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Book Clubs

Are you looking for a good book discussion group? Interested in meeting others who share your love of reading? Charleston County Public Library hosts regular book clubs at the following branches. Join us!

 

Main Library | John's Island Regional | Otranto Road Regional  | St. Andrews Regional 
James Island | Dorchester Road Regional | Mt. Pleasant Regional | West Ashley | John L. Dart  
Folly Beach 
  Poe/Sullivan's Island 

   

Main Library

Great Books Discussion Group
Meets at the Main Library, Meeting Room B at 6:30 p.m., the second Wednesday of each month.
For more information, please call 805-6904.
Selections for 2014:

January 8
On the Advantage and Disadvantage of History for Life by Friedrich Nietzche
February 12 
My Confession by Mary McCarthy
   
March 12 
Holy Week by Deborah Eisenberg
April 9
I Stand Here Ironing by Tillie Olsen
   
May 14
What Work Is by Philip Levine
June 11
Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich
   
July 9
Betting on Men by Joan Frank
August 13
SantaLand Diaries by David Sedaris
   
September 10
The Entrepreneur by Po Bronson
October 8
Papi by Edwidge Danticat
   
November 12
Career Counselling by Alain de Botton
December 10
Publishing and Other Near-Death Experiences by Meghan Daum

Not Fiction Book Discussion Group
Meets at the Main Library, Meeting Room A at 6:30 p.m.
For more information, please call 805-6930
or visit notfictionbookdiscussion.blogspot.com.
 
Selections for 2014:

January 7
The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America by George Packer

February 4 
Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin by Jill Lepore

 

 

March 4 
Junius and Albert's Adventures in the Confederacy: 
A Civil War Odyssey
 by Peter Carlson

April 1
The Men Who United the States: America's Explorers, Inventors, Eccentrics and Mavericks, and the Creation of One Nation, Indivisible by Simon Winchester

 

 

May 6
One Summer: America 1927 by Bill Bryson

June 3
Cotton Tenants: Three Families by James Agee and Walker Evans

 

 

July 1
The Book of My Lives by Aleksandar Hemon

August 5
Son of a Gun: A Memoir by Justin St. Germaine

 

 

September 2
Men We Reaped: A Memoir by Jesmyn Ward

October 7
Thank You for Your Service by David Finkel

 

 

November 4
This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral-Plus, Plenty of Valet Parking!-in America's Gilded Capital by Mark Leibovich

December 2
The Longest Road: Overland In Search of America, from Key West to the Arctic Ocean 
by Philip Caputo
   

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Young Adult at Heart

A monthly book group for those of us who have “grown up” but never outgrew our love of great young adult literature.

 

Future meeting times and book selections to be determined by the group - please contact Sarah Kellner at kellners@ccpl.org for more information.

   
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John's Island Regional

Sea Islands Book Club
Meets the third Tuesday of the month at 2 p.m.
For more information, please call 559-1945.


Selections for 2014:

January 21
Readers' choice

February 18
Winter's Bone by Daniel Woodrell

   
March
Rules of Civility by Amor Towles
April
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
   
May
Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
June
Astronaut Wives Club by Lily Koppel
   
July
The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith

August
The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin

   

September
Gal: A True Story by Ruthie Bolton

October
Secret Keeper by Kate Morton          

   

November
Blood & Beauty: The Borgias by Sarah Dunant

December
Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy

   
   
Let's Talk About It Fall Series (adults)
Read the classic novel, watch the Masterpiece Theatre film and enjoy a lively lecture and discussion. Copies of the book may be obtained from the Reference Desk.


For more information call 559-1945. This program is funded in
part by the Humanities CouncilSC
   
Saturday, September 13 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Watch part one of the Masterpiece Theatre movie, Rebecca
Saturday, September 27 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Watch part two of Rebecca, then enjoy a lecture and discussion with Dr. Celeste McMaster from Charleston Southern University.
 
   
Saturday, October 11 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Watch The Woman in White, then enjoy a lecture and discussion with Dr. Celeste McMaster from Charleston Southern University.

Saturday, November 8 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Watch Mansfield, then enjoy a lecture and discussion with Dr. Kathleen B. Rogers from the College of Charleston.


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Otranto Road Regional

Books at Otranto
Meets the third Thursday of the month from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
For more information, please call 572-4094.


Selections for 2014:

 

January 16
The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier 

February 20
The Butler: A Witness to History by Wil Haygood

 

 

March 20
Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised Our Nation by Cokie Roberts

April 17
Burgess Boys: A Novel by Elizabeth Strout

 

 

May 15
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks 
by Rebecca Skloot

June 19
The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates by Wes Moore

 

July 17
Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker: A Novel by Jennifer Chiaverini

August 21
Astronaut Wives Club: A True Story by Lily Koppel

 

September 18
The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women WHo Helped Win World War II 
by Denise Kiernan

October 16
Transatlantic: A Novel by Colum McCann

   
November 20
The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson  
December 18
Bring a Christmas book or any book you've recently read to share with fellow book club members.

 

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Dorchester Road Regional

Dorchester Adult Book Discussion
Meets on the following Saturdays at 3 p.m.
For more information, please call 552-6466.
 
Selections for 2014:

January 25
Fall of Giants by Ken Follett 

February 15
Disappearing Acts by Terry McMillan
   
March 29
The Good Mother by Sue Miller
April 26
Rebecca by Daphne DuMaurier 
   
May 17
The House of Spirits by Isabel Allende
June 28
Go Tell It on The Mountain by James Baldwin
   

July  
N/A         

August 23
Chiefs by Stuart Woods
   
September 27
The Woman in Black: A Ghost Story 
by Susan Hill
October  
One Book Charleston County selection
   
November  22
Family by J. California Cooper
December
N/A
   
 

Dorchester Regional eClassic Book Club
Meets on the following Saturdays at 2 p.m.
For more information, please call 552-6466.
 
Selections for 2014:
January 11 
Inferno by Dan Brown
February 22
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
   
March 22
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
April 19
Ulysses by James Joyce 
   
May 17
Beowolf by Francis Gummere
June 28
War of the World by H.G. Wells
   
July 26
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
August 23
All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
   
September 20
Thuvia, Maid of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs
October 
One Book Charleston County selection
   
November 15
Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
December 
N/A
   

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James Island 
Meets on the first Monday of each month, through June, at 2 p.m.
For more information, please call 795-6679. 

Selections for 2014:
January 6
The Columbus Affair: A Novel by Steve Berry
February 3
The Way Forward is with a Broken Heart by Alice Walker
   
March 3
Before I Go to Sleep by S. J. Watson
April 7
Moon Over Edisto by Beth Webb Hart
   
May 5
Defending Jacob: A Novel by William Landay
June 2
The Burgess Boys: A Novel by Elizabeth Strout
   
   

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Mt. Pleasant Regional


Monday Book Discussions
Meets at Mt. Pleasant Regional Library from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
For more information, please call 849-6161.
 
Selections for 2014:

January 13
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield 

February 10
Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Wells
   
March 10
Necessary Lies by Diane Chamberlain
April 14
Below Stairs by Margaret Powell
   
May 12
The Dinner by Herman Koch
June 9
He's Gone by Deb Caletti
   
July 14
The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty
August 11
Someone by Alice McDermott
   
September 8
The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri
October 13
One Book Charleston County selection
   
November 10
Andrew's Brain by E.L. Doctorow
December 8
Art of Falling by Kathryn Craft
   


Fantastic Reads Book Discussions
Meets at Mt. Pleasant Regional Library from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
For more information, please call 849-6161.  

Selections for 2014: 
January 27
The Arrivals by Melissa Marr
February 24 
The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
   
March 17 
Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
April 21 
Blood Oath by Christopher Farnsworth
   
May 19 
Tyrannosaur Canyon by Douglas Preston
June 16 
Frankenstein: Prodigal Son by Dean Koontz
   
July 
N/A
August 18 
Running with the Demon by Terry Brooks
   
September 15 
Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey

October 
One Book Charleston County selection 

   
November 17 
The Gunslinger by Stephen King
December 
N/A
   

Reel Club Book Discussions
Read the book, watch the movie and then participate in a lively discussion.
Meets at Mt. Pleasant Regional Library at 2 p.m.
F
or more information, please call 849-6161.  

Selections for 2014:  

January 8
Book: The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game 
by Michael Lewis 
Movie: The Blind Side. Rated PG-13; 128 minutes.
 

February 5 
Book: The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Movie: Easy A. Rated PG-13; 92 minutes.
   
March 12 
Admission by Jean Hanff Korelitz
Admission. Rated PG-13; 107 minutes.  
April 
TBA
   
May  
TBA 
June  
TBA 
   
July 
TBA
August  
TBA 
   
September 
TBA

October 
TBA 

   
November 
TBA
December 
TBA
 
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West Ashley

Not Fiction Book Discussion Group
Meets at West Ashley Library at 11 a.m.
For more information, please call 876-6635 or visit notfictionbookdiscussion.blogspot.com.
 
Selections for 2014:

January 16
The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America by George Packer

February 20 
Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin 
by Jill Lepore

 

 

March 20
Junius and Albert's Adventures in the Confederacy: A Civil War Odyssey 
by Peter Carlson

April 17
The Men Who United the States: America's Explorers, Inventors, Eccentrics and Mavericks, and the Creation of One Nation, Indivisible by Simon Winchester

 

 

May 15
One Summer: America 1927 by Bill Bryson

June 19
Cotton Tenants: Three Families by James Agee and 
Walker Evans

 

 

July 17
The Book of My Lives by Aleksandar Hemon

August 21
Son of a Gun: A Memoir by Justin St. Germaine

 

 

September 18
Men We Reaped: A Memoir by Jesmyn Ward

October 16
Thank You for Your Service by David Finkel

   
November 20
This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral-Plus, Plenty of Valet Parking!-in America's Gilded Capital by Mark Leibovich
December 18
The Longest Road: Overland In Search of America, from Key West to the Arctic Ocean by Philip Caputo
   
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Folly Beach  


Folly Beach Book Club
Meets at Folly Beach Library at 2:30 p.m.
For more information, please call 588-2001.

 

Selections for 2014:
 
 
January 8
In the Garden of Geasts : Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin 
by Erik Larson
February 12
Upheaval in Charleston : Earthquake and Murder on the Eve of Jim Crow 
by Susan Millar Williams
   
March 12
We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver
April 9
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
   
May 14
Kabul Classroom by P. B. Travis
June 11
Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
   
July 9
Turn Right at Machu Picchu by Mark Adams
August 13
Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver
   
September 10
The Aviator's Wife by Melanie Benjamin
October 8
One Book Charleston County selection
   
November 12
The Art of Hearing Heartbeats 
by Jan-Philipp Sendker
December 10
TBA
 
 

St. Andrews Regional

First Coffee Book Club 

Selections for 2014:
January 3 at 10:30 a.m.
The Snow Child by Eoqyn Ivey

February 6 at 1 p.m.
Looking for Me  by Beth Hoffman
   
March 6
The World Made Straight by Ron Rash
April 3
The Secret Life of Emily Dickinson by Jerome Charyn
   
May 2
Benediction by Kent Haruf
June 6
The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom
   
July 11
The Supremes: At Earl's All You Can Eat by Edward Moore
August 1
The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
   
September 5
As You Like It by William Shakespeare
October 3
The Silver Star: A Novel by Jeannette Walls
   
November 7 
The Sweet Everlasting by Judson Mitcham
December 5
The Christmas List by Richard Evans
   


Susan Eades Book Club 

Selections for 2014:

 
January 21 at 1:30 p.m.
Molokai by Alan Brennert

February 18 at 1:30 p.m.
One Thousand White Women by Jim Fergus
   
March 18 at 1:30 p.m.
The Double Blind by Christopher Bohjalian
April 15 at 1:30 p.m.
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
   
May 20 at 1:30 p.m.
The Black Count by Tom Reiss
June 17 at 1:30 p.m.
The Making of a Writer by Gail Godwin
   
July 15 at 1:30 p.m.
The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman 
August 
TBA
   
September 
TBA
October 
TBA
   
November 
TBA
December 
TBA
 
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Poe/Sullivan's Island  
Meets on the third Saturday of each month at 10:30 a.m.
For more information, please call 883-3914. 
Selections for 2014:

January 18
Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald 
by Theresa Fowler 

February 15
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald 

 

 

March 15 
The Dressmaker by Kate Alcott 

April 19
And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini 

 

 

May 17
Fever by Mary Beth Keane 

June 21
A Hundred Flowers by Gail Tsukiyama 

 

 

July 19
Breaking Night by Liz Murray 

August 16
Midwife of Hope River by Patricia Harman 

 

 

September 20
Moloka'l by Allan Brennert 

October 18
One Book Charleston County selection 

 

 

November 15
Some girls, Some Hats and HItler 
by Trudi Kanter 

December 20
The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty 
 

John L. Dart

Dart After Dark Book & Lecture Series
Meets at John L. Dart at 6:30 p.m.
For more information, please call 722-7550.

 

Selections for 2014:
January

February 20
Gangsta by K'wan

   

March

April
   
May  June 
   

July

August
   
September  October 
   
November  December 
 
 
Urban Expressions Book Club  
Meets at John L. Dart at 6:15 p.m.
For more information, please call 722-7550.
 

 

 
Selections for 2014:  
January February 20
Gangsta by K'wan 
   
March  April 17
Another One Night Stand by Kendall Banks 
   
May  June 19
Hell on Hells by Brittani Williams
   
July 17
Murderville 3 by Ashley and JaQuavis
August 21
The Block by Treasure Hernandez
   
September  October 16
Steppin' Out On Sin by Latrese N Carter
   
November  December 18
BYOB- Bring Your Own Book Discussion
   

 

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