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

 

July 15, 2024

Book Cover: The Long Call by Ann Cleeves

 

The Long Call

by Ann Cleeves

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In North Devon, where two rivers converge and run into the sea, Detective Matthew Venn stands outside the church as his father's funeral takes place. Once loved and cherished, the day Matthew left the strict evangelical community he grew up in, he lost his family too. Now, as he turns and walks away again, he receives a call from one of his team. A body has been found on the beach nearby: a man with a tattoo of an albatross on his neck, stabbed to death. The case calls Matthew back into the community he thought he had left behind, as deadly secrets hidden at its heart are revealed, and his past and present collide. An astonishing new novel told with compassion and searing insight, The Long Call will captivate fans of Vera and Shetland, as well as new readers.

 

Upcoming Book Discussions:

     July 15, 2024: The Long Call by Ann Cleeves
     Aug. 19, 2024: The Cartographers by Peng Shepherd

 


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

 

Aug. 8, 2024

Book Cover: The Art Thief: a true story of love, crime, and a dangerous obsession by Michael Finkel

The Art Thief: A True Story of Love, Crime, and a Dangerous Obsession

by Michael Finkel

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For centuries, works of art have been stolen in countless ways from all over the world, but no one has been quite as successful at it as the master thief Stéphane Breitwieser. Carrying out more than two hundred heists over nearly ten years--in museums and cathedrals all over Europe--Breitwieser, along with his girlfriend who worked as his lookout, stole more than three hundred objects, until it all fell apart in spectacular fashion. In The Art Thief, Michael Finkel brings us into Breitwieser's strange and fascinating world. Unlike most thieves, he never stole for money, keeping all his treasures in a single room where he could admire them to his heart's content. Possessed of a remarkable athleticism and an innate ability to assess practically any security system, Breitwieser managed to pull off a breathtaking number of audacious thefts. Yet these strange talents bred a growing disregard for risk and an addict's need to score, leading Breitwieser to ignore his girlfriend's pleas to stop--until one final act of hubris brought everything crashing down. This is a riveting story of art, crime, and an insatiable hunger to possess beauty at any cost.

 

Upcoming Book Discussions:

     Aug. 8, 2024: The Art Thief: a true story of love, crime, and a dangerous obsession by Michael Finkel

 


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).   

 

Clarendon Hills Public Library
7 North Prospect Avenue, Clarendon Hills, IL 60514
Phone: 630.323.8188  |   Fax: 630.323.8189

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