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Book Groups

bookgroupslogo2— Book Club in a Bag!
Library BooksTalk on Zoom (temporary, starting in 2020)
— BooksTalk at Bethany Branch
— BooksTalk at Gere Branch
— Just Desserts Mystery Discussion Group
Let’s Get Books Together – An LGBTQ Book Group
The Nebraska Heritage Book Club
“Great Books Reading and Discussion Group”
National Book Clubs (Oprah, Real Simple, Today Show, etc.)
— Non-Library Book Clubs


Book Talks and Book Discussion Groups

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

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.

Subscribe to the Book Club Choices Booklist newsletter.

 

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Lincoln City Libraries BooksTalks on Zoom
Online Only!

Lincoln City Libraries invites you to participate in the Books Talk series this fall. 

The Books Talk series provides adults opportunities to get and give book recommendations, as well as discuss books with other avid readers and book lovers. Some Books Talk sessions feature library presenters sharing their reading recommendations. Other Books Talk sessions are designated as Book Chat Day sessions and provide a forum for attendees to talk about what they have been reading. Registration is not required, and attendees are invited to participate in as many or as few sessions as they like. The Books Talk schedule for Fall 2020 is provided below. 

Books Talk sessions are Fridays, 10:30-11:30 AM.  

During the fall of 2020, Books Talk sessions will be held via Zoom — a video conferencing app that can be accessed via the internet or telephone. It is easy to participate in Books Talk sessions. 

If you have a device with internet:

A few minutes before 10:30 AM on Fridays, simply click on the internet link provided below and enter the Meeting ID and Passcode. Zoom will ask if you want to join the meeting with video. If your device has that capability, click “Yes.” Zoom will also ask if you want to use computer audio. If your device has that capability, click “Yes.”  You will be in a virtual “waiting room” until the Books Talk host allows you to join the session.  

If you do not have a device with internet:

Attendees can participate in Books Talk sessions via telephone. Phone attendees will be able to hear and participate in conversations with the other attendees but will be unable to see them. A few minutes before 10:30 AM on Fridays, simply call the phone number provided below, and then enter the Meeting ID and Passcode.

To attend a Books Talk session

Internet link: https://zoom.us/j/97212708871?pwd=d09UVHdKZllJaW9KQTlZbUpYZFlrUT09 or Telephone: (312) 626 6799

Meeting ID: 972 1270 8871

Passcode: 131347

* The internet link, telephone number, Meeting ID, and Passcode will be the same for all Books Talk sessions this fall.


Our Fall/Winter 2020 schedule is listed below, although specific “themes” for most sessions are still TBA. Click the [ BOOKLIST ] links (where available) — to see any online booklists for any talks after they have been presented! No video recordings will be made of these BooksTalks, however audio recordings may be made for the libraries’ Podcast series. Click the [ PODCAST ] links to listen to any audio recordings of specific bookstalks, when they become available!

DATE TITLE/THEME — PRESENTER.
[ All meetings this session will be held online using Zoom meeting software — see above for how to log in and participate. ]
September 4 2020
Recent ReadsTracy T., from the Anderson and Bethany Branch Libraries, is today’s presenter. [ BOOKLIST ]
September 11 2020
Book Chat Day — Participants share their reading suggestions.
September 18 2020
Irish AuthorsJodi R., from the Anderson and Bethany Branch Libraries, presents her annual talk focusing on Irish authors, with a nod to the 2020 Book Prize and 2020 International Booker Prize winners and nominees. [ BOOKLIST ]
September 25 2020
Book Chat Day — Participants share their reading suggestions.
October 2 2020
Fascinating Books on Medical History: Medicine, Psychiatry and PandemicsMarcy G., from the South Branch Library, is today’s presenter. [ BOOKLIST ]
October 9 2020
Book Chat Day — Participants share their reading suggestions.
October 16 2020
Recently Read and WrittenSarah D., from the Administration at the Bennett Martin Public Library downtown, is today’s presenter. [ BOOKLIST ]
October 23 2020
ALA Notables — Library Director Pat Leach will present her annual talk featuring books from the ALA Notable Reads list for the past year. [ BOOKLIST ]
October 30 2020
Scott’s Miscellany Scott C., from the Bennett Martin Public Library downtown and manager of the libraries BookGuide readers advisory pages, is today’s presenter, and will share a grab bag of his recently enjoyed books, audiobooks, CDs and DVDs, with an emphasis on mysteries, suspense and SF. [ BOOKLIST ]
November 6 2020
Recent ReadsLisa V., from the Eiseley Branch Library, is today’s presenter.
November 13 2020
Steph and Karrie’s Awesome BooktalkKarrie S. and Stephanie E. from Anderson and Bethany Branches are today’s dual presenters. [ BOOKLIST ]
November 20 2020
Susan’s Speculation — Susan S., Young Adult specialist at the Eiseley Branch Library, is today’s presenter. [ BOOKLIST ]
November 27 2020
[ No BooksTalk today ]Libraries closed for the Thanksgiving holiday

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


Bethany Branch LibraryBethany BooksTalks
Bethany Branch
1810 North Cotner Blvd.
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 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 session, do 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 Bethany Branch in the future, once public safety concerns have reduced.

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
441-8560

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

  MARCH 12, 2020: JUST DESSERTS IN-PERSON MEETINGS FOR AT LEAST MARCH THROUGH OCTOBER HAVE BEEN CANCELLED DUE THE LIBRARIES’ COVID-19 PANDEMIC SOCIAL DISTANCING SAFETY MEASURES. WE WILL UPDATE TO LET YOU KNOW ABOUT AUGUST AND BEYOND WHEN WE KNOW ANYTHING TO SHARE — WE THANK YOU FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING!

mysiconThursday, October 29, 2020 — 6:30-7:45 p.m. on Zoom! <<<<< Our Next Discussion/2020 Finale!!

This month’s meeting will be held online via Zoom meeting software. If you wish to participate, contact us at Bookguide@lincolnlibraries.org by e-mail to receive an electronic invitation to that Zoom meeting! You’ll need to have Zoom installed, preferably with a computer/tablet/smartphone with a camera built in or attached.

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 2020, the Just Desserts group will examine the body of works of suspense writer Patricia Highsmith. All participants are encouraged to read any one or more novels by this classic author — click the author name link to see everything in the Lincoln City Libraries’ holdings currently.

Patricia Highsmith was born in 1921 and died in 1995. She is perhaps best known for her series of novels featuring Ripley, starting with The Talented Mr. Ripley, and for the 1950 novel Strangers on a Train, which became an unforgettable Hitchcock suspense film in 1951. She had 5 Ripley novels and 17 stand-alone novels, as well as several short-story collections. The libraries have limited numbers of copies of most Highsmith books, although quite a few of them are available only in eBook formats. Hopefully, with a couple of month’s notice, Just Desserts members should be able to track down at least one Highsmith title to read before this month’s meeting!

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 Patricia Highsmith novels and/or short-stories, we’ll hold our traditional monthly “Round Robin”, in which everyone can describe whatever else they’ve been reading lately.

The Works of Patricia Highsmith handout in PDF form.

Zoom Link for this meeting: [https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89837554103?pwd=V25iVm1xSk0xeEpaWklFWTE4bG1qZz09]


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.

Wednesday, December 9, 2020 — 6:30-7:45 p.m.

The title for discussion at the December meeting is Dennis Staples’ This Town Sleeps.

Here’s the description from our catalog:

“Set on a reservation in far northern Minnesota, This Town Sleeps explores the many ways history, culture, landscape, and lineage shape our lives, our understanding of the world we inhabit, and the stories we tell ourselves to make sense of it all.

On an Ojibwe reservation called Languille Lake, within the small town of Geshig at the hub of the rez, two men enter into a secret romance. Marion Lafournier, a midtwenties gay Ojibwe man, begins a relationship with his former classmate Shannon, a heavily closeted white man. While Marion is far more open about his sexuality, neither is immune to the realities of the lives of gay men in small towns and closed societies.

One night, while roaming the dark streets of Geshig, Marion unknowingly brings back to life the spirit of a dog long buried in the elementary school playground. The mysterious revenant leads him to the grave of Kayden Kelliher, an Ojibwe basketball star who was murdered at the young age of seventeen and whose presence still lingers in the memories of the townsfolk. While investigating the fallen hero’s death, Marion discovers family connections and an old Ojibwe legend that may be the secret to unraveling the mystery he has found himself in.”

LET’S GET BOOKS TOGETHER MEETINGS FOR 2020 HAVE BEEN CANCELLED DUE THE LIBRARIES’ COVID-19 PANDEMIC SOCIAL DISTANCING SAFETY MEASURES. WE WILL UPDATE TO LET YOU KNOW ABOUT 2021 AND BEYOND WHEN WE HAVE ANYTHING TO SHARE — WE THANK YOU FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING!

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 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.

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.

  MARCH 12, 2020: NEBRASKA HERITAGE BOOK CLUB IN-PERSON MEETINGS THROUGH THE END OF 2020 HAVE BEEN CANCELLED DUE THE LIBRARIES’ CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC SOCIAL DISTANCING SAFETY MEASURES. MEETINGS SHIFTED TO ONLINE ZOOM MEETING SOFTWARE STARTING IN OCTOBER 2020, FOR THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE. WE WILL UPDATE TO LET YOU KNOW WHEN IN-PERSON MEETINGS CAN RESUME — WE THANK YOU FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING!


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

This month’s meeting will be held online via Zoom meeting software. If you wish to participate, contact us at heritage@lincolnlibraries.org by e-mail to receive an electronic invitation to that Zoom meeting! You’ll need to have Zoom installed, preferably with a computer/tablet/smartphone with a camera built in or attached.

The title for discussion at the January meeting is Dorcas Cavett’s My First 81 Years.

Here’s the description from our catalog:

“The author recounts her life as a classroom teacher, a mathematical instructor for educational television, a wife, and a stepmother.”


Friday, February 26 2021 — Noon-1:00 p.m.

This month’s meeting will be held online via Zoom meeting software. If you wish to participate, contact us at heritage@lincolnlibraries.org by e-mail to receive an electronic invitation to that Zoom meeting! You’ll need to have Zoom installed, preferably with a computer/tablet/smartphone with a camera built in or attached.

The title for discussion at the February meeting is Lee Child’s Worth Dying For.

Here’s the description from our catalog:

“There’s deadly trouble in the corn country of Nebraska . . . and Jack Reacher walks right into it. First he falls foul of the Duncans, a local clan that has terrified an entire county into submission. But it’s the unsolved case of a missing child, already decades-old, that Reacher can’t let go.

The Duncans want Reacher gone–and it’s not just past secrets they’re trying to hide. They’re awaiting a secret shipment that’s already late–and they have the kind of customers no one can afford to annoy. For as dangerous as the Duncans are, they’re just the bottom of a criminal food chain stretching halfway around the world.

For Reacher, it would have made much more sense to keep on going, to put some distance between himself and the hard-core trouble that’s bearing down on him.

For Reacher, that was also impossible.

Worth Dying For is the kind of explosive thriller only Lee Child could write and only Jack Reacher could survive–a heart-racing page-turner no suspense fan will want to miss.”


Friday, March 26 2021 — Noon-1:00 p.m.

This month’s meeting will be held online via Zoom meeting software. If you wish to participate, contact us at heritage@lincolnlibraries.org by e-mail to receive an electronic invitation to that Zoom meeting! You’ll need to have Zoom installed, preferably with a computer/tablet/smartphone with a camera built in or attached.

The title for discussion at the March meeting is Douglas Wellman and Mark Musick’s Boxes: The Secret Life of Howard Hughes.

Here’s the description from our catalog:

“Eva McLelland was good at keeping secrets, and she had a big one. Sworn to secrecy for thirty-one years until the death of her husband, Eva was at last able to come forward and share a story that turns twentieth century history on its head and fills in puzzling blanks in the mysterious life of the tycoon Howard Hughes. How could Hughes appear to witnesses as an emaciated, long finger-nailed, mental incompetent, yet fly a jet aircraft four months later? How could a doctor describe him as looking like a “prisoner of war,” when at the same time investment bankers, politicians, and diplomats who met him said he was articulate and well-groomed? The answer is a perfect example of the brilliance of the elusive billionaire. He simply found a mentally incompetent man to impersonate him, drawing the attention of the Internal Revenue Service and an army of lawyers who pursued him, while he conducted his business in peace from Panama with his new wife, Eva McLelland. Sound fantastic? It is. However, after seven years of research and verification, Eva’s story produces the final pieces in the mysterious puzzle that was Howard Hughes.”


Friday, April 23 2021 — Noon-1:00 p.m.

This month’s meeting will be held online via Zoom meeting software. If you wish to participate, contact us at heritage@lincolnlibraries.org by e-mail to receive an electronic invitation to that Zoom meeting! You’ll need to have Zoom installed, preferably with a computer/tablet/smartphone with a camera built in or attached.

The title for discussion at the April meeting is Jane Kleeb’s Harvest the Vote: How Democrats Can Win Again in Rural America.

Here’s the description from our catalog:

“The Democratic Party has lost an entire generation of rural voters. By focusing the majority of their message and resources on urban and coastal voters, Democrats have sacrificed entire regions of the country where there is more common ground and shared values than what appears on the surface.

In Harvest the Vote, Jane Kleeb, chair of Nebraska’s Democratic Party and founder of Bold Nebraska, brings us a lively and sweeping argument for why the Democrats shouldn’t turn away from rural America. As a party leader and longtime activist, Kleeb speaks from experience. She’s been fighting the national party for more resources and building a grassroots movement to flex the power of a voting bloc that has long been ignored and forgotten.

Kleeb persuasively argues that the hottest issues of the day can be solved hand in hand with rural people. On climate change, Kleeb shows that the vast spaces of rural America can be used to enact clean energy innovations. And issues of eminent domain and corporate overreach will galvanize unlikely alliances of family farmers, ranchers, small business owners, progressives, and tribal leaders, much as they did when she helped fight the Keystone XL pipeline. The hot-button issues of guns and abortion that the Republican Party uses to wedge voters against one another can be bridged by putting a megaphone next to issues critical to rural communities.

Written with a fiery voice and commonsense solutions, Harvest the Vote is both a call to action and a much-needed balm for a highly divided nation”


Friday, May 28 2021 — Noon-1:00 p.m.

This month’s meeting will be held online via Zoom meeting software. If you wish to participate, contact us at heritage@lincolnlibraries.org by e-mail to receive an electronic invitation to that Zoom meeting! You’ll need to have Zoom installed, preferably with a computer/tablet/smartphone with a camera built in or attached.

The title for discussion at the May meeting is Bob Greene’s Once Upon a Town: The Miracle of the North Platte Canteen.

Here’s the description from our catalog:

“In search of “the best America there ever was,” bestselling author and syndicated columnist Bob Greene finds it in a small Nebraska town few people pass through today — a town where Greene discovers the echoes of the most touching love story imaginable: a love story between a country and its sons.

North Platte, Nebraska, is as isolated as a small town can be, a solitary outpost in the vast midwestern plains, hours from the state’s urban centers of Omaha and Lincoln. But from Christmas Day 1941 to the end of World War II, a miracle happened there.

During the war, American soldiers from every city and walk of life rolled through North Platte on troop trains, en route to their ultimate destinations in Europe and the Pacific. The tiny town, wanting to offer the servicemen warmth and support, transformed its modest railroad depot into the North Platte Canteen — a place where soldiers could enjoy coffee, music, home-cooked food, magazines, and convivial, friendly conversation during a stopover that lasted only a few minutes. It was a haven for a never-ending stream of weary, homesick military personnel that provided them with the encouragement they needed to help them through the difficult times ahead.

Every day of the year, every day of the war, the Canteen — staffed and funded entirely by local volunteers — was open from 5 A.M. until the last troop train of the day pulled away after midnight. Astonishingly, this remote plains community of only twelve thousand people provided welcoming words, friendship, and baskets of food and treats to more than six million GIs by the time the war ended.

In this poignant and heartwarming eyewitness history, based on interviews with North Platte residents and the GIs who once passed through, Bob Greene unearths and reveals a classic, lost-in-the-mists-of-time American story of a grateful country honoring its brave and dedicated sons.”


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.
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@windstream.net  [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.

Circle 4 Book Discussion Group

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

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.

The Lincoln Book Club #1

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

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

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

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

Some examples of past books this group has read and discussed include: May 2012: Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James; Aug 2012: The Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie R. King; Sep 2012: The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera; Oct 2012: The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky; Nov 2012: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern; Dec 2012: A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness; Jan 2013: Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry; Feb 2013: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.

Lincoln Mom’s Book Club

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

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

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: A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles (February 2019)
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.

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
Group Contact: Scott Clark, email: starbaseandromeda@yahoo.com
We Discuss: Upcoming Titles for Discussion: August 2018: Ties of Power by Julie Czerneda; October 2018: Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon.

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; June 2018: Unnatural Issue by Mercedes Lackey; Way Station by Clifford Simak.

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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