Any and all are both welcomed and encouraged to join the Chapel Hill Public Library book group. You are welcome any time, whether you have been in book clubs your whole life or are only interested in a single title.

We meet on the 3rd Monday of each month in Meeting Room C, with few exceptions.

  • Never Let Me Go by Kasuo Ishiguro
    January 22, 2018
    6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
    - Ishiguro wrote Remains of the Day.  This is a gripping novel, rather short, about a strange school of the future, a few of its students and their lives after graduation as they try to figure out their origins.  Not your typical coming-of-age novel, with much bigger dilemmas for our present culture and its technology, which are disturbing.  It has characters you care about, despite a futuristic setting that nevertheless looks all too normal.  That's what creates the tension.
  • A Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave
    February 19, 2018
    6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
    - This is a starter kit for good design. It is intended to be enjoyable and informative for everyone: everyday people, technical people, designers, and non-designers. One goal is to turn everyone into great observers of the absurd, of the poor design that gives rise to so many of the problems of modern life, especially of modern technology. It will also turn everyone into observers of the good, of the places where thoughtful designers have worked to make our lives easier and smoother.
  • Soaring With Fidel
    March 19, 2018
    6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
    - Soaring with Fidel is about the exhilaration of avian migration, but it is also a deeper meditation on the nature of human happiness. In describing the thrill of travel, the antics of these swashbuckling birds, and the cast of characters he meets (and drinks with) along the way—including scientists, students, tour guides, and an online group of birders—Gessner gives us a profound lesson in the importance of following what you love.  From Goodreads.
  • The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen
    April 16, 2018
    6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
    - Soaring with Fidel is about the exhilaration of avian migration, but it is also a deeper meditation on the nature of human happiness. In describing the thrill of travel, the antics of these swashbuckling birds, and the cast of characters he meets (and drinks with) along the way—including scientists, students, tour guides, and an online group of birders—Gessner gives us a profound lesson in the importance of following what you love.  From Goodreads.
  • All Strangers are Kin by Zora O'Neill
    May 21, 2018
    6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
    - Join O’Neill for a grand tour through the Middle East. You will laugh with her in Egypt, delight in the stories she passes on from the United Arab Emirates, and find yourself transformed by her experiences in Lebanon and Morocco. She’s packed her dictionaries, her unsinkable sense of humor, and her talent for making fast friends of strangers. From quiet, bougainvillea-lined streets to the lively buzz of crowded medinas, from families’ homes to local hotspots, she brings a part of the world that is thousands of miles away right to your door.
  • La Rose by Louise Eldritch
    June 18, 2018
    6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
    - The death of Dusty Ravich sets into motion a cycle of guilt and recrimination that Landreaux and his wife, Emmaline, try to staunch by giving their son, LaRose, to Dusty's parents. "It's the old way," Landreaux says, explaining a decision that seems at first incredible and with time becomes strangely palliative. This is a breathtaking and emotionally haunting contemporary tale of a tragic accident, a demand for justice, and a profound act of atonement with ancient roots in Native American culture.
  • The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
    August 20, 2018
    6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
    - When it first appeared in 1963 and “galvanized the nation”, says Amazon.  The book contains two essays – one, “My Dungeon Shook – Letter to my Nephew on the One Hundredth Anniversary of Emancipation,” discusses the central role of race in American history.  The second essay, “Down at the Cross – Letter from a Region of My Mind,” describes Baldwin’s experiences with the Christian church as a youth as well as the black Islamic ideas in Harlem, all as background for reflections on race and religion in America.  This book is often regarded as the starting place for discussions of American race relations today. 
  • Hillbilly Eligy by J.D. Vance
    September 17, 2018
    6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
    - From a former Marine and Yale Law School Graduate, a poignant account of growing up in a poor Appalachian town, that offers a broader, probing look at the struggles of America’s white working class. Part memoir, part historical and social analysis, J. D. Vance’s Hillbilly Elegy is a fascinating consideration of class, culture, and the American dream.
  • The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
    October 15, 2018
    6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
    - Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, the #1 New York Times bestseller from Colson Whitehead, a magnificent tour de force chronicling a young slave's adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South.
  • The Design of Everyday Things by Donald Norma
    November 19, 2018
    6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
    - This is a starter kit for good design. It is intended to be enjoyable and informative for everyone: everyday people, technical people, designers, and non-designers. One goal is to turn everyone into great observers of the absurd, of the poor design that gives rise to so many of the problems of modern life, especially of modern technology. It will also turn everyone into observers of the good, of the places where thoughtful designers have worked to make our lives easier and smoother.

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