Book Discussion

Book Discussion members gather for the October 2019 selection, Pachinko, by Min Jin Lee.Book Discussion

Join the Friends’ Book Discussion group for our thought-provoking selections and lively conversations.   New members are always welcome.

 To be added to our Book Discussion list and receive information about meetings, including how to pick up copies of the books in a safe and secure manner, email  INFO@FWMLNJ.ORG.  

May 11, 2022 @ 2:00 PM


Set in Depression-era America, this novel brings to life the Kentucky Pack Horse Librarians, five women who deliver books to the most remote regions of the Appalachian Mountains.
The Washington Post: “The Giver of Stars is a celebration of love, but also of reading, of knowledge, of female friendship, of the beauty of our most rural corners, and our enduring American grit: the kind of true grit that can be found in the hills of Kentucky and on the pages of this inspiring book.”

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March 9, 2022 at 2:00 PM

In her award winning historical novel, Maggie O’Farrell reimagines the plague years of the 1580s when a young Latin tutor, Will Shakespeare, meets and weds an extraordinary woman, Agnes. Very few facts are known about this part of Shakespeare’s life, but no matter: O’Farrell vividly portrays Agnes, their marriage, their young children, and especially Hamnet, the son who contracts a deadly fever.

  • The New York Times: “Hamnet is mesmerizing, seductive, impossible to put down—a magnificent leap forward from one of our most gifted novelists.”
  • The New Yorker: “An exceptional historical novel”
  • Winner of the Women’s Prize for Fiction

January 12, 2022 at 2:00 PM via Zoom

In this “enchanting blockbuster,” we meet Nora Seed, a young woman with many gifts, few accomplishments and so many regrets that her life becomes unbearable. Then Nora discovers a library at the edge of the universe, a library that contains an infinite number of books. With the help of the librarian, Nora finds the story of her present life as well as stories about the lives she would have lived if she had made different decisions along the way.
Shortlisted for the 2021 British Book Awards “Fiction book of the year” and adapted for radio and broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2020.



October 13, 2021 at 2:00 PM in the Meeting Room at the Library

Texas, 1921. Elsa Wolcott, unattractive and a spinster at 25, meets and marries Rafe Martinelli, but finds that the hard work of her life is just beginning. This historical novel focuses on how Elsa meets the challenges of the Dust Bowl and migrant settlements in California.

The New York Times: “The Four Winds seems eerily prescient in 2021 . . . Its message is galvanizing and hopeful: We are a nation of scrappy survivors. We’ve been in dire straits before; we will be again. Hold your people close.”