The West Liberty Public Library hosts two book clubs in the library. In order to join our email list, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to get the information needed before each club meets.
Our book clubs are very easygoing and great for anyone who wants to read diversely, talk about books, or just get together with a fun group of people.
- If you want to read the current months books but don't want to attend the meetings, that is perfectly fine!
- Reading the entire book is not necessary; if you don't finish but still want to attend the meeting, feel free to come! (Just be open to the fact that we will have a full discussion which may include spoilers)
- Join at any time! Whether you only want to attend one meeting to see what it's like, join only one of the clubs, or attend at random, you're more than welcome to!
The Page Turners
This club typically meets on the second Thursday of the month at 6pm.
The meeting is on May 12 at 6 p.m. in the library.
Every month The Page Turners meet to discuss the latest and greatest works of fiction and non-fiction. Books are available for check out from the library.
This month we will be reading How We Fight For Our Lives by Saeed Jones. According to goodreads.com, haunted and haunting, Jones’s memoir tells the story of a young, black, gay man from the South as he fights to carve out a place for himself, within his family, within his country, within his own hopes, desires, and fears. Through a series of vignettes that chart a course across the American landscape, Jones draws readers into his boyhood and adolescence—into tumultuous relationships with his mother and grandmother, into passing flings with lovers, friends and strangers. Each piece builds into a larger examination of race and queerness, power and vulnerability, love and grief: a portrait of what we all do for one another—and to one another—as we fight to become ourselves.
Blending poetry and prose, Jones has developed a style that is equal parts sensual, beautiful, and powerful—a voice that’s by turns a river, a blues, and a nightscape set ablaze. How We Fight for Our Lives is a one of a kind memoir and a book that cements Saeed Jones as an essential writer for our time.
Short Stories For Busy People
This club typically meets on the fourth Monday of the month at 11am.
The meeting is on May 23 at 11 a.m. in the library.
Every month Short Stories For Busy People meets to discuss a section of a book of essays or short stories. Books are available for check out from the library.
This month we will be reading Untamed by Glennon Doyle. The reading section for this month is titled Cheetah & Sparks. According to goodreads.com, soulful and uproarious, forceful and tender, Untamed is both an intimate memoir and a galvanizing wake-up call. It is the story of how one woman learned that a responsible mother is not one who slowly dies for her children, but one who shows them how to fully live. It is the story of navigating divorce, forming a new blended family, and discovering that the brokenness or wholeness of a family depends not on its structure but on each member’s ability to bring her full self to the table. And it is the story of how each of us can begin to trust ourselves enough to set boundaries, make peace with our bodies, honor our anger and heartbreak, and unleash our truest, wildest instincts so that we become women who can finally look at ourselves and say: There She Is.
(May 12) How We Fight For Our Lives by Saeed Jones
(May 23) Untamed by Glennon Doyle / Reading section: Cheetah & Sparks
(June 9) The Girls by Emma Cline
(June 27) Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado / Reading section: The Husband Stitch
(July 14) We Heard It When We Were Young by Chuy Renteria
(July 25) Trick Mirror by Jia Tolentino / Reading section: The I in the Internet
(Aug. 11) Something to Talk About by Meryl Wilsner
(Aug. 22) A People's Future of the United States by Charlie Jane Anders / Reading section: The Bookstore at the End of America
(Sept. 8) Highway of Tears by Jessica McDiarmid
(Sept. 26) Wow, No Thank You by Samantha Irby / Reading section: Into the Gross
(Oct. 13) When No One is Watching by Alyssa Cole
(Oct. 24) Fragile Things by Neil Gaiman / Reading section: The Mat Maker - The Study in Emerald
(Nov. 10) Hunger by Roxane Gay
(Nov. 28) Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer / Reading section: Planting Sweetgrass
(Dec. 8) A Pho Love Story by Loan Le
(Dec. 19) The Secret Lives of Church Ladies by Deesha Philyaw / Reading section: Eula