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 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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