Book Discussions With Lanny Ori

Professional book discussion leader Lanny Ori leads thought-provoking discussions of notable titles. Books are available at the Adult Services reference desk approximately one month prior to the discussion. Use the links below to register for upcoming discussions - the group takes a hiatus in the summer months. Get on the Lanny Ori Book Discussion Group e-mail list and stay up-to-date on the selected books and discussion dates.


Into the Wild   by Jon Krakauer

Tuesday, March 21, 7:30 PM
Thursday, March 23, 2 PM

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Join librarians Liz and Sam to discuss popular titles in a social book club for adults. Meets upstairs at McGonigal's in downtown Barrington. We'll provide some appetizers or desserts - other food and beverages available for purchase.

Did You Ever Have a Family by Bill Clegg
Monday, March 13, 7 PM

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Sleuth: A Mystery Reader’s Book Club 

Each month, read a book -any book- from the genre or topic provided. Then let’s get together and examine the evidence: was this a good read or literary crime? 

True Crime
Tuesday, April 4, 11 AM

True crime is seeing a resurgence thanks to podcasts like Serial, but authors have been exploring this genre for decades. Try Ann Rule, Erik Larson, Truman Capote, Marcia Clark, Patricia Cornwell, or Bill O’Reilly for your selection this month. 

Swedish Noir
Tuesday, May 2, 11 AM

International crime fiction continues to skyrocket. This month, read a mystery by a Swedish author and come ready to talk about what appeals and what falls flat. We suggest authors like Camilla Läckberg, Henning Mankell, Åsa Larsson, Håkan Nesser, Kjell Eriksson, Liza Marklund, or Arnaldur Indriðason

 Book Club Resources

Award-winning Books: Directory of awards and prize winners.
Reading Group Guides: The online community for reading groups. Questions for your discussions can be found on this website. Search by author, title and subject.
Goodreads: Can help you decide what to read next based on what you've enjoyed in the past.
LitLovers: Discussion guides, titles suggestions, and reviews.
Database with book recommendations for all ages. Reviews and discussion guides.
What to Do When There's No Discussion Guide Available:
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What titles will your club be discussing in the future? Contact Liz Kirchhoff. This information helps us to make purchasing decisions for our book club collection.

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