Join us from 6:30pm to 7:30pm the 2nd Wednesday of each month, for Books and Brews, located at Brewery Becker in downtown Brighton. We meet every month and don’t require registration – just drop-in! Visit the Library’s Information Desk to place a copy of the next meeting’s title on hold.
Past Evening Book Discussion Books
Wednesday, October 11; 6:30-8pm
Orson Scott Card
Intense is the word for Ender’s Game. Aliens have attacked Earth twice and almost destroyed the human species. To make sure humans win the next encounter, the world government has taken to breeding military geniuses — and then training them in the arts of war. The early training, not surprisingly, takes the form of “games.” Ender Wiggin is a genius among geniuses; he wins all the games. He is smart enough to know that time is running out. But is he smart enough to save the planet?
Wednesday, November 8; 6:30-8pm
The House of Silk
London, 1890. 221B Baker Street. A fine art dealer named Edmund Carstairs visits Sherlock Holmes and Dr John Watson to beg for their help. He is being menaced by a strange man in a flat cap – a wanted criminal who seems to have followed him all the way from America. In the days that follow, his home is robbed, his family is threatened. And then the first murder takes place.
The House of Silk brings Sherlock Holmes back with all the nuance, pacing, and almost superhuman powers of analysis and deduction that made him the world’s greatest detective, in a case depicting events too shocking, too monstrous to ever appear in print.
Wednesday, December 13; 6:30-8pm
The Christmas Train
Disillusioned journalist Tom Langdon must get from Washington D.C. to L.A in time for Christmas. Forced to travel by train, he begins a journey of rude awakenings, thrilling adventures and holiday magic. He has no idea that the locomotives pulling him across America will actually take him into the rugged terrain of his own heart, as he rediscovers people’s essential goodness and someone very special he believed he had lost.
Wednesday, January 10; 6:30-8pm
The Rosie Project
Meet Don Tillman, a brilliant yet socially inept professor of genetics, who’s decided it’s time he found a wife. In the orderly manner with which Don approaches all things, he designs the Wife Project to find his perfect partner: a sixteen-page survey to filter out the drinkers, the smokers, the late arrivers.
Rosie Jarman possesses all these qualities. Don disqualifies her as a candidate for The Wife Project, but Don is intrigued by Rosie’s own quest to
identify her biological father. When an unlikely relationship develops, Don is forced to confront the whirlwind that is Rosie―and the realization that you don’t find love, it finds you.
Wednesday, February 14; 6:30-8pm
On May 1, 1915, a luxury ocean liner sailed out of New York, bound for Liverpool, carrying a record number of children and infants. The Lusitania was one of the era’s great transatlantic “Greyhounds,” and her captain, William Thomas Turner, placed tremendous faith in the strictures of warfare that for a century had kept civilian ships safe from attack.
Germany was determined to change the rules of the game, and Walther Schwieger, the captain of Unterseeboot-20, was happy to oblige. As U-20 and the Lusitania made their way toward Liverpool, an array of forces both grand and achingly small all converged to produce one of the great disasters of history.
Wednesday, March 14; 6:30-8pm
Murder on the Orient Express
2018 Livingston Reads Selection
Just after midnight, the famous Orient Express is stopped in its tracks by a snowdrift. By morning, the millionaire Samuel Ratchett lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. One of his fellow passengers must be the murderer.
Isolated by the storm and with a killer in their midst, detective Hercule Poirot must find the killer amongst a dozen of the dead man’s enemies, before the murderer decides to strike again…
Wednesday, April 11; 6:30-8pm
Sarah Nickerson, like any other working mom, is busy trying to have it all. One morning while racing to work and distracted by her cell phone, she looks away from the road for one second too long. In that blink of an eye, all the rapidly moving parts of her over-scheduled life come to a screeching halt. After a brain injury steals her awareness of everything on her left side, Sarah must retrain her mind to perceive the world as a whole. In so doing, she also learns how to pay attention to the people and parts of her life that matter most.
Wednesday, May 9; 6:30-8pm
The Hate You Give
Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.
Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.