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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? Check out the book clubs hosted at the following CCPL branches. 

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


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 2015:
  

January 14
David and Bathsheba, 2 Samuel 11-12:7  
To His Mistress Going to Bed by John Donne  
To His Coy Mistress by Andrew Marvell  

February 11 
Degradation in Erotic Life by Sigmund Freud

 

 

March 11 

Sex by Fay Weldon

April 8
Helen of Troy Does Counter Dancing by Margaret Atwood
Taking of Emily Dickinson's Clothes by Billy Collins

 

 

May 13
Girl Advocacy Again by Joan Jacobs Brumberg

June 10
Esta Noche by Mark Doty
Lust by Susan Minot

 

 

July 8
Love and Trust by Louann Brizendine

August 12
First Love by Mona Simpson
For the Relief of Unbearable Urges by Nathan Englander

 

 

September 
TBA

October 
TBA

 

 

November 
TBA

December 
TBA

 


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 2015:
  

January 6
The Telling Room: A Tale of Love, Betrayal, and Revenge and the World's Greatest Piece of Cheese by Michael Paterniti

February 3 
The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert

 

 

March 3 
Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East by Scott Anderson

April 7
The Heart of Everything That Is: The Untold Story of Red Cloud, An American Legend by Bob Drury and Tom Clavin

 

 

May 5
Factory Man: How One Furniture Maker Battled Offshoring, Stayed Local - and Helped Save an American Town by Beth Macy

June 2
The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
by Daniel James Brown

 

 

July 7
In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette by Hampton Sides

August 4
A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal by Ben Macintyre

 

 

September 1
The Secret History of Wonder Woman by Jill Lepore

October 6
Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson

 

 

November 3
The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League by Jeff Hobbs

December 1
My Life in Middlemarch by Rebecca Mead and Middlemarch by George Eliot (optional)

 

 

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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 2015:
  

January 20
Room by Emma Donaghue

February 17
The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson

 

 

March 17
The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson

April 21
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

 

 

May 19
The Color of Water by James McBride

June 16
What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty

 

 

July 21
Fun Home by Alison Bechdel

August 18
Art of Hearing Heartbeats in the Rain by Jan-Philipp Sendker

 

 

September 15
Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka

October 20
TBA         

 

 

November 17
Thank you for Your Service by David Finkel

December 15
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

 

 

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Let's Talk About It

Read the classic novel, watch the film and enjoy a lively lecture and discussion. Copies of the books may be obtained from the Reference Desk starting in August. For more information, call 559-1945. This program is funded in part by the Humanities Council SC. The club meets from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Selections for 2015: 
  

September 5 
Read The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton, watch the film (Rated PG; 138 minutes) and enjoy a lecture and discussion with Dr. Britt Terry from Charleston Southern University.

October 17
Read Persuasion by Jane Austen, watch the film (Not rated; 93 minutes) and enjoy a lecture and discussion with Dr. Celeste McMaster from Charleston Southern University. 

 

 

November 14
Read Washington Square by Henry James, watch the film (rated PG; 115 minutes) and enjoy a lecture and discussion with Dr. Celeste McMaster from Charleston Southern University.  

 

 

 

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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 2015:
  

January 15
The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris by David G. McCullough

February 19
Life Drawing: A Novel by Robin Black

 

 

March 19
Daughter of Empire: My Life as a Mountbatten by Pamela Hicks 

April 16
Beautiful Ruins: A Novel by Jess Walter

 

 

May 21
End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe

June 18
Alchemist by Paulo Coelho 

 

 

July 16
Visitors: A Novel by Sally Beauman

August 20
These Few Precious Days: The Final Year of Jack with Jackie by Christopher P. Anderson

 

 

September 17
My Beloved World (for Hispanic Heritage Month) by Sonia

October 15
A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal by Ben Macintyre 

 

 

November 19
Orphan Train by Christina Kline

December 17
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 2015:
  

January 31
Freedom by Jonathan Franzen

February 28
Song Yet Sung by James McBride

 

 

March 28
Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg(Non-Fiction)

April 25
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak 

 

 

May 23
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho (Latino Books Month Choice)

June 20
South of Broad by Pat Conroy

 

 

July                         
N/A         

August 29
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

 

 

September 26
Persepolis (a Graphic Novel-Iranian Memoir) by Marjane Satrapi

October  
TBA

 

 

November  21
The Amateur Marriage by Anne Tyler

December
N/A

 

 

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Dorchester Regional eBook Club

Meets on the following Saturdays at 2 p.m. For more information, please call 552-6466.
Selections for 2015:
  

January 24 
The Infant of Prague: A November Man Novel by Bill Granger

February 21
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

 

 

March 21
Dubliners by James Joyce

April 18
The Burning Lake by Brent Ghelfi 

 

 

May 30
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

June 27
Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift

 

 

July 25
Inferno by Dan Brown

August 22
The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla by Lauren Willig

 

 

September 19
The Storm by Clive Cussler

October 17
Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe 

 

 

November 
TBA

December 
N/A

 

 

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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, call 849-6161.
Selections for 2015:
  

January 12
The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout

February 9
The Good Luck of Right Now by Matthew Quick

 

 

March 16
Duel of the Heart by Rose Tomlin

April 20
The Painter by Peter Heller

 

 

May 18
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer

June 15
The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman

 

 

July 20
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

August 17
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

 

 

September 21
The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson

October 19
TBA

 

 

November 16
Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver

December 14
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce

 

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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 2015:
  

January 22
The Telling Room: A Tale of Love, Betrayal, and Revenge and the World's Greatest Piece of Cheese by Michael Paterniti

February 19 
The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert

 

 

March 19
Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East
by Scott Anderson

April 23
The Heart of Everything That Is: The Untold Story of Red Cloud, An American Legend by Bob Drury and Tom Clavin

 

 

May 21
Factory Man: How One Furniture Maker Battled Offshoring, Stayed Local - and Helped Save an American Town by Beth Macy

June 18 
The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
by Daniel James Brown

 

 

July 23
In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette by Hampton Sides

August 20
A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal by Ben Macintyre

 

 

September 17
The Secret History of Wonder Woman by Jill Lepore

October 22
Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson

 

 

November 19
The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League by Jeff Hobbs

December 1
My Life in Middlemarch by Rebecca Mead and iddlemarch by George Eliot (optional)

 

 

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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 2015:
  

January 14
The Good Luck of Right Now by Matthew Quick

February 11
A Gathering of Old Men by Ernest J. Gaines

 

 

March 11
Night by Elie Wiesel

April 8
Cleopatra by Stacy Schiff

 

 

May 13
Nemesis by Philip Roth

June 10
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

 

 

July 8
And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini

August 12
Luminaries by Eleanor Catton

 

 

September 9
Thank You for Your Service by David Finkel

October 14
TBA

 

 

November 11
Charleston Jazz by Jack McCray

December 9
The 100-year-old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonnason

 

 

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St. Andrews Regional


Morning Coffee Book Discussion
Selections for 2015:
  

 

January 12 at 10:30 a.m.
Elsewhere by Richard Russo

February 9 at 10:30 a.m.
Whistling Past the Graveyard by Susan Crandall

 

 

March 9 at 10:30 a.m.
Fun House by Alison Bechel

April 13 at 10:30 a.m.
100 Year Old Man Who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonassom

 

 

May 11 at 10:30 a.m.
Luminaries by Eleanor Catton

June 8 at 10:30 a.m.
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

 

 

July 13 at 10:30 a.m.
Men We Reaped: A Memoir by Jesmyn Ward

August 10 at 10:30 a.m.
Room by Emma Donoghue

 

 

September 14 at 10:30 a.m.
Orphan Train by Christine Kline

October 12 at 10:30 a.m.
Thank You For Your Service by David Finkel

 

 

November 9 at 10:30 a.m.
Divergent by Veronica Roth

December 14 at 10:30 a.m.
A Redbird Christmas by Fannie Flagg


 

Susan Eades Book Club 
Selections for 2015:
  

 

January

February 

 

 

March 17 at 1:30 p.m.
The Path Between the Seas by David McCullough

April 21 at 1:30 p.m.
Sally Ride: America's First Woman in Space by Lynn Sherr

 

 

May 19 at 1:30 p.m.
Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingslover

June 16 at 1:30 p.m.
Ordinary People by Judith Guest

 

 

July 21 at 1:30 p.m.
Stealing Secrets by Donald Winkler

August 
TBA

 

 

September 
TBA

October 
TBA

 

 

November 
TBA

December 
TBA

 

 

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Edisto


Meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 3 p.m. For more information, please call 883-3914. 
Selections for 2015:
  

January 
The Hurricane Sisters by Dorothea Benton Frank

February 
Admission by Jean Hanff Korelitz

 

 

March 
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

April 
Thank You for Your Service by David Finkel

 

 

May 
The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka

June 
The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can Eat by Edward Kelsey Moore

 

 

July 
No meeting

August 
The Boys in the Boat by Daniel Brown 

 

 

September 
Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder

October 
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

 

 

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Poe/Sullivan's Island  


Beach Lovers Book Club
Meets on the third Saturday of each month at 10:30 a.m. For more information, please call 883-3914. 
Selections for 2015:
  

January 17
Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck

February 17
All Girls Filling Station's Last Reunion by Fannie Flagg

 

 

March 21 
All The Light We cannot See by Anthony Doerr

April 18
Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway

 

 

May 16
Orphan Train by Christine Baker Kline

June 20
Sandalwood Tree by Elle Newmark

 

 

July 18
The House Maid's Daughter by Barbara Mutch

August 15
Delicious by Ruth Reichl

 

 

September 19
Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geekby Maya Van Wagenen

October 17
TBA

 

 

November 21
Me Before You by JoJo Moyes

December 19
A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote

 

 

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John L. Dart


Dart After Dark Book & Lecture Series
Meets at John L. Dart Library. For more information, please call 722-7550.
Selections for 2015:
  

February 28 at 11 a.m.
African American Read-In Event: BYOB (Bring Your Own Book) Discussion 

April 16 at 6:15 p.m.
 BYOB (Bring Your Own Book) Discussion

 

 

July 16 at 6:15 p.m.
BYOB (Bring Your Own Book) Discussion

September 17 at 6:15 p.m.
BYOB (Bring Your Own Book) Discussion   

 

 

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