We love talking about books almost as much as we enjoy reading them. Our book groups cover a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction. Copies of the book in discussion are often available throughout the partnership. 

Genealogy Book Group

Discussion Titles:


  • Oct 16: Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
  • Nov 13: All That She Carried: The Journey of Ashley’s Sack, A Black Family Keepsake by Tiya Miles
  • Dec 11: Paper Love: Searching for the Girl My Grandfather Left Behind by Sarah Wildman


  • Jan 8, 2024: Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love by Dani Shapiro
  • Feb 12: The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family by Annette Gordon-Reed
  • Mar 11: The Last Slave Ship: The True Story of How Clotilda Was Found, Her Descendants, and an Extraordinary Reckoning by Ben Raines
  • Apr 8: Last Rites: The Evolution of the American Funeral by Todd Harra
  • May 13: The Forever Witness: How DNA and Genealogy Solved A Cold Case Double Murder by Edward Humes
  • June 10: The Lost Family: How DNA Testing is Upending Who We Are by Libby Copeland
  • July 8: Mutinous Women: How French Convicts Became Founding Mothers of the Gulf Coast by Joan Dejean
  • Aug 12: Over My Dead Body: Unearthing the Hidden History of America’s Cemeteries by Greg Melville
  • Sept 9: Wandering in Strange Lands: A Daughter of the Great Migration Reclaims Her Roots by Morgan Jenkins

2nd Wednesday Book Group

This group reads a variety of fiction and nonfiction titles selected by participants every spring. Discussions facilitated by members.


To join online, email Christine at with “2nd Wednesday Book Group” in the subject line (please send email prior to day of discussion).

Discussion Titles:


  • January 11, 2023 Burial Rites, by Hannah Kent

  • February 8The Widows of Malabar Hill, by Sujata Massey

  • March 8The Committed, by Viet Thanh Nguyen

  • April 12*Miss Iceland, by Audur Ava Olafsdottir

  • May 10*To Siberia, by Per Petterson

  • June 14Wish You Were Here: A Novel, by Jodi Picoult

  • July 12The Five Wounds, by Kirstin Valdez Quade

  • August 9 The Personal Librarian, by Marie Benedict

  • September 13 – *Cold Millions: A Novel, by Jess Walter (Big Read selection)

  • October 11 Nomanland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century, by Jessica Bruder

  • November 8 – *Perma Red, Debra Earling

  • December 13 The Sentence: A Novel, by Louise Erdrich


  • January 10 Libertie: A Novel, by Kaitlyn Greenidge

  • February 14 Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty, by Patrick Radden Keefe

  • March 13The Maid: A Novel, by Nita Prose

  • April 10 Housekeeping, by Marilynne Robinson

  • May 8 Memphis: A Novel, by Tara Stringfellow

  • June 12 Night of the Living Rez, by Morgan Talty

  • July 10 Women Talking: A Novel, by Miriam Toews

  • August 14 Harlem Shuffle, by Colson Whitehead

  • September 11 To the Lighthouse, by Virginia Woolf

3rd Wednesday Book Group

We read a wide variety of fiction and nonfiction titles, primarily from the Book Chat Bag collections of MPL and its Partner Libraries. This lively book discussion group is facilitated by a librarian. New members are always welcome! See calendar for upcoming titles. 

If you are interested in participating in this discussion, email Pam at with the “3rd Wednesday Book Group” in the subject line.

Discussion Titles:


  • January – Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michelle Richardson 
  • February – The Yellow House by Sarah M. Broom
  • March – Book of Lost Friends by Lisa Wingate

  • April – Flight of the Sparrow : a novel of early America by Brown, Amy Belding

  • May – Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

  • June – Out Stealing Horses by Per Patterson

  • July – Oh William by Elizabeth Strout

  • August – The Midnight Library by Mat Haig

  • September – Join us for Jess Walter’s author event at 5:30pm in the Cooper Room

  • October – Aviary Deidre McMamer

  • November – Hunger : a memoir of (my) body by Roxane Gay

  • December – The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Philipp Sendker


  • January – Washington Black by Esi Edugyan

  • February – Paradise by Abduzazal Gurnah

  • March – When Paris Sizzled by Mary Auliffe

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