Discussion Groups

A Novel Idea Virtual Book Discussion

November 12 at 7:00 pm and November 18 at 2:00 pm

 **Please note: November’s meetings will be a virtual meeting held via Zoom. Please register here to receive an email with login details. Copies of the book can be downloaded through hoopla with your Plainfield Public Library card. If you are a book club member with a library card from a neighboring library that isn’t a partner with hoopla, please contact cshelby@plainfieldpubliclibrary.org. Limited physical copies of the book may be available at the Reference and Reader Services desk.

Lakewood by Megan GiddingsNovember’s title is: Lakewood by Megan Giddings

When Lena Johnson’s beloved grandmother dies, and the full extent of the family debt is revealed, the black millennial drops out of college to support her family and takes a job in the mysterious and remote town of Lakewood, Michigan. On paper, her new job is too good to be true. High paying. No out of pocket medical expenses. A free place to live. All Lena has to do is participate in a secret program and lie to her friends and family about the research being done in Lakewood. An eye drop that makes brown eyes blue, a medication that could be a cure for dementia, golden pills promised to make all bad thoughts go away. The discoveries made in Lakewood, Lena is told, will change the world, but the consequences for the subjects involved could be devastating. As the truths of the program reveal themselves, Lena learns how much she’s willing to sacrifice for the sake of her family.

Pinnacle Library Cooperative Online Book Club

October 15 – December 10

Afterlife by Julia AlvarezDownload the featured book, join the discussion with a professional facilitator and engage with members just like you from the convenience and comfort of your own home. Our next discussion will be Afterlife by Julia Alvarez. Visit https://www.pbc.guru/pinnaclelibraries to sign up today!

Need help downloading the book? Visit the Online Book Club Guide for instructions.

A literature professor tries to rediscover who she is after the sudden death of her husband, even as a series of family and political jolts force her to ask what we owe those in crisis in our families, biological or otherwise.


hoopla Book Club Hub

Fall Spotlight!

The Fixed Stars by Molly WizenbergWhether you are part of a book club or are reading along independently, the hoopla Book Club Hub can help you to make the most out of your book club experience. Each quarter, a new Spotlight Selection title is released, along with a discussion guide,  exclusive author author interviews and more.

The Fixed Stars by Molly Wizenberg is the Fall Spotlight Selection title. To get more information, visit http://theclub.hoopladigital.com.

At age 36, while serving on a jury, author Molly Wizenberg found herself drawn to a female attorney she hardly knew. Married to a man for nearly a decade and mother to a toddler, Wizenberg tried to return to her life as she knew it, but something inside her had changed irrevocably. Instead, she would discover that the trajectory of our lives is rarely as smooth or as logical as we’d like to believe.
Like many of us, Wizenberg had long understood sexual orientation as a stable part of ourselves: we’re born this way. Suddenly she realized that her story was more complicated. Who was she, she wondered, if something at her very core could change so radically? The Fixed Stars is a taut, electrifying memoir exploring timely and timeless questions about desire, identity, and the limits and possibilities of family. In honest and searing prose, Wizenberg forges a new path: through the murk of separation and divorce, coming out to family and friends, learning to co-parent a young child, and realizing a new vision of love. The result is a frank and moving story about letting go of rigid definitions and ideals that no longer fit, and learning instead who we really are. 




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