Book Discussions

Book Lovers


Monday, July 6, 1 pm, Levy Senior Center, 300 Dodge Avenue

Come join us for an informal conversation about books and authors.  Share your recent reads and book recommendations.  Receive new reading suggestions from others.  This group will meet at the Levy Senior Center at 300 Dodge Avenue on the first Monday of each month from 1-2 p.m.  No registration required.  


Latin@ Literature Discussion Group: The Book of Unknown Americans / El libro de los Americanos desconocidos

titleWednesday, July 8, 7-8:30 pm, 3rd Floor, Seminar Room, Main Library

After their daughter Maribel suffers a near-fatal accident, the Riveras leave Mexico for the U.S. in hopes that she will get better. But after settling in a Delaware apartment building, the American dream isn’t what it once seemed: language, racial & cultural barriers lay in wait at every turn. Enter high school sophomore, Mayor Toro, an immigrant Panamanian who lives in Maribel’s building—& it’s love at first sight. But as they grow closer, violence casts a shadow over their futures in America.

Después que su hija Maribel sufre un accidente casi fatal, los Riveras salen de México hacia los Estados Unidos en la esperanza de que ella se mejore. Pero después de establecerse en un apartamento en Delaware, el sueño Americano no es lo que se pensaba: el lenguaje, barreras raciales y culturales estan a la esquina. Entra estudiante de segundo año de la superior, Mayor Toro, quien es inmigrante de Panamá y vive en el edificio de Maribel y se enamoran los dos. Pero mientras crecen como pareja la violencia lanza una sombra sobre su futuro en  América.

Attendees have the option to read in English and/or Spanish. Discussions may also be in English and Spanish. Attendees do not have to be bilingual. Copies of Cristina Henríquez' The Book of Unknown Americans (Spanish: El libro de los Americanos desconocidos) will be held at the 2nd floor Readers Services Desk one month before the discussion. Call to register at (847) 448-8620! -- Also check out our Latin@ blog!



League of Graphic Novel Readers: This One Summer


Tuesday, July 14, 6 pm, Comix Revolution, 606 Davis Street

An award-winning portrait of the fault lines between childhood and adolescence. Craig Thompson, author of Blankets called it “immersive, sensual and overwhelmingly beautiful.” Copies of This One Summer will be held at the Reader's Services desk on the 2nd floor and will be available for purchase at Comix Revolution. To register call 847-448-8620 or register online


History /African American Literature Book Discussion Group: Family Properties


Wednesday, July 15, 7 pm , Seminar Room, Third Floor, Main Library

Chicago became the most segregated city in the north as a result of a complex system of legal discrimination and financial exploitation.  In Family Properties: Race, Real Estate, and the Exploitation of Black Urban America, historian Beryl Satter tells the story of this system and those who fought it, including her father, in this fascinating mixture of urban history and family memoir.

In this special event, the African American Literature and History book discussion groups join forces for this program in recognition of the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King's visit to the North Shore and the North Shore Summer Project.

Copies of Family Properties will be held at the Reader's Services desk on the 2nd floor. To register call 847-448-8620 or register online



LGBTQ: Not My Father’ Son


Tuesday, July 21, 7 pm, Seminar Room, Main Library

In his unique and engaging voice, Alan Cumming, the acclaimed actor of stage and screen shares the emotional story of his complicated relationship with his father and the deeply buried family secrets that shaped his life and career.


Copies of Not My Father's Son will be held at the 2nd floor desk. Please register online or call 847-448-8620 to get a copy.



CAMS Book Group: Atmospheric Disturbances

titleMonday, July 27, 7 pm, Chicago Avenue/Main Street

When Dr. Leo Liebenstein's wife disappears, she leaves behind a single confounding clue: a woman who looks, talks, and behaves exactly like her. A simulacrum. But Leo is not fooled, and he knows better than to trust his senses in matters of the heart. Certain that the real Rema is alive and in hiding, he embarks on a quixotic journey to reclaim her. With the help of his psychiatric patient Harvey, his investigation leads him from the streets of New York City to the southernmost reaches of Patagonia, in search of the woman he loves.


Copies of Atmospheric Disturbances will be held at the Chicago Avenue/Main Street location; stop by or call 847-905-0764.


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