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Book Groups

bookgroupslogo2— Book Club in a Bag!
— Books Talk at Bethany Branch
— Books Talk at Gere Branch
— Just Desserts Mystery Discussion Group
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
  onlinebooklisticon — Online Booklist Available!  blue-podcast-2 — Podcast Recording Available!

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

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


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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, to receive excellent reading suggestions for book groups in your e-mail each month.

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

Bethany BooksTalks welcomes everyone for a morning of good books. For the past sixteen years, speakers have presented a group of books, sometimes with a theme and sometimes not. These informal presentations allow for good conversation as well. The Bethany BooksTalk group meets every Friday morning, beginning at 10:30 A.M., unless otherwise noted. Approximately 15-20 regular attendees.

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

Our Fall/Winter 2019 schedule is listed below — although specific themes for some sessions are still t.b.a. Click the [ BOOKLIST ]  links (where available) — to see the online booklist for each talk after it has been presented! Click the [ PODCAST ] links to listen to an audio recording of this specific bookstalk!

DATE TITLE/THEME — PRESENTER.
June-August, 2019
Book Share Days — no presenters these weeks.
September 6, 2019
Title/Theme – T.B.A.Presenter T.B.A.
September 13, 2019
Title/Theme – T.B.A.Presenter T.B.A.
September 20 2019
[ No BooksTalk today ]Libraries closed for Staff In-Service Training Day
September 27, 2019
Steph and Karrie’s Awesome BooktalkKarrie S. and Stephanie E. from Anderson and Bethany Branches are today’s dual presenters.
October 4, 2019
Title/Theme – T.B.A.Presenter T.B.A.
October 11, 2019
Title/Theme – T.B.A.Jen J., from the Bennett Martin Public Library downtown, is today’s presenter.
October 18, 2019
Title/Theme – T.B.A.Sandy W., from the Gere Branch Library, is today’s presenter.
October 25, 2019
Title/Theme – T.B.A.Presenter T.B.A.
November 1, 2019
Title/Theme – T.B.A.Presenter T.B.A.
November 8, 2019
Title/Theme – T.B.A.Presenter T.B.A.
November 15, 2019
Title/Theme – T.B.A.Presenter T.B.A.
November 22, 2019
Susan’s SelectionsSusan S., Teen specialist from the Eiseley Branch Library, is today’s presenter, and will share some recent Teen Reads.
November 29, 2019
[ No BooksTalk today ] — Libraries closed the day after Thanksgiving
December 6, 2019
Great Books to Give as Gifts – 2019Vicki W., director of Youth Services for the library system, gives her annual talk featuring great books to consider at season gift-giving time.
December 13, 2019
Scott’s MiscellanyScott C., from the Bennett Martin Public Library downtown and manager of the libraries BookGuide readers advisory pages, is today’s presenter.
December 20, 2019
Title/Theme – T.B.A.Presenter T.B.A.
December 27, 2019
Title/Theme – T.B.A.Presenter T.B.A.

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


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

Everyone is welcome at Gere’s BooksTalk book discussion group! Each week during our Fall/Winter and Spring sessions, we hear about some great reading material from our featured presenter. Popular topics include mysteries, biographies, classic literature worth rereading, time travel books and romance fiction. Our presenters range from Lincoln City Libraries staff, to local authors, to members of the public with special interests to share. Several times a year, we participate in a book-share session, with each participant bringing several titles to talk about with the group. There’s no need to sign up in advance-we’re casual, friendly and always happy to see a new face, so join us, on Monday afternoons from 2:30-4:00 p.m., and broaden your reading horizons. Approximately 8-15 regular attendees.

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

Our Fall/Winter 2019 schedule is listed below — although specific themes for some sessions are still t.b.a. — Click the [ BOOKLIST ]  links (where available) — to see the online booklist for each talk after it has been presented! Click the [ PODCAST ] links to listen to an audio recording of this specific bookstalk!

DATE TITLE/THEME — PRESENTER.
SEE NOTE AT RIGHT –>
Special NoteDue to building work being done at Gere Branch this fall, there will be fewer Gere BooksTalks than usual — BooksTalks are only being held twice per month. Also, during the period when Gere is closed (October 7th through November 11th), the BooksTalks will be relocated to South Branch Library at 27th & South St.
September 9, 2019
Title/Theme – T.B.A.Gere Branch this week — Presenter T.B.A.
September 23, 2019
Title/Theme – T.B.A.Gere Branch this week — Presenter T.B.A.
October 7, 2019
Title/Theme – T.B.A.South Branch this week — Presenter T.B.A.
October 21, 2019
Title/Theme – T.B.A.South Branch this week — Presenter T.B.A.
November 4, 2019
Susan’s SelectionsSouth Branch this week — Susan S., Teen specialist from the Eiseley Branch Library, is today’s presenter, and will share some recent Teen Reads.
November 18, 2019
Title/Theme – T.B.A.Gere Branch this week — Presenter T.B.A.
December 2, 2019
Great Books to Give as Gifts – 2019Gere Branch this week — Vicki W., director of Youth Services for the library system, gives her annual talk featuring great books to consider at season gift-giving time.
December 16, 2019
Scott’s MiscellanyGere Branch this week — Scott C., from the Bennett Martin Public Library downtown and manager of the libraries BookGuide readers advisory pages, is today’s presenter.

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


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

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

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

mysiconThursday, August 29, 2019 — 6:30-7:45 p.m. <<<<< Our Next Meeting!!


In August, the group will read and discuss the first volume in the Cormoran Strike series of thrillers by the author Robert Galbraith (who, in reality, is “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling, writing under a pseudonym). The Cormoran Strike series has met with mixed critical response, and many readers tend to falling to either a “love it” or “hate it” camp. To date, from 2013 to 2018, there have been four volume. For the purposes of Just Desserts, we’ll be reading only The Cuckoo’s Calling, the first in the series. Here’s the plot description from the jacket blurb:


A gripping, elegant mystery steeped in the atmosphere of London – from the hushed streets of Mayfair to the backstreet pubs of the East End to the bustle of Soho – The Cuckoo’s Calling is a remarkable book. Introducing Cormoran Strike, this is the acclaimed first crime novel by J.K. Rowling, writing under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.


When a troubled model falls to her death from a snow-covered Mayfair balcony, it is assumed that she has committed suicide. However, her brother has his doubts, and calls in private investigator Cormoran Strike to look into the case.


Strike is a war veteran – wounded both physically and psychologically – and his life is in disarray. The case gives him a financial lifeline, but it comes at a personal cost: the more he delves into the young model’s complex world, the darker things get – and the closer he gets to terrible danger.


To find out more about “Robert Galbraith” (a.k.a. J.K. Rowling) and the novels released under that name, follow these links:


Robert Galbraith entry on Wikipedia — redirects to J.K. Rowling entry

The official Robert Galbraith website

Robert Galbraith entry on www.fantasticfiction.com, with links to individual books


Hotlink into the Lincoln City Libraries catalog for the novel The Cuckoo’s Calling, which the libraries have in hardback, large type, ebook, and downloadable audiobook formats.

mysiconThursday, September 26, 2019 — 6:30-7:45 p.m.


In the vein of our annual “Series Share”, but with a notably different focus, we’re going to try a “Memorable Stand-Alone Mysteries” night in September! All participants will be encouraged to share some details about a “Stand-Alone” mystery/suspense/thriller novel that made an impact on them! What made it so memorable? The plot? the setting? The characters? The writing style?


Titles shared can be older classics, or recent releases, but they can’t be part of a series — these novels need to stand on their own! The author might also write series novels, but for this meeting, don’t discuss any of their “series” entries.


Attendees at Just Desserts are always looking for great new novels to sample…here’s hope that this “Memorable Stand Alone Mysteries” meeting gives many of us some new authors and titles 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 “Stand Alones” may take more time than anticipated!

mysiconThursday, October 24, 2019 — 6:30-7:45 p.m.
[One week earlier than usual, so as to not conflict with Halloween!]


For our final meeting of 2019, in October, the Just Desserts group will be looking back at one of the most classic American mystery writers of the 20th century — Raymond Chandler, and his series of novels and short stories featuring the sleuth Philip Marlowe.


Though Philip Marlowe first appeared in the 1939 novel The Big Sleep, several earlier stories written by Chandler for the pulps featured characters very much like Marlowe but with other names (like Carmady and John Dalmas). Those stories were retroactively turned into Marlowe stories when they were reprinted in book/collection form and the earlier characters renamed “Philip Marlowe”.


Marlow was a wise-cracking, tough-drinking, down-on-his-luck gumshoe, the epitome of the “Noir” style of detective, as played by actor Humphrey Bogart in the film version of The Big Sleep. During the period from 1939 to 1958, Chandler finished seven Marlowe novels, and a handful of short stories. Chandler had begun work on the eighth Marlowe novel, Poodle Springs, but had only completed the first four chapters by the time he passed away in 1959. Robert B. Parker (best know for the Spenser for Hire novels) completed Poodle Springs, which eventually was published in 1989. [Note: Parker went on to write an original Marlowe novel, Perchance to Dream — one of several “authorized” books to continue the Marlowe series.]

To find out more about Raymond Chandler (1888-1959) and his Philip Marlowe novels, follow these links:


Philip Marlowe entry on Wikipedia

Raymond Chandler entry on www.fantasticfiction.com, with links to info on the individual books

Wikipedia entry on Raymond Chandler

Hotlink into the Lincoln City Libraries catalog for Raymond Chandler’s Philip Marlowe novels (be aware this also lists Marlowe titles by authors other than Chandler)


[Here are individual links to Chandler’s Marlowe novels and/or story collections in the libraries’ online catalog: The Big Sleep (1939), Farewell My Lovely (1940), The High Window (1942), The Lady in the Lake (1943), Little Sister (1949), The Simple Art of Murder (1950 short stories & essay), Trouble is My Business (1950 short stories), The Long Goodbye (1953), and Playback (1958).]

Bennett Martin Public LibraryLets 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., 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.

Meetings take place on the second floor in the NE room, just outside the main elevator.

 

Wednesday, January 9, 2019 — 6:30-7:45 p.m.

The group will start their meetings at the downtown library on January 9th, 2019 — attendees at this meeting will have a voice in deciding what books to read at forthcoming meetings! Come join us!

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 — 6:30-7:45 p.m.

The title for discussion at the February meeting is Seanan McGuire’s Every Heart a Doorway.

Here’s the description from our catalog:

“Children have always disappeared from Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children under the right conditions; slipping through the shadows under a bed or at the back of a wardrobe, tumbling down rabbit holes and into old wells, and emerging somewhere… else. But magical lands have little need for used-up miracle children. Nancy tumbled once, but now she’s back. The things she’s experienced… they change a person. The children under Miss West’s care understand all too well. And each of them is seeking a way back to their own fantasy world. But Nancy’s arrival marks a change at the Home. There’s a darkness just around each corner, and when tragedy strikes, it’s up to Nancy and her new-found schoolmates to get to the heart of the matter. No matter the cost.”

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 — 6:30-7:45 p.m.

The title for discussion at the March meeting is Becky Albertalli’s What If It’s Us.

Here’s the description from our catalog:

“Told in two voices, when Arthur, a summer intern from Georgia, and Ben, a native New Yorker, meet it seems like fate, but after three attempts at dating fail they wonder if the universe is pushing them together or apart.”

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 — 6:30-7:45 p.m.

The title for discussion at the March meeting is Katrina Carrasco’s The Best Bad Things.

Here’s the description from our catalog:

“1887. Alma Rosales was trained in espionage by the Pinkerton Detective Agency, but dismissed for bad behavior and a penchant for going undercover as a man. She now works for Delphine Beaumond, the mastermind of a West Coast smuggling ring. When product goes missing at their Washington Territory outpost, Alma– in disguise as dockworker Jack Camp– muscles her way into the local organization while sending coded dispatches to Pinkerton agents to keep them from closing in. But it’s getting harder to keep her cover stories straight and to know whom to trust…”

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 — 6:30-7:45 p.m.

The title for discussion at the May meeting is Becky Chambers’ The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet.

Here’s the description from our catalog:

“Follow a motley crew on an exciting journey through space–and one adventurous young explorer who discovers the meaning of family in the far reaches of the universe — in this light-hearted debut space opera from a rising sci-fi star.

Rosemary Harper doesn’t expect much when she joins the crew of the aging Wayfarer. While the patched-up ship has seen better days, it offers her a bed, a chance to explore the far-off corners of the galaxy, and most importantly, some distance from her past. An introspective young woman who learned early to keep to herself, she’s never met anyone remotely like the ship’s diverse crew, including Sissix, the exotic reptilian pilot, chatty engineers Kizzy and Jenks who keep the ship running, and Ashby, their noble captain.

Life aboard the Wayfarer is chaotic and crazy — exactly what Rosemary wants. It’s also about to get extremely dangerous when the crew is offered the job of a lifetime. Tunneling wormholes through space to a distant planet is definitely lucrative and will keep them comfortable for years. But risking her life wasn’t part of the plan. In the far reaches of deep space, the tiny Wayfarer crew will confront a host of unexpected mishaps and thrilling adventures that force them to depend on each other. To survive, Rosemary’s got to learn how to rely on this assortment of oddballs — an experience that teaches her about love and trust, and that having a family isn’t necessarily the worst thing in the universe.”

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 — 6:30-7:45 p.m.

This month’s theme will be “Non-Fiction”, and is a “Book Share” month — participants are encouraged to read any non-fiction books related to the group’s themes, and be prepared to share a brief description/review with the rest of the group this evening.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 — 6:30-7:45 p.m.

One Book - One LincolnThe July meeting of Let’s Get Books Together will be an official One Book – One Lincoln book discussion. This will be an opportunity t0 discuss The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai – one of the three finalists for One Book – One Lincoln in 2019.

Here’s the description:

A dazzling new novel of friendship and redemption in the face of tragedy and loss set in 1980s Chicago and contemporary Paris

In 1985, Yale Tishman, the development director for an art gallery in Chicago, is about to pull off an amazing coup, bringing in an extraordinary collection of 1920s paintings as a gift to the gallery. Yet as his career begins to flourish, the carnage of the AIDS epidemic grows around him. One by one, his friends are dying and after his friend Nico’s funeral, the virus circles closer and closer to Yale himself. Soon the only person he has left is Fiona, Nico’s little sister.

Thirty years later, Fiona is in Paris tracking down her estranged daughter who disappeared into a cult. While staying with an old friend, a famous photographer who documented the Chicago crisis, she finds herself finally grappling with the devastating ways AIDS affected her life and her relationship with her daughter. The two intertwining stories take us through the heartbreak of the eighties and the chaos of the modern world, as both Yale and Fiona struggle to find goodness in the midst of disaster.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 — 6:30-7:45 p.m.   <<<<< Our Next Meeting!!

The title for discussion at the August meeting is Jordy Rosenburg’s Confessions of the Fox.

Here’s the description from our catalog:

“Jack Sheppard and Edgeworth Bess were the most notorious thieves, jailbreakers, and lovers of eighteenth-century London. Yet no one knows the true story; their confessions have never been found.

Until now. Reeling from heartbreak, a scholar named Dr. Voth discovers a long-lost manuscript–a gender-defying exposé of Jack and Bess’s adventures. Is Confessions of the Fox an authentic autobiography or a hoax? As Dr. Voth is drawn deeper into Jack and Bess’s tale of underworld resistance and gender transformation, it becomes clear that their fates are intertwined–and only a miracle will save them all.

Writing with the narrative mastery of Sarah Waters and the playful imagination of Nabokov, Jordy Rosenberg is an audacious storyteller of extraordinary talent.”

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 — 6:30-7:45 p.m.

The title for discussion at the September meeting is Lara Elena Donnelly’s Amberlough.

Here’s the description from our catalog:

“The Smuggler: By day, Aristide Makricosta is the emcee for Amberlough City’s top nightclub. By night, he moves drugs and refugees under the noses of crooked cops. The Spy: Covert agent Cyril DePaul thinks he’s good at keeping secrets, but after a disastrous mission abroad, he makes a dangerous choice to protect himself and hopefully Aristide too. The Dancer: Streetwise Cordelia Lehane, burlesque performer at the Bumble Bee Cabaret and Aristide’s runner, could be the key to Cyril’s plans, if she can be trusted. As the twinkling marquees lights yield to the rising flames of a fascist revolution, these three will struggle to survive using whatever means and people necessary.”

Wednesday, October 9, 2019 — 6:30-7:45 p.m.

The title for discussion at the October meeting is Laura Lam’s Pantomime.

Here’s the description from our catalog:

“R.H. Ragona’s Circus of Magic is the greatest circus of Ellada. Nestled among the glowing blue Penglass – remnants of a mysterious civilisation long gone – are wonders beyond the wildest imagination. It’s a place where anything seems possible, where if you close your eyes you can believe that the magic and knowledge of the vanished Chimeras is still there. It’s a place where anyone can hide.

Iphigenia Laurus, or Gene, the daughter of a noble family, is uncomfortable in corsets and crinoline, and prefers climbing trees to debutante balls. Micah Grey, a runaway living on the streets, joins the circus as an aerialist’s apprentice and soon becomes the circus’s rising star. But Gene and Micah have balancing acts of their own to perform, and a secret in their blood that could unlock the mysteries of Ellada.”
 

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 — 6:30-7:45 p.m.

The title for discussion at the November meeting is Kai Chen Tong’s Fierce Femmes and Notorious Liars: A Dangerous Trans Girl’s Confabulous Memoir.

Here’s the description from our catalog:

Fierce Femmes and Notorious Liars: A Dangerous Trans Girl’s Confabulous Memoir is a coming-of-age story about a young Asian trans girl, pathological liar, and kung-fu expert who runs away from her parents’ abusive home in a rainy city called Gloom. Striking off on her own, she finds her true family in a group of larger-than-life trans femmes who make their home in a mysterious pleasure district known only as the Street of Miracles. Under the wings of this fierce and fabulous flock, she blossoms into the woman she has always dreamed of being, with a little help from the unscrupulous Doctor Crocodile. When one of their number is brutally murdered, our protagonist joins her sisters in forming a vigilante gang to fight back against the transphobes, violent johns, and cops that stalk the Street of Miracles. But when things go terribly wrong, she must find the truth within herself in order to stop the violence and discover what it really means to grow up and find your family.”

Wednesday, December 11, 2019 — 6:30-7:45 p.m.

The title for discussion at the May meeting is Andrea Lawlor’s Paul Takes the Form of a Normal Girl.

This title is still being ordered by the library.


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. Feel free to bring lunch. 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.

 

Friday, February 22, 2019 — Noon-1:00 p.m.

The title for discussion at the February meeting is Gabe Parks’ Nebraska Trivia.

Here’s the description from our catalog:

“Nebraska Trivia is the who, what, when, where, and how book of the great state of Nebraska. Filled with interesting questions and answers about well-known and not so well-known facts of this colorful, historic state, Nebraska Trivia will provide hours of entertainment and education. Designed for use in a wide variety of settings―home, office, school, parties―it focuses on the history, culture, people, and places of the fascinating Cornhusker State. Nebraska Trivia is readily adaptable for use with trivia format games.”

Friday, March 22, 2019 — Noon-1:00 p.m.

The featured title for March is Bess Streeter Aldrich’s The Rim of the Prairie.

A special treat is in store for March 22.  The group indicated that we would like to take a field trip to Elmwood, NE, the home of Mrs. Aldrich. If you are interested in attending, contact the Heritage Room at 402-441-8516.

We will start at the museum (124 West D Street), which is in the back half of the Elmwood Library at 1:30.  That part of our tour will take about 30 minutes. Then we will drive about 4 blocks to the Aldrich House, 204 East F Street.  That will take about 45-60 minutes.  The exhibit in March is vintage sheet music, music boxes, and vintage musical instruments.  There is a $5.00 charge.

You will appreciate the book even more when you visit Elmwood.

If you would like to carpool, we will meet in the Kohl’s parking lot (just north of 84th & O Streets) at 12:45.

Here’s the description from the back cover of the book:

“A western story set in a small town in Nebraska on ‘the rim of the prairie.’ The characters include a gay, tantalizing heroine made more attractive by a hint of mystery, a steadfast hero, and two delightful pioneers.”

Friday, April 26, 2019 — Noon-1:00 p.m.

The title for discussion at the February meeting is Stephanie Grace Whitson’s Karyn’s Memory Box.

Here’s the description from our catalog:

“Prairie life challenges newlywed Karyn Ritter, but she finds beauty in the wilderness while learning that love can come from unexpected places.”

Friday, May 24, 2019 — Noon-1:00 p.m.

The title for discussion at the February meeting is Ted Genoways’ This Blessed Earth: A Year in the Life of an American Family Farm. This title is the selection for One Book One Nebraska for 2019.

Here’s the description from our catalog:

“The family farm lies at the heart of our national identity, and yet its future is in peril. Rick Hammond grew up on a farm, and for forty years he has raised cattle and crops on his wife’s fifth-generation homestead in Nebraska, in hopes of passing it on to their four children. But as the handoff nears, their small family farm — and their entire way of life — are under siege. Beyond the threat posed by rising corporate ownership of land and livestock, the Hammonds are confronted by encroaching pipelines, groundwater depletion, climate change, and shifting trade policies. Add GMOs, pesticides, and fossil fuel pollution to their list of troubles and the question is: can the family farm survive in America?”

Friday, June 28, 2019 — Noon-1:00 p.m.

The titles for discussion at the June meeting are the picture books of Bruce Arant, including Simpson’s Sheep Won’t Go To Sleep!

Here’s the description of that specific title, from our catalog:

“Farmer Simpson works all day. He plants his corn, and beans, and hay. His feet get tired, his nose gets red. At night, he likes to go to bed. But Simpson’s sheep have other plans–and sleep is not one of them! They think of every excuse to stay awake. They need a drink. They want a snack. They have to “go!” They like to yack. Will poor Simpson ever find a way to lull his sheep to sleep? Illustrated with soft pastel drawings that are both silly and soothing–Simpson’s Sheep Won’t Go to Sleep! is a story for every parent who has put a child to bed–and every child who has creatively resisted.”

Friday, July 26, 2019 — Noon-1:00 p.m. <<<<< Next Meeting

The title for discussion at the July meeting is Theodore Wheeler’s Kings of Broken Things.

Here’s the description from our catalog:

“With characters depicted in precise detail and wide panorama–a kept-woman’s parlor, a contentious interracial baseball game on the Fourth of July, and the tragic true events of the Omaha Race Riot of 1919 — Kings of Broken Things reveals the folly of human nature in an era of astonishing ambition.

During the waning days of World War I, three lost souls find themselves adrift in Omaha, Nebraska, at a time of unprecedented nationalism, xenophobia, and political corruption. Adolescent European refugee Karel Miihlstein’s life is transformed after neighborhood boys discover his prodigious natural talent for baseball. Jake Strauss, a young man with a violent past and desperate for a second chance, is drawn into a criminal underworld. Evie Chambers, a kept woman, is trying to make ends meet and looking every which way to escape her cheerless existence.

As wounded soldiers return from the front and black migrant workers move north in search of economic opportunity, the immigrant wards of Omaha become a tinderbox of racial resentment stoked by unscrupulous politicians. Punctuated by an unspeakable act of mob violence, the fates of Karel, Jake, and Evie will become inexorably entangled with the schemes of a ruthless political boss whose will to power knows no bounds.

Written in the tradition of Don DeLillo and Colum McCann, with a great debt to Ralph Ellison, Theodore Wheeler’s debut novel Kings of Broken Things is a panoramic view of a city on the brink of implosion during the course of this summer of strife.”

Theodore Wheeler, the author of Kings of Broken Things, will be joining the group for this month’s discussion.

Friday, August 23, 2019 — Noon-1:00 p.m.

The title for discussion at the August meeting is Mary K. Stillwell’s The Life and Poetry of Ted Kooser.

Here’s the description from our catalog:

“Like a flash of lightning it came to him— the unathletic high school student Ted Kooser saw a future as a famous poet that promised everything: glory, immortality, a bohemian lifestyle (no more doing dishes, no more cleaning his room), and, particularly important to the lonely teenager, girls! Unlike most kids with a sudden ambition, Kooser, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry and thirteenth poet laureate of the United States, made good on his dream. But glory was a long time coming, and along the way Kooser lived the life that has made his poetry what it is, as deeply grounded in family, work, and the natural world as it is attuned to the nuances of language.

Just as so much of Kooser’ s own writing weaves geography, history, and family stories into its measures, so does this first critical biography consider the poet’ s work and life together: his upbringing in Iowa, his studies in Nebraska with poet Karl Shapiro as mentor, his career in insurance, his family life, his bout with cancer, and, always, his poetry. Combining a fine appreciation of Kooser’ s work and life, this book finally provides a fuller and more complex picture of a writer who, perhaps more than any other, has brought the Great Plains and the Midwest, lived large and small, into the poetry of our day.”

Friday, September 19, 2019 — Noon-1:00 p.m.

The title for discussion at the September meeting meeting has not yet been selected. Attendees at upcoming meetings will have input into selecting this month’s title/author.

Friday, Octoboer 25, 2019 — Noon-1:00 p.m.

The author for discussion at the October meeting is Terese Svoboda, however no specific titles have been selected. Participants can read any of Terese Svoboda’s work, up to and including her laltest, Great American Desert.

The author, Terese Svoboda, will be joining the group for this discussion.

Friday, November 22, 2019 — Noon-1:00 p.m.

The title for discussion at the November meeting has not yet been selected. Attendees at upcoming meetings will have input into selecting this month’s title/author.

[Reminder: There is no meeting in December 2019.]

Friday, January 24, 2020 — Noon-1:00 p.m.

The title for discussion at the January meeting is Christine Harris’ The Gypsy in My Soul.

Here’s the description from our catalog:

“Poland, 1943-Heinrich Himmler orders the mass deportation of Gypsies to concentration camps. Sasha Karmazin, a Gypsy woman living in Warsaw, Poland, is torn from her family by the Gestapo and must leave behind her Polish husband, Henryk, and her two teenage sons, Karl and Dimitri. After being transported to Auschwitz, Europe’s largest Nazi concentration camp, Sasha is forced to work as an interpreter for the Nazis. Her survival depends on her wits, and she will do anything to stay alive.

Nebraska, 1976-Beth Karmazin, a beautiful, bronze-skinned young woman and daughter of Karl Karmazin, is all too aware of her Gypsy heritage. But when she learns that her grandmother Sasha, presumed to be dead, is accused of having taken a Nazi lover and collaborating with the Nazi’s while at Auschwitz, Beth is determined to prove her grandmother’s innocence.

Beth’s commitment takes her on a three-year quest deep into Communist-controlled Eastern Europe at the height of the Cold War, a journey that changes not only her life, but also the course of history.

Seamlessly moving from the turbulent 1940s to the 1980s, The Gypsy in My Soul creates a riveting portrait of one woman’s devotion to family-and to uncovering the truth.”

[Reminder: There is no meeting in December 2019.]

Charles H. Gere Branch LibraryGreat Books Reading and Discussion Group

The Great Books Reading and Discussion Group is not a class. It is open to everyone interested in talking about some of the classics of the written word. This group meets twice-monthly at the Gere Branch library. Delve deeper into questions surrounding the seven deadly sins with this much-awaited sequel to The Seven Deadly Sins Sampler. This year we feature EVEN DEADLIER, an anthology of fourteen short stories published by the Great Books Foundation. Limited copies are available through the library. You can order a copy from the Great Books Foundation online at greatbooks.org or by calling 800-222-5870 and ask for Great Conversations 6, directly from the Great Books Foundation.

For more information call Discussion leader Will Hass at (402-742-9819) or email: wilhass(at)hotmail.com

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

The 2018-2019 Great Books Reading and Discussion Group season runs Fall to Spring; check out the list of 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)

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


National Book Clubs

ALA Book Club Central
[2017–present]
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The Masterpiece Theatre Book and Film Club

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

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

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

Plus these no-longer-active National Book Clubs:


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readandwritenebReading and Writing Nebraska [R 028.9 Kru]

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


Aldersgate Book Clubs

Where We Meet: Aldersgate United Methodist Church
8320 South St.
We meet in individual homes 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.

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

Indigo Bridge Books, in the Creamery Building in the heart of Lincoln’s downtown Haymarket District, sponsors several regularly scheduled bookclubs, with specific themes. Most of these clubs focus on discussing a specific, pre-selected book at each meeting, as identified below. To see the specifics, including titles scheduled for upcoming discussions, please visit the Indigo Bridge Books Web site, and click on Book Clubs.
Graphic Novel Book Club
2nd and 4th Wednesdays
7:00 P.M.
Known to the group as GNBC, this book club self-describes their meeting as, “We spend anywhere from 1-3 hours discussing the reading selection, similar topics and things not even tangentially related. Whenever possible we make-up excuses to see comic adaptations together. Or have a holiday party. Or play board games. The group currently meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month. Check the Indigo Bridge Books web site for specific dates and titles.
Upcoming Book Discussions: Apr 11 2018: Saga Vol. 8 by Brian K. Vaughn & Fiona Staples; Apr 25 2018: Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Vol. 1 by Ryan North and Erica Henderson. See schedule on the Indigo Bridge web site. Book titles not posted for individual meetings on that web site.
We Discuss: Past titles discussed include: The Losers by Andy Diggle; Kiss Ass by Mark Miller; Joker by Brian Azzarello; and Luther by Brian Azzarello, Like a Sniper Lining Up His Shot by Jean-Patrick Manchette; (Sept 28) Axe Cop by Malachai Nicolle; (Oct 12) Petrograd by Philip Gelatt; The Crow by James O’Barr; (Nov 9) The Three Paradoxes by Paul Hornschemeier.
The Human Rights Book Club
[Meeting schedule unknown – check with Indigo bridge] This book club meets monthly to discuss topical books for culturally relevant human rights crises. The members work to humanize groups in our society that may get unfairly represented in news media, court systems, cultural media and every day life.
Upcoming Book Discussions: See schedule on the Indigo Bridge web site. Book titles not posted for individual meetings on that web site.
The Modern Fiction Book Club
First Thursday of every month at 7:00 p.m. The Modern Fiction Book Club meets once per month, to discuss general fiction titles.
Upcoming Book Discussions: May 3 2018: How Winter Began by Joy Castro (featuring Joy Castro in attendance); Jun 7 2018: When Will There Be Good News by Kate Atkinson. See schedule on the Indigo Bridge web site. Book titles not posted for individual meetings on that web site.
The Young Adult Book Club
The last Tuesday of every month, at 7:00 p.m. Aimed at readers, ages 13 to 20, this group meets monthly.
Upcoming Book Discussions: Apr 24 2018: Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao; May 29 2018: Turtles All the Way Down by John Green. See schedule on the Indigo Bridge web site. Book titles not posted for individual meetings on that web site.

The Lincoln Book Club #1

Where We Meet: Join the group at Facebook.com for additional information (you must be logged into your Facebook account to view this page!)
When and Where We Meet: Monthly — 3:00 p.m. — the first Sunday of every month — at locations to be determined — check the Facebook page for the most up-to-date information — this group appears to have gone dormant 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, 325-0246
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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