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Friends of the Library Present:

Groundbreaking Reads
Adult Book Discussion Series

Nov 2013 to Apr 2014

What is a groundbreaking read? Perhaps classics like Zora Neale Hurston’s “Their Eyes Were Watching God” or Ernest Hemingway’s “The Sun Also Rises” which have stood the test of time? Or perhaps fascinating memoirs like Madeleine Albright’s “Prague Winter” or Barack Obama’s “Dreams of My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance” which shed light on influential leaders of the day? Or popular science fiction and fantasy novels like J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” or Orson Scott Card’s “Ender’s Game” which immerse you in imaginative worlds? Still more, a groundbreaking read can be a book that inspires you or touches your life in some personal way.

The Adult Book Discussion Series provides readers with an opportunity to experience new fiction, rediscover classics, or enjoy favorite authors. At locations throughout the Library System, experienced and dedicated facilitators will lead these monthly discussions. Since each leader and group has its own unique style and membership, you might try more than one discussion group to maximize your enjoyment of the series.

Read more about the Friends of the Palm Beach County Library System.

DISCUSSION SCHEDULE BY LOCATION

Contact the location of your choice for more information on how to sign up and
check out a copy of the book.

Acreage Branch

Third Wednesdays, 6:00 pm (90 min.)

Facilitator: Acreage Branch Staff

Nov 20"Ender’s Game," by Orson Scott Card
Dec 18"Remains of the Day," by Kazuo Ishiguro
Jan 15"While We Were Watching Downton Abbey," by Wendy Wax
Feb 19"Call the Midwife," by Jennifer Worth
Mar 19"Snowflower and the Secret Fan," by Lisa See

Belle Glade Branch

First Saturdays, 10:00 am (90 min.)

Facilitator: Sonja Lutz

Nov 02"In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin," by Erik Larson
Dec 07 "Alas, Babylon," by Pat Frank
Jan 04"Firefly Island," by Lisa Wingate
Feb 01 "My One Square Inch of Alaska," by Sharon Short
Mar 01"The Ambassador’s Daughter," by Pam Jenoff

Clarence E. Anthony Branch

Third Saturdays, 10:30 am (90 min.)

Facilitator: Dr. Esther Berry

Nov 16"Their Eyes Were Watching God," by Zora Neale Hurston
Dec 21"Dreams of My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance," by Barack Obama
Jan 18"Safe Haven," by Nicholas Sparks
Feb 15"Daughters Who Walk This Path," by Yejide Kilanko
Mar 15"The Plum Tree," by Ellen M. Wiseman

Gardens Branch

Third Thursdays, 2:00 pm (90 min.)

Facilitator: Donna Gruber Adair

Nov 21"Jane Austen in Boca," by Paula Marantz Cohen
Dec 19"The Hobbit: Or There and Back Again," by J.R.R. Tolkien
Jan 16"Girl with a Pearl Earring," by Tracy Chevalier
Feb 20"Crossing on the Paris," by Dana Gynther
Mar 20"Vacationland," by Sarah Stonich

Glades Road Branch

Second Fridays, 10:30 am (90 min.)

Facilitator: Roberta Proctor

Nov 08"Brave New World," by Aldous Huxley
Dec 13"The Paris Wife," by Paula McLain
Jan 10"A Moveable Feast," by Ernest Hemingway
Feb 14"Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937-1948," by Madeleine Albright
Mar 14"Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail," by Cheryl Strayed

Greenacres Branch

Third Tuesdays, 6:30 pm (90 min.)

Facilitator: Sara Harris

Nov 19"Angle of Repose," by Wallace Stegner
Dec 17"Stay Close," by Harlen Coben
Jan 21"State of Wonder," by Ann Patchett
Feb 18"15 Seconds," by Andrew Gross
Mar 18"Another Piece of My Heart," by Jane Green

Hagen Ranch Road Branch

First Fridays, 2:00 pm (90 min.)

Facilitator: Roberta Proctor

Nov 01"A Moveable Feast," by Ernest Hemingway
Dec 06"Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937-1948," by Madeleine Albright
Jan 03"Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail," by Cheryl Strayed
Feb 07"Brave New World," by Aldous Huxley
Mar 07"The Paris Wife," by Paula McLain

Jupiter Branch

Second Fridays*, 2:00 pm (90 min.)

Facilitator: Donna Gruber Adair

Jan 10"Jane Austen in Boca," by Paula Marantz Cohen
Feb 14"The Hobbit: Or There and Back Again," by J.R.R. Tolkien
Mar 14"Girl with a Pearl Earring," by Tracy Chevalier
Apr 11"Crossing on the Paris," by Dana Gynther
*Branch closed Nov and Dec, 2013.

Lantana Road Branch

Wednesdays, 2:00 pm (90 min.)

Facilitator: Nora Natke

Nov 13"The Chosen," by Chaim Potok
Dec 18"The Hit," by David Baldacci
Jan 29"Fallen Angel," by Daniel Silva
Feb 26"The Tombs," by Clive Cussler
Mar 26"Safe Haven," by Nicholas Sparks

Main Library

Second Wednesdays, 2:30 pm (90 min.)

Facilitator: Dr. Carole Policy

Nov 13"Life of Pi," by Yann Martel
Dec 11"Death Comes to Pemberly," by P.D. James
Jan 08"Ahab’s Wife," by Sena J. Naslund
Feb 12"The Wolf Gift," by Anne Rice
Mar 12"The Paris Wife," by Paula McLain

Okeechobee Blvd. Branch

Third Wednesdays, 2:30 pm (90 min.)

Facilitator: Dr. Carole Policy

Nov 20"Ahab’s Wife," by Sena J. Naslund
Dec 18"The Wolf Gift," by Anne Rice
Jan 15"The Paris Wife," by Paula McLain
Feb 19"Life of Pi," by Yann Martel
Mar 19"Death Comes to Pemberly," by P.D. James

Royal Palm Beach Branch

Second Tuesdays, 2:00 pm (90 min.)

Facilitator: Barbara Harnick

Nov 12"The Boleyn Inheritance," by Philippa Gregory
Dec 10"Atonement," by Ian McEwan
Jan 14"Last Chance Book Club," by Hope Ramsay
Feb 11"Vacationland," by Sarah Stonich
Mar 11"The Paris Wife," by Paula McLain

Tequesta Branch

Second Thursdays, 2:00 pm (90 min.)

Facilitator: Dr. Sarah (Sallie) Brown

Nov 14"Delta Wedding," by Eudora Welty
Dec 12"Burr," by Gore Vidal
Jan 09"Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937-1948," by Madeleine Albright
Feb 13"The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America," by Erik Larson
Mar 13"Vacationland," by Sarah Stonich

Wellington Branch

Second Tuesdays, 6:30 pm (90 min.)

Facilitator: Sara Harris

Nov 12"State of Wonder," by Ann Patchett
Dec 10"15 Seconds," by Andrew Gross
Jan 14"Another Piece of My Heart," by Jane Green
Feb 11"Angle of Repose," by Wallace Stegner
Mar 11"Stay Close," by Harlen Coben

West Boca Branch

Wednesdays, 2:00 pm (90 min.)

Facilitator: Nora Natke

Nov 06"The Paris Wife," by Paula McLain
Dec 04 "While We Were Watching Downton Abbey," by Wendy Wax
Jan 08"Flight Behavior," by Barbara Kingsolver
Feb 05 "Three Weeks with My Brother," by Nicholas Sparks
Mar 05"The Sun Also Rises," by Ernest Hemingway

West Boynton Branch

Second Tuesdays, 2:00 pm (90 min.)

Facilitator: Nora Natke

Nov 12"Three Weeks with My Brother," by Nicholas Sparks
Dec 10"The Sun Also Rises," by Ernest Hemingway
Jan 14"The Paris Wife," by Paula McLain
Feb 11"While We Were Watching Downton Abbey," by Wendy Wax
Mar 11"Flight Behavior," by Barbara Kingsolver