The fiction book club here at TPL will be meeting on the last Wednesday of the month throughout 2024.

The main goal of the book club is to break you out of your comfort zone, the genre of the book selected alternating frequently, and sometimes reading books around a central theme. We might read a genre you never thought about picking up before! Different outlooks and reading histories will inspire our conversations, reflecting on similar themes and character dynamics that appear in these various settings, writing styles, and genres; embarking us on a journey to explore the vast diversity that is the book world!

No registration required. Copies of each title are available at the circulation desk approximately one month before each meeting.  Drop in to any meeting regardless of prior attendance or completion of the book (though there will be spoilers in our discussions). Email [email protected] with any questions.

2024 Schedule

The next two book selections will both center around the theme of : Classics

July 31st at 6:30pm

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

Genre: Gothic/Fantasy/Classic

Oscar Wilde’s only novel is the dreamlike story of a young man who sells his soul for eternal youth and beauty.
In this celebrated work Wilde forged a devastating portrait of the effects of evil and debauchery on a young aesthete in late-19th-century England. Combining elements of the Gothic horror novel and decadent French fiction, the book centers on a striking premise: As Dorian Gray sinks into a life of crime and gross sensuality, his body retains perfect youth and vigor while his recently painted portrait grows day by day into a hideous record of evil, which he must keep hidden from the world. For over a century, this mesmerizing tale of horror and suspense has enjoyed wide popularity. It ranks as one of Wilde’s most important creations and among the classic achievements of its kind.

August 28th at 6:30pm

1984 by George Orwell

Genre: SciFi/Dystopia/Classic

The year 1984 has come and gone, yet George Orwells’ prophetic nightmare vision in 1949 of the world we were becoming is timelier than ever. 1984 is still the great modern classic of negative Utopia, an original and powerful novel that creates a startling world. Portrays life in a future time when a totalitarian government watches over all citizens and directs all activities. Orwell’s best-known work of unrelenting dystopian realism warns against totalitarianism.
The story is told from the point of view of Winston Smith, a functionary of the Ministry of Truth whose work involved the “correction” of all records each time the “Big Brother” decided that the truth had changed.

Optional further reading: 1984: The Graphic Novel by George Orwell

September 25th at 6:30pm

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab

October 30th at 6:30pm

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

November 27th at 6:30pm

Lady Tan’s Circle of Women by Lisa See


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