Adult

The Third-Thursday Book Discussion Group meets the third Thursday of each month. Join us for spirited discussions of novels and non-fiction titles each month at 7:00 pm in Meeting Rooms C-D at the library. Books are provided in advance for each session. For further information, please contact Rosemary Mirsky at (248) 246-3715 or rosemary@ropl.org.


Euphoria

May 17, 2018
Euphoria by Lily King. 2014. FICTION K
Set in 1930s Papua New Guinea, King’s novel fictionalizes the lives of anthropologists Margaret Mead, Reo Fortune and Gregory Bateson.  

Just-Mercy

June 21, 2018
Just Mercy: a story of justice and redemption by Byron Stevenson. 2014. 353.48 S
A powerful account of how lawyer Stevenson got the call early in his career to represent the wrongly condemned and largely neglected clientele in the American justice system.

Doc

July 19, 2018
Doc: a novel by Mary Doria Russell. 2011. FICTION R
Russell’s novel bring to life Dodge City and its famous inhabitants John Henry “Doc” Holliday and Wyatt Earp.

Born-Crime

August 16, 2018
Born a Crime: stories from a South African childhood by Trevor Noah2016. BIO NOAH
The Daily Show host Trevor writes about the wild days of his coming of age in the twilight of apartheid in South Africa.

The Salter Center Group meets the third Monday of the month at 10:00 AM in the Senior Room of the Jack and Patti Salter Community Center, 1545 E. Lincoln. Join us for engaging book discussions of the titles below. Books are provided upon registration for each session. For further information, please contact librarian Matthew Day at (248) 246-3732 or matthew@ropl.org.

Tartt

May 21, 2018
The Secret History by Donna Tartt. 1992. FICTION T
Brilliant students at a posh Vermont school are involved in two murders, one supposedly accidental and one deliberate: a psychological suspense thriller, a satire of collegiate mores and popular culture, and a philosophical bildungsroman.

Bryson

June 18, 2018
One Summer, America 1927 by Bill Bryson. 2014. 973.91 B
1927 was the pivot point when the U.S. began to dominate the world in virtually everything —military, culture, commerce, and technology. Bryson’s inimitable wit and exuberance are on full display in this wide-ranging look at the major events in an exciting summer in America.

X

July 16, 2018
X by Ilyasah Shabazz. 2016.
Co-written by Malcolm X's daughter, this riveting and revealing novel follows the formative years of the man whose words and actions shook the world. X follows Malcolm from his childhood to his imprisonment for theft at age twenty, when he found the faith that would lead him to forge a new path and command a voice that still resonates today.

Empire

August 20, 2018
Empire of the Summer Moon by S.C. Gwynne. 2011. 978.004 G
S. C. Gwynne’s Empire of the Summer Moon spans two astonishing stories. The first traces the rise and fall of the Comanches, the most powerful Indian tribe in American history. The second entails one of the most remarkable narratives ever to come out of the Old West: the epic saga of the pioneer woman Cynthia Ann Parker and her mixed-blood son Quanah, who became the last and greatest chief of the Comanches.

Pearl

September 17, 2018
Pearl that Broke It's Shell by Nadia Hashimi. 2015.
A luminous and unforgettable tale of two women's destiny and identity in Afghanistan, Kabul, 2007. The Taliban rules the streets. The Pearl That Broke Its Shell interweaves the stories of these two remarkable women who are separated by a century, but share the same courage and dreams.

Secret

October 15, 2018
Secret Life of Violet Grant by Beatriz Williams. 2015. FICTION W
A story of love and intrigue that travels from Kennedy-era Manhattan to World War I Europe from the New York Times bestselling author of Along the Infinite Sea.

Tea Girl

November 19, 2018
Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See. 2018. FICTION S
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa See, “one of those special writers capable of delivering both poetry and plot” (The New York Times Book Review), a moving novel about tradition, tea farming, and the bonds between mothers and daughters.

Big russ

December 17, 2018
Big Russ and Me, Father and Son: Lessons of Life by Tim Russert. 2004. BIO RUSSERT
Over the last two decades, before his death in 2008 at the age of 58, Tim Russert had become one of the most trusted and admired figures in American television journalism. Throughout his career he spent time with presidents and popes, world leaders and newsmakers, celebrities and sports heroes, but one person stood out to him in terms of his strength of character, modest grace and simple decency—Russert's dad, Big Russ.