Book Clubs

Woburn Public Library Book Clubs are free and open to anyone interested in joining

Novel Ideas: Fiction Book Club for Adults


Welcome to Book Club.  If this is your first time here, please consider joining us for great books and spirited discussions each month from September to June.  We plan to continue with a hybrid format in the fall.  Unless recommendations change again, there will be no need to sign up for the in person discussion.  Everyone may participate online via Zoom.

Zoom meeting link will be shared close to the meeting date.

The Book Club meets the second Monday of the month except if it’s a holiday and then we will meet the third Monday. The Book Club is free and open to everyone.

Questions or to be added to the participant directory:  contact Hermayne Gordon ([email protected] or 781-933-0148)

September: Crossroads by Jonathan Franzen

October: Anxious People: a novel by Fredrik Backman

November: American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins

December:  People we meet on vacation by Emily Henry

January:  How high we go in the dark: a novel by Sequoia Nagamatsu

February:  The last thing he told me: a novel by Laura Dave

March:  The guest list: a novel by Lucy Foley

April:  The Lincoln highway by Amor Towles

May:  Crying in H Mart: a memoir by Michelle Zauner

June:  The Good sister by Sally Hepworth

Below is a link to the selections along with meeting dates that you can print and save:


Archived book club info:

During 2021-2022, this discussion group met in a hybrid format, zoom and in person and they discussed:

September:  The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

October:  The Pull of the Stars by Emma Donoghue

November:  The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman

December:  Weather: a novel by Jenny Offill

January:  A Burning by Megha Majumdar

February:  Long Bright River by Liz Moore

March:  Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu

April:  Hamnet: a novel of the plague by Maggie O’Farrell

May:  The Searcher by Tana French

June:  White Ivy: a novel by Susie Yang



During 2020-2021, this discussion group met in a hybrid format, zoom and in person and they discussed:

Africaville  by Jeffrey Colvin

All Adults Here by Emma Straub

The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin

The Woman In The Window by AJ Finn

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel

You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe

Sold On A Monday  by Kristina McMorris


2019 – 2020

Social Justice Book Club (Visit our Social justice podcast club on our facebook page)

During 2019- 2020 the Social Justice Book Club met to discuss both fiction and non-fiction books that explore ideas around race, gender, immigration and criminal justice.

Some of My Friends Are … by Deborah Plummer, Ph.D.

They Take Our Jobs: And Other Myths… by Aviva Chomsky

American Prison: A Reporters Undercover Journey…by Shane Bauer

Meet the Candidates – EBook Series by Scott Dworkin

The Rise of Enlightened Sexism by Susan J. Douglas

Tomorrow Will Be Different-Love, Loss & the Fight for Transequality by Sarah McBride


2018 – 2019

During 2018 and 2019 the Novel Ideas: Fiction Book Club for Adults met to discuss the following books.  To accommodate as many users as they could, this club met at two different times to discuss the same book, daytimes and evenings.

Standard Deviation by Katherine Heiny

Young Jane Young by Gabrielle Zevin

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy

Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

Grace by Paul Lynch



Social Justice Book Club: For Adults and Teens

During 2018 the Social Justice Book club met to discuss both fiction and nonfiction books that explore the ideas around race, gender, immigration, poverty and criminal justice.

Scarlet A by Katie Watson

The Soul of America: the Battle for Our Better Angels by Jon Meacham

Crazy: A Father’s Search Through America’s Mental Health Madness by Peter Earley

The Trigger: Narratives of the American Shooter by Daniel Patinkin

Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in Forty Questions by Valeria Luiselli


Q(ueer) & A(llies) Book Club for Teens Grades 9-12  

During 2018 the Q(ueer) & A(llies) book club typically met to discuss novels that feature main characters who consider themselves part of the LGBTQIA (queer) community.

Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel by Sara Farizan

The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth

Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin


BookEaters (4th & 5th Graders) Club

During 2018 the BookEaters (4th & 5th Graders) club met to discuss:

Sophia’s War: a Tale of the Revolution by Avi  Front Desk by Kelly Yang


Middle School Book Club

During 2018 the Middle School book club met to discuss these books:

Brave by Svetlana Chmakova
Crunch by Leslie Conner
The Night Diary by V


Woburn Public Library Book Clubs are free