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Join a Book Club!

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:

Monday January 12, 2015
7:00 PMScience Fiction Book Club
The Martian by Andy Weir

A dust storm strands astronaut Mark Watney on Mars and forces his landing crew to abandon the mission and return to Earth. Watney, injured by flying debris and presumed dead, is alone on Mars with no communication and limited supplies. He is, however, the mission engineer and the fix-it guy. Meanwhile, a desperate NASA team concocts a rescue plan on Earth. Weir laces the technical details with enough keen wit to satisfy science fiction fan and general reader alike. Deftly avoiding the problem of the Robinson Crusoe tale that bogs down in repetitious behavior, Weir uses Watney's proactive nature and determination to survive to keep the story escalating to a riveting conclusion.
Thursday January 22, 2015
7:00 PMGood Reads Book Club ~ Books of the British Isles
Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel

When last we saw Thomas Cromwell, hero of Mantel's 2009 Man Booker Prize-winning novel Wolf Hall, he'd successfully moved emperors, queens, courtiers, the pope, and Thomas More to secure a divorce and a new queen for his patron, Henry the VIII. Now, in the second book of a planned trilogy, Cromwell, older, tired, with more titles and power, has to get Henry out of another heirless marriage. The historical facts are known: this is not about what happens, but about how. Bring Up the Bodies was one of named one of the 10 Best Books of 2012 by The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Publisher’s Weekly.
Tuesday January 27, 2015
7:00 PMPolitical Issues Book Club
This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate by Naomi Klein

In This Changes Everything, Naomi Klein argues that climate change isn't just another issue to be neatly filed between taxes and health care. It's an alarm that calls us to fix an economic system that is already failing us in many ways. Klein meticulously builds the case for how massively reducing our greenhouse emissions is our best chance to simultaneously reduce gaping inequalities, re-imagine our broken democracies, and rebuild our gutted local economies. She exposes the ideological desperation of the climate-change deniers, the messianic delusions of the would-be geoengineers, and the tragic defeatism of too many mainstream green initiatives.