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Book Reading Discussion Group for Adults


Gather monthly to talk about books. 

New members are always welcome.  Join the discussion!


The JayCPL Evening Book Group meets monthly for informal discussions of selected books.  Volunteer leaders for each session help facilitate discussion, but the group rarely needs extra encouragement to share thoughts on the reading.  Members also make selections for the upcoming months.  Meetings are scheduled for 7:00 p.m. the third Monday of the month.

Keep the discussion going at the group's Facebook page!  www.facebook.com/groups/jaycplbookclub/

Upcoming books and meetings:

December 21st - The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt  (continuing the discussion from November)

January 18th - Ragged Company by Richard Wagamese


If you are interested in joining the group, please register at the library.  Arrangements can be made for you to purchase a copy of the book for each month (paperback when possible), or to add your name to the reserve list for one of the library's copies.  For more information inquire at the circulation desk or call (260) 726-7890.



Here's a chronological list of the evening Book Reading Group's monthly selections since their first meeting in November 1997:


1997 and 1998

Stones from the River by Ursula Hegi

Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt

The Beantrees by Barbara Kingsolver

Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson

Woman in Amber by Agate Nesaule

The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt

Wait 'til Next Year by Doris Kearns Goodwin

Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier



The Christmas Box by Richard Paul Evans

Oral History by Lee Smith

Beloved by Toni Morrison

Waist-high in the World by Nancy Mairs

Midwives by Christopher A. Bohjalian

Where the Heart Is by Billie Letts

Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells

The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter by Sharyn McCrumb

All Over but the Shoutin' by Rick Bragg

Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom

The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

At Home in Mitford by Jan Karon



Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J. K. Rowling

The Reader by Bernhard Schlink

Simple Abundance by Sarah Ban Breathnach

The Pilot's Wife by Anita Shreve 

The Cider House Rules by John Irving

The Testament by John Grisham

Weight of Water by Anita Shreve

How to Think Like Leonardo Da Vinci by Michael Gelb

Shantyboat: a River Way of Life by Harlan Hubbard

Fidelity by Wendell Berry

While I Was Gone by Sue Miller

The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz



Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev

I'm a Stranger Here Myself by Bill Bryson

The Red Tent by Anita Diamant

Shopgirl by Steve Martin

Run with the Horsemen by Ferrol Sams

Julia's Mother by William Bonadio

Map of the World by Jane Hamilton

A Year by the Sea by Joan Anderson

The Crystal Frontier by Carlos Fuentes

Plainsong by Kent Haruf

Home to Harmony by Philip Gulley



Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver

Personal History by Katharine Graham

A Painted House by John Grisham

Bee Season by Myla Goldberg

The Shipping News by E. Annie Proulx

Seneca Falls Inheritance by Miriam Grace Monfredo

A Beautiful Mind by Sylvia Nasar

Washington by Meg Greenfield

Beanblossom Dreams by Sallyann Murphey

The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay

Icy Sparks by Gwyn Hyman Rubio

Skipping Christmas by John Grisham



The Black Flower by Barbara H. Bahr

Poetry Out Loud edited by Robert Alden Rubin
    with introduction by James Earl Jones

Nickeled and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich

White Oleander by Janet Fitch

Big Stone Gap by Adrianna Trigiani

Big Cherry Holler by Adrianna Trigiani

Milk Glass Moon by Adriana Trigiani

The Good Soldier by Ford Maddox Ford

The Hero's Walk by Anita Rau Badami

House of Windows by Adina Hoffman

The Christmas Train by David Baldacci



A Girl Named Zippy by Haven Kimmel

Five Quarters of the Orange by Joanne Harris

Bel Canto by Ann Patchett

The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom

Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks

Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier

No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith

Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

Dying for Chocolate by Diane Mott Davidson

The Sparrow by Doria Russell

The Harvester by Gene Stratton Porter

Our Simple Gifts by Owen Parry



Blood Runs Like a River through My Dreams by Nasdijj

Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

The Dogs of Babel by Carolyn Parkhurst

The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon

Skinny Dip by Carl Hiaasen

Miracle at St. Anna by James McBride

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

Devil in the White City by Erik Larson

Leap by Terry Tempest Williams

The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio:  How My Mother Raised 10 Kids on 25 Words or Less by Terry Ryan



The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Blue Shoe by Anne Lamott

Jay County Reads!  Pay It Forward by Catherine Ryan Hyde

Freakonomics:  A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J Dubner

Gilead by Marilynne Robinson

Ursula, Under by Ingrid Hill

The Sunday Philosophy Club by Alexander McCall Smith

The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

Lake of Dead Languages by Carol Goodman

Wicked, the Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire

Hot Flash Flash Club Strikes Again by Nancy Thayer



Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller

Cancer Vixen:  A True Story by Marisa Acocella Marchetto

My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult

Reading Lolita in Tehran:  a memoir in books by Azar Nafisi

The Widow's War by Sally Gunning

The Woodsman's Daughter by Gwyn Rubio-Hyman

This Heavy Silence by Nicole Mazzarella

Jay County Reads! Jacquelyn Mitchard - any of Mitchard's books

Man Without a Country by Kurt Vonnegut

The Virginian by Owen Wister

Peachtree Road by Anne Rivers Siddons



Gift of Fear by Gavin de Becker

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court by Mark Twain

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

She Got Up Off the Couch by Haven Kimmel

Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman

Death at LaFenice by Donna Leon

Me:  Stories of My Life by Katherine Hepburn

Bone Garden by Tess Gerritsen

My Antonia by Willa Cather

Life & Times of the Thunderbolt Kid by Bill Bryson



Loving Frank by Nancy Horan

The Shack by William P. Young

Twilight by Stephanie Meyer

Spiral Hunt by Margaret Ronald

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Truck, a Love Story by Michael Perry

A Year of Living Biblically by A. J. Jacobs

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See

Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith

Cross Country by James Patterson

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski



The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

On Agate Hill by Lee Smith

Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout

The Zookeeper's Wife by Diane Ackerman

The Gurnsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Burrows

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hossein

The Monster of Florence by Douglas Preston & Mario Spezi

Dewey:  the small-town library cat who touched the world by Vicki Myron

The Christmas Letters by Lee Smith



The Day the World Came to Town: 9/11 in Gander, New Foundland by Jim de Fede

The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

Parrot and Olivier in America by Peter Carey

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson

Mennonite in a Little Black Dress by Rhoda Jansen

Killing Floor by Lee Child

A Redbird Christmas by Fannie Flagg



Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay

Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese

For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway  

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender

Ellis Island by Kate Kerrigan

Swamplandia by Karen Russell

The Territory by Tricia Fields

The Dry Grass of August by Anna Jean Ma Mayhew

The Philosopher's Apprentice by James Morrow

Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks

Christmas Blizzard by Garrison Keillor



In the Garden of the Beasts by Erik Larson

A Very Long Engagement by Sebastien Japrisot

The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides

                                                  Home by Toni Morrison

                                                  The Road by Cormac McCarthy

Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich

Wild:  From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce

Any title by Tess Gerritsen for Jay County Reads! 2013

                                                  Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith

Death comes to Pemberley by P. D. James

The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton


Unbroken:  a World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand

Drinking from a Bitter Cup by Angela Jackson-Brown

August:  Osage County by Tracy Letts

The Paris Wife by Paul McLain

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Steadman



Wonder by R. J. Palacio

The Magnificent Ambersons by Booth Tarkington

Where Am I Eating? by Kelsey Timmerman

The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult

Blink by Malcolm Gladwell

Catch 22 by Joseph Heller

One Summer by Bill Bryson

Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands by Chris Bohjalian

The World's Strongest Librarian by Josh Hanagarne

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt



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