The Livermore Public Library hosts several book clubs at the Civic Center Library. The book clubs are run by library volunteers and new members are always welcome.
Science Fiction Book Club
Monday, November 18, 7:00 pm; Storytime Room
Featured Title: Solaris by Stanislaw Lem
When Kris Kelvin arrives at the planet Solaris to study the ocean that covers its surface, he finds a painful, hitherto unconscious memory embodied in the living physical likeness of a long-dead lover. Others examining the planet, Kelvin learns, are plagued with their own repressed and newly corporeal memories. The Solaris ocean may be a massive brain that creates these incarnate memories, though its purpose in doing so is unknown, forcing the scientists to shift the focus of their quest and wonder if they can truly understand the universe without first understanding what lies within their hearts.
Political Issues Book Club
Tuesday, November 26, 7:00 pm; Storytime Room
Featured Title: Dirty Wars: The World is a Battlefield by Jeremy Scahill.
In "Dirty Wars," Jeremy Scahill, author of the best-seller Blackwater, takes us inside America's new covert wars. Dirty Wars follows the consequences of the declaration that "the world is a battlefield," as Scahill uncovers the most important foreign policy story of our time. From Afghanistan to Yemen, Somalia and beyond, Scahill explores the depths of America's global killing machine. He goes beneath the surface of these covert wars, conducted in the shadows, outside the range of the press, without effective congressional oversight or public debate. And, based on unprecedented access, Scahill tells the story of an American citizen marked for assassination by his own government.
We’re Talkin’ Books! Club
Thursday December 5, 7:00 PM: Community Room A
Featured Title: Too Much Happiness by Alice Munro
With clarity and ease, Alice Munro once again renders complex, difficult events and emotions into stories that shed light on the unpredictable ways in which men and women accommodate and often transcend what happens in their lives. Too Much Happiness is a compelling, provocative, and even daring collection of short stories from the 2013 Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature.
Good Reads Book Club-Novels of Other Worlds
Thursday December 5, 7:00 PM: Storytime Room
Featured Title: House Girl by Tara Conklin
The House Girl, the debut novel by Tara Conklin, is an unforgettable story of love, history, and a search for justice, set in modern-day New York and 1852 Virginia. Weaving together the story of an escaped slave in the pre-Civil War South and a determined junior lawyer, The House Girl follows Lina Sparrow as she looks for an appropriate lead plaintiff in a lawsuit seeking compensation for families of slaves. In her research, she learns about Lu Anne Bell, a renowned prewar artist whose famous works might have actually been painted by her slave, Josephine. Featuring two remarkable, unforgettable heroines, Tara Conklin's The House Girl is riveting and powerful, literary fiction at its very best.