Book Discussion Groups

Lewes Public Library Cooks & Books
1st Monday of the Month | 6:30 PM | In-person

Share your love of cooking and trying new recipes. Every month, the group selects a cookbook and each participant then chooses a recipe to prepare for the following month’s meeting. The group then meets to sample the dishes made and discuss the recipes. Stop by the Circulation Desk to choose a recipe from this month’s cookbook.

Next meeting dates:
March 7 | Hungry Girl Simply 6: all-natural recipes with 6 ingredients or less
April 4 | Martha’s American Food
May 2 | Kosher Style
June 6 | Taste of Home Farmhouse Family Dinners
July 11 | Healthy Easy Mexican
August 1 | Taste of Beirut by Joumana Accad
September 12 | Trisha’s Kitchen: Easy Comfort Food for Friends & Family by Trish Yearwood
October 3 | Quick and Easy Spanish Recipes by Simone and Inés Ortega
November 7 | Thanksgiving Celebration – bring your favorite dish!
December 5 | Jacques Pepin Quick & Simple

Browseabout Book Club
2nd Tuesday of the Month | 3:30 PM | In-person and Online

The library is pleased to host Browseabout Book Club, celebrating its 25th year, discussing works of literary fiction, poetry, non-fiction and a range of genres. Members select works for their timely and timeless importance, uniqueness of perspective, and literary excellence. Book lovers welcome any time during the season. Moderator is Kathleen Baker.
More information is here or send an email.

Next meeting dates:
September 13 | Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr
October 11 | Orwell’s Roses by Rebecca Solnit
November 15 | The Sentence by Louise Erdrich
December 13 | Migrations by Charlotte McConaghy


2023 meeting dates:
Selected Sundays | 1:30 PM | In-person and Online
January 8 | Persuasion by Jane Austen (feature film and/or book)
February 12 | The Promise by Damon Galgut
March 12 | Matrix by Lauren Groff
April 2 | Season of Harvest by Linda Blaskey (Delaware poet)
May 7 | What Are You Going Through? by Sigrid Nunez


Lewes Public Library Evening Book Club
2nd Thursday of the Month | 6:30 PM | Online

A monthly book discussion group that meets in the evening. This group meets online via Zoom. You MUST REGISTER to receive instructions for joining the meeting.
2021 Book List

Next meeting dates:
January | no meeting
February | no meeting
March 10 |  The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel
April 14 | All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot
May 12 | The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett
June 9 | Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
July 14 | The Gown by Jennifer Robson
August 11 | In Five Years by Rebecca Serle
September 8 | The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See
October 13 | NO MEETING
November 10 | Hidden Valley Road by Robert Kolker
December 8 | Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell


Natural Selections Book Group
1st Wednesday of the Month | 5:00 PM | In-person and Online

Discuss nature-themed books. 2021 Book List | 2022 Book List

Next meeting dates:
January 5 | The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlbellen
February 2 | Erosion: Essays of Undoing by Terry Tempest Williams
March 2 | The Age of Wood: our most useful material and the construction of civilization by A. R. Ennos
April 6 | Leave It As It Is: A Journey Through Theodore Roosevelt’s American Wilderness by David Gessner
May 4 | Becoming Human: A Theory of Ontogeny by Michael Tomasello
June 1 | Slime: How Algae Created Us, Plague Us, and Just Might Save Us by Ruth Kassinger
July | No meeting
August 3 | Entangled Life: how fungi make our worlds, change our minds & shape our futures by Merlin Sheldrake
September 7 | The Nature of Oaks: the rich ecology of our most essential native trees by Douglas W. Tallamy
October 5 | Chesapeake Requiem by Earl Swift
November 2 | Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore by Elizabeth Rush
December 7 | Owls of the Eastern Ice by Jonathan C. Slaght
January 4, 2023 | no meeting
February 1 | The Delaware Naturalist Handbook by McKay Jenkins
March 1 | The Serengeti Rules: the quest to discover how life works and why it matters by Sean B. Carroll
April 5 | Vesper Flights: new and collected essays by Helen Macdonald
May 3 | Gathering Moss: a natural and cultural history of mosses by Robin Wall Kimmerer
June 7 | Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold
July 5 | no meeting
August 2 | There’s a hair in my dirt!: a worm’s story by Gary Larson and The Lorax by Dr. Seuss
September 6 | A Life on Our Planet: my witness statement and my vision for the future by David Attenborough
October 4 | Finding the Mother Tree: discovering the wisdom of the forest by Suzanne Simard
November 1 | Beautiful Swimmers: Watermen, Crabs and the Chesapeake Bay by William Warner
December 6 | Emily Dickinson’s Gardening Life: The Plants and Places That Inspired the Iconic Poet by Marta McDowell


AAUW Book Discussion
1st Thursday of Month | 10:00 AM | In-person
The American Association of University Women sponsors a Notable Books discussion that meets on the first Thursday of the month.
AAUW 2021 Book List | AAUW 2022 Book List

Next meeting dates:
January 6 | The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich
February 3 | The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
March 3 | The Innocents by Michael Crummy
April 7 | The Topeka School by Ben Lerner
May 5 | Midnight in Chernobyl: The Untold story of the World’s Greatest Nuclear Disaster by Adam Higginbotham
June 2 | Sabrina & Corina: Stories by Kali Fejardo-Anstine
July 7 | Mama’s Last Hug: Animal Emotions and What They Tell Us About Ourselves by Frans De Waal
August 4 | Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson
September 1 | Share a Book – share a book recommended for the book group to read
October 6 | Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro
November 3 | The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray
December | no meeting
January 5, 2023 | The Hospital: Life, Death and Dollars in a Small American Town by Brian Alexander
February 2 | The Five Wounds by Kirstin Valdez Quade
March 2 | The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
April 6 | Matrix by Lauren Groff
May 4 | When we Cease to Understand the World by Benjamin Labatut
June 1 | Painting Time by Maylis de Kerangal
July 6 | The Sentence by Louise Erdrich
August 3 | Pastoral Song: A Farmer’s Journey by James Rebanks
September 7 | TBA
October 5 | TBA
November 2 | TBA
December 7 | no meeting


Southern Delaware Alliance for Racial Justice Book & Film Group
4th Tuesday of the month | 6:00 PM | In-person and Online
A partnership with the SDARJ. The Alliance Book and Film Group, celebrating its 5th year, discusses classic and contemporary works of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and cinematic art. 2021 Title List

Next meeting dates:
January 25 | Hood Feminism by Mikki Kendall
February 22 | One Night in Miami (film)
March 22 | How the Word is Passed: A Reckoning of the History of Slavery Across America by Clint Smith
April 26 | Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of their Runaway Slave Ona Judge by Erica Armstrong Dunbar
May 24 | The Color of Water by James McBride
June 28 | The Sweetness of Water by Nathan Harris
July 26 | West of Rehoboth by Alexs D. Pate
August 23 | Dolomite Is My Name (film)
September 27 | The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
October 25 | Just as I Am: A Memoir by Cicely Tyson + a movie of your choice with Cicely Tyson
November 29 | Somebody’s Daughter by Ashley C. Ford
December 27 | Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (film)


LPL Book Club
4th Thursday of the Month | 4:00 PM | In-person

A monthly book discussion group. Copies of the books are available to borrow at the Circulation Desk.

Next meeting dates:
January 27 | Anxious People by Fredrik Backman
February 24 | Virgil Wander by Leif Enger
March 24 | Faithful by Alice Hoffman
April 28 | The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
May 26 | Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane
June 23 | A Good Marriage by Kimberly McCreight
July 28 | This Is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper
August 25 | A Good Neighborhood by Therese Fowler
Septempber 22 | The Girl Who Knew Too Much by Amanda Quick
October 27 | Longbourn by Jo Baker
NOTE: the November meeting takes place the first Thursday of December. There is no meeting on December 22.
December 1 | Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes (note change in meeting date)


Past Selections
2020 Book List
2019 Book List
2018 Book List
2017 Book List
2016 Book List
2015 Book List
2014 Book List
2013 Book List