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Book Discussion Groups at the Clarendon Hills Public Library

The Clarendon Hills Public Library hosts 2 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. For more information, contact librarian Christina at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at 630-323-8188.

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

May 20, 2024

The Fifth Witness by Michael Connelly - Book Cover

The Fifth Witness

by Michael Connelly

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Mickey Haller has fallen on tough times. Criminal defense in Los Angeles has virtually dried up, and he has had to expand his business into foreclosure defense. But just when Mickey thinks criminal court is in his rearview mirror, one of his new clients is accused of killing the banker she blames for trying to take away her home. For Mickey, it's back to what he does best. He puts his team into high gear to exonerate Lisa Trammel, despite what seems to be a mountain of evidence against her and his suspicions that his client is guilty. His digging reveals that the murdered banker was involved in dirty dealings of his own. After two professional thugs but Mickey in the hospital, he knows he's on the right trail. Now, despite the growing danger, the lawyer is ready to mount the best defense of his career.

UPCOMING BOOK DISCUSSIONS:

     May 20, 2024: The Fifth Witness by Michael Connelly


THURSDAY NIGHT READERS

Meets the second Thursday of the month at 7:00 p.m.

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

What We Are Reading

May 9, 2024

The Man Who Could Move Clouds by Ingrid Rojas Contreras

The Man Who Could Move Clouds: a memoir

by Ingrid Rojas Contreras

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"For Ingrid Rojas Contreras, magic runs in the family. Growing up in the Colombia of the 1980's and 1990's in a house where "what did you dream?" was asked in place of "how are you?" her world was laced with prophecy and violence. Her maternal grandfather, Nono, was a renowned curandero, a community healer gifted with the ability to talk to the dead, tell the future, treat the sick, and move the clouds. As a young girl, Rojas Contreras eavesdropped on her mother's fortune-telling business from the stairs and waited eagerly for the moments when Mami appeared in two places at once. She was accustomed to "letting the ghosts in." So when Ingrid, now living in the U.S., suffered a head injury in her 20's that left her with amnesia--an accident eerily similar to a fall that had put her mother in a coma at the age of 8, from which she woke with not just amnesia, but the ability to see ghosts--the family assumes "the secrets" have finally been passed down to the next generation. But as Ingrid recovers her memories, they don't come with supernatural abilities. Rather, she is consumed by a powerful urge to learn even more about her heritage than she knew before the accident. Spurred by a shared dream among Mami and her sisters, wherein Nono communicates that he is unable to rest peacefully in the afterlife, Ingrid joins her mother on a journey home to Colombia to disinter her grandfather's remains. With her mother as her unpredictable, stubborn, and often hilarious guide, Ingrid traces her lineage back to her indigenous and Spanish roots, uncovering the violent and rigid colonial narrative that would eventually break her family into two camps: those who believe "the secrets" are a gift, and those who are convinced they are a curse. Interweaving family stories more enchanting than any novel, resurrected Colombian history, and her own deeply personal reckonings with the bounds of reality, Rojas Contreras writes her way through the incomprehensible and into her inheritance. The result is a luminous testament to the power of storytelling as a healing art and an invitation to embrace the extraordinary."

UPCOMING BOOK DISCUSSIONS:

     May 9, 2024: The Man Who Could Move Clouds: a memoir by Ingrid Rojas Contreras

 


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 ensure that there are sufficient copies of your title (or suggest alternatives if there are not).