Book Clubs



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Fletcher Library

Evening Book Discussion

Meetings are held the first Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. Copies of the selected book are available at the checkout desk. Call (501) 663-5457 for more details. Registration is not required.

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End, by Atul Gawande
March Book Selection:

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End, by Atul Gawande

Gawande, a practicing surgeon, addresses his profession's ultimate limitation, arguing that quality of life is the desired goal for patients and families of the terminally ill.

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Lunchtime Book Group

Meetings are held the third Wednesday of the month at 11:30 a.m. Copies of the selected book are available at the checkout desk. Bring your lunch; drinks are provided. Call (501)663-5457 for more details. Registration is not required.

Paper Towns, by John Green
March Book Selection:

Paper Towns, by John Green

One month before graduating from his Central Florida high school, Quentin "Q" Jacobsen basks in the predictable boringness of his life until the beautiful and exciting Margo Roth Spiegelman, Q's neighbor and classmate, takes him on a midnight adventure and then mysteriously disappears.

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Maumelle Library

Maumelle's Second Monday Book Club

Meetings are held on the second Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. Call (501) 851-2551 for more details. Registration is not required.

Her Mother's Hope, by Francine Rivers
March Book Selection

Her Mother’s Hope, by Francine Rivers

Determined to find life on her own terms, Marta leaves Switzerland and lands in the central valley of California with her children and husband in tow, and years later, when Marta's oldest daughter, Hildie, gains her independence by becoming a nurse, marrying and beginning a family of her own, each woman is forced to confront her faulty but well-meaning desire to help her daughter find her God-given place in the world.

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McMath Library

Book Club at the End of the Universe

Meetings are held on the first Monday of every month, from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. This is a science fiction and fantasy literary discussion group. Registration is not required.

Girlfriends, Books, and Brunch

Meetings are held once a month on Saturdays. Call (501) 225-0066 for exact day and time each month. Registration is not required.


Milam Library

Adult Book Chat

Meetings are held on the fourth Thursday of every month at 12:30 pm. and will feature a book of the month. The book will be available for checkout at the circulation desk in advance. Bring you brown bag lunch and join us for a lively discussion.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, by Mary Ann Shaffer
March Book Selection

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, by Mary Ann Shaffer

As London is emerging from the shadow of World War II, writer Juliet Ashton discovers her next subject in a book club on Guernsey – a club born as a spur-of-the-moment alibi after its members are discovered breaking curfew by the Germans occupying their island.

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Nixon Library

Nixon Book Worms

Meetings are held on the fourth Tuesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. Copies of the selected book are available at the Circulation Desk.

All the Missing Girls, by Megan Miranda
February Book Selection

All the Missing Girls, by Megan Miranda

Ten years after leaving Cooley Ridge, Nicolette Farrell returns to care for her ailing father. A decade ago, she, her brother Daniel, her boyfriend Tyler, and Corinne's boyfriend Jackson were suspects when Corinne – Nic's best friend – disappeared without a trace. Within days of Nic's return, they are plunged into a shocking drama when Nic's neighbor Annaleise, who is dating Tyler and was the group's alibi ten years previously, goes missing. Told backwards from the time Annaleise disappears, the book follows Nic as she works to unravel the truth and, in the process, reveals shocking realities about her friends, her family, and what really happened to Corinne that night ten years ago.

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True Stories Book Club

Meetings are held on the second Thursday of every month at 2:00 p.m. Copies of the selected book are available at the Circulation Desk

Trials of the Earth: The Autobiography of Mary Hamilton, by Mary Hamilton
March Book Selection

Trials of the Earth: The Autobiography of Mary Hamilton, by Mary Hamilton

Near the end of her life, Mary Mann Hamilton (1866-1936) was encouraged to record her experiences as a female pioneer. The result is the only known firsthand account of a remarkable woman thrust into the center of taming the American South-surviving floods, tornadoes, and fires; facing bears, panthers, and snakes; managing a boardinghouse in Arkansas that was home to an eccentric group of settlers; and running a logging camp in Mississippi that blazed a trail for development in the Mississippi Delta. All this she tackled – and diligently wrote about in secrecy, in a diary that not even her family knew she kept – while caring for her children, several of whom didn't survive the perils of pioneer life. The extreme hard work and tragedy Hamilton faced are eclipsed only by her emotional and physical strength; her unwavering faith in her husband, Frank, a mysterious Englishman; and her tenacious sense of adventure. An early draft of Trials of the Earth was submitted to a writers' competition sponsored by Little, Brown in 1933. It didn't win, but now over over eighty years later, in partnership with Mary Mann Hamilton's descendants, here is an irreplaceable piece of American history.

Upcoming Book Schedule:
  • April 2017: TBA

Sanders Library

Book Chats

Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of every month at 2 p.m. Members read whatever they choose and share with the group. Call (501) 835-7756 for more information.

The Page Turners

Meetings are held on the first Thursday of every month at 10:30 a.m (there are no meetings in July or August). Members read a single book for discussion at the meeting. Call (501) 835-7756 for more information.

We Were Liars, by E. Lockhart
April Book Selection

We Were Liars, by E. Lockhart

Spending the summers on her family's private island off the coast of Massachusetts with her cousins and a special boy named Gat, teenaged Cadence struggles to remember what happened during her fifteenth summer.

Upcoming Book Schedule

Terry Library

Book Lover's Book Club

Meetings are held on the third Tuesday of every month, September through May, at 11:00 a.m. Members will read a single book for discussion at the meeting. Call (501) 228-0129 for more details. Registration is not required, but appreciated.

Sisi: Empress on Her Own, by Allison Pataki
March Book Selection

Sisi: Empress on Her Own, by Allison Pataki

In imperial Vienna, where the court halls buzzed with waltzes and champagne, as well as temptation, rivals, and cutthroat intrigue, the intensely personal tale of Empress Sisi unraveled. Infamously beautiful, a mother of four, and wife of Emperor Franz Joseph, whom she unintentionally stole away from her sister, Sisi's reign was anything but simple. Against the backdrop of a rich, romantic, and volatile time period, marked by pivotal events such as the opening of the Suez Canal, Vienna's World Exhibition, and the lead up to WWI, Sisi, the beloved "Fairy Queen," was a woman well ahead of her time during a true Golden Age in European history.

Upcoming Book Schedule
Suspicious Minds Mystery Lovers Book Club

Meetings are held on the first Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. Members will read a single book for discussion at the meeting. Call (501) 228-0129 for more details.

Wish You Well, by David Baldacci
March Book Selection

Wish You Well, by David Baldacci

Precocious 12-year-old Louisa Mae Cardinal lives in the hectic New York City of 1940 with her family. Then tragedy strikes--and Lou and her younger brother, Oz, must go with their invalid mother to live on their great-grandmother's farm in the Virginia mountains. Suddenly Lou finds herself coming of age in a new landscape, making her first true friend, and experiencing adventures tragic, comic, and audacious. But the forces of greed and justice are about to clash over her new home...and as their struggle is played out in a crowded Virginia courtroom, it will determine the future of two children, an entire town, and the mountains they love.

Upcoming Book Schedule
  • April 2017: TBA

Thompson Library

Evening Book Club

Meetings are held on the fourth Tuesday of every month (no meeting in December) at 7:00 p.m. Members will read a single book for discussion at the meeting. Call (501) 821-3060 for more details. Registration is not required, but appreciated.

The Shoemaker's Wife, by Adriana Trigiani
March Book Selection

The Shoemaker's Wife, by Adriana Trigiani

Two star-crossed lovers, Enza and Ciro, meet and separate, until, finally, the power of their love changes both of their lives forever. Set during the years preceding and during World War I.

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