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Adult Book Clubs

We have three 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.​
  • Mystery Book Club meets the second Tuesday of each month at 2:00 p.m. at the library.
  • Non-fiction Book Club meets the last Thursday of each month at 2:00 p.m. at the library
Books & Brews

Next Meeting: Thursday, July 11h at 5 p.m. at the library. This will be followed by a virtual Book Bingo.

Book: Lady Tan’s Circle of Women by Lisa See

Lady Tan's Circle of Women

1469: “According to Confucius, “an educated woman is a worthless woman,” but Tan Yunxian–born into an elite family, yet haunted by death, separations, and loneliness–is being raised by her grandparents to be of use. Her grandmother is one of only a handful of female doctors in China, and she teaches Yunxian the pillars of Chinese medicine, the Four Examinations–looking, listening, touching, and asking–something a man can never do with a female patient. From a young age, Yunxian learns about women’s illnesses, many of which relate to childbearing, alongside a young midwife-in-training, Meiling. The two girls find fast friendship and a mutual purpose–despite the prohibition that a doctor should never touch blood while a midwife comes in frequent contact with it–and they vow to be forever friends, sharing in each other’s joys and struggles. No mud, no lotus, they tell themselves: from adversity beauty can bloom. But when Yunxian is sent into an arranged marriage, her mother-in-law forbids her from seeing Meiling and from helping the women and girls in the household. Yunxian is to act like a proper wife–embroider bound-foot slippers, pluck instruments, recite poetry, give birth to sons, and stay forever within the walls of the family compound, the Garden of Fragrant Delights. How might a woman like Yunxian break free of these traditions, go on to treat women and girls from every level of society, and lead a life of such importance that many of her remedies are still used five centuries later? How might the power of friendship support or complicate these efforts? Lady Tan’s Circle of Women is a captivating story of women helping other women. It is also a triumphant reimagining of the life of a woman who was remarkable in the Ming dynasty and would be considered remarkable today.” –Amazon. MORE record

Mystery Book Club

Next Meeting: Tuesday,  August 13th, 2 p.m. at the library

Book: Spider Woman’s Daughter by Anne Hillerman

Spider Woman's Daughter book cover image

Navajo Nation Police Officer Bernadette Manuelito witnesses the cold-blooded shooting of someone very close to her. With the victim fighting for his life, the entire squad and the local FBI office are hell-bent on catching the gunman. Bernie, too, wants in on the investigation, despite regulations forbidding eyewitness involvement. But that doesn’t mean she’s going to sit idly by, especially when her husband, Sergeant Jim Chee, is in charge of finding the shooter. Bernie and Chee discover that a cold case involving his former boss and partner, retired Inspector Joe Leaphorn, may hold the key. Digging into the old investigation, husband and wife find themselves inching closer to the truth–and closer to a killer determined to prevent justice from taking its course” — from publisher’s web page. MORE record

Past Books

Non-fiction Book Club

Non-fiction book club

Do you enjoy reading non-fiction? Then this is the book club for you.

In most book clubs, the members all read and discuss the same book at a meeting. However, when it comes to non-fiction, it is often difficult to obtain multiple copies of the same book. So, this book club uses a thematic approach instead. Each month the members read a book of their own choice about a theme that the group agreed upon at the previous meeting. Then at the book club meeting, each member talks about their book and what they learned.

Many people plant their garden in May, so for May the theme is gardening. Your book can be about planting a garden, a biography of a gardener, or a history of a kind of garden or gardening in general.

  • Next Meeting: Thursday, May 30th from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
  • Theme: Gardening
  • Meeting location: Makerspace Room on the lower level of the library

Questions? Contact Trevor Richards, the library’s Adult Services Librarian, at (715) 268-3431 or trichards@amerylibrary.org