Plainfield Public Library District

Discussion Groups

A Novel Idea

A book discussion for adults featuring thought-provoking titles with the goal of stimulating a spirited discussion. Meetings will be on the second Thursday at 7:00 pm and third Wednesday at 2:00 pm of every month. The same title will be discussed at both meetings; come to the meeting which is most convenient for you. Stop by the Reference Desk to pick up the featured book and come to either discussion to get the next month’s title. Anyone with a library card may join the group.


May’s title is: The Leavers

By Lisa Ko

One morning, Deming Guo’s mother, an undocumented Chinese immigrant named Polly, goes to her job at the nail salon and never comes home. With his mother gone, eleven-year-old Deming is left with no one to care for him. He is eventually adopted by two white college professors who move him from the Bronx to a small town upstate. Set in New York and China, the Leavers is the story of how one boy comes into his own when everything he’s loved has been taken away–and how a mother learns to live with the mistakes of her past.

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Discussion Dates

Meets the second Thursday and third Wednesday of every month. Monthly selections subject to change.

2019 Dates

May 9 & 15: The Leavers by Lisa Ko

June 13 & 19: Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

July 11 & 17: The Girls in the Picture by Melanie Benjamin

August 8 & 21: When the Lights Go Out by Mary Kubica

September 12 & 18: Educated by Tara Westover

October 10 & 16: Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

November 14 & 20: The Baker’s Secret by Stephen P. Kiernan

December 12 & 18: Book Club Party

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