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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 August 4, 2014
7:00 PMScience Fiction Book Club
Mindclone: When You’re a Brain Without a Body, Can You Still Be Called Human by David T. Wolf

Marc Gregorio wakes up paralyzed. He can’t feel his own body, and he doesn’t know why. Accident? Stroke? The answer, he learns, is much worse. He’s only a copy of Marc, a digital brain without a body, burdened with all Marc’s human memories, but without access to human sensual pleasures. The Mindclone (Adam 2.0, as he dubs himself) meets the real Marc Gregorio--and Molly Schaeffer, the prickly, brilliant cellist Marc met and fell in love with just days before his brain was scanned. But how does a digital entity experience love? To top if off, his existence must remain a secret while the Memento Amor lab struggles to replicate its one success, and now Marc and Adam 2.0 both compete to win Molly’s heart.
Thursday August 7, 2014
7:00 PMWe’re Talkin’ Books! Club
An Atomic Love Story: The Extraordinary Women in Robert Oppenheimer’s Life by Shirley Streshinsky & Patricia Klaus

Set against a dramatic backdrop of war, spies, and nuclear bombs, An Atomic Love Story unveils a vivid new view of a tumultuous era and one of its most important figures. In the early decades of the 20th century, three highly ambitious women found their way to the West Coast, where each was destined to collide with Oppenheimer, the enigmatic physicist whose work in creating the atomic bomb would forever impact modern history. Although each were connected through their relationship to Oppenheimer, their experiences reflect important changes in the lives of American women in the 20th century: the conflict between career and marriage; the need for a woman to define herself independently; experimentation with sexuality; and the growth of career opportunities.
Tuesday August 26, 2014
7:00 PMPolitical Issues Book Club
The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert

Over the last half a billion years, there have been five mass extinctions. Scientists are currently monitoring the sixth extinction, predicted to be the most devastating extinction event since the asteroid impact that wiped out the dinosaurs. This time around, the cataclysm is us.

In The Sixth Extinction, Elizabeth Kolbert, two-time National Magazine Award winner, draws on the work of researchers in several disciplines: geologists who study deep ocean cores, botanists who follow the tree line as it climbs up the Andes, and marine biologists who dive off the Great Barrier Reef.

Kolbert introduces us to a dozen species, some already gone, others facing extinction, including the Panamanian golden frog and staghorn coral. She provides a moving account of the disappearances and traces the evolution of extinction as concept. The sixth extinction is likely to be mankind's most lasting legacy, and as Kolbert observes, it compels us to rethink the fundamental question of what it means to be human.

Go to http://elizabethkolbert.com/ for more info.