Hammondsport Book Discussion Group

The LIBRARY BOOK CLUB is open to all adults and teens who love to read and talk about it!

Due to COVID protocols, please call the library for book discussion location during the week prior to the discussion. If it is an in-person discussion, wearing a mask is required and chairs will be appropriately distanced.

New members are always welcome. The book club meets on the second Monday of each month at 6:45 pm, unless otherwise stated.

The next month’s selection is normally available for pick up at the library front desk before and after the meeting night. Call the library at 607-569-2045 with any questions.

Upcoming dates and selections:

October 19, 2020, at 6:45 pm at the Hammondsport Fire Hall this month. Masks are required and chairs will be separated.

Featured Book: “Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine,” by Gail Honeyman.

Meet Eleanor Oliphant: she struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetable life of avoiding unnecessary human contact, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy.                                                         

But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic guy from her office. When she and Raymond together save Sammy, an elderly gentleman who has fallen, the three rescue one another from the lives of isolation that they had been living. Ultimately, it is Raymond’s big heart that will help Eleanor find the way to repair her own profoundly damaged one. If she does, she’ll learn that she, too, is capable of finding friendship — and even love — after all.                 

Smart, warm, uplifting, this is the story of an out-of-the-ordinary heroine whose deadpan weirdness and unconscious wit make for an irresistible journey as she realizes that only way to survive is to open your heart.

November 9, 2020 at 6:45 pm. The location will be announced.

Featured Book: “The Giver of Stars,” by JoJo Moyes.

(description from Goodreads)

Set in Depression-era America,  The Giver of Stars is a breathtaking story of five extraordinary women and their remarkable journey through the mountains of Kentucky and beyond.

Alice Wright marries handsome American Bennett Van Cleve hoping to escape her stifling life in England. But small-town Kentucky quickly proves equally claustrophobic, especially living alongside her overbearing father-in-law. So when a call goes out for a team of women to deliver books as part of Eleanor Roosevelt’s new traveling library, Alice signs on enthusiastically.

The leader, and soon Alice’s greatest ally, is Margery, a smart-talking, self-sufficient woman who’s never asked a man’s permission for anything. They will be joined by three other singular women who become known as the Packhorse Librarians of Kentucky.

What happens to them–and to the men they love–becomes an unforgettable drama of loyalty, justice, humanity and passion. These heroic women refuse to be cowed by men or by convention. And though they face all kinds of dangers in a landscape that is at times breathtakingly beautiful, at others brutal, they’re committed to their job: bringing books to people who have never had any, arming them with facts that will change their lives.

Based on a true story rooted in America’s past, The Giver of Stars is unparalleled in its scope and epic in its storytelling. Funny, heartbreaking, enthralling, it is destined to become a modern classic–a richly rewarding novel of women’s friendship, of true love, and of what happens when we reach beyond our grasp for the great beyond.