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.
September’s meeting will be spent choosing titles for the following year.
Past Evening Book Discussion Books
Summer Books & Brews Book Discussion Titles
Wednesday, June 14, 6:30-7:30pm
The Comet Seekers
A magical, intoxicating debut novel, both intimate and epic, that intertwines the past, present, and future of two lovers bound by the passing of great comets overhead and a coterie of remarkable ancestors.
Róisín and François are immediately drawn to each other when they meet at a remote research base on the frozen ice sheets of Antarctica. At first glance, the pair could not be more different. Older by a few years, Róisín, a daughter of Ireland and a peripatetic astronomer, joins the science team to observe the fracturing of a comet overhead. François, the base’s chef, has just left his birthplace in Bayeux, France, for only the second time in his life. Yet devastating tragedy and the longing for a fresh start, which they share, as well as an indelible but unknown bond that stretches back centuries, connect them to each other.
This discussion will be run by Sarah Perry
Wednesday, July 12, 6:30-7:30pm
Horatio’s Drive: America’s First Road Trip
In 1903 there were only 150 miles of paved roads in the entire nation and most people had never seen a “horseless buggy”–but that did not stop Horatio Nelson Jackson, a thirty-one-year-old Vermont doctor, who impulsively bet fifty dollars that he could drive his 20-horsepower automobile from San Francisco to New York City. Here–in Jackson’s own words and photographs–is a glorious account of that months-long, problem-beset, thrilling-to-the-rattled-bones trip with his mechanic, Sewall Crocker, and a bulldog named Bud. Jackson’s previously unpublished letters to his wife, brimming with optimism against all odds, describe in vivid detail every detour, every flat tire, every adventure good and bad. And his nearly one hundred photographs show a country still settled mainly in small towns, where life moved no faster than the horse-drawn carriage and where the arrival of Jackson’s open-air (roofless and windowless) Winton would cause delirious excitement.
This discussion will be run by Mark Mullinax
Wednesday, August 9, 6:30-7:30pm
In the latest masterpiece by Emma Donoghue, bestselling author of Room, an English nurse brought to a small Irish village to observe what appears to be a miracle-a girl said to have survived without food for months-soon finds herself fighting to save the child’s life. Tourists flock to the cabin of eleven-year- old Anna O’Donnell, who believes herself to be living off manna from heaven, and a journalist is sent to cover the sensation. Lib Wright, a veteran of Florence Nightingale’s Crimean campaign, is hired to keep watch over the girl. The Wonder tells the tale of two strangers who transform each other’s lives, a powerful psychological thriller, and a story of love pitted against evil.
This discussion will be run by Jennifer Osborne