Adult Book Discussion Group

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Book Discussion Group

Read the book first and come discuss it as a group!
Book discussion groups are held on Saturdays once
a month at 10:30 a.m. To reserve your copy of the book
call (954) 757-4207 or for more information, email Rhonda Weiss.

The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende

Saturday, January 7th, 10:30 a.m.

This love story and multigenerational epic stretches from San Francisco in the present-day to Poland and the United States during World War II. Sent from Poland in 1939 to live in safety with her aunt and uncle in San Francisco, Alma Belasco encounters Ichimei Fukuda, the quiet and gentle son of the family’s Japanese gardener. Unnoticed by those around them, a tender love affair begins to blossom until the two are cruelly pulled apart as Ichimei and his family – like thousands of other Japanese Americans – are declared enemies and forcibly relocated to internment camps run by the United States government. Decades later, as Alma is nearing the end of her long and eventful life, those around her become intrigued by a series of mysterious gifts and letters sent to Alma, eventually learning about Ichimei and this extraordinary secret passion that has endured for nearly 70 years.

Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

Saturday, February 11th, 10:30 a.m.

A deeply moving memoir, with its share of humor and vividly colorful figures, Hillbilly Elegy is the story of how upward mobility really feels. J.D. Vance, a Yale Law School graduate and former marine, gives a probing look at the struggles of America’s white working class through his own story of growing up in a poor Rust Belt town.

Gardens of Water by Alan Drew

Saturday, March 11th, 10:30 a.m.

This enthralling story of two families, and two faiths, is set in Turkey at the time of the cataclysm of 1999. It tells of Sinan, whose daughter Irem dreams of escaping the confines of her family and the duties of a devout Muslim woman. She sees in Dylan, an American boy and her upstairs neighbor, the promise of another life. But then a massive earthquake forces Sinan and his family to live as refugees in their own country and leads to a dangerous intimacy with their American neighbors as Irem and Dylan fall in love. When Sinan finds himself entangled in a series of increasingly dangerous decisions, he will be pushed toward a final betrayal that will change everyone’s lives forever.

Online Book Discussion Groups

  • Book Talk - A book discussion group that is useful for writers and includes links to major publishers and book distributors
  • Dear Reader - A book club subscriber list service
  • Overbooked - A comprehensive directory of websites which review books for just about every genre imaginable
  • Simon Says - A useful website for people who lead book discussions that includes recommendations, author interviews, reading group guides, and a calendar for planning your discussion