Book Clubs

Read with the Grand Avenue Book Club

Meetings at 7pm, the first Thursday of the month. Questions? Ask Minh.

January 5
The Best of Me
David SedarisThe Best of Me, by David Sedaris
February 2
Peace Like a River
Leif Enger
Peace Like a River by Leif Enger
March 2
Behold the Dreamers
Imbolo MbueBehold the Dreamers by Mbolo Mbue
April 6
Midnight in Chernobyl
Adam HigginbothamMidnight in Chernobyl by Adam Higginbotham
May 4
The Violin Conspiracy
Brendan SlocumbThe Violin Conspiracy by Brendan Slocumb
June 1
The Yiddish Policemen's Union
Michael Chabon
The Yiddish Policemen's Union by Michael Chabon

Or run your own book club!

Borrow a book club kit for multiple copies of the book, discussion questions, and more.  Six-week loan periods give you plenty of time to read and gather. There are more than 30 titles to choose from - check the catalog to see which ones are available now!

More Book Club Resources

American Cheese by Joe Berkowitz
Author Bio and Discussion Questions (pdf)

J.B. talks to The Cheese Professor.
On Working Undercover.
Jaya Saxena (Eater) and Berkowitz talk  Artisanal Cheese and the Pandemic.

Hot Cheese author Polina Chesnakova  and Berkowitz chat.

Listen to the author on...
Cutting the Curd with hosts Diane and Cara.
Stay for Dinner with host DC Pierson: books, cheese boards, cheese parties, cheese-cutting competitions, and more.
Educated by Tara Westover
Author Bio and Discussion Questions (pdf)

Westover's Northeastern Commencement Address 2019.
On What It Means to be Educated, an interview with Robin Young (WBUR).
Jeffrey Goldberg (The Atlantic) and Westover talk about Places the Recession Never Ended.

Westover's Northeastern Commencement Address 2019.
Westover talks survival, success, and lessons learned (2019 Aspen Ideas Festival).
In conversation with David Runciman, Professor of Politics at Cambridge.

Listen to the author on...
NPR's Fresh Air with host Dave Davies.
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

Author Bio and Discussion Questions (pdf)


Atwood on the historical events that inspired her.
Why The Handmaid's Tale relevant today, Jennifer Keishin Armstrong (BBC).

Conversation with Atwood at WPSU Penn State.
Young Ambassadors Emily Webb and Grace Murray ask Atwood about the challenging topics in her novels and her top writing tips (National Centre for Writing).
Atwood and showrunner Bruce Miller discuss The Handmaid's Tale and its TV adaptation (BookCon 2017).

Listen to the author on...
Radio 4 Bookclub (BBC): celebrating 20 years of Bookclub with The Handmaid's Tale
How I Found My Voice with host Samira Ahmed
The Library Book by Susan Orlean

Author Bio and Discussion Questions (pdf)

Susan Orlean's New Yorker articles
Shelf respect: an interview with BookPage writer Alice Cary
How to Muscle Through a Bad Review

2019 Carole Phillips Memorial Lecture,  a Free Library of Philadelphia Author Event
The Art of Telling Amazing Stories

The Turnaround with Jesse Thorn
The Archive Project, by Literary Arts, Inc.

Olive, Again by Elizabeth Strout

On Aging Gently, Messily (LA Review of Books)
NPR Interview with Elizabeth Strout

The Waterstones Interview
Strout at Strand Book Store


The Guardian Books podcast 
Book Public

Sorry I'm Late, I Didn't Want to Come by Jessica Pan

Author Bio and Discussion Questions (pdf)

Q&A with Erin Khar (Ravishly).
An Introvert Guides an Extrovert Through Lockdown, Stephen Carlick (Penguin Random House).
How to Travel Alone as an Introvert, Jessica Pan (Penguin Random House).
"I Don’t Want to Confuse Self-Care and Self-Coddling", Alyssa Oursler (BLARB: Blog // Los Angeles Review of Books).

Listen to the author on...
Matt Lewis and the News: Talking to Strangers.
Live Happy Now: Living Life as an Extrovert.

There There by Tommy Orange
Author Bio and Discussion Questions (pdf)

Powell Book Blog chooses There There as their pick for Indiespensable Vol. 74
Cowboys & Indians Magazine

Orange: On writing out of a loneliness and becoming an author
Orange speaks with Carolina de Robertis, creative writing professor at San Francisco State University

Listen to the author on...
The Archive Project, by Literary Arts
Read it Forward, by Penguin Random House
Radio Wolinsky with host Richard Wolinsky (KPFA)

Helpful Resources for Facilitating a Book Club