Book Clubs

The Good Lord Bird by James McBride

Adult Book Club

Join us to discuss June's book club selection, The Good Lord Bird by James McBride on Thursday, June 25 at 6:30 p.m. Pick up a copy today and join us to discuss this Winner of the 2013 National Book Award for Fiction and Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, and Oprah Magazine Top Ten Book of the Year.  
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Tenley Library LGBT Book and Film Festival

Join Tenley-Friendship Library every Thursday in June as we celebrate LGBT Pride with a fabulous book and film series.  This week's event will explore the controversial theme of Conversion Therapy.  
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Heroes of Cinema - Great Films Discussion Group

Are you a life-long film buff? Are you looking to nurture your budding love of film? Come join a monthly discussion of a film from DCPL's new and exciting online streaming resource: the Criterion Collection. Each month's conversation will revolve around a different film - you can view the film ahead of time from our website using your library card! Also, there will also be the opportunity to create, share, and examine clips from the movie during the discussion and online.

Capitol Hill Reads - Redployment by Phil Klay

Join us for a discussion of Phil Klay's much lauded novel Redeployment which follows the stories of U.S. servicemen in Iraq and Afghanistan.   June's discussion will take place at Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital at 921 Penn Ave. SE. 
Little Failure: A Memoir

Little Failure: A Memoir

Gary Shteyngart writes a memoir filled with wit and insight.  Born in Leningrad in 1972, he immigrated to the United States in 1979 as the only child of intellectual parents. As a small child, he was racked with asthma until he found immense relief when he acquired his first inhaler from a doctor in Vienna on route to New York. Coming to a new land while remembering the old, Shteyngart captures both in an achingly humorous and poignant book.  Please join us for a discussion of this memorable memoir in Room 220.  
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Book Club in June: 'Beauty Queens'

Fifty beauty pageant contestants on their way to the Miss Teen Dream Pageant crash land on a desert island. What to do? Practice your talent or find food? Work together or do contest rules apply? Find out what happens to these young women as they find themselves while hoping to be found.  
Early book cover for "Babbitt" by Sinclair Lewis

West End Fiction Book Club

Discussion of Babbitt by Sinclair Lewis, with guest facilitator Azar Nafisi, a close reader and a neighbor and the critically acclaimed author of
An Imperfect God

Philosophy & Issues Book Club: 'An Imperfect God: George Washington, His Slaves, and the Creation of America'

Henry Wiencek engages in an important task in this book: looking at George Washington’s career through his connection with slavery. He surveys Washington’s family and early life, showing how slavery formed the constant context to their activities, farming, and social life. We see in this narrative how Washington viewed his relationship to his slaves and how this changed over time, especially through his experience of working with African Americans during the American Revolutionary War.
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Short Stories and Short Dates - LGBT Pride Month Edition

Speed Dating Book Club is back... for Pride Month! Join us for an evening of short dates with potential friends and lovers. Just like regular speed dating but we will have a common discussion of a book of short stories: Vampires in the Lemon Grove by Karen Russell. We chose vampires because dating can feel like blood-letting sometimes. If you can't read the whole book, that's ok.
Blonde Faith

Palisades Book Club

Palisades Book Club will meet to discuss Blonde Faith by Walter Mosley. Please join us.