NonFiction Book Group

Focused on history and social and political life in the Western hemisphere, books are chosen by participants to explore issues that are topical today. All are welcome to join with the hope that participants will impact each other through discussion and community.

Meetings are held monthly, generally on Monday evenings at 6pm. Sign up for the monthly e-newsletter or check the library website for dates and selected titles.. For more information and to be added to the group’s email list for notices contact Mark Orton at

Typically discussions last for 60 to 90 minutes. The style of the group is informal with the conversation moving about the group naturally.

Book club selections are available to borrow through the library, often in multiple formats including large print, ebook, and e-audio.

The List: Past and Upcoming Book Club Selections

  • March and April 2020 Book
    • The Gene: an intimate history by Siddhartha Mukherjee
      • for Monday March 30, 2020 read up to Part Four (approx. 240 pages)
      • for Monday April 27, 2020 read Part Four to the end (approx. 250 pages)
        At the April 27 meeting we will also watch a special 30 minute video screening designed for discussion groups of PBS’s KEN BURNS PRESENTS THE GENE: AN INTIMATE HISTORY

(both meetings at 6pm)

  • January 27, 2020 – Monday 6pm.
  • December 9, 2019 – Monday 6pm.
  • November 4, 2019 – Monday 6pm.
    • Diamond Street: The Story of the Little Town with the Big Red Light District by Bruce Hall
  • September 2019
    • — 2nd half of These Truths: A History of the United States by Jill Lepore
  • August 2019
    • — 1st half of These Truths: A History of the United States by Jill Lepore
  • July 2019
    • White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America by Nancy Isenberg
  • June 2019
    • No Ashes in the Fire by Darnell Moore
  • May 2019
    • The Library Book by Susan Orleans
  • April 2019
    • Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming by Paul Hawken
  • March 2019
    • Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West by Dee Brown
  • February 2019
    • The Rebellious Life of Rosa Parks by Jeanne Theoharis
  • January 2019
    • — Part Four of Sapiens: a brief history of humankind by Yuval Noah Harari
  • December 2018
    • Two Square Miles directed by Barbara Ettinger –  documentary about Hudson and the proposed St. Lawrence Cement plant – available on YouTube –   It is 94 minutes long.
  • November 2018
    • Sapiens: a brief history of humankind by Yuval Noah Harari
  • October 2018
    • Killers of the Flower Moon: the Osage Murder and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann
  • September 2018
    • The island at the center of the world : the epic story of Dutch Manhattan, the forgotten colony that shaped America by Russell Shorto
  • August 2018
    • The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches from the Border by Francisco Cantú
  • July 2018
    • 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus by Charles C. Mann
  • June 2018
    • Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J. D. Vance
  • May 2018
    • Tomorrow Will Be Different: Love, Loss, and the Fight for Trans Equality by Sarah McBride
  • April 2018
    • Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond
  • March 2018
    • The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
  • February 2018
    • no meeting
  • January 2018
    • The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson