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 Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti 


Saturday, May 4th, 10:30 a.m.


Samuel Hawley isn’t like the other fathers in Olympus, Massachusetts. A loner who spent years living on the run, he raised his beloved daughter, Loo, on the road, moving from motel to motel, always watching his back. Now that Loo’s a teenager, Hawley wants only to give her a normal life. In his late wife’s hometown, he finds work as a fisherman, while Loo struggles to fit in at the local high school. Growing more and more curious about the mother she never knew, Loo begins to investigate. Soon, everywhere she turns, she encounters the mysteries of her parents’ lives before she was born. This hidden past is made all the more real by the twelve scars her father carries on his body. Each scar is from a bullet Hawley took over the course of his criminal career. As Loo uncovers a history that’s darker than she could have known, the demons of her father’s past spill over into the present.


Adult Summer Reading Kickoff with speaker Janie Gould
“Global Events and How They Affected Florida: Depression through the Cold War” 


Saturday, June 8th, 10:30 a.m.


Sponsored by Parkland Friends of the Library


Janie Gould will share some compelling stories about people she interviewed for public radio, and relate their memories of mid-century Florida. Gould received numerous awards for her radio show, Floridays, and published three books. Now retired from the NPR station, Gould writes for Indian River magazine and lectures for the Florida Humanities Council. She is a fourth-generation Floridian who lives in Vero Beach. Attendees are encouraged to register for “A Universe of Stories” Summer Reading Club. Anyone who joins will get a prize and reading log. The more books you read this summer, the more prizes you get! Parkland Library card required to register. 

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens


Saturday, July 13th, 10:30 a.m.


For years, rumors of the "Marsh Girl" have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life – until the unthinkable happens. Where the Crawdads Sing is at once an exquisite ode to the natural world, a heartbreaking coming-of-age story, and a surprising tale of possible murder. Owens reminds us that we are forever shaped by the children we once were, and that we are all subject to the beautiful and violent secrets that nature keeps.


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