Secrets we Kept - ONLINE

Our next book group meeting will be online on November 30th at 3pm. We are reading Secrets We Kept by Lara Prescott.  

You can access the meeting with an Internet computer or by telephone on November 30th as early as 2:45pm. To join Zoom Meeting with your computer, click on this link: 

Meeting ID: 922 6473 0831

Passcode: 591838

To join by telephone, dial 1-312-626-6799. The Meeting ID is 922 6473 0831 and 

Passcode is 591838.

Discussion sheets are available at: 

October 26 - Nanaville

We had three members endure the cold with me and discuss Nanaville by Anna Quindlen. Not all of us have become a grandparent, but we all found something to relate to in this slim collections of observations. Overall, the book was a fun distraction from the pandemic. 

Discussion sheets are available at: 

Our next book club meeting will be Monday, November 30th at 3pm. We hope to be able to meet by then in the library's meeting room but this is reliant on what is happening with pandemic mitigations. Copies of the book, Secrets We Kept by Lara Prescott are available for pickup at the LME Library desk. Discussion guides are also available for pickup or online.

September 2020-Spies of Shilling Lane

I've missed everyone from bookgroup! We will be resuming meetings and will meet in Stevens Square on Monday, September 28 at 3pm. Please bring a chair and your book. Questions are available from the author's website

Summary of Spies of Shilling Lane by Jennifer Ryan and readalikes (unbound content tab) are accessible through RSAcat.

Camino Island-May 2020

For our May book group, we had chosen the title Camino Island by John Grisham. The good news is we have more than 20 copies available in eReadIL in both ebook and eaudiobook formats. You can click here to checkout the item online.  You will need your library barcode number and PIN. (If you need assistance--just give us a call at 385-4540!  We're here Mondays-Fridays 9am-3pm and Saturday 9am-1pm.) 

The bad news is that we will still not be able to meet yet in person to discuss the book. If everyone would still like to meet, we can meet electronically.  I have established a WebEx free account so members can join me through the Internet or just by calling a phone number. We will be checking back with all our members and possibly set up a meeting time in late May/early June if there is interest.

Our bookgroup discussion sheets are available online here. A summary of Camino Island is below:
Bruce Cable owns a popular bookstore in the sleepy resort town of Santa Rosa on Camino Island in Florida. He makes his real money, though, as a prominent dealer in rare books. Very few people know that he occasionally dabbles in the black market of stolen books and manuscripts. Mercer Mann is a young novelist with a severe case of writer's block who has recently been laid off from her teaching position. She is approached by an elegant, mysterious woman working for an even more mysterious company. A generous offer of money convinces Mercer to go undercover and infiltrate Bruce Cable's circle of literary friends, ideally getting close enough to him to learn his secrets. But eventually Mercer learns far too much.

Star of the North - my views

Today on March 30th we were supposed to talk about the book Star of the North by D.B John. However due to the Governor's Stay at Home order (issued through April 7th), we were unable to meet to talk about the book.  

If anyone wants to email me his/her comments at, I would be happy to share them on the blog.  Until then, here are some of my comments about the book:

  1. I'm not sure how well the multiple storylines will be received by our group.  Usually members prefer a more linear storyline but I like how the author weaves them all together.
  2. It was very disturbing to gain some insight on how the North Korean leadership controls and manipulates its people and other countries.  I think the author does a great job showing the reader how this happens and why negotiating with their government does not produce the results expected.
  3. I felt that ending was very abrupt and would like to see a sequel.  I saw on that the author is considering writing one.  I'll keep watching to see if any new title has been announced!

Unfortunately, we will probably not be able to meet for book group in April either.  At this time, we've suspended all library programs indefinitely.  Stay home and be safe!

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