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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   
Dorchester Road Regional | Mt. Pleasant Regional | West Ashley | 
John L. Dart  
Folly Beach  |  Poe/Sullivan's Island  |
 Edisto I 
Cooper River Memorial


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.

Copies of the anthology with all readings are available for sign-out at the Main Library Fiction Desk. For more information, please call (843)805-6904.

Selections for 2017:

January 11
"Ode 3.2" by Horace and "Dulce et Decorum Est" by Wilfred Owen from Counterparts

February 8
"To the Memory of My Beloved, the Author Mr. William Shakespeare" by Ben Jonson and "What Is an Author?" by Michel Foucault from Counterparts

 

 

March 8
"The Immoderation of Ifat" by Sara Suleri and "Now We Are Five" by David Sedaris from Counterparts

April 12
TBA

 

 

May 10
TBA

June 14
TBA

 

 

July 12
TBA

August  9
TBA

 

 

September 13
TBA

October 11
TBA

 

 

November 8
TBA

December 13
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 2017:
  

January 3
The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World by Andrea Wulf

February 7 
Lab Girl by Hope Jahren

 

 

March 7 
In Other Words by Jhumpa Lahiri

April 4
Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond

 

 

May 2
Kill 'Em and Leave: Searching for James Brown and the American Soul by James McBride

June 6
Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance

 

 

July 11
The Return: Fathers, Sons, and the Land in Between by Hisham

August 1
A House Full of Daughters: A Memoir of Seven Generationsby Juliet Nicolson


 

September 5
The House by the Lake: One House, Five Families, and a Hundred Years of German History by Thomas Harding

October 3
Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places by Colin Dickey

 

 

November 7
Mad Enchantment: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies by Ross King

December 5
Time Travel: A History by James Gleick

 

 

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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 2016-2017:

   
January 17, 2017
The Underground Girls of Kabul: In Search of a Hidden Resistance in Afghanistan by Jenny Norberg
February 21, 2017
Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly

 

 

March 21, 2017
Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande

April 18, 2017
Circling the Sun by Paula McLain

 

 

May 16, 2017
Still Alice by Lisa Genova

June 20, 2017
My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry by Fredrik Backman

 

 

July 18, 2017
Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson

August 15, 2017
The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen

 

 

September 19, 2017
Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese

October 17, 2017
One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd by Jim Fergus      

 

 

November 21, 2017
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

December 20, 2016
At the Water's Edge by Sara Gruen 

December 19, 2017
BYOB (Bring Your Own Book) Holiday Party

 

 

 

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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 2017:

   
January 2017
N/A 
February 16, 2017
Brooklyn: A Novel by Colm Toibin

 

 

March 16, 2017
The Wedding Girl by Madeleine Wickham

April 20, 2017
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers

 

 

May 18, 2017
The Cigar Factory: A Novel of Charleston by Michele Moore

June 15, 2017
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

 

 

July 20, 2017
Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo

August 17, 2017
My Name is Resolute by Nancy E. Turner

 

 

September 21, 2017
Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times by Jennifer Worth

October 19, 2017
Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly

 

 

November 16, 2017
Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us, From missiles to the Moon to Mars by Nathalia Holt

December 14, 2017
Bring a 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 2017:
  

January 21
Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff

February 18
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

 

 

March 18
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste NG

April 29
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

 

 

May 13
The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

June 24
The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace by Jeff Cobbs

 

 

July                         
N/A         

August 19
A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James

 

 

September 30
Minnow by James E. McTeer III

October 28 
The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

 

 

November 18
An Untamed State by Roxane Gay

December 9
BYOB (Bring Your Own Book)

 

 

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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 2017:
  

January 21
Washington and Hamilton by Tony Williams

February 18
The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin by Benjamin Franklin

 

 

March 18
Hillary Rodham Clinton by Alma H. Bond

April 15
How to Think Like Steve Jobs by Daniel Smith 

 

 

May 27
Coroner by Thomas T. Noguchi

June 24
Elon Musk by Pauline T.

 

 

July 22
New Confessions of an Economic Hit Manby John Perkin 

August 19
Ford's Theatre by Brian Anderson

 

 

September 16
The Dark Frigate by Charles Boardman Hawes

October 
TBA

 

 

November 
TBA

December 9
The Great Astronomers by Robert S. Ball

 

 

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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 2017:

   
January 9
The Circle by Dave Eggers
February 13
The Revenant by Michael Punke

 

 

March 
N/A

April 10
After the Crash by Michel Bussi

 

 

May 8
The Guest Room by Chris Bohjalian

June 12
The Forgetting Time by Sharon Guskin

 

 

July 10
The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney

August 14
Zero K by Don Delillo

 

 

September 11
Before the Fall by Noah Hawley

October 9
The Last One by Alexandra Oliva

 

 

November 13
The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

December 11
News of the World by Paulette Jiles

   
   

Read Anything Book Club (teens and adults) 
Meets at Mt. Pleasant Regional Library from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on the following dates in 2017:
Tuesdays, January 10, February 14, April 11, May 9, June 13, July 11, August 8, September 12 and October 10.
   
The "Read Anything" Book Group meets monthly to exchange book recommendations in a wide variety of genres. Read whatever books you want to read each month, and get to know other Charleston book lovers.

 

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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 2017:
  

January 19, 2017
The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World by Andrea Wulf

February 16, 2017
Lab Girl by Hope Jahren

 

 

March 16, 2017
In Other Words by Jhumpa Lahiri

April 20, 2017
Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond

 

 

May 18, 2017
Kill 'Em and Leave: Searching for James Brown and the American Soul by James McBride

June 15, 2017 
Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance

 

 

July 20, 2017
The Return: Fathers, Sons, and the Land in Between by Hisham Matar

August 17, 2017
A House Full of Daughters: A Memoir of Seven Generationsby Juliet Nicolson

 

 

September 21, 2017
The House by the Lake: One House, Five Families, and a Hundred Years of German History by Thomas Harding

October 19, 2017
Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places by Colin Dickey

 

 

November 16, 2017
Mad Enchantment: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies by Ross King

December 21, 2017
Time Travel: A History by James Gleick

 

 

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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 2017:

   
January 11, 2017
Elsewhere by Richard Russo
February 8, 2017
The Color of Water by James McBride 

 

 

March 8, 2017
The Mare by Mary Gaitskill

April 12, 2017
My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry by Fredrik Backman

 

 

May 10, 2017
Fun Home by Allison Bechdel

June 14, 2017
Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese

 

 

July
No meeting will be held in July.

August 9, 2017
Angels Burning by Tawni O'Dell

 

 

September 13, 2017
Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder

October 11, 2017
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloots

 

 

November 8, 2017
Necessary Lies by Diane Chamberlain

December 13, 2017
The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George 

 

 

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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 2016:
  

January 
The Plantation Mistress by Catherine Clinton

February 
The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonassom

 

 

March 
50 Children by Steven Pressman

April 
The School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister

 

 

May 
Factory Man by Beth Macy

June 
The Boys in the Boat
 by Daniel Brown

 

 

July 
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

August 
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green 

 

 

September 
Someone Knows My Name by Lawrence Hill

October 
TBA

 

 

November
The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe 
December
TBA 
   

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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 2017:

 

January 21, 2016
The Last Midwife by Sandra Dallas

February 18, 2016
The Cigar Factory by Michele Moore

 

 

March 18, 2016
The Underground Girls of Kabul by Jenny Nordberg

April 15, 2016
The Swans of Fifth Avenue by Melanie Benjamin

 

 

May 20, 2016
One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd by Jim Fergus

June 17, 2016
Strength in What Remains by Tracy Kidder

 

 

July 15, 2016
The Rainbow Comes and Goes by Anderson Cooper and Gloria Vanderbilt

August 19, 2016
Circling the Sun by Paula McLain

 

 

September 16, 2016
A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway

October 21, 2016
Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari

 

 

November 18, 2016
A Touch of Stardust by Kate Alcott

December 16, 2017
Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris

 

 

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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 2017:
  

January 19 at 6:15 p.m.
Year of Yes by Shonda Rhymes

February 16 at 6:15 p.m.
Buck by MK Asante

 

 

March 16
Misadventures of an Awkward Black Girl by Issa Rae 

April 23 at 6:15 p.m.
The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimananda Ngozi Adichie

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Cooper River Memorial


 

Urban Book Club
Meets at 3 p.m. on the designated days. 
Selections for 2017:
 

January 14 
Something on the Side by Carl Weber

February 11 
Too Much of a Good Thing by Kimberla Roby

 

 

March 11
Let That be the Reason by Vickie Stringer

April 8
Milk in my Coffee by Eric Jerome Dickey

   
May 13
Just Can't Let Go by Mary B. Morrison 
June 10
Married but Still Looking by Travis Hunter
   
July 8
Gangsta Twist by Clifford Spud Johnson 
August 12
Thugs and the Women Who Love Them by Wahida Clark 
   
September 9
Dirty Divorce by Miss KP 
October 14
Cheaper to Keep Her by Kiki Swinson 
   
November 11
Me and My Boyfriend by Keisha Ervin 
December 9
Crackhead by Lisa Lennox and Leah Whitney

   

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