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The Livermore Public Library currently hosts four bookclubs:
  • The Science Fiction Book Club, Livermore Public Library’s newest book discussion group, provides something for everyone, regardless of whether you are a fan of hard science fiction, epic fantasy, or something in between. 
  • The We're Talkin' Books! Club is a member-centered book group led by a small group of book club veterans, with reading selections based on member recommendations and consensus. Their group-managed webpage has further information.
  • The Political Issues Book Club reads books about issues and trends that are driving current affairs in both the national and international arenas.  Topics that have been covered include politics, governance, economics, military affairs, history, sociology, science, the climate, and religion.
  • The Good Reads Book Club – Novels of Other Worlds (formerly American Heroines in Fictiondoes not meet over the summer, but returns every fall with more great reading adventures!

The book clubs are run by library volunteers and new members are always welcome.

Future Book Club Meetings:

Tuesday April 22, 2014
7:00 PMPolitical Issues Book Club
The Republican Brain: The Science of Why They Deny Science—and Reality by Chris Mooney

Chris Mooney, the author of The Republican War on Science, has written another book which is sure to stimulate heated political discussion. From climate change to evolution, the rejection of mainstream science among Republicans is growing, as is the denial of expert consensus on the economy, American history, foreign policy and much more.

Mooney explores brain scans, polls, and psychology experiments to explain why conservatives today appear more likely than Democrats to oppose new ideas and less likely to change their beliefs in the face of new facts. Mooney believes the two mainstream political parties reflect personality traits and psychological needs—with Republicans more wedded to certainty, Democrats to novelty—and this is the root of our divide over reality.
Thursday April 24, 2014
7:00 PMGood Reads Book Club
The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells by Andrew Sean Greer

After the death of her beloved twin brother and the breakup with her longtime lover, Greta Wells embarks on a radical psychiatric treatment to alleviate her suffocating depression. But the treatment has unexpected effects, and Greta finds herself transported to the lives she might have had if she'd been born in different eras. During the course of her treatment, Greta cycles between her own time and alternate lives in 1918, where she is a bohemian adulteress, and 1941, which transforms her into a devoted mother and wife. Separated by time and social mores, Greta's three lives are remarkably similar, fraught with familiar tensions and difficult choices. Each reality has its own losses, its own rewards, and each extracts a different price. And the modern Greta learns that her alternate selves are unpredictable, driven by their own desires and needs.
Monday May 5, 2014
7:00 PMScience Fiction Book Club
Bad Monkeys by Matt Ruff

Jane Charlotte has been arrested for murder. She says she's a member of a secret organization devoted to fighting evil. She also says she's working with the Department for the Final Disposition of Irredeemable Persons--aka "Bad Monkeys.” Jane’s confession lands her in the jail's psychiatric wing and earns her countless hours of poking, probing, and questioning by a professional. Is Jane crazy? Is she lying? Or is she playing a different game altogether?