Library Book Discussions Groups 

Wilmette Library offers four book discussion series through the Adult Services Department.  Please see details below. 

Classics & Contemporary Evening Readers League of Women Voters Book Club Picks


Classics and Contemporary

Meet in the Small Meeting Room, second Tuesday of the month, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Refreshments served. 

May 10, 10:30

Nobody's Fool by Richard Russo

 Join us for a discussion of "Nobody's Fool" by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Russo.  It is the Library's One Book, Everybody Reads selection this year.  With sly humor and great affection, the novel follows the unexpected operation of grace in a deadbeat town in upstate New York--and in the life of one of its unluckiest citizens, Sully, who has been doing the wrong thing triumphantly for fifty years.

Nobodys Fool

 June 14, 10:30

The Country of the Pointed Firs and Other Stories by Sarah Orne Jewett

 Join us to discuss Sarah Orne Jewett's classic of literary regionalism, "The Country of the Pointed Firs and other Stories." With warmth and compassion Jewett created vivid portraits of Maine coastal natives at the turn of the twentieth century, a time of rapidly disappearing traditions, manners, and dialects.

 Country of Pointed Furs

Evening Readers

Meet in the Auditorium, 7-8:00 p.m.

June 22, 7:00

Everybody's Fool by Richard Russo

Join us to discuss Richard Russo’s "Everybody’s Fool," the sequel to the author's 1993 novel, Nobody's Fool. In the new novel, Mr. Russo returns to North Bath and the players that made Nobody’s Fool his first great success. The novel is classic Russo, filled with humor, heart, hard times, and characters who are lovable despite all their faults. Both books are featured in the 2016 One Book, Everybody Reads series. In addition, this program is part of the Library’s three-part book discussion series, Revisiting Our Winners: New Books by One Book Authors.

 Everybodys Fool

League of Women Voters/WPL Book Group

Wednesday, April 27, 11:00

A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety by Jimmy Carter                               

Jimmy Carter

In his major New York Times bestseller, Jimmy Carter looks back from ninety years of age.  Though not considerable memorable as a President, Jimmy Carter went on to become a statesman, humanitarian, and Nobel Peace Prize recipient.  Along the way he has been an accomplished submariner, farmer,  election monitor, philanthropist, carpenter, teacher, and public servant. He is also a poet and a painter and examples of both arts appear in his latest memoir.




Wednesday, May 18, 11:00 (NOTE: third Wednesday of May)

Waiting for Gautreaux: A Story of Segregation, Housing, and the Black Ghetto  by Alexander Polikoff

GautreauxSpecial Guest: Author Alexander Polikoff will join the discussion

"Sometimes Kafkaesque, sometimes simply inspiring, and never less than absorbing, the story of Gautreaux, told by its principal lawyer, moves with ease through local and national civil rights history, legal details, political matters, and the personal costs--and rewards--of a commitment to fairness, equality, and justice. Both the memoir of a dedicated lawyer, and the narrative of a tenacious pursuit of equality, this story--itself a critical, still-unfolding chapter in recent American history--urges us to take an essential step in ending the racial inequality that Alexis de Toqueville prophetically named America's most formidable evil."

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