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.

  • The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen
    April 16, 2018
    6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
    - The winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, The Sympathizer has the pace and suspense of a thriller and prose that has been compared to Graham Greene and Saul Bellow, The Sympathizer is a sweeping epic of love and betrayal. The narrator, a communist double agent, is a “man of two minds,” a half-French, half-Vietnamese army captain who arranges to come to America after the Fall of Saigon, and while building a new life with other Vietnamese refugees in Los Angeles is secretly reporting back to his communist superiors in Vietnam. - From Amazon
  • 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 Elegy 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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