Gay Men’s Book Group

Gay Men’s Book Group, the title tells all. The latest book we chose is The Sense Of An Ending by Julian Barnes. The group chooses a book in the last few minutes of each meeting, and it is chosen by those men in attendance. We then meet a month later to discuss the book. At our last meeting, we discussed Jack Holmes and His Friend by Edmund White. We do try to choose books with a gay theme.

The Picture Of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
The Sense Of An Ending by Julian Barnes
Jack Holmes and His Friend by Edmund White

Jack Holmes and His Friend brought in a discussion about relationships we have had, as well as a discussion of the history involved in the book. The book covers time from the early 1960’s through the 2000’s.

The Evening Book Discussion Group

The Evening Book Discussion Group at Otis Library in Norwich, CT has been meeting for well over 16 years. As we’ve loved to say for many years, “We were here before Oprah!” Our theme has stayed pretty much the same – we are a peer-led discussion group. Occasionally, we will mix it up and have a scholar-led discussion with a local English Professor, or an author visit. And we plan to start skyping with authors at our next meeting. We meet from September through June, and choose our titles for the next season at our June meeting, which is a pot-luck dinner. We each bring one or two book suggestions (which we must be ready to defend!), and vote at the end of the meeting. It’s so much fun to see what people will recommend!
Toni Morrison's Beloved
Attendance for the discussions has changed over the years, with some months attracting over 20 people, and others only 3 – especially in the winter months. But there is a core group of about 5 of us who have been coming since almost the beginning, and this club means a lot to us.

Even those who have moved away still stay in touch, sending book lists from the clubs they joined in their new town! The love of reading a good book is what created this club in the beginning, and is what keeps us coming back.


The Paris Wife by Paula McLain; The Help by Kathryn Stockett; The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon; One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd by Jim Fergus; Beloved by Toni Morrison; and Possession by A. S. Byatt


One of the best discussions we had was for Life of Pi by Yann Martel. Ten of us attended this meeting, and we split down the middle on whether the animals in the raft were real or a figment of the character’s imagination! For a classic, we recently read Passage to India by E. M. Forster, and loved it. And one of the best-attended discussions we ever had was for Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert.



Hot Off the Press Book Club

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca SklootWe are librarians from the Bryant Library in Roslyn, NY and our Hot Off the Press book club is in its third, very successful year. There are about 10 librarians and 30 community members who participate every month. We read only the most popular, ‘hottest’ titles. So, we’re talking about the great books that ‘everyone’s talking about.’Librarians know how to talk books, so that part comes easily. And, the community is thrilled to be a part of our discussions. We also go all out in our decorating and food choices. Hot Off the Press is a real experience from the moment you walk into the room. We offer food and decorations that match the book that we’re reading, and we have a great time doing it.

In addition to a wonderful discussion and fabulous food, our patrons also look forward to a short video clip of the author discussing the book, a phone interview with the author, a visit from the author and, recently, even a skype interview with the author!

Patrons receive book club questions and additional information about the book and author, view displays of author read-alikes and titles mentioned in the book we’ve just read. Hot Off the Press is a first class book club experience!

Paris Wife by Paula McLain; Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes; Great House by Nicole Krauss; Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer; In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson; The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot; The Help by Kathryn Stockett; Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout. Additional Favorites: Room, Unbroken, Rules of Civility, Calebs Crossing, Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society, and Little Bee.

Hot off the Press Book Club Large

Hot off the Press Book Club


  • Paris Wife by Paula McLain – made for a great discussion about Hemingway and Paris … and awesome food and decoration possibilities!
  • Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes – was a discussion about life, death and all that lies in between in this Booker Prize winner.
  • Great House by Nicole Krauss – had us all journeying with Nicole Krauss’s wonderful characters and loving it!
  • Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer – brought us to France, as we discussed a difficult and painful Holocaust story.
  • Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson – extended our knowledge of what we thought we knew of the Holocaust and the American players in it.
  • We were fascinated with The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot — how it was written and researched, as well as the remarkable story itself.
  • The Help by Kathryn Stockett – was our very first Hot Off the Press pick and our library director joined us to share that her mother was ‘the help’ when she was growing up.
  • Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout – remains one of our favorites and led to a very personal discussion, as she spoke to ‘that woman’ in all of us.
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