Join us for a new kind of book club! This book club is no-pressure; meaning, you read what YOU want! Participants can share what they’ve been reading and get recommendations from our librarians and other book lovers. Chat about annoying pixie dream girl tropes, the latest movie adaptations, and how there is just not enough time to read all the books! The club meets every third Wednesday of the month at 6:30 PM at Subculture Coffee, 509 Clematis St., West Palm Beach. For more information, please call 561-868-7701.
Friday with the Friends
Join the FRIENDS every month for a lively discussion of selected books. The Second Friday Book Club welcomes everyone and no registration is required! This is a brown-bag book club sponsored by the FRIENDS of the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach. Please feel free to bring your lunch! Book chatter begins at 11:30 AM followed by a moderated book discussion at Noon with Mandel Public Library Reference Librarians. For more information, please call 561-868-7701.
Friday, February 8, 2019 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Third floor, Hibiscus Room – Glass Houses by Louise Penny. "You won't want Louise Penny's latest to end…. Any plot summary of Penny's novels inevitably falls short of conveying the dark magic of this series.... It takes nerve and skill — as well as heart — to write mysteries like this. Glass Houses, along with many of the other Gamache books, is so compelling that, for the space of reading it, you may well feel that much of what's going on in the world outside the novel is 'just noise.'" —Maureen Corrigan, The Washington Post
Friday, March 8, 2019 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Third floor, Hibiscus Room – The Weight of Ink by Rachel Kadish. Inviting comparisons to A.S. Byatt's Possession, Kadish's third novel (after Tolstoy Lied) features two modern scholars investigating a literary historical mystery centered on a female Jewish scribe in 17th-century London. Immersive period detail about Jewish life in 1660s London combines with a riveting plot that touches on the pressures women have faced throughout time, balancing intellectual pursuits with devotion to family.
Friday, April 12, 2019 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Third floor, Hibiscus Room – The Leavers by Lisa Ko. One morning, Deming Guo's mother, Polly, an undocumented Chinese immigrant, goes to her job at a nail salon—and never comes home. No one can find any trace of her. With his mother gone, 11-year-old Deming is left mystified and bereft. Eventually adopted by a pair of well-meaning white professors, Deming is moved from the Bronx to a small town upstate and renamed Daniel Wilkinson.
Told from the perspective of both Daniel—as he grows into a directionless young man—and Polly, Ko's novel gives us one of fiction's most singular mothers. Loving and selfish, determined and frightened, Polly is forced to make one heart-wrenching choice after another.
Set in New York and China, The Leavers is a vivid examination of borders and belonging.
Friday, May 10, 2019 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Third floor, Hibiscus Room – The Friend by Sigrid Nunez. A moving story of love, friendship, grief, healing, and the magical bond between a woman and her dog. When a woman unexpectedly loses her lifelong best friend and mentor, she finds herself burdened with the unwanted dog he has left behind. Her own battle against grief is intensified by the mute suffering of the dog, a huge Great Dane traumatized by the inexplicable disappearance of its master, and by the threat of eviction: dogs are prohibited in her apartment building. While others worry that grief has made her a victim of magical thinking, the woman refuses to be separated from the dog except for brief periods of time. Isolated from the rest of the world, increasingly obsessed with the dog's care, determined to read its mind and fathom its heart, she comes dangerously close to unraveling. But while troubles abound, rich and surprising rewards lie in store for both of them. Elegiac and searching, The Friend is both a meditation on loss and a celebration of human-canine devotion. Winner of the 2018 National Book Award for fiction.