:

“One October morning, Laina gets the news that her brother has been shot and killed by Boston cops. But what looks like a case of police brutality soon reveals something much stranger. Monsters are real. And they want everyone to know it.

As creatures from myth and legend come out of the shadows, seeking safety through visibility, their emergence sets off a chain of seemingly unrelated events. Members of a local werewolf pack are threatened into silence. A professor follows a missing friend’s trail of bread crumbs to a mysterious secret society. And a young boy with unique abilities seeks refuge in a pro-monster organization with secrets of its own. Meanwhile, more people start disappearing, suicides and hate crimes increase, and protests erupt globally, both for and against the monsters.

At the center is a mystery no one thinks to ask: Why now? What has frightened the monsters out of the dark?

The world will soon find out.”

Wednesday, June 29, 2022 — 6:30-7:45 p.m.

The topic for the June meeting is Graphic Novel Share — no specific assigned reading, just bring a favorite Graphic Novel to share with the group.

Wednesday, July 27, 2022 — 6:30-7:45 p.m.

The title for discussion at the May meeting is Janelle Monae’s The Memory Librarian: And Other Stories of Dirty Computer.

Here’s the description from our catalog:

“Whoever controls our memories controls the future. Janelle Monáe and an incredible array of talented collaborating creators have written a collection of tales comprising the bold vision and powerful themes that have made Monáe such a compelling and celebrated storyteller. Dirty Computer introduced a world in which thoughts-as a means of self-conception-could be controlled or erased by a select few. And whether human, A.I., or other, your life and sentience was dictated by those who’d convinced themselves they had the right to decide your fate. That was until Jane 57821 decided to remember and break free. Expanding from that mythos, these stories fully explore what it’s like to live in such a totalitarian existence…and what it takes to get out of it. Building off the traditions of speculative writers such as Octavia Butler, Ted Chiang, Becky Chambers, and Nnedi Okorafor-and filled with the artistic genius and powerful themes that have made Monáe a worldwide icon in the first place-The Memory Librarian serves readers tales grounded in the human trials of identity expression, technology, and love, but also reaching through to the worlds of memory and time within, and the stakes and power that exists there”

Wednesday, August 31, 2022 — 6:30-7:45 p.m.

The title for discussion at the May meeting is Isaac Fellman’s Dead Collections.

Here’s the description from our catalog:

“When archivist Sol meets Elsie, the larger than life widow of a moderately famous television writer who’s come to donate her wife’s papers, there’s an instant spark. But Sol has a secret: he suffers from an illness called vampirism, and hides from the sun by living in his basement office. On their way to falling in love, the two traverse grief, delve into the Internet fandom they once unknowingly shared, and navigate the realities of transphobia and the stigmas of carrying the “vampire disease.” Then, when strange things start happening at the collection, Sol must embrace even more of the unknown to save himself and his job.”


The Nebraska Heritage Book Club
Jane Pope Geske Heritage Room of Nebraska Authors
Bennett Martin Public Library (3rd floor)
4th Friday of Every Month (see chart for exceptions), Noon-1:00 p.m.

136 S. 14th St.
441-8516 (Heritage Room phone #) or heritage@lincoln.ne.gov (e-mail)

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 Nebraska150books.org 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.

Visit the archive of past Nebraska Heritage Book Club selections.

Friday, May 27 2022 — Noon-1:00 p.m.<<<<< Our Next Discussion!!

The title for discussion at the May meeting is Lucy Adkins and Becky Breed’s The Fire Inside: A Companion for the Creative Life.

Here’s the description from the introduction to this 2021 book:

“Wherever you are in your creative life — just tiptoeing in or fully immersed, The Fire Inside can be a source of encouragement and inspiration.

Rodin said that “The main thing is to be moved, to love, to tremble, to live.” In other words, to be fully engaged in life and the creativity that exists within.

The Fire Inside, through a well-researched collection of essays and heart-opening personal stories, invites readers to uncover their unique talents and live out their individual dreams.

Within each one of us are vast untapped reservoirs of creativity, and when we connect with that potential, our lives will open in wonderful and joy-filled ways.

Few books on creativity are so inclusive, so welcoming as this book, offering insight not only for furthering one’s abilities in the traditional arts, but also in the day to day creativity which so enriches our lives. Based on the authors’ combined fifty-five years of teaching and presenting workshops on writing and creativity, The Fire Inside is written in a spirit of warmth and generosity. It invites the reader to say yes to creativity, choose to live a bigger life, and discover how “the magic” happens.

These writers have great authority and expertise on this topic. They write ideas that are fresh and new with profound potential for empowering readers as well as writers, connecting them with their honest, authentic peers.” – Mary Pipher, author of The Green Boat: Reviving Ourselves in Our Capsized Culture and Writing to Change the World

Friday, June 24 2022 — Noon-1:00 p.m.

The title for discussion at the June meeting is Sharon Schmeckpeper’s These Three Things.

Here’s the description from the introduction to this 2019 book:

“It’s 1943, and Clair Wagner and her mother, Ann, are hanging onto the windswept farm in South Central Nebraska that her German grandparents homesteaded fifty years earlier. They’ve survived almost every plague in God’s handbook, including grasshopper invasions, famine, floods. The flu epidemic of 1918 took Clair’s father, and the “Great War” took her husband. Now, Hitler is after her only son, and a new war has strained old friendships. Clair blames the Germans and God for her perils and is angry when she learns a German prisoner of war camp is opening just down the road. When one of the prisoners shows up to work on the farm, Clair is forced to face her prejudices. Sheryl Schmeckpeper is a Nebraskan, a journalist and a historian, who has researched and published numerous articles on World War II and the prisoner of war camps in Nebraska.”

Friday, July 22 2022 — Noon-1:00 p.m.

The title for discussion at the July meeting is Evelyn Vinduska McKnight and Travis Thorne Bennington’s A Never Event: Exposing the Largest Outbreak of Hepatitis C in American Healthcare History.

Here’s the description from the introduction to this 2008 book:

“In the small, farming community of Fremont, Nebraska, townspeople eagerly welcomed an acclaimed doctor as the first full-time oncologist at the new, local cancer treatment center. But the fanfare soon turned into a nightmare. During chemotherapy treatments, 857 patients who were already waging the fights of their lives against cancer were inexplicably exposed to the deadly, blood-borne hepatitis C virus. At least ninety-nine of them contracted the lethal illness. The horror was unprecedented as this was the largest healthcare-transmitted outbreak of hepatitis C in American history, and remains so to this date. A Never Event – a term used to describe a preventable medical tragedy – is a searing account of the health challenges these patients encountered and their quest for justice, as well as the painstaking investigation to uncover the source of the outbreak. It s a story of recklessness, deception and betrayal by the person these patients should have been able to trust the most: their physician, a man who, when the outbreak was discovered, fled the US for his native country in the Middle East. Written by a survivor of the tragedy and an attorney who represented many of the victims, A Never Event is a wake-up call to medical and legal communities nationwide.”

Friday, August 26 2022 — Noon-1:00 p.m.

The title for discussion at the October meeting is Jeff McArthur’s Two Gun Hart: Lawman, Cowboy, and Long Lost Brother of Al Capone.

Here’s the description from the introduction to this 2013 book:

“Born in Italy and raised in Brooklyn, Vincenzo Capone left home when he was a teenager. He traveled with a wild-west show and fought in Europe during the Great War where he earned a medal for sharp-shooting.Upon his return, he settled in Nebraska where he went by the name Richard Hart. He married, had children, and worked closely with the local Indian communities. He dressed like the type of cowboy he had seen in silent movies, rode a horse, and wielded two six-shooters at his side, which earned him the name “Two Gun” Hart.When the Volstead Act made alcohol production illegal, Richard joined the ranks of law enforcement and became one of the most successful Prohibition officers in the country. He chased down criminals, busted alcohol stills, and protected the Indian reservations he served, all under an assumed name. But his past caught up with him when his younger brother, Al Capone, became one of the most infamous criminals in the country. They were two siblings on opposite sides of the law, both ambitious and skillful, and both of the same family.”

Friday, September 30 2022 — Noon-1:00 p.m. (Date changed due to the Library In-Service closing on 23rd)

The title for discussion at the October meeting is Amor Towle’s The Lincoln Highway.

Here’s the description from the introduction to this 2021 book:

“The bestselling author of A Gentleman in Moscow and Rules of Civility and master of absorbing, sophisticated fiction returns with a stylish and propulsive novel set in 1950s America

In June, 1954, eighteen-year-old Emmett Watson is driven home to Nebraska by the warden of the juvenile work farm where he has just served fifteen months for involuntary manslaughter. His mother long gone, his father recently deceased, and the family farm foreclosed upon by the bank, Emmett’s intention is to pick up his eight-year-old brother, Billy, and head to California where they can start their lives anew. But when the warden drives away, Emmett discovers that two friends from the work farm have hidden themselves in the trunk of the warden’s car. Together, they have hatched an altogether different plan for Emmett’s future, one that will take them all on a fateful journey in the opposite direction–to the City of New York.

Spanning just ten days and told from multiple points of view, Towles’s third novel will satisfy fans of his multi-layered literary styling while providing them an array of new and richly imagined settings, characters, and themes.”

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

The title for discussion at the October meeting is Ben Nelson’s Death of the Senate: My Front Row Seat to the Demise of the World’s Greatest Deliberative Body.

Here’s the description from the introduction to this 2021 book:

“Something is rotten in the U.S. Senate, and the disease has been spreading for some time. But Ben Nelson, former U.S. senator from Nebraska, is not going to let the institution destroy itself without a fight. Death of the Senate is a clear-eyed look inside the Senate chamber and a brutally honest account of the current political reality. In his two terms as a Democratic senator from the red state of Nebraska, Nelson positioned himself as a moderate broker between his more liberal and conservative colleagues and became a frontline player in the most consequential fights of the Bush and Obama years. His trusted centrist position gave him a unique perch from which to participate in some of the last great rounds of bipartisan cooperation, such as the “Gang of 14” that considered nominees for the federal bench — and passed over a young lawyer named Brett Kavanaugh for being too partisan. Nelson learned early on that the key to any negotiation at any level is genuine trust. With humor, insight, and firsthand details, Nelson makes the case that the “heart of the deal” is critical and describes how he focused on this during his time in the Senate. As seen through the eyes of a centrist senator from the Great Plains, Nelson shows how and why the spirit of bipartisanship declined and offers solutions that can restore the Senate to one of the world’s most important legislative bodies.”

Friday, November 18 2022 — Noon-1:00 p.m.

The title for discussion at the November meeting is Gail Rock’s Thanksgiving Treasure.

Here’s the description from the book jacket to this 1974 book:

“In Clear River, Nebraska, in 1947, the real meaning of Thanksgiving is friendship and forgiveness–can the holiday end an ancient feud between Addie’s father and his nemesis?

Eleven-year-old Addie and her best friend, Carla Mae, are looking forward to Thanksgiving in their small hometown. When the girls make their annual bike ride into the country to pick cattails, milkweed pods, thistles, and gold leaves for their autumn bouquets, they find themselves near Old Man Rehnquist’s farm.

Mr. Rehnquist and Addie’s father became archenemies years ago during a feud over a pond that her dad dug for the farmer. At school, Addie and Carla are taught that Thanksgiving is a time for fellowship, and Addie has a great idea. She’ll invite Mr. Rehnquist to Thanksgiving dinner!

Will her dad and the grumpy old man be able to bury the hatchet–or will Thanksgiving be the start of a new war between the neighbors? Can the real meaning of Thanksgiving win out?”

Friday, January 27, 2023 — Noon-1:00 p.m.

The title for discussion at the January meeting is Willa Cather’s classic novel One of Ours.

Here’s the description from the jacket of this 1922 book:

“Claude Wheeler, the sensitive, aspiring protagonist of this beautifully written Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, resembles the youngest son of a peculiarly American fairy tale. His fortune is ready-made for him, but he refuses to settle for it. Alienated from his parents, all but rejected by his wife, and dissatisfied with farming, Claude is an idealist without an ideal to cling to. It’s only when America enters the First World War that Claude finds the purpose he has searched for. One of Ours is divided into two parts: the first half is set in Nebraska where Claude struggles to find his life’s purpose; the second part, during World War I where he ironically fulfills his romantic idealism on the brutal battlefields of 1918 France. It is the story of a young man born after the American frontier has vanished, yet whose quintessentially American restlessness seeks redemption on a frontier far bloodier.”

Friday, February 24, 2023 — Noon-1:00 p.m.

The title for discussion at the February meeting is Amber Ruffin and Lacey Lamar’s You’ll Never Believe What Happened to Lacey: Crazy Stories About Racism.

Here’s the description from the introduction to this 2021 book:

” Writer and performer on Late Night with Seth Meyers Amber Ruffin writes with her sister Lacey Lamar with humor and heart to share absurd anecdotes about everyday experiences of racism. Now a writer and performer on Late Night with Seth Meyers and host of The Amber Ruffin Show, Amber Ruffin lives in New York, where she is no one’s First Black Friend and everyone is, as she puts it, “stark raving normal.” But Amber’s sister Lacey? She’s still living in their home state of Nebraska, and trust us, you’ll never believe what happened to Lacey. From racist donut shops to strangers putting their whole hand in her hair, from being mistaken for a prostitute to being mistaken for Harriet Tubman, Lacey is a lightning rod for hilariously ridiculous yet all-too-real anecdotes. She’s the perfect mix of polite, beautiful, petite, and Black that apparently makes people think “I can say whatever I want to this woman.” And now, Amber and Lacey share these entertainingly horrifying stories through their laugh-out-loud sisterly banter. Painfully relatable or shockingly eye-opening (depending on how often you have personally been followed by security at department stores), this book tackles modern-day racism with the perfect balance of levity and gravity.”


Charles H. Gere Branch LibraryOnce Upon a Crime — True Crime BooksTalks
Gere Branch
2400 South 56th Street
2nd Tuesday of Every Month, 6:30-7:45 p.m.

441-8560

Do you enjoy reading about true crime narratives and local mysteries? Are some of your favorite authors Ann Rule, Truman Capote, Jon Krakauer and Joe McGinniss? Did you love The Devil in the White City, Helter Skelter, I’ll Be Gone in the Dark, Mindhunter or Zodiac? Then this is the book group for you! Starting in the Fall of 2021, on the 2nd Tuesday of each month, join other “true crime” afficionados for a BooksTalk-style presentation. There will not be assigned reading for this program. Instead, once each month, Gere and South Branch staff members Wyatt, Hillary or Maddie will regale you with tales of murder, thievery and other “true crimes” on an assigned topic, and attendees will be invited to share what they have enjoyed in that reading area.

Join us for all things criminal the second Tuesday of every month at Gere to discuss our current crime obsessions. Bring your favorite stories to share and get sentenced to FUN. So join us, on the Second Tuesday of each month, in the evening from 6:30-7:30 p.m., and indulge your darker reading interests.

Would you like to receive updates about the Gere, Bethany, and South book groups, the Once Upon a Crime group, or the Just Desserts group, 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 E-mail Group Sign-Up page, fill out our simple form, and you’ll start receiving book group alerts with the next message that is sent!

Date Program Description
September 14, 2021
And You Thought Your Copay was Bad: Medical Crimes — Hillary U. will be tonight’s main presenter. [ See this month’s Booklist handout ]
October 12, 2021
Cornhusker Crimes: Nebraska Crime Stories — Maddie O. will be tonight’s main presenter. [ See this month’s Booklist handout ]
November 9, 2021
Want to Skip the Holidays? Fake Your Death — Wyatt P. will be tonight’s main presenter. [ See this month’s Booklist handout ]
December 14, 2021
Open Crime Share — no presentation tonight, attendees are encourage to come and share their own recent “true crime” reads.
January 11, 2022
Cancelled
February 8, 2022
Marriage and Murder: Crimes of Passion — This month’s meeting was held on Zoom. [ No handout prepared for this online meeting ]
March 8, 2022
Forget the Luck of the Irish – March Madness: Irish Crimes — [ See this month’s Booklist handout ]
April 12, 2022
Blood Red Carpet: Hollywood Crimes [ See this month’s Booklist handout ]
May 10, 2022
All in the (Manson) Family: Cult Crimes [ See this month’s Booklist handout ]
June 14, 2022
To Err is Human, But to Arr is Pirate: Pirate Crimes
July 12, 2022
With Friends Like These: Friends Who Kill
August 9, 2022
Theme: T.B.A.

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)hotmail.com

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
2018 MEETING DATES
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
2019 MEETING DATES
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

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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
(2017-present)

Plus these no-longer-active National Book Clubs:


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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: aldersgatelinc@gmail.com  [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 Meetup.com 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 Meetup.com 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 – austengirl72@gmail.com — 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 Meetup.com 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 Meetup.com profile page.
We Discuss: Upcoming titles for discussion: 
Group Description: Formed via online meeting organization site Meetup.com 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: starbaseandromeda@yahoo.com
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: 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 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)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 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.

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