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We have four book clubs to choose from:

Books & Brews meets the first Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. at the Amery Ale Works. This club reads a variety of fiction books, and even non-fiction on occasion.​

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The book for the May meeting.

In a narrative as beguiling and mysterious as memory itself—shadowed and luminous at once—we read the story of fourteen-year-old Nathaniel, and his older sister, Rachel. In 1945, just after World War II, they stay behind in London when their parents move to Singapore, leaving them in the care of a mysterious figure named The Moth. They suspect he might be a criminal, and they grow both more convinced and less concerned as they come to know his eccentric crew of friends: men and women joined by a shared history of unspecified service during the war, all of whom seem, in some way, determined now to protect, and educate (in rather unusual ways) Rachel and Nathaniel. But are they really what and who they claim to be? And what does it mean when the siblings’ mother returns after months of silence without their father, explaining nothing, excusing nothing? A dozen years later, Nathaniel begins to uncover all that he didn’t know and understand in that time, and it is this journey—through facts, recollection, and imagination—that he narrates in this masterwork from one of the great writers of our time. (from Amazon)

The Mystery Book Club meets the second Tuesday of each month in-person at 2:00 p.m. at the library and on Zoom at 6:00 p.m. – Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84993536756

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The book for the May meeting of the Mystery Book Club

Nine strangers receive a list with their names on it in the mail. Nothing else, just a list of names on a single sheet of paper. None of the nine people know or have ever met the others on the list. They dismiss it as junk mail, a fluke – until very, very bad things begin happening to people on the list. First, a well-liked old man is drowned on a beach in the small town of Kennewick, Maine. Then, a father is shot in the back while running through his quiet neighborhood in suburban Massachusetts. A frightening pattern is emerging, but what do these nine people have in common? Their professions range from oncology nurse to aspiring actor. FBI agent Jessica Winslow, who is on the list herself, is determined to find out. Could there be some dark secret that binds them all together? Or is this the work of a murderous madman? As the mysterious sender stalks these nine strangers, they find themselves constantly looking over their shoulders, wondering who will be crossed off next…. (from the MORE catalog)

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Club meets the third Wednesday of each month at 2:30 p.m. and on Zoom at 6:00 p.m. Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81481441936

The book for the May meeting of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Club.


“Charlie Hall has never found a lock she couldn’t pick, a book she couldn’t steal, or a bad decision she wouldn’t make. She’s spent half her life working for gloamists, magicians who manipulate shadows to peer into locked rooms, strangle people in their beds, or worse. Gloamists guard their secrets greedily, creating an underground economy of grimoires. And to rob their fellow magicians, they need Charlie. Now, she’s trying to distance herself from past mistakes, but going straight isn’t easy. Bartending at a dive, she’s still entirely too close to the corrupt underbelly of the Berkshires. Not to mention that her sister Posey is desperate for magic, and that her shadowless and possibly soulless boyfriend has been keeping secrets from her. When a terrible figure from her past returns, Charlie descends back into a maelstrom of murder and lies. Determined to survive, she’s up against a cast of doppelgängers, mercurial billionaires, gloamists, and the people she loves best in the world–all trying to steal a secret that will allow them control of the shadow world and more.”– (from MORE)

The Become a Serial Reader Book Club reads classic works of literature as they were originally published – in serial form in monthly or quarterly installments..

Oliver Twist book club

Learn about Charles Dickens

Starting in April we will be reading Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens. Oliver Twist is “The adventures of the orphan boy who is forced to practice thievery and live a life of crime in nineteenth-century London.” (from the MORE catalog) It was originally published as a serial in monthly installments from February 1837 to April 1839 in the magazine Bentley’s Miscellany.

We will be reading the 1839 edition from Project Gutenberg Since this edition is from before 1923, it is out of copyright. The text has been copied into 24 documents which correspond to the 24 original installments. Two booklets a week will be available at the library.

We will meet Monday nights at 6 p.m. on Zoom to discuss the reading from the previous week. The first installments will be available at the library on Monday, March 27th.

NOTE: Patrons from other public libraries are welcome to join the club! Contact Trevor Richards at trichards@amerylibrary.org to arrange to get the weekly installments.