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Evening Book Group

The Evening Book Group meets on the first Tuesday of the month at 6:30pm in the lower level of the Brooks Free Library. All are welcome and no registration is required. Titles are available for pick up one month before the discussion at the circulation desk. Once or twice a year a list of possible titles are selected and the group votes on the final selections. Books selected for the ‘pick list’ are all titles that have been published in the past 0-3 years, have largely positive reviews, have enough copies in the CLAMS system, and are available in multiple formats. Many are award winners and have appeared on the New York Times ‘notable books of the year’ lists.

I strive to find literary, contemporary, and historical fiction titles as well as narrative non-fiction, short stories, and biographies that are compelling, gripping, memorable, discussable, and/or invite the reader to see the world from a different point of view. We try to alternate the selections each month between fiction and non-fiction titles. The group is lead each month by staff members of the Brooks Free Library and is organized by Reference Librarian Jennifer Pickett.This group alternates between fiction and non-fiction throughout the year. The Evening book group welcomes new members and guarantees a lively discussion!


Current Selections

Oct. 1  An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

Nov. 5  Carnegie’s Maid by Marie Benedict

Dec. 3  The Hidden Life of Trees: What they feel, how they communicate: discoveries from a secret world by Peter Wohileban

Jan. 7  Rules for Visiting by Jessica Francis Kane

Feb. 4  In the Hurricane’s Eye: the Genius of George Washington and the Victory at Yorktown by Nathaniel Philbrick

March 3  The Lost Girls of Paris by Pam Jenof

April 7  There, There: A Novel by Tommy Orange

May 12*  Bad Blood:  Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou (*Moved to 2nd Tuesday due to Harwich Town Meeting)

June 2  The Soul of an Octopus:  A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness by Sy Montgomery

July 7  The Only Woman in the Room by Marie Benedict

Aug. 4  The Pioneers: The Heroic Story of the Settlers Who Brought the American Idea West by David McCullough

Sept. 1  The Red Address Book by Sofia Lundberg

Oct. 6  The Library Book by Susan Orlean

Nov. 3  The River: A Novel by Peter Heller

Past Year Selections

Oct 2  The Leavers by Lisa Ko (fiction)
Nov 6  The Long Haul: A Trucker’s Tales of Life on the Road by Finn Murphy (non-fiction)
Dec. 4  Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century by Jessica Bruder
Jan. 8*  When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi  *date changed because of Jan 1 holiday
Feb. 5  Flight of Dreams by Ariel Lawhon
March 5  Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution by Nathanial Philbrick
April 2   An American Family: A Memoir of Hope and Sacrifice by Khizr Khan
May 14*  Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond *date changed because of town meeting
June 4  The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah
July 2  Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover
Aug. 6  Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
Sept. 3*  Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About The World And Why Things Are Better Than You Think by Hans Rosling *we will be voting for next years’ titles at this meeting!


Past Selections