Bill Memorial's Book Clubs

The Bill Memorial Library is home to two established book clubs: the Food for Thought Book Club and the Speculative Fiction Book Club. The Cookbook Book Club is brand new this year!

Food for Thought

In 2005 then-Bill Director Hali Keeler and the owner of a newly opened local cafe conceived the concept of a book group focused on food-themed books; thus was the Food for Thought Book Group born. Retired teacher Donna Johnston was tapped to facilitate its monthly discussions, which featured not only conversation but also coffee and culinary adventures.

Beginning with Like Water for Chocolate, members enthusiastically consumed title after title, but by 2006 they were hungry for meatier subject matter. Abandoning the food focus (but not the food!), Food For Thought evolved and is now in its eleventh year. Members meet the second Tuesday of each month at the Par 4 Restaurant, 93 Plant Street here in Groton, to satisfy their appetite for good food and thoughtful discussion ... the former starting when they arrive and the latter at 1:00. Copies of each monthly selection are available here at the library, and all are welcome to pick up a book and join in the fun.

A list of previous selections, from 2005 to present, can be found here.
A list of the current year's selections, with descriptions, can be found here.

2016 Selections
January: Plainsong by Kent Haruf
February: Dave Barry Slept Here: A Sort of History of the United States by Dave Barry
March: The Hornet's Nest: A Novel of the Revolutionary War by Jimmy Carter
April: Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin by Jill Lepore
May: Portnoy's Complaint by Philip Roth
June: The Plot Against America by Philip Roth
July: My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor
August: The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett
September: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
October: Longbourn by Jo Baker
November: One Book One Region title (TBA at
December: Jane and the Twelve Days of Christmas by Stephanie Barron

Food for Thought's 2016 Book Selections

Dave Barry Slept Here: A Sort of History of the United States
The Hornet's Nest
Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin
Portnoy's Complaint
The Plot Against America
My Beloved World
The Uncommon Reader
Pride and Prejudice
Jane and the Twelve Days of Christmas

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Speculative Fiction

"Speculative fiction is a broad literary genre encompassing any fiction with supernatural, fantastical, or futuristic elements." - Wikipedia

The Bill Memorial Speculative Fiction Book Club meets at the library on the second Monday of each month at 7pm, the library's schedule permitting. We read in a wide variety of genres and time periods. The book club is always open to new members. Selections for the next month are handed out at each meeting, so even if you haven't read the selection, come say hi and pick up next month's read!

2016 selections coming soon!

2015 Selections
January: Elantris by Brandon Sanderson
February: The Doomsday Book by Connie Willis
March: The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
April: The Martian by Andy Weir
May: Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
June: Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker
July: I, Robot by Isaac Asimov
August: The Night Circus by Erin Morganstern
September: Lord of the Flies by William Golding
October: World War Z by Max Brooks
November: Lucifer's Hammer by Larry Niven

Speculative Fiction Book Club's Selections for 2015

Doomsday Book
The Picture of Dorian Gray
The Martian
Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch
The Age of Miracles
I, Robot
The Night Circus
Lord of the Flies
World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War
Lucifer's Hammer

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Brand New - Cookbook Book Club!

Cookbook Book Club - Julia Child: A Culinary Celebration

Celebrate the culinary wonders of Julia Child, her life and her food, at the Bill Memorial Library on Thursday, April 20th at 6 PM. A part of the library's popular cookbook book club, participants should prepare and bring a Julia Child food dish and recipe to share. Titillating conversation about this cooking icon will no doubt be included in the festivities. The Bill Memorial Library has a large collection of Julia Child books and recipes on hand in anticipation of this event. For more information, check out our flyer here.