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. We meet in the Library Meeting Room 4 times a year for about an hour. If you like to talk about characters, plots, connections to Westfield life and much more this a book club for you. 

 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.

Our 2nd read of the season is… 

January 18, 2023 @ 2:00 PM

What does it mean not just to survive, but to truly live? Dear Edward examines this question as we follow the experiences of a twelve-year-old boy who is the sole survivor of an airplane crash. Although the premise is stark, the book is full of hope and compassion.

“A haunting novel that’s a masterful study in suspense, grief and survival . . . Napolitano’s fearless
examination of what took place models a way forward for all of us. She takes care not to
sensationalize, presenting even the most harrowing scenes in graceful, understated prose, and
gives us a powerful book about living a meaningful life during the most difficult of times.”—The New
York Times Book Review (Editors’ Choice)

One of the best books of the year: The Washington Post and The Boston Globe,

October 12, 2022 @ 2:00 PM

 

In a nutshell:  It’s the 1960s.  Elizabeth Zott is a brilliant, unconventional woman who loves being a chemist during a time when women were expected to be housewives.  While the book’s jacket suggests we might be in for a romance, we find instead a rousing comic novel that is as unconventional and quirky as Elizabeth herself.

The New York Time Book Review: Lessons in Chemistry will make you wonder about all the real-life women born ahead of their time—women who were sidelined, ignored and worse because they weren’t as resourceful, determined and lucky as Elizabeth Zott. She’s a reminder of how far we’ve come, but also how far we still have to go.”

BOOKS FROM THE 2021-2022 BOOK DISCUSSION SERIES

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.”

Check back on the website closer to May 11 for more information about our discussion session.

 

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.”