Book Club 

Our book club meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 10:30 a.m. and reads a wide variety of books.

If you are interested in joining our group, just stop by the library and ask for the current selection. The books are provided on loan to us by the Potter-Tioga Library System.

Current book: Home Reading Service by Fabio Morabito 

After an accident – or “the misfortune,” as his cancer-ridden father’s caretaker, Celeste, calls it – Eduardo is sentenced to a year of community service reading to the elderly and disabled. Stripped of his driver’s license and feeling impotent as he nears thirty-five, he leads a dull, lonely life, chatting occasionally with the waitresses of a local restaurant or walking the streets of Cuernavaca. Once a quiet town known for its lush gardens and swimming pools, the “City of Eternal Spring” is now plagued by robberies, kidnappings, and the other myriad forms of violence bred by drug trafficking. 

At first, Eduardo seems unable to connect. He movingly reads the words of Dostoyevsky, Henry James, Daphne du Maurier, and more, but doesn’t truly understand them. His eccentric listeners, including two brothers, one mute, who moves his lips while the other acts as ventriloquist; deaf parents raising children they don’t know are hearing; and a beautiful, wheelchair-bound mezzo-soprano – sense his detachment. Then Eduardo comes across a poem his father had copied by the Mexican poet Isabel Fraire, and it affects him as no literature has before. 

Through these fascinating characters, like the practical, quick-witted Celeste, who intuitively grasps poetry even though she never learned to read, Fabio Morabito shows how art can help us rediscover meaning in a corrupt, unequal society. -Book Summary

Other Books We’ve Read

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
The Alice Network by Kate Quinn
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach
The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie
Beautiful Boy by David Sheff
Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris
Bluebird by Genevieve Graham
The Body in the Clouds by Ashley Hay
The Bookman’s Tale by Charlie Lovett
The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
Breakfast with Buddha by Roland Merullo
Bright and Distant Shores by Dominic Smith
The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir by Jennifer Ryan
The Choices We Make by Karma Brown
The Cold Dish by Craig Johnson
The Courtier’s Secret by Donna Russo Morin
Crazy for the Storm by Norman Ollestad
A Cup of Tea by Amy Ephron
Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
Daughter of the Reich by Louise Fein
David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell
Dead Wake by Erik Larson
Death at the Chateau Bremont by M.L. Longworth
The Devlin Diary by Christi Phillips
The Diplomat’s Daughter by Karin Tanabe
The Dinner by Herman Koch
The Dog Stars by Peter Heller
Don’t Go by Lisa Scottoline
Double Bind by Chris Bohjalian
Dragon House by John Shors
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
Elizabeth Street by Laurie Fabiano
Every Last Cuckoo by Kate Maloy
The Excellent Lombards by Jane Hamilton
The Faith Club by Ranya Idliby, Suzanne Oliver & Priscilla Warner
The Fifth Avenue Artists Society by Joy Callaway
Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver
The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes
The Gods of Gotham by Lyndsay Faye
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
Harry’s Trees by Jon Cohen
Heart in the Right Place by Carolyn Jourdan
Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
Hitchhiking with Larry David by Paul Samuel Dolman
Hollow Ground by Natalie S. Harnett
Hope’s Boy by Andrew Bridge
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
Hush by Kate White
I Still Dream About You by Fannie Flagg
In Order to Live by Yeonmi Park
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson
The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
The Kommandant’s Girl by Pam Jenoff
The Last Painting of Sara De Vos by Dominic Smith
Lawrence in Arabia by Scott Anderson
The Leisure Seeker by Michael Zadoorian
Liar Temptress Soldier Spy by Karen Abbott
Life on the Color Line by Gregory Howard Williams
The Life We Bury by Allen Eskins
The Long Walk by Slavomir Rawicz
Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez
Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
The Mermaid Chair by Sue Monk Kidd
Mozart’s Last Aria by Matt Rees
Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie
My Life in France by Julia Child
News of the World by Paulette Jiles
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
No One Knows by J.T. Ellison
Nobody’s Fool by Richard Russo
Not Without Hope by Nick Schuyler
On Beauty by Zadie Smith
One Last Thing Before I Go by Jonathan Tropper
One Thousand White Women by Jim Fergus
Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
The Other Typist by Suzanne Rindell
Parlor Games by Maryka Biaggio
A Rare Titanic Family by Julie Williams
The Rebellion of Jane Clark by Sally Gunning
The Red Tent by Anita Diamont
The Road to Bittersweet by Donna Everhart
Room by Emma Donoghue
Same Kind of Different As Me by Ron Hall & Denver Moore with Lynn Vincent
Sarah’s Key by Tatiana De Rosnay
Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman
The Seamstress by Sara Tuval Bernstein
The Second Mrs. Hockaday by Susan Rivers
Shakespeare Saved My Life by Laura Bates
Skyscraping by Cordelia Jensen
The Sound of Glass by Karen White
Sounds Like Crazy by Shana Mahaffey
Speaking in Tungs by Karla M. Jay
Spirit of Steamboat by Craig Johnson
Take Me With You by Catherine Ryan Hyde
The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
The Time In Between by Maria Duenas
The Things We Cannot Say by Kelly Rimmer
To the End of the Land by David Grossman
Turn of Mind by Alice LaPlante
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O’Farrell
The Violets of March by Sarah Jio
The Virgin Blue by Tracy Chevalier
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
Watermark by Vanitha Sankaran
When I’m Gone by Emily Bleeker
The White Garden by Stephanie Barron
The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga
The Winter Ghosts by Kate Mosse
The Year of the Hare by Arto Paasilinna
The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman