Book Clubs



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Fletcher Library

Evening Book Discussion

Meetings are held the first Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. Copies of the selected book are available at the checkout desk. Call (501) 663-5457 for more details. Registration is not required.

A Thousand Splendid Suns, by Khaled Hosseini
May Book Selection:

A Thousand Splendid Suns, by Khaled Hosseini

Mariam and Laila are born a generation apart but are brought together by war and fate. Together they endure the dangers surrounding them and discover the power of both love and sacrifice.

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Lunchtime Book Group

Meetings are held the third Wednesday of the month at 11:30 a.m. Copies of the selected book are available at the checkout desk. Bring your lunch; drinks are provided. Call (501)663-5457 for more details. Registration is not required.

The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak
May Book Selection:

The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak

Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel--a young German girl whose book-stealing and story-telling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbors.

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Main Library

Food for Thought Book Club

Food for Thought is a weekend lunchtime book club that meets on the fourth Saturday of each month, in the Harper Lee Room on the fifth floor, at 12:00 p.m. A new fiction or nonfiction title will be featured each month.

Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand
April Book Selection

Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand

On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared – Lt. Louis Zamperini. Captured by the Japanese and driven to the limits of endurance, Zamperini would answer desperation with ingenuity; suffering with hope, resolve, and humor.

Upcoming Books:
  • May 17: Eighty-Dollar Champion, by Elizabeth Letts
  • June 28: Omnivore's Dilemma, by Michael Pollan
  • July 26: The Worst Hard Time, by Timothy Egan
  • August 23: Friday Night Lights, by H.G. Bissinger
  • September 27: The Blind Side, by Michael Lewis
  • October 25: Heretic's Daughter, by Kathleen Kent
  • November 22: Caleb's Crossing, by Geraldine Brooks
  • December 27: Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee, by Charles J. Shields

  • Maumelle Library

    Maumelle's Second Monday Book Club

    Meetings are held on the second Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. Call (501) 851-2551 for more details. Registration is not required.

    The Paris Wife, by Paula McLain
    May Book Selection

    The Paris Wife, by Paula McLain

    Meeting through mutual friends in Chicago, Hadley is intrigued by brash "beautiful boy" Ernest Hemingway, and after a brief courtship and small wedding, they take off for Paris, where Hadley makes a convincing transformation from an overprotected child to a game and brave young woman who puts up with impoverished living conditions and shattering loneliness to prop up her husband's career.

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    2nd Monday "No Borders" Book Club

    The 2nd Monday "No Borders" Book Club is a new kind of book club - one that will fit your schedule! It is an expansion of the existing Maumelle Library's 2nd Monday Book Club. With a growing interest in the book club mixed with the busy schedules of the readers, we open the book club to online discussion and online participation.

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    McMath Library

    Girlfriends, Books, and Brunch

    Meetings are held once a month on Saturdays. Call (501) 225-0066 for exact day and time each month. Registration is not required.


    Milam Library

    Adult Book Chat

    Meetings are held on the fourth Thursday of every month at 12:30 pm. and will feature a book of the month. The book will be available for checkout at the circulation desk in advance. Bring you brown bag lunch and join us for a lively discussion.

    A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, by Betty Smith
    April Book Selection

    A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, by Betty Smith

    Follows young Francie Nolan, who is armed with her idealism and determination, as she struggles to escape from the poverty of life in a Brooklyn tenement during the early 1900s.

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    Nixon Library

    Nixon Book Worms

    Meetings are held on the fourth Tuesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. Copies of the selected book are available at the Circulation Desk.

    The New York Regional Mormon Singles Halloween Dance, by Elna Baker
    April Book Selection

    The New York Regional Mormon Singles Halloween Dance, by Elna Baker

    In this hilarious, tongue-in-cheek memoir, writer, actress, and gorgeous stand up comedian Elna Baker tells what it's like to be the Mormon "Tina Fey" – the girl who distresses her family when she chooses NYU over BYU; the girl who's cultivating an oxymoronic identity as a bold, educated, modern, funny, proper, abstinent, religious stand-up comic, equal parts wholesome and hot.

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    True Stories Book Club

    Meetings are held on the second Thursday of every month at 2:00 p.m. Copies of the selected book are available at the Circulation Desk

    Battle Hymn of Tiger Motherl, by Amy Chua
    May Book Selection

    Battle Hymn of Tiger Mother, by Amy Chua

    Traces the rewards and pitfalls of a Chinese mother's exercise in extreme parenting, describing the exacting standards applied to grades, music lessons, and avoidance of Western cultural practices.

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    Sanders Library

    Book Chats

    Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of every month at 2 p.m. Members read whatever they choose and share with the group. Call (501) 835-7756 for more information.

    The Page Turners

    Meetings are held on the first Thursday of every month at 10:30 a.m (there are no meetings in July or August). Members read a single book for discussion at the meeting. Call (501) 835-7756 for more information.

    Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man, by Steve Harvey
    May Book Selection

    Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man, by Steve Harvey

    "From the host of the popular 'Steve Harvey morning show' comes a funny, honest, and foolproof guide for all women that takes them inside the heads of men and shows how men think about love, sex, and commitment" – Publisher.

    Upcoming Book Schedule

    Terry Library

    Book Lover's Book Club

    Meetings are held on the third Tuesday of every month, September through May, at 11:00 a.m. Members will read a single book for discussion at the meeting. Call (501) 228-0129 for more details. Registration is not required, but appreciated.

    Amy Falls Down, by Jincy Willet
    May Book Selection

    Amy Falls Down, by Jincy Willet

    The endearingly bitter writer, Amy Gallup, 60, has happily isolated herself from the world spending the last two decades teaching and reviewing. She has done a lot of thinking, but very little writing. She hasn't published a book in 20 years, and she's settled into a quiet life with her beloved basset hound, Alphonse. On an unassuming morning, in her slippers, Amy trips in her backyard, goes head-over-heels, and into the side of a birdbath. She knocks herself out just hours before she's scheduled to play the role of has-been local writer, none too excited about the newspaper interview she's agreed to give. The hospital clears her of head injury, so Amy returns home.

    When a local reporter shows up for a scheduled interview, Amy is not quite herself. The article paints Amy as a the zen-goddess of writing, publishing, and life. Her bizarre interview was interpreted as the rambling of a true genius. But all that really happened was: Amy fell down! The next thing she knows, friends and fans are coming out of the woodwork. Suddenly Amy is on radio shows, keynoting a major publishing event, and guiding a local writers' retreat. But the strangest thing of all: Amy starts to write.

    Readers witness Amy confront her past and present, and choose to take down the walls she so carefully wrote up around her. This novel is a mirror into today's publishing world, a humorous roman-a-clef about a bitterly uninspired writer who decides to change her life after a freak accident.

    Upcoming Book Schedule
    • September 16: TBA
    Honey Rock Book Club

    Meetings are held on the first Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. Members will read a single book for discussion at the meeting. Call (501) 228-0129 for more details. Registration is not required.

    The Color Purple, by Alice Walker
    May Book Selection

    The Color Purple, by Alice Walker

    The lives of two sisters – Nettie, a missionary in Africa, and Celie, a southern woman married to a man she hates – are revealed in a series of letters exchanged over thirty years.

    Upcoming Book Schedule
    • June 5: TBA

    Thompson Library

    Evening Book Club

    Meetings are held on the fourth Tuesday of every month (no meeting in December) at 7:00 p.m. Members will read a single book for discussion at the meeting. Call (501) 821-3060 for more details. Registration is not required, but appreciated.

    Telegraph Avenue, by Michael Chabon
    April Book Selection

    Telegraph Avenue, by Michael Chabon

    In this novel the author takes us to Telegraph Avenue. It is a story that explores the profoundly intertwined lives of two Oakland, California families, one black and one white. Here he creates a world grounded in pop culture: Kung Fu, 1970s Blaxploitation films, vinyl LPs, jazz and soul music, and an epic of friendship, race, and secret histories. Longtime band mates Archy and Nat preside over Brokeland Records, a used-record emporium. All is well until a former NFL quarterback, one of the country's richest African Americans, decides to build his latest Dogpile megastore on nearby Telegraph Avenue. Not only could this spell doom for the little shop and its cross-race, cross-class dream, but it opens up past history regarding Archy's untethered dad and a Black Panther-era crime.

    Upcoming Book Schedule

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