Book Discussion Groups
Join one of our library book clubs to explore new books and meet fellow book lovers!
A book club is perfect for fans of the selected books to meet other people to discuss them with and for anyone wondering, “What should I read next?”
Copies of the books are available to be checked out by anyone with a library card, and library staff will lead a discussion at the scheduled date and time each month.
August's Book Discussion Groups are here:
Real Reads Book Discussion
This group will focus on nonfiction books like true crime, memoir, and history and will meet at the East Regional Library in Destrehan.
We will discuss The Yellow House by Sarah M. Broom on Wednesday, August 10 at 6pm. (Request your copy today or read it instantly on hoopla!)
In 1961, Sarah M. Broom’s mother Ivory Mae bought a shotgun house in the then-promising neighborhood of New Orleans East and built her world inside of it. It was the height of the Space Race and the neighborhood was home to a major NASA plant―the postwar optimism seemed assured. Widowed, Ivory Mae remarried Sarah’s father Simon Broom; their combined family would eventually number twelve children. But after Simon died, six months after Sarah’s birth, the Yellow House would become Ivory Mae’s thirteenth and most unruly child.
Sarah M. Broom’s The Yellow House tells a hundred years of her family and their relationship to home in a neglected area of one of America’s most mythologized cities. This is the story of a mother’s struggle against a house's entropy, and that of a prodigal daughter who left home only to reckon with the pull that home exerts, even after the Yellow House was wiped off the map after Hurricane Katrina. The Yellow House expands the map of New Orleans to include the stories of its lesser-known natives. Located in the gap between the “Big Easy” of tourist guides and the New Orleans in which Broom was raised, this is a brilliant memoir of place, class, race, the seeping rot of inequality, and the internalized shame that often follows.
Beach Reads Book Discussion
This group meets at the West Regional Library in Luling. They will read books that are escapes from reality, and these captivating and compulsively readable novels tend to be perfect to take on vacation.
We will discuss Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid on Tuesday, August 16 at 11am. (Request your copy today!)
Daisy is a girl coming of age in L.A. in the late sixties, sneaking into clubs on the Sunset Strip, sleeping with rock stars, and dreaming of singing at the Whisky a Go Go. The sex and drugs are thrilling, but it’s the rock ’n’ roll she loves most. By the time she’s twenty, her voice is getting noticed, and she has the kind of heedless beauty that makes people do crazy things.
Also getting noticed is The Six, a band led by the brooding Billy Dunne. On the eve of their first tour, his girlfriend Camila finds out she’s pregnant, and with the pressure of impending fatherhood and fame, Billy goes a little wild on the road.
Daisy and Billy cross paths when a producer realizes that the key to supercharged success is to put the two together. What happens next will become the stuff of legend.
The making of that legend is chronicled in this riveting and unforgettable novel, written as an oral history of one of the biggest bands of the seventies. Taylor Jenkins Reid is a talented writer who takes her work to a new level with Daisy Jones & The Six, brilliantly capturing a place and time in an utterly distinctive voice.