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.


February’s title is: How to Stop Time

By Matt Haig

Tom Hazard has just moved back to London, his old home, to settle down and become a high school history teacher. And on his first day at school, he meets a captivating French teacher at his school who seems fascinated by him. But Tom has a dangerous secret. He may look like an ordinary 41-year-old, but owing to a rare condition, he’s been alive for centuries. Tom has lived history–performing with Shakespeare, exploring the high seas with Captain Cook, and sharing cocktails with Fitzgerald. Now, he just wants an ordinary life.

Unfortunately for Tom, the Albatross Society, the secretive group which protects people like Tom, has one rule: Never fall in love. As painful memories of his past and the erratic behavior of the Society’s watchful leader threaten to derail his new life and romance, the one thing he can’t have just happens to be the one thing that might save him. Tom will have to decide once and for all whether to remain stuck in the past, or finally begin living in the present.

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Discussion Dates

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

2019 Dates

February 14 & 20: How to Stop Time by Matt Haig

March 14 & 20: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

April 11 & 17: All the Beautiful Lies by Peter Swanson

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: The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce

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