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bookgroupslogo2LIBRARY-SPONSORED BOOK GROUPS/MATERIALS:
— Book Club in a Bag!
BooksTalk at Bethany Branch
BooksTalk at South BranchNew -- starting in September 2021!
B.Y.O.B(ook) ClubNew -- starting in January 2022!
— Just Desserts Mystery Discussion Group
Let’s Get Books Together — An LGBTQ Book Group
The Nebraska Heritage Book Club
Once Upon a Crime – True Crime BooksTalksNew -- starting in September 2021!
NON-LIBRARY BOOK GROUPS:
“Great Books Reading and Discussion Group”
National Book Clubs (Oprah, Reese’s Book Club, etc.)
— Non-Library Book Clubs


Book Talks and Book Discussion Groups

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

mysicon — Mysteries discussed  romicon — Romance fiction discussed  sficon — Science Fiction discussed  westicon — Western fiction discussed
  [ BOOKLIST ] — Online Booklist Available, as either a web page or PDF!  [ PODCAST ] — Podcast Recording Available!

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

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


BCinaBag-200Book Club in a Bag!

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

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

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Bethany Branch LibraryBooksTalks at Bethany
Bethany Branch
1810 North Cotner Blvd.
Every Friday Morning, 10:30-11:30 a.m.

441-8550

Bethany BooksTalks welcomes everyone for a morning of good books. Since 2001, speakers have presented a group of books, sometimes with a theme and sometimes not. These informal presentations allow for good conversation as well. The Bethany BooksTalk group meets every Friday morning, beginning at 10:30 A.M., unless otherwise noted. Approximately 15-20 regular attendees.

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

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

Date Program Description
August 6, 2021
Book Share Day — no presenter. [ BOOKLIST ]
August 13, 2021
Book Share Day — no presenter. [ BOOKLIST ]
August 20, 2021
Book Share Day — no presenter.
August 27, 2021
Book Share Day — no presenter. [ BOOKLIST ]
September 3, 2021
The 2021 Alex Award Winners — Wyatt P. and Aubrey S., from the Gere Branch, are today’s presenters. [ BOOKLIST ]
September 10, 2021
Book Bingo — Linda V., from the Anderson and Bethany Branch libraries, is today’s presenter.
September 17, 2021
It’s Criminal — Jennifer J., from the Bennett Martin Public Library downtown, is today’s presenter, with a presentation on True Crime titles. [ BOOKLIST ]
September 14, 2021
Selections from the Polley Music Library — Scott S., Music librarian from the Polley Music Library at the downtown library, is today’s presenter. [ BOOKLIST ]
October 1, 2021
ALA Notable Books — Pat Leach, Lincoln City Libraries Director, presents her annual ALA Notable Books presentation. [ BOOKLIST ]
October 8, 2021
Karrie and Steph’s Awesome Book Talk — Karrie S. and Steph E., from the Anderson and Bethany Branches, are today’s presenters. [ BOOKLIST ]
October 15, 2021
One Book — One Lincoln — Caitlin L., coordinator of the 2021 One Book — One Lincoln, is today’s presenter.One Book - One Lincoln
October 22, 2021
Marcy’s Reading List – Fall 2021 — Marcy G., from the South Branch Library, is today’s presenter. [ BOOKLIST ]Mystery fiction content
October 29, 2021
2021 Booker Prize Longlist — Jodi R., from the Anderson and Bethany Branch Libraries, presents her annual talk on the year’s Booker Prize Longlist titles, for the best novels published in English in the U.K. or Ireland. [See the Booker Prize page on BookGuide for past winners!] [ BOOKLIST ]
November 5, 2021
Recent Historical Fiction – American Subjects — Chery B., from the Anderson and Bethany Branch Libraries, is today’s presenter. [ BOOKLIST ]
November 12, 2021
Scott’s Grab Bag – Fall 2021 — Scott C., from the Bennett Martin Public Library downtown, and manager of the BookGuide online resources, is today’s presenter. [ BOOKLIST ]
November 19, 2021
Science Fiction contentScience Fiction with Nathan / Tracy’s Recent Reads – 2021 — Tracy T. and Nathan H., from the Anderson and Bethany Branch Libraries, are today’s presenters. [ Nathan’s BOOKLIST ] | [ Tracy’s BOOKLIST ]
November 26, 2021
NO BOOKSTALK TODAY — The Libraries are all closed for the Thanksgiving holiday.
December 3, 2021
Susan’s Selections — Susan S., teen specialist from the Eiseley Branch Library, is today’s presenter.
December 10, 2021
Great Books for Giving, 2020Great Books to Give as Gifts — Vicki Wood, coordinator of Youth Services for the library system, presents her annual talk featuring books that would make for great holiday gifts. [ BOOKLIST ]
December 17, 2021
Topic T.B.A. — Lisa V., from the Eiseley Branch Library, is today’s presenter.
December 24, 2021
NO BOOKSTALK TODAY — Christmas Eve.
December 31, 2021
NO BOOKSTALK TODAY — New Years Eve.

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 LibraryBooksTalks at Gere
Gere Branch
2400 South 56th Street
currently on hiatus

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 alerts with the next message that is sent!

PLEASE NOTE: During the Fall/Winter 2020 and Winter/Spring 2021 sessions, due to the ongoing public safety procedures that the libraries have in place, the Bethany BooksTalks and Gere BooksTalks groups were combined into a single weekly meeting online, using Zoom meeting software. Zoom meetings have been discontinued as of July 2021. The Gere BooksTalk group is taking a hiatus during the Fall/Winter of 2021, as the South BooksTalk group is launched on Thursday evenings (see below).

Date Program Description
 
The Gere BooksTalk group is on hiatus for the Fall/Winter 2021 season. Please check out the new South Branch BooksTalk group!

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


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

441-8570

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

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

Date Program Description
September 2, 2021
Marcy’s Reading List – Fall 2021 — Marcy G., from the South Branch Library, is today’s presenter, sharing some of her recent reads. [ BOOKLIST ] Mystery fiction content
September 9, 2021
2021 Booker Prize Longlist — Jodi R., from the Anderson and Bethany Branch Libraries, presents her annual talk on the year’s Booker Prize Longlist titles, for the best novels published in English in the U.K. or Ireland. [See the Booker Prize page on BookGuide for past winners!] [ BOOKLIST ]
September 16, 2021
The 2021 Alex Award Winners — Wyatt P. and Aubrey S., from the Gere Branch, are today’s presenters. [ BOOKLIST ]
September 23, 2021
It’s Criminal! — Jennifer J., from the Bennett Martin Public Library downtown, is today’s presenter, with a presentation on True Crime titles. [ BOOKLIST ]
September 30, 2021
Selections from the Polley Music Library — Scott S., music librarian in the Polley Music Library, is today’s presenter. [ BOOKLIST ]
October 7, 2021
Book Bingo — Linda V., from the Anderson and Bethany Branch libraries, is today’s presenter.
October 14, 2021
Karrie and Steph’s Awesome Book Talk — Karrie S. and Steph E., from the Anderson and Bethany Branches, are today’s presenters. [ BOOKLIST ]
October 21, 2021
One Book — One Lincoln — Caitlin L., coordinator of the 2021 One Book — One Lincoln, is today’s presenter.One Book - One Lincoln
October 28, 2021
Switch Games: What’s Available, What They Are, and How They Work — Cal and Laurie, from the Gere Branch Library, are today’s presenters.
November 4, 2021
Scott’s Grab Bag – Fall 2021 — Scott C., from the Bennett Martin Public Library downtown, and manager of the BookGuide online resources, is today’s presenter. [ BOOKLIST ]
November 11, 2021
No BooksTalk Today — The Libraries are all closed for the Veterans Day holiday.
November 18, 2021
Susan’s Selections — Susan S., teen specialist from the Eiseley Branch Library, is today’s presenter.
November 25, 2021
No BooksTalk Today — The Libraries are all closed for the Thanksgiving holiday.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Date Program Description
January 19, 2022
Theme for the First Meeting — A book you wish you could read again for the 1st time!
February 16, 2022
Theme — t.b.a.
March 16, 2022
Theme — t.b.a.
April 20, 2022
Theme — t.b.a.
May 18, 2022
Theme — t.b.a.
June 15, 2022
Theme — t.b.a.

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

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

The Just Desserts discussion group, focusing exclusively on Mystery Fiction, meets monthly at the Bennett Martin Public Library, downtown. This group meets the last Thursday evening of each month, January through October, 6:45 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 (BookGuide@lincoln.ne.gov), or fill out our sign-up form at our E-mail Group Signups page. To see a list of the mysteries discussed by the Just Desserts group in the past, visit our Just Desserts archives page…or you can print out a list of the titles discussed in the first ten years of Just Desserts. If you missed one of our past meetings and would like to contribute your own opinion about one of the books we discussed, visit the Just Desserts Blog, and leave a comment on one of the book entries!

mysiconNovember and December 2021 hiatus assignment

During our traditional end-of-year holiday hiatus in November and December 2021, Just Desserts members are given the following reading suggestion: Either or both of Wilkie Collins’ two classic mystery novels, which helped set the tone of mystery fiction for decades after their release — The Woman in White (1859) and The Moonstone (1868). You are encouraged to read either or both of older novels, then visit this discussion post on the Just Desserts Blog (coming soon) and leave a comment in a response to that post, sharing your thoughts on whichever novel you sampled.

For those who are unfamiliar with Wilkie Collins, and these two novels, here’s some general background, and an overview of the novels:

From his Wikipedia entry: William Wilkie Collins (8 January 1824 – 23 September 1889) was an English novelist and playwright known for The Woman in White (1859), and for The Moonstone (1868), which has been posited as the first modern English detective novel. Born to the London painter William Collins and his wife, he moved with the family to Italy when he was twelve, living there and in France for two years and learning Italian and French. He worked initially as a tea merchant. After publishing Antonina, his first novel, in 1850, Collins met Charles Dickens, who became a friend and mentor. Some Collins work first appeared in Dickens’s journals Household Words and All the Year Round. They also collaborated on drama and fiction. Collins gained financial stability and an international following by the 1860s, but began to suffer from gout and became addicted to the opium he took for the pain, so that his health and writing quality declined in the 1870s and 1880s. Collins was critical of the institution of marriage: he split his time between widow Caroline Graves – living with her for most of his adult life, treating her daughter as his – and the younger Martha Rudd, by whom he had three children.

The Woman in White: This dramatic tale, inspired by an actual criminal case, is told through multiple narrators. Frederick Fairlie, a wealthy hypochondriac, hires virtuous Walter Hartright to tutor his beautiful niece and heiress, Laura, and her homely, courageous half sister, Marian Halcombe. Although Hartright and Laura fall in love, she honours her late father’s wish that she marry Sir Percival Glyde, a villain who plans to steal her inheritance. Glyde is assisted by sinister Count Fosco, a cultured, corpulent Italian who became the archetype of subsequent villains in crime novels. Their plot is threatened by Anne Catherick, a mysterious fugitive from a mental asylum who dresses in white, resembles Laura, and knows the secret of Glyde’s illegitimate birth. Through the perseverance of Hartright and Marian, Glyde and Fosco are defeated and killed, allowing Hartright to marry Laura.

(This description comes from the Encyclopedia Brittanica)

The Moonstone: Rachel Verinder, a young English woman, inherits a large Indian diamond on her eighteenth birthday. It is a legacy from her uncle, a corrupt British army officer who served in India. The diamond is of great religious significance and extremely valuable, and three Hindu priests have dedicated their lives to recovering it. The story incorporates elements of the legendary origins of the Hope Diamond (or perhaps the Orloff Diamond or the Koh-i-Noor diamond). Rachel’s eighteenth birthday is celebrated with a large party at which the guests include her cousin Franklin Blake. She wears the Moonstone on her dress that evening for all to see, including some Indian jugglers who have called at the house. Later that night the diamond is stolen from Rachel’s bedroom, and a period of turmoil, unhappiness, misunderstandings and ill luck ensues. Told by a series of narratives from some of the main characters, the complex plot traces the subsequent efforts to explain the theft, identify the thief, trace the stone and recover it. .

(This description comes from the Wikipedia entry)

Catalog Links: The libraries own several editions of both of these novels, however they are also now in the public domain, and so many, many eBook versions proliferate throughout the electronic marketplace, at cheap rates or even as free editions.

Discuss the these two novels on the Just Desserts Blog

mysiconThursday, January 27, 2022 — 6:30-7:45 p.m. <<<<< Our Next Discussion!!

To start of our new year of meetings, we’re taking on a series that’s been going since 2006, but which has only slowly been gaining followers. None-the-less, it has reached 16 entries as of late 2021. For January 2022, the Just Desserts group will examine the Billy Boyle series by mystery writer James R. Benn. The series, which begins with Billy Boyle (2006), is set during the World War II years, and features a reluctant U.S. Army detective, whose cases cross over with both major and minor events throughout the war — across multiple locations in the European theater of war.

The 16 volumes in the Billy Boyle series are:

Readers interested in participating in our discussion this month are encouraged to read any one or more of the 16 entries in the series, hot-linked into the libraries’ online catalog above — we’ll be discussing the entire series in broad terms, followed by our traditional “Round Robin” discussion of favorite recent reads. The libraries have between 1 and 5 copies of each novel in the series, as well as some in eBook and eAudiobook formats. The only one the libraries do NOT have in traditional print format is the very first one, Billy Boyle, which is currently only available from us in eBook format.

mysiconThursday, February 24, 2022 — 6:30-7:45 p.m.

In February, the Just Desserts group will be taking on a popular new author, who has grabbed readers’ attention with his first two suspenseful tales. His debut novel, The Silent Patient, is a complex, psychological thriller, which made it onto many “Best Mysteries of 2019” lists, as well as many basic “Best Books of the Year” lists as well. Just Desserts leader Scott C., in the OLLI “A Mosaic of Mystery Fiction” class this summer, identified Alex Michaelides as one of the dozen “new authors to watch” in contemporary mystery publishing.

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

The Silent Patient is a shocking psychological thriller of a woman’s act of violence against her husband―and of the therapist obsessed with uncovering her motive.

Alicia Berenson’s life is seemingly perfect. A famous painter married to an in-demand fashion photographer, she lives in a grand house with big windows overlooking a park in one of London’s most desirable areas. One evening her husband Gabriel returns home late from a fashion shoot, and Alicia shoots him five times in the face, and then never speaks another word.

Alicia’s refusal to talk, or give any kind of explanation, turns a domestic tragedy into something far grander, a mystery that captures the public imagination and casts Alicia into notoriety. The price of her art skyrockets, and she, the silent patient, is hidden away from the tabloids and spotlight at the Grove, a secure forensic unit in North London.

Theo Faber is a criminal psychotherapist who has waited a long time for the opportunity to work with Alicia. His determination to get her to talk and unravel the mystery of why she shot her husband takes him down a twisting path into his own motivations―a search for the truth that threatens to consume him…”

Alex Michaelides on social media: Twitter | Instagram

The Silent Patient page on Michaelides’ US Publisher Macmillan’s website

The Silent Patient is available in the following formats: Regular Print (20) | Large Type (4) | Book-on-CD (7) | E-book (8) | Downloadable Audio (14)
Note: The libraries own several copies of The Silent Patient in the above formats. However as this is still a very popular title and as of December 2021 the eBook edition had a wait list of over two months. E-book readers may wish to consider another format in order to get a copy by our February 24th meeting. This title link will take you to all formats available from the libraries.

mysiconThursday, March 31, 2022 — 6:30-7:45 p.m.

In March 2022, the Just Desserts group will be trying an experiment. We will not all be reading the same book, but we will be reading on a specific theme — and everyone at the meeting will be given time to describe what they read and whether or not they liked it.

Our theme? Mystery/Suspense/Thriller series that were continued by secondary authors after the original authors died!

To a large degree, this is a publishing trend that is fairly modern, but there have been some older or more classic series which this has happened to as well.

Here is a booklist, compiling all known “Mystery Continuations” as of late 2021. If you would like to participate in this month’s discussion, please read ANY one or more of the books identified on this list and be prepared to offer some description of what you chose.

Note: All copies of all the books owned by the the libraries are hotlinked in the list above — many exist only in print formats, but some are available in digital or audio formats as well.

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

441-8560

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

The group will meet the last Wednesday evening of every month, 6:30 p.m. – 7:45 p.m., in Meeting Room #2, for the discussion of books with themes relevant to the LGBTQ+ community in Nebraska. In addition to book discussion and socializing, the group will also serve as a source of support and safety for all members. A specific novel, story collection or non-fiction title is selected in advance for discussion during each meeting, although general discussion about LGBTQ+ literature may follow the discussion of the selected title.

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

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

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

The title for discussion at the December meeting is H.E. Edgmon’s The Witch King.

Here’s the description from our catalog:

“Wyatt, a transgender witch, hides in the human world after he loses control of his magic, but his fiancé, Emyr, a fae prince, is at risk of losing his throne if he does not find and marry Wyatt.”

Wednesday, January 26, 2022 — 6:30-7:45 p.m.

The title for discussion at the January meeting is Kali Wallace’s Dead Space.

Here’s the description from our catalog:

“An investigator must solve a brutal murder on a claustrophobic asteroid mine in this tense science fiction thriller from the author of Salvation Day. Hester Marley used to have a plan for her life. But when a catastrophic attack left her injured, indebted, and stranded far from home, she was forced to take a dead-end security job with a powerful mining company in the asteroid belt. Now she spends her days investigating petty crimes to help her employer maximize its profits. She’s surprised to hear from an old friend and fellow victim of the terrorist attack that ruined her life-and that surprise quickly turns to suspicion when he claims to have discovered something shocking about their shared history and the tragedy that neither of them can leave behind. Before Hester can learn more, her friend is violently murdered at a remote asteroid mine. Hester joins the investigation to find the truth, both about her friend’s death and the information he believed he had uncovered. But catching a killer is only the beginning of Hester’s worries, and she soon realizes that everything she learns about her friend, his fellow miners, and the outpost they call home brings her closer to revealing secrets that very powerful and very dangerous people would rather keep hidden in the depths of space.”

Wednesday, February 23, 2022 — 6:30-7:45 p.m.

The title for discussion at the February meeting is A.E. Osworth’s We Are Watching Eliza Bright.

Here’s the description from our catalog:

“Eliza Bright was living the dream as an elite video game coder at Fancy Dog Games when her private life suddenly became public. But is Eliza Bright a brilliant, self-taught coder bravely calling out the toxic masculinity and chauvinism that pervades her workplace and industry? Or, is Eliza Bright a woman who needs to be destroyed to protect “the sanctity of gaming culture”? It depends on who you ask… When Eliza reports an incident of workplace harassment that is quickly dismissed, she’s forced to take her frustrations to a journalist who blasts her story across the Internet. She’s fired and doxxed, and becomes a rallying figure for women across America. But she’s also enraged the beast that is male gamers on 4Chan and Reddit, whose collective, unreliable voice narrates our story. Soon Eliza is in the cross-hairs of the gaming community, threatened and stalked as they monitor her every move online and across New York City. As the violent power of an angry male collective descends upon everyone in Eliza’s life, it becomes increasingly difficult to know who to trust, even when she’s eventually taken in and protected by an under-the-radar Collective known as the Sixsterhood. The violence moves from cyberspace to the real world, as a vicious male super-fan known only as The Inspectre is determined to exact his revenge on behalf of men everywhere. We watch alongside the Sixsterhood and subreddit incels as this dramatic cat-and-mouse game plays out to reach its violent and inevitable conclusion. This is an extraordinary, unputdownable novel that explores the dark recesses of the Internet and male rage, and the fragile line between the online world and real life. It’s a thrilling story of female resilience and survival, packed with a powerful feminist message.”

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

The title for discussion at the March meeting is Rivers Solomon’s Sorrowland.

Here’s the description from our catalog:

“Vern escapes the religious compound where she was raised and gives birth to twins in the forest, raising them away from the influence of the outside world. Her community won’t let her go that easily, however, and as they pursue, she breaks the boundaries of humanity, changing her body in uncanny ways in order to protect her family.”

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

The title for discussion at the April meeting is Shelley Parker-Chan’s She Who Became the Sun.

Here’s the description from our catalog:

“Mulan meets The Song of Achilles in Shelley Parker-Chan’s She Who Became the Sun, a bold, queer, and lyrical reimagining of the rise of the founding emperor of the Ming Dynasty from an amazing new voice in literary fantasy. To possess the Mandate of Heaven, the female monk Zhu will do anything. “I refuse to be nothing…” In a famine-stricken village on a dusty yellow plain, two children are given two fates. A boy, greatness. A girl, nothingness… In 1345, China lies under harsh Mongol rule. For the starving peasants of the Central Plains, greatness is something found only in stories. When the Zhu family’s eighth-born son, Zhu Chongba, is given a fate of greatness, everyone is mystified as to how it will come to pass. The fate of nothingness received by the family’s clever and capable second daughter, on the other hand, is only as expected. When a bandit attack orphans the two children, though, it is Zhu Chongba who succumbs to despair and dies. Desperate to escape her own fated death, the girl uses her brother’s identity to enter a monastery as a young male novice. There, propelled by her burning desire to survive, Zhu learns she is capable of doing whatever it takes, no matter how callous, to stay hidden from her fate. After her sanctuary is destroyed for supporting the rebellion against Mongol rule, Zhu takes the chance to claim another future altogether: her brother’s abandoned greatness.”

Wednesday, May 25, 2022 — 6:30-7:45 p.m.

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

Here’s the description from our catalog:

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

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

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

The world will soon find out.”


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

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

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

For several years, this group met at the Nebraska History Museum (15th & “P”). This group was formed to discuss books about Nebraska history, highlighting the books on the Nebraska150books.org booklist. Everyone is welcome. Come when you can!

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

PLEASE NOTE: The Nebraska Heritage Book Club members have decided to hold their January, February and March 2022 meetings on-line using Zoom meeting software once again, rather than having “in-person” meetings. Please contact Diane W., the Heritage Room curator (at the phone number or e-mail address above) to be added to the invite list for this Zoom meeting’s login code.

Visit the archive of past Nebraska Heritage Book Club selections.


Friday, January 28 2022 — Noon-1:00 p.m. <<<<< Our Next Discussion!!

This month’s meeting will be held online via Zoom meeting software. See above for instructions on how to be sent the login code.

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

Here’s the description from our catalog:

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

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


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

This month’s meeting will be held online via Zoom meeting software. See above for instructions on how to be sent the login code.

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

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

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


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

This month’s meeting will be held online via Zoom meeting software. See above for instructions on how to be sent the login code.

The title for discussion at the March meeting is Dorothy Thomas’ Ma Jeeter’s Girls.

Here’s the description from the introduction to this 1933 book:

“Ma Jeeter, a sensible and hearty farm woman, tells the stories of the courtships of five daughters to the schoolteacher who boards with her. Ella, Bell, Lena, Laura, and Lizzie all got bitten and burdened early, thanks to the bumblebee of love. Now her youngest, Evie, is coming home to be married, and everything is as it should be.

The Jeeters are based loosely on a funny, goodhearted family that Dorothy Thomas lived with in her school-teaching days. H. L. Mencken, the famed editor, author, and critic, encouraged her to write these vignettes about them.”

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

The title for discussion at the Aprilmeeting is Shannon Baker’s Dark Signal.

Here’s the description from the introduction to this 2017 book:

Dark Signal by Shannon Baker is the second installment in the Kate Fox mystery series, called “A must read” by New York Times bestselling author Alex Kava, starring a female Longmire in the atmospheric Nebraska Sandhills.

Reeling from her recent divorce, Kate Fox has just been sworn in as Grand County, Nebraska Sheriff when tragedy strikes. A railroad accident has left engineer Chad Mills dead, his conductor Bobby Jenkins in shock. Kate soon realizes that the accident was likely murder.

Who would want to kill Chad Mills? Kate finds that he made a few enemies as president of the railroad workers union. Meanwhile his widow is behaving oddly. And why was his neighbor Josh Stevens at the Mills house on the night of the accident?

While her loud and meddling family conspires to help Kate past her divorce, State Patrol Officer Trey closes in on Josh Stevens as the suspect. Kate doesn’t believe it. She may not have the experience, but she’s lived in the Sandhills her whole life, and knows the land and the people. Something doesn’t add up — and Kate must find the real killer before he can strike again.”

Friday, May 27 2022 — Noon-1:00 p.m.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, June 24 2022 — Noon-1:00 p.m.

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

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

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

Friday, July 22 2022 — Noon-1:00 p.m.

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

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

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


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

441-8560

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

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

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

Date Program Description
September 14, 2021
And You Thought Your Copay was Bad: Medical Crimes — Hillary U. will be tonight’s main presenter. [ See this month’s Booklist handout ]
October 12, 2021
Cornhusker Crimes: Nebraska Crime Stories — Maddie O. will be tonight’s main presenter. [ See this month’s Booklist handout ]
November 9, 2021
Want to Skip the Holidays? Fake Your Death — Wyatt P. will be tonight’s main presenter. [ See this month’s Booklist handout ]
December 14, 2021
Open Crime Share — no presentation tonight, attendees are encourage to come and share their recent “true crime” reads.
January 11, 2022
Theme: T.B.A.
February 8, 2022
Theme: T.B.A.
March 8, 2022
Theme: T.B.A.
April 12, 2022
Theme: T.B.A.
May 10, 2022
Theme: T.B.A.

Charles H. Gere Branch LibraryGreat Books Reading and Discussion Group

The Great Books Reading and Discussion Group is not a class. It is open to everyone interested in talking about some of the classics of the written word. This group meets twice-monthly at the St. Paul United Methodist Church, 1144 “M” St. in downtown Lincoln. Unless otherwise noted, meetings are the second and fourth Thursday evenings, each month, 6:30 to 8:00 PM.

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

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

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

National Book Clubs

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The Oprah Book Club
and The Oprah Book Club 2.0

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

 

Reese’s Book Club at Hello Sunshine
[2017-present]

Plus these no-longer-active National Book Clubs:


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readandwritenebReading and Writing Nebraska [R 028.9 Kru], by Mel Krutz (for The Nebraska Center for the Book) is available for public use in the reference room at the Bennett Martin Public Library (14th & “N” St.), as well as the Heritage Room of Nebraska Authors. This newly-compiled 2004 volume lists over 60 additional book discussion groups in the Lincoln area, with address, telephone and e-mail contact information for each group. Many listings also give a description of the types of materials dicussed by each group, and their meeting frequency.If you’ve got a book group that’s open to the general public, free-of-charge, and you’d like to be included in our list of local Book Discussion Groups here, please visit our Book Groups Survey page and fill out a brief form giving us some information about your group.


Aldersgate Book Club

Where We Meet: Aldersgate United Methodist Church
8320 South St.
We meet in individual homes and/or the church’s Fellowship Hall, so contact us to obtain the address of our meeting place and what we are reading. Due to COVID-19 distancing requirements, the Aldersgate Book Club has been meeting on Zoom. Contact the group (see below) to inquire about joining them!
When We Meet: Monthly — The daytime group meets at 1:30 p.m. on the first Wednesday of the month. The evening group meets at 7:00 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month
Group Contact: Contact the church office to learn more about what we’re reading, 402-489-1510; [e-mail inquiry form] e-mail: aldersgatelinc@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.

Boisterous Women, Wine & Books – Lincoln Chapter

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

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

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

Cliffhangers Book Club

Where We Meet: Meadowlark Coffee and Espresso
1624 South St.
When We Meet: Monthly — 9:00 a.m. –  11:00 a.m., the third Saturday of every month, starting in the Spring of 2018
Group Contact: Erin Bauer – austengirl72@gmail.com — click here for the group’s Facebook group page
We Discuss: Thrillers and Suspense Fiction.
Group Description: Love heart-pounding suspense and page turners you can’t put down? Enjoy books with twists and turns that keep you guessing? Then this is the book club for you! Join us for coffee or tea as we discuss bestselling thriller and suspense novels, new and old.
Other Notes:

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

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

Read, Meet & Eat Book Club

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

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

Something Different

When and Where We Meet: Monthly — We meet the first Thursday of every month, at 9:30 a.m. at the 52nd & “O” St. Barnes & Noble.
Group Contact: This group’s organizer is Phyllis, and she can be reached by phone at 402-483-2601 or by e-mail.
We Discuss: Upcoming titles for discussion: May 2018: Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann; June 2018: Lonesome Dreamer by Timothy G. Anderson (Anderson will be attending this meeting to meet readers); July 2018: Where’d You Go, Bernadette?; August 2018: The Woman Who Smashed Codes by Jason Fagone.
Group Description: We’re a book club that believes in reading “Something Different” for every monthly meeting. Over the past 12 years, we’ve read fiction, non-fiction, autobiographies, mysteries, historical fiction, current best sellers – basically, anything that interests us. One of our recent additions has been the selection of a “companion” book for the monthly choice. This book is roughly connected to the main selection, either to add insight to the topic under discussion; or an understanding of the historical time period; or an additional glimpse of the subject matter.

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

Star Base Andromeda: Lincoln’s Science Fiction Club

When and Where We Meet: Science Fiction discussed on this dateOur regular weekly meetings are at The Coffee House (1324 “P” St.), Tuesdays from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.. Approximately once every 5 to 6 weeks, we have a Book Discussion meeting at a different location — the Downtown UNL Student Union (14th & “R” St. – near food court), or The Coffee House (1324 “P” St.).
See Star Base Andromeda’s Book Discussions page for current schedule and title information (website currently inactive though group continues to meet on Zoom during COVID-19).
Group Contact: Scott Clark, email: starbaseandromeda@yahoo.com
We Discuss: Upcoming Titles for Discussion: [unknown]

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

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

Books we’ve discussed since we began having “Book Discussion” meetings include: 1999: Childhood’s End by Arthur C. Clarke; I, Robot by Isaac Asimov. 2000: Neuromancer by William Gibson; The Parafaith War by L.E. Modesitt; Citizen of the Galaxy by Robert Heinlein; Marrow by Robert Reed. 2001: Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury; Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes; FlashForward by Robert Sawyer; Mission of Gravity by Hal Clement. 2002: The Boat of a Million Years by Poul Anderson; Newton’s Cannon by J. Gregory Keyes; Tangled Up in Blue by Joan D. Vinge; Interstellar Pig by William Sleator; At the Mountains of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft; The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K. Leguin; Darwin’s Radio by Greg Bear. 2003: Lincoln’s Dreams by Connie Willis; The Dying Earth by Jack Vance; Perdido Street Station by China Mieville; The Demolished Man by Alfred Bester; Revelation Space by Alistair Reynolds; Unicorn Variations by Roger Zelazny. 2004: The Vor Game by Lois McMaster Bujold; Protector by Larry Niven; Coraline by Neil Gaiman; City by Clifford Simak; Rats and Gargoyles by Mary Gentle. 2005: The Crossroads of Time by Andre Norton, The Thief of Always by Clive Barker, Little Fuzzy by H. Beam Piper, The Forever War by Joe Haldeman, Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson. 2006: The Man Who Folded Himself by David Gerrold, collection Sister Emily’s Lightship and Other Stories by Jane Yolen, The Long Tomorrow, by Leigh Brackett, the anthology Beyond Singularity, The Big Time by Fritz Leiber. 2007: In the Garden of Iden by Kage Baker, Eye in the Sky by Philip K. Dick, The Speed of Dark by Elizabeth Moon, The Humanoids, by Jack Williamson, Accelerando by Charles Stross, More Than Human by Theodore Sturgeon. 2008: There Will Be Dragons by John Ringo, The Worm Ouroboros by E.R. Eddison, “Farewell to the Master” by Harry Bates (the story which became the film The Day the Earth Stood Still), Brown Girl in the Ring by Nalo Hopkinson, Her Smoke Rose Up Forever by James Tiptree Jr. (Alice Sheldon), Fledgling by Octavia Butler, Rogue Moon by Algis Budrys, Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, Watership Down by Richard Adams. 2009: Paul of Dune by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson, The Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut, Hunter’s Run by George R.R. Martin, Gardner Dozois and Daniel Abraham, Minority Report by Philip K. Dick, Dying Inside by Robert Silverberg, Little Brother by Cory Doctorow, Voyage of the Space Beagle by A.E. van Vogt, Undertow by Elizabeth Bear, What Mad Universe by Fredric Brown. 2010: Declare by Tim Powers, The Best of Cordwainer Smith by Cordwainer Smith, The Yiddish Policemen’s Union by Michael Chabon, The Space Merchants by Frederik Pohl and C.M. Kornbluth, Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman, Time and Again by Jack Finney, The Practice Effect by David Brin, Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus by Mary Shelley. 2011: World War Z by Max Brooks, Babel-17 by Samuel R. Delany, The Dervish House by Ian McDonald, Roadside Picnic by Boris and Arkady Strugatsky, Timescape by Gregory Benford, The Skylark of Space by E.E. “Doc” Smith, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller, Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams. 2012: To Your Scattered Bodies Go by Philip Jose Farmer, A Shadow in Summer by Daniel Abraham, A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Kirinyaga by Mike Resnick, Deathbird Stories by Harlan Ellison, Player of Games by Iain M. Banks, Non-Stop (a.k.a. Starship) by Brian Aldiss, The Bookman by Lavie Tidhar, The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury, The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper and Among Others by Jo Walton. 2013: A Case of Conscience by James Blish; The Quantum Thief by Hannu Rajaniemi; The Mote in God’s Eye by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle; Downbelow Station by C.J. Cherryh; The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle; Spin by Robert Charles Wilson; 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne; Redshirts by John Scalzi; Brave New World by Aldous Huxley; The Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Volume One: 1929-1964 edited by Robert Silverberg (Dec 2013 – our 100th book discussion!). 2014: The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson, The Ship Who Sang by Anne McCaffrey; After the Golden Age by Carrie Vaughn (Apr); Bug Jack Barron by Norman Spinrad; Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro; 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke; Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie; Year of the Quiet Sun by Wilson “Bob” Tucker; The Magicians by Lev Grossman; The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert A. Heinlein. 2015: Beaker’s Dozen by Nancy Kress; The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien; The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell; The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick; Mort by Terry Pratchett; First Men in the Moon by H.G. Wells; The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North; Make Room, Make Room by Harry Harrison; House of Leaves by Mark Danielewski; Wild Seed by Octavia Butler. 2016: Fly by Night by Frances Hardinge; The Chrysalids by John Wyndham; The Dog Said Bow-Wow by Michael Swanwick; Lest Darkness Fall by L. Sprague de Camp; The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu; Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny; Planetfall by Emma Newman; The Shockwave Rider by John Brunner; Eyes of the Dragon by Stephen King; Nerves by Lester Del Rey. 2017: A Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge; The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton; Transcendental by James Gunn; Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang by Kate Wilhelm; Blindsight by Peter Watts; A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle; Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang; The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Leguin; Soldier of the Mist by Gene Wolfe. 2018: Dragon’s Egg by Robert L. Forward; Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer; The Shrinking Man by Richard Matheson; Black Hole (a graphic novel) by Charles Burns. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess; Unnatural Issue by Mercedes Lackey; Way Station by Clifford Simak; Ties of Power by Julie Czerneda; Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon.

Other Notes: Our format is that everyone participating in the discussion should have read the pre-selected book before the meeting. We try to have at least 3 to 4 books selected in advance. Please see Star Base Andromeda Web site for the current reading/discussion schedule, or our Book Discussions page for information about our past, present and upcoming selections. Approximately 5-15 regular attendees.

Third Tuesday Mystery Book Club

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

This group of mystery fans, which formerly met at Lee Booksellers, has continued since the demise of that Lincoln bookstore, enjoying mysteries and thrillers each month at the Braeda Fresh Express Cafe at 33rd and Pioneers Blvd.

Some of our past books for discussion: October: A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick; November: The Killing Way by Tony Hays; December: The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters; January 2011: In the Shadow of Gotham by Stefanie Pintoff; February 2011: The Calling by Inger Ash Wolfe; March 2011: A Small Death in the Great Glen by A.D. Scott; April 2011: The Murdered House by Pierre Mangan; May 17: The Sixth Lamentation by William Brodrick; Jun 21: Crazy Eights by Elizabeth Gunn; July 19: The Case of the Missing Servant by Tarquin Hall; Aug 16: The Eye of Jade by Diane Wei Ling. Oct 2011: Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin; Dec 2011: Field of Blood by Denise Mina; Jan 2012: Jacquot and the Waterman by Martin O’Brien; Feb 2012: Hunting Ivory by Suzanne Arruda; [March through July 2012 information not available.]; Aug 2012: A Trust Betrayed by Candace Robb; Sep 2012: Jade Lady Burning by Martin Limon; Oct 2012: Keeper of Lost Causes by Jussi Adler-Olsen.; Nov 2012: The Holy Thief by William Ryan; Dec 2012: Shoofly Pie by Tim Downs; Jan 2013: The Illusion of Murder by Carol McCleary; Feb 2013: Portello by Ruth Rendell; Mar 2013: The Bookseller by Mark Pryor; Apr 2013: The Instruments of Death by Imogen Robertson; May 2013: The Lock Artist by Steve Hamilton;Jun 2013: Killed at the Whim of a Hat by Colin Cotterill. Sep 2013: The Hynpotist by Lars Kepler; Oct 2013: Detective Inspector Huss by Helene Tursten; Nov 2013: Expats by Chris Pavone; Dec 2013: Death of a Red Heroine by Xiaulong Qui; Mar 2014: The Damage Done by Hilary Davidson; Apr 2014: Live by Night by Dennis Lehane; May 2014: Unpardonable Crime by Andrew Taylor; Jun 2014: Snow White Must Die by Nele Neuhaus; Jul 2014: The Midwife’s Tale by Sam Thomas; Aug 2014: Pot Thief Who Studied Pythagoras by Michael Orenduft; Sep 2014: Raggedy Man by Clyde Curley; Oct 2014: Under a Silent Moon by Elizabeth Haynes; Nov 2014: The Yard by Alex Grecian; Dec 2014: Norwegian by Night by Derek B. Miller; Jan 2015: A Murder at Rosemunde’s Gate by Susanna Calkins. Aug 2015: The Redbreast by Jo Nesbo; Sep 2015: Messenger of Athens by Anne Zouroudi; Aug 2016: Murder Most Malicious by Alyssa Maxwell; Sep 2016: Under Tower Peak by Bart Paul; Oct 2016: Language of the Dead by Stephen Kelly; Nov 2016: Lethal Investments by K.O. Dahl; Dec 2016: Bones of Contention by Jeanne Matthews; Jan 2017: Dinosaur Feather by Sissel-Jo Gazan; Feb 2017: Murder is a Fine Art by David Morrell, Mar 2017: Hangman’s Daughter by Oliver Poetzsch, Apr 2017: Delivering the Truth by Edith Maxwell; May 2017: Collecting the Dead by Spencer Kope; Jun 2017: The Killing Kind by Chris Holm; Jul 2017: Rubbernecker by Belinda Bauer; Aug 2017: The Long and Faraway Gone by Lou Berney; Sep 2017: All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda; Oct 2017: His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet; Nov 2017: The Anatomist’s Wife by Anne Lee Huber; Dec 2017: The Ex by Alafair Burke; Jan 2018: A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn; Feb 2018: The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware; Mar 2018: In Farleigh Field by Rhys Bowen; Apr 2018: The Zig-Zag Girl by Elly Griffiths; May 2018: The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair by Joel Dicker; Jun 2018: Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann (Non-Fiction); Jul 2018: Chemistry of Death by Simon Beckett; Aug 2018: The Dry by Jane Harper; Sep 2018: Snowblind by Ragnar Jonasson; Oct 2018: A Lady in the Smoke by Karen Odden.

Thursday Afternoon Book Group

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

Wednesday Morning Book Discussion Group

Where We Meet: St. Paul United Methodist Church
1144 “M” St. – Room 155/157
When We Meet: 10:00 A.M. the 4th Wednesday of each month
(August through May, excluding December)
Group Contact: Judy Jensen, 420-6370 or jensenjkay(at)yahoo.com
We Discuss: We read and discuss group selected fiction, non-fiction, biographies, a classic, a title authored by a Nebraskan and the One Book – One Lincoln winning title. We read 9 books per year. We strive to experience literature that will expand our horizons in learning about others in order that we can make a difference perhaps in our little corner of the world. Many of the titles we read can be found in the church’s library.
Group Description: We are a very enthusiastic small group, who love reading and discussing books with each other. Although we are sponsored by the church, we do not read only religious books (in fact very few) and our membership is not limited to church members. In fact, several are not, and I’m sure anyone would feel comfortable there.
Other Notes: Members select books for the upcoming year at a Spring meeting. Members come with lists of books they’re interested in, and the group selects from among those. Coffee and cookies are served at each meeting, and a little social and get acquainted time is allowed.

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