Library Book Club


Our book club meets at the Library on the third Tuesday of every month and is open to all community members 18 and older. We read a variety of discussion-worthy fiction and nonfiction.

For more information contact the library Outreach Coordinator at outreach@plattevillepubliclibrary. org


January: Afterlives by Abdulrazak Gurnah
February: The Extraordinary Life of an Ordinary Man: A Memoir by Paul Newman
March: Trust by Hernan Diaz
April: How Civil Wars Start: And How to Stop Them by Barbara F. Walter
May: Black Cake: A Novel by Charmaine Wilkerson
June: The Wager: A Tale of Shipwreck, Mutiny and Murder by David Grann
July: Hello Beautiful: A Novel by Ann Napolitano
August: Old Babes in the Wood: Stories by Margaret Atwood
September: Our Missing Hearts: A Novel by Celeste Ng
October: Swamp Story: A Novel by Dave Barry
November: A Brave and Lovely Woman: Mamah Borthwick and Frank Lloyd Wright by Mark Borthwick
December: Book Potluck


January: Down the River Unto the Sea by Walter Mosley
February: The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich
March: Being Heumann: An Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist by Judith Heumann
April: French Braid by Anne Tyler
May: The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles
June: The Anthropocene Reviewed by John Green
July: Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel
August: The Chosen and the Beautiful by Nghi Vo
September: How the Word is Passed by Clint Smith
October: The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner
November: Kindred (graphic novel adaptation) by Octavia E. Butler
December: Book Potluck


January: The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson
February: Nomadland by Jessica Bruder
March: Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
April: Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb
May: The Storied Life of AJ Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
June: Caste by Isabelle Wilkerson
July: Anxious People by Fredrik Backman
August: A Bookshop in Berlin by Francoise Frenkel
September: The Mystery of Mrs. Christie by Marie Benedict
October: The Unwinding of the Miracle by Julie Yip-Williams
November: All Adults Here by Emma Straub
December: Book Potluck


January: Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know About the People We Don’t Know by Malcolm Gladwell
February: The Lager Queen of Minnesota by J. Ryan Stradal
March: All You Can Ever Know by Nicole Chung
April: The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates
May: Untamed by Glennon Doyle
June: Normal People by Sally Rooney
July: They Called Us Enemy by George Takei
August: Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead
September: White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo
October: Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid
November: Hidden Valley Road by Robert Kolker
December: Book Potluck


January: Becoming by Michelle Obama
February: Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
March: Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan
April: Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
May: The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century by Kirk Wallace Johnson
June: Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
July: Maid by Stephanie Land
August: The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker
September: The Inheritance by Dani Shapiro
October: The Word is Murder by Anthony Horowitz
November: Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil DeGrasse Tyson
December: Book Potluck


January: Visiting Tom: A Man, a Highway, and the Road to Roughneck Grace by Michael Perry
February: Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
March: Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone by Brene Brown
April: Less by Andrew Sean Greer
May: I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer Michelle McNamara
June: Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
July: The Personality Brokers: The Strange History of Myers-Briggs and the Birth of Personality Testing by Merve Emre
August: The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith
September: The Library Book by Susan Orlean
October: There, There by Tommy Orange
November: Being Mortal by Atul Gawande
December: Book potluck


January: Beartown by Fredrik Backman
February: Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah
March: Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
April: Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women by Kate Moore
May: Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue
June: On the Road by Jack Kerouac
July: Caroline by Sarah Miller
August: Bellevue: Three Centuries of Medicine and Mayhem at America’s Most Storied Hospital by David Oshinsky
September: Educated by Tara Westover
October: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
November: When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
December: Book Potluck


January: Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman
February: Hillbilly Elegy by J. D. Vance
March: The Gustav Sonata by Rose Tremain
April: Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
May: Multiple Choice by Alejandro Zambra
June: Evicted by Matthew Desmond
July: Swing Time by Zadie Smith
August: The Red Parts: Autobiography of a Trial by Maggie Nelson
September: Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
October: The Empathy Exams by Leslie Jamison
November: Chronicle of a Last Summer by Yasmine El Rashidi
December: When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi


January: Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple
February: The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
March: The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obreht
April: Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
May: Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
June: The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness by Sy Montgomery
July: Girl Waits with Gun by Amy Stewart
August: Lafayette in the Somewhat United States by Sarah Vowell
September: A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler
October: The Art of Memoir by Mary Karr
November: The Tsar of Love and Techno by Anthony Marra
December: Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates


January: End of your life book club by Will Schwalbe
February: March by E. L. Doctorow
March: Against Medical Advice by James Patterson
April: Come Home by Lisa Scottoline
May, June, July: No meeting
August: I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
September: The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
October: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
November: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
December: Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson


January: The Longest Road by Philip Caputo
February: The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
March: Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
April: Weight of Silence by Heather Gudenkauf
May: Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi
June: Ape House by Sara Gruen
July: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou, Maya
August: Left Neglected Lisa Genova
September: My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor
October: Change in Altitude by Anita Shreve
November: Quiet: Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain
December: Family Tree by Barbara Delinsky


January: Having Our Say by Sarah Delany
February: Straight Man by Richard Russo
March: Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt
April: Before I go to Sleep by S.J. Watson
May: Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo
June: Dovekeepers by Aice Hoffman
July: Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake by Anna Quindlen
August: Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks
September: All Over but the Shoutin’ by Rick Bragg
October: Aviator’s Wife by Melanie Benjamin
November: Little Heathens by Mildred Armstrong Kalish
December: Rules of Civility by Amor Towles


January: Lost in Shangri-La by Mitchell Zuckoff
February: Double Bind by Chris Bohjalian
March: Freakonomicsby Steven Levitt
April: Loving Frank by Nancy Horan
May: Founding Mothers by Cokie Roberts
June: Shipping News by Annie Proulx
July: Measure of a Man by Sidney Poitier
August: Eventide by Ken Haruf
September: Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand
October: Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
November: Coop by Michael Perry
December: Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King


January: Night by Elie Wiesel
February: Little Bee by Chris Cleave
March: Outliners by Malcolm Gladwell
April: Amateur Marriage by Anne Tyler
May: Stiff by Mary Roach
June: Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
July: Fast Food by Eric Schlosser
August: Widowers Tale by Julia Glass
September: I Feel Bad About My Neck by Nora Ephron
October: A Secret Kept by Tatiana De Rosnay
November: Kabul Beauty School by Deborah Rodriguez
December: Room by Emma Donoghue


January: Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder
February: Guernsey Literary and Potatoes Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
March: Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
April: Still Alice by Lisa Genova
May: Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
June: Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
July: Girls From Ames by Jeffrey Zaslow
August: Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
September: Liars Club by Mary Karr
October: Weight of Water by Anita Shreve
November: Girl Named Zippy by Haven Kimmel
December: Homer and Langley by E. L. Doctorow


September: Last Lecture by Randy Pausch
October: The Help by Kathryn Stockett
November: Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson
December: Snow Flower and Secret Fan by Lisa See