Adult Book Groups

The Bookies

The Bookies, an adult evening book club, meets the third Tuesday of every month at 7:00pm in the library.  Join in on our discussion of fiction and non-fiction titles with our friendly, fun, and supportive group of book lovers. Multiple copies of each month’s title are located at the Circulation desk and are available for checkout. Finishing the book is not required for attendance. ALL ARE WELCOME!

May Pick: Tuesday, May 17 at 7:00pm
The Victory Garden by Rhys Bowen

The Victory Garden: A Novel

A Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Amazon Charts bestseller.

From the bestselling author of The Tuscan Child comes a beautiful and heart-rending novel of a woman’s love and sacrifice during the First World War.

As the Great War continues to take its toll, headstrong twenty-one-year-old Emily Bryce is determined to contribute to the war effort. She is convinced by a cheeky and handsome Australian pilot that she can do more, and it is not long before she falls in love with him and accepts his proposal of marriage.

When he is sent back to the front, Emily volunteers as a “land girl,” tending to the neglected grounds of a large Devonshire estate. It’s here that Emily discovers the long-forgotten journals of a medicine woman who devoted her life to her herbal garden. The journals inspire Emily, and in the wake of devastating news, they are her saving grace. Emily’s lover has not only died a hero but has left her terrified―and with child. Since no one knows that Emily was never married, she adopts the charade of a war widow.

As Emily learns more about the volatile power of healing with herbs, the found journals will bring her to the brink of disaster, but may open a path to her destiny.

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Nonfiction Book Club

Nonfiction Book Club offers the opportunity to engage in uncommonly thoughtful discussion on genres such as memoir, current events, history and more. Books are available for checkout at the front desk or can be downloaded free to your device with your library card.

May Pick: May 5 at 11:00am

Invisible Child: Poverty, Survival and Hope in An American City by Andrea Elliot

For almost a decade, reporter Andrea Elliott observed the coming-of-age of a girl named Dasani, who has lived in and out of the New York City shelter system for most of her life. Dasani’s existence is full of contradictions—her Brooklyn shelter is just blocks away from some of the borough’s most expensive real estate—and Elliott is relentless in her efforts to capture them all. In exact and searing detail, she places Dasani’s story alongside the larger issues of inequality, homelessness and racism in the city and more broadly the U.S.
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Other Book Clubs: 

Lee Memorial Library provides books for the following groups:

  • Hillside School Book Club–  Hillside and Brookside School Staff meet every 3rd Wednesday of each month. Multiple copies of each month’s title are located at the front desk and are available for checkout. For more information, please contact jtaylor@allendalek8.com and (201) 327-2020 ex. 3200. Hillside and Brookside Staff ONLY.
  • Allendale Woman’s Book Club – The Allendale Woman’s Club hosts a book club each month starting at 7:30pm. Multiple copies of each month’s title are located at the front desk and are available for checkout. For more information, please contact the Book Club Chair, Maureen Mamunes at mhmamunes@yahoo.com. For information regarding joining the Woman’s Club, please contact the Membership Chair, Molly Patrick at mollykisselpatrick@weichert.com.  You can also visit their website: http://allendalewomansclub.org/. Woman’s Club Members ONLY.
  • Allendale Newcomer’s Book Club– The Allendale Newcomer’s Book Club hosts a meeting each month. Multiple copies of each month’s title are located at the front desk and are available for checkout. For more information, please contact bookmarksANC@gmail.com. You can also visit their website: http://allendalenewcomersclub.com/. Newcomer’s Club Members ONLY.

There are additional book groups available in the BCCLS Library consortium. This listing includes groups of all ages, not just adults. Please check out this BCCLS link to find out more: http://discover.bccls.org/bookclubbing.