Book Discussion Groups at the Clarendon Hills Public Library

The Clarendon Hills Public Library hosts 4 distinct book discussion groups on a monthly basis in the adult seating area of the library. New members are always welcome! See descriptions below of when we meet and what we are reading and contact librarian Kathy Strange at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at 630-323-8188 for more information.

Books are made available one month before the discussion date for groups hosted here at the library as well as for book discussion groups throughout Clarendon Hills. Books are labeled and shelved behind the library’s front desk.


GAME'S AFOOT MYSTERY BOOK DISCUSSION

Meets the third Monday of the month except December at 7:00 p.m.

For nineteen years this group has read all genres of mystery and crime fiction; from cozies and amateur detectives to police procedurals, legal thrillers and classic noir. Discussion titles are chosen on a quarterly basis and suggestions from group members are welcomed. So far the group has never read the same author twice.

What We Are Reading

February 17, 2020

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The Widows of Malabar Hill

by Sujata Massey

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Introduces Bombay's first female lawyer, Oxford graduate Perveen Mistry, as she investigates a suspicious will on behalf of three Muslim widows living in strict purdah seclusion who become subject to a murderous guardian's schemes for their inheritances.

Complete List of Upcoming Game's Afoot Mysteries to be Discussed


KAY CARLSON BOOK DISCUSSION

Meets the first Wednesday of the month except December, January and February at 10:00 a.m. Next meeting scheduled for March 4, 2020.

Beginning its 44th year, this group reads a variety of contemporary and classic fiction as well as nonfiction. Group members take turns facilitating the discussions. 

What We Are Reading

March 4, 2020

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Furious Hours

by Casey Cep

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Documents the remarkable story of 1970s Alabama serial killer Willie Maxwell and the true-crime book on the Deep South's racial politics and justice system that consumed Harper Lee in the years after To Kill a Mockingbird.

Complete List of Upcoming Kay Carlson Books for Discussion 


THURSDAY NIGHT READERS

Meets the second Thursday of the month at 7:00 p.m. (Note change for December meeting).

The group focuses on reading across genres, featuring both contemporary and classic novels, histories and biographies.

What We Are Reading

February 13, 2020

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Before We Were Yours

by Lisa Wingate

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A tale inspired by firsthand accounts about the notoriously corrupt Tennessee Children's Home Society follows the efforts of a Baltimore assistant D.A. to uncover her parents' fateful secrets in the wake of a political attack and a chance encounter with a stranger.

Complete List of Upcoming Thursday Night Readers Books for Discussion


NOT YOUR PARENTS' BOOK DISCUSSION

Meets the third Thursday of the month every other month at 7:00 p.m.

This book discussion group is open to adults and teens and focuses on reading young adult literature.

What We Are Reading

March 21, 2020

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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

by Sherman Alexie

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Budding cartoonist Junior leaves his troubled school on the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white farm town school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.

Complete List of Upcoming Not Your Parents' Books to be Discussed


Information for Book Clubs in the Greater Clarendon Hills Community

We want your book club to be successful and are happy to assist your group with potential book discussion picks, questions that prompt good conversation, and author biographies! Contact us if you need help with any of your book club needs. Speak to us before assigning a particular book to your group, so we may inform you about title availability in various formats, and insure that there are sufficient copies of your title (or suggest alternatives if there are not).