Books & Tea

Books+Tea @ the Library is a club for adults who enjoy reading and discussing a variety of books. We meet at 6:30 pm on fourth Mondays (usually). At this time, we are meeting virtually via Zoom — please find meeting links below. Copies of this month’s book are available for checkout at the library.

Check out the club’s Facebook group, where you can interact with other readers and share content related to the books we’re reading.

Now Reading:

Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Don’t Know, by Malcolm Gladwell

Find a copy in the library — the audiobook is highly recommended. Also available as an e-book or e-audiobook from Axis360.

May 24 @ 6:30 pm If the weather’s nice, we’ll meet in person on the library patio (distanced; please bring your mask to wear until we’re all seated). If it’s rainy or cold, we’ll meet by Zoom (info below).

Something is very wrong, Gladwell argues, with the tools and strategies we use to make sense of people we don’t know. And because we don’t know how to talk to strangers, we are inviting conflict and misunderstanding in ways that have a profound effect on our lives and our world.

In the audiobook version of Talking to Strangers, you’ll hear the voices of people Gladwell interviewed — scientists, criminologists, military psychologists. Court transcripts are brought to life with re-enactments. You actually hear the contentious arrest of Sandra Bland by the side of the road in Texas. As Gladwell revisits the deceptions of Bernie Madoff, the trial of Amanda Knox, and the suicide of Sylvia Plath, you hear directly from many of the players in these real-life tragedies. It seamlessly marries audiobooks and podcasts, creating a completely new and real listening experience.

Virtual meeting information (will only be used if we are unable to meet in person)

Please join our Zoom discussion with this link: https://zoom.us/j/98376373448?pwd=MFZiUVF5SHFaMXVCQUlGdWc5S1Q3UT09

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2021 Reading List

News of the World, by Paulette Jiles
Blue Horses: Poems, by Mary Oliver
Lab Girl, by Hope Jahren
The House of the Spirits, by Isabel Allende
Talking to Strangers, by Malcolm Gladwell
The Vanishing Half, by Brit Bennett
The Secret Wisdom of the Earth, by Christopher Scotton
The Library Book, by Susan Orlean
The Night Watchman, by Louise Erdrich
The Witch of Painted Sorrows, by M.J. Rose
Grand Union: Stories, by Zadie Smith
This Is Happiness, by Niall Williams

January 25 – News of the World, by Paulette Jiles

February 22 – Blue Horses: Poems, by Mary Oliver

March 22 – Lab Girl, by Hope Jahren (this is the focus book for Chillicothe Public Library’s 2021 NEA Big Read. You can pick up a free copy at the library!)

April 26 – The House of the Spirits, by Isabel Allende

May 24 – Talking to Strangers, by Malcolm Gladwell (the audiobook is highly recommended)

June 28 – The Vanishing Half, by Brit Bennett

July 26 – The Secret Wisdom of the Earth, by Christopher Scotton

August 23 – The Library Book, by Susan Orlean

September 27 – The Night Watchman, by Louise Erdrich

October 25 – The Witch of Painted Sorrows, by M.J. Rose

November 22 – Grand Union: Stories, by Zadie Smith

December 20 – This Is Happiness, by Niall Williams (We’ll be meeting early at 6:00 p.m. this month)