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Book Clubs

St. Catharines Public Library In-House Book Clubs

The St. Catharines Public Library has eight adult book clubs. Each club meets once a month at its home location to discuss the selected monthly title. The Central Library has four book clubs, the Dr. Huq Family Branch has two book clubs, the Merritt Branch has one book club and Port Dalhousie has one book club. For more information or to register, please call 905-688-6103 ext. 227

Online Book Clubs

Join the conversation! The St. Catharines Public Library is hosting our online book clubs through Goodreads!

Adult Nonfiction Book Club

Adult Fiction Book Club

This book club facilitates discussion about popular memoirs, biographies, narrative nonfiction, true stories and non-fiction bestsellers. One new title will be featured each month, but past discussions are also accessible. Check it out here! We will be discussing a different title each month including recent bestsellers, genre fiction, and books with buzz. The book group is designed for people with busy schedules, so you can participate whenever it is convenient for you! New members are always welcome. Join the club here!

Visit our online catalogue or our digital media collection to reserve your copy today!

January

Lose Well cover art

Lose Well
By: Chris Gethard
This book alerts readers to the fact that odds are - failure is imminent. Chris Gethard, however, maintains that failure is an art form, and failure the only way to discover who you are and what’s most important to you. The author illustrates this philosophy with hilarious tales about his own missteps, misadventures, and public failures. With his trademark wit and inspiring storytelling, Gethard teaches us how to how to fail with grace, laugh on the way down, and as we dust ourselves off, how to turn our failures into opportunities.


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February

Educated: A Memoir Cover ArtEducated: A Memoir
By: Tara Westover
Tara Westover was raised in a survivalist family in the mountains of Idaho - isolated from mainstream society. Hospitals and medical attention were forbidden and Westover did not receive a formal education until the age of 17. Her thirst for knowledge was transformational and she eventually earned a PhD from Cambridge University. Place this book on hold today, marvel at this remarkable coming-of-age story, and join the discussion online!


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March

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I'll be Gone in the Dark
By: Michelle McNamara
In the 1970s and 1980s, an elusive and violent rapist-turned-murderer prowled the streets of suburban California, perpetrating more than 50 sexual assaults and 10 murders before mysteriously vanishing. Three decades later, true crime journalist Michelle McNamara began an exhaustive search for the predator she dubbed the “Golden State Killer”, who she believed was still alive. Her obsession with the case and exhaustive research is documented in this compulsively readable, award-winning true crime masterpiece, published posthumously after McNamara’s untimely death in 2016—just two years before the Golden State Killer was finally apprehended and brought to justice.


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April

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Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen
By: Jose Vargas
Jose Antonio Vargas, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, provides a confrontational and personal account of being the most well-known undocumented immigrant in the United States. Vargas arrived illegally in the U.S. from the Philippines as a 12-year-old. He hid in plain sight for years, writing for some of the most prestigious news organizations while lying about where he came from and how he got here. In 2011, Vargas publicly admitted his undocumented status and advocated for the human rights of immigrants.


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May

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The Library Book
By: Susan Orlean
On April 29, 1986, a fire broke out at the Central Branch of the Los Angeles Public Library. This fire destroyed or damaged over one million books and its cause is a mystery that that remains unsolved. Susan Orlean weaves her lifelong love of books and reading with an investigation into the fire and delivers a book that tells the broader story of libraries and librarians and how they are more necessary than ever.


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June

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21 Lessons for the 21st Century
By: Yuval Noah Harari
In his distinctive captivating style, the bestselling author Yuval Noah Harari investigates today's most urgent issues, providing readers with a kind of instruction manual for the 21st century. In twenty-one chapters, the author untangles political, technological, social, and existential issues, offering advice on how to prepare for a very different future and is essential reading for anyone interested in the turbulent waters of the world today.


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July

Lessons from Lucy cover artLessons from Lucy
By: Dave Barry

Bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Dave Barry shares lessons from his dog, Lucy, in this laugh-out-loud guide to living your best life. Full of relatable commentary on life’s little quirks, Lessons from Lucy offers advice for navigating life’s challenges with humour and grace.


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August

Becoming cover artBecoming
By: Michelle Obama

In this powerful and inspiring memoir, former First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama invites readers into her world. From her childhood in Chicago’s South Side to her years in the White House, one of the most compelling and iconic women of our time recounts the experiences that have shaped her.


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September

Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive cover artMaid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive
By: Stephanie Land

After escaping an abusive relationship, Stephanie Land worked low-wage domestic jobs, struggling to support her daughter and scrape her way out of poverty. This candid, bestselling memoir explores the gap between the upper middle class and the working poor, and exposes the realities of surviving life as a single mother in an inequitable society.


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October

The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers cover artThe Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers
By: Maxwell King

The first full-length biography of beloved American icon Fred Rogers draws on interviews, archival documents, and oral histories to tell his remarkable story, tracing his personal and professional life through decades of work.


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November

The Woo-Woo: How I Survived Ice Hockey, Drug Raids, Demons, and My Crazy Chinese Family cover artThe Woo-Woo: How I Survived Ice Hockey, Drug Raids, Demons, and My Crazy Chinese Family
By: Lindsay Wong

In this darkly witty memoir, author Lindsay Wong recounts her trouble-filled youth, haunted by her mother and grandmother's paranoid schizophrenic delusions about, ghosts, demons and the dreaded Chinese "woo-woo".


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December

Inheritance cover artInheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love
By: Dani Shapiro

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In 2016, Dani Shapiro submitted her DNA to a genealogy website on a whim and was shocked to learn that her father was not her biological father. Shapiro’s exploration of her own history is captured in this gripping memoir focused on identity, family, ethics, and the secrets we keep.

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January

The Hate U Give cover art

The Hate U Give
By: Angie Thomas
Starr Carter is constantly switching between two worlds -- the poor, mostly black neighborhood where she lives and the wealthy, mostly white prep school that she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is soon shattered when she witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend at the hands of a police officer. Facing pressure from all sides of the community, Starr must find her voice and decide to stand up for what's right.


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February

The Great Alone Cover ArtThe Great Alone
By: Kristin Hannah
Hannah's vivid depiction of a struggling family begins as a young father and POW returns from Vietnam, suffering from PTSD. The Allbright family, barely making ends meet in 1974, moves from Seattle to the untamed wilderness of Kaneq, Alaska, to claim a parcel of land left to Ernt by a slain Army buddy. At first, Alaska seems to be the answer to their prayers, but in their small cabin the family soon learns that in the wild there is no one to save them but themselves.


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March

Warlight cover art

Warlight
By: Michael Ondaatje
A mesmerizing novel that tells a dramatic story set in the decade after World War II through the lives of a small group of unexpected characters and two teenagers whose lives are indelibly shaped by their unwitting involvement.


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April

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White Houses
By: Amy Bloom
The unexpected and forbidden affair between Eleanor Roosevelt and Lorena Hickok unfolds in a triumph of historical fiction from the New York Times bestselling author of Away and Lucky Us.


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May

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Too Like the Lightning
By: Ada Palmer
Mycroft Canner is a convict. For his crimes he is required to wander the world being as useful as he can to all he meets. Carlyle Foster is a sensayer – a spiritual counselor in a world that has outlawed the public practice of religion. Mycroft and Carlyle stumble across a boy who may have the power destabilize the so-called “utopian” world of the 25th century.


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June

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The Cuckoo’s Calling
By: Robert Galbraith
Cormoran Strike, a private detective who is also ex-military, is hired to investigate the death of the beautiful, famous and wealthy supermodel Lula Landry. Known to her friends as the Cuckoo, Landry famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but the family refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.


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September

The Tattooist of Auschwitz cover art

The Tattooist of Auschwitz
By: Heather Morris
Based on the account of a real-life Holocaust survivor, The Tattooist of Auschwitz tells the poignant story of Lale Sokolov who falls in love with 18-year-old Gita while tattooing her at the infamous concentration camp.


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October

The Death of Mrs. Westaway cover art

The Death of Mrs. Westaway
By: Ruth Ware
Harriet Westaway, a tarot card reader, mistakenly receives a mysterious letter bequeathing her a substantial inheritance. However, once she meets the family of the deceased, Harriet realizes that she is at the centre of a very strange and dangerous situation.


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November

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Daisy Jones & the Six
By: Taylor Jenkins Reid
This “oral history” tells the story of the rise and fall of a fictional 70’s rock band in all its unruly, sex-crazed, drug-fueled glory.


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December

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Lost and Found Sisters
By: Jill Shalvis
An unforgettable story of friendship, love, family and sisterhood – Quinn Weller is finally getting her life back on track after losing her sister when a bombshell secret and a mysterious inheritance turns her life upside down.


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Interested? Sign up online today and contribute your thoughts and opinions to the discussion! The book club does not take place in real time, so you can participate whenever it is convenient for you.

How do I sign up?

  1. Create a Goodreads account
    • Visit www.goodreads.com and create an account. Fill in your name, an email address and a password under the Create a Free Account in the upper right-hand corner.
    • The next page gives you the option to connect your Goodreads account to social media networks such as Facebook and Twitter. Follow the instructions if you wish to do so. If not, click skip this step and proceed to the next page.
    • The next page allows you to select your favorite genres. Click Continue. Goodreads uses this information to "make better book recommendations and customize your browsing experience".
    • Click Continue to move to the "Rate Books that You've Read" page.
    • Book recommendations from the selected genres will be displayed. You can:
      • ignore these suggestions
      • indicate that you Want to Read some of them
      • rate the books you have already read.
      • You can complete this process at any time or even opt out of doing it altogether by click on “I’m finished rating” on the top right hand side of the page.
  2. Join our Online Book Club
    • Find Explore in the Goodreads website header. Click on the arrow next to Explore and select Groups from the drop-down list. Do a search for SCPL Online Nonfiction Book Club. Select it, and on the next page, click on Join Group.
    • The next screen prompts you to select group discussion e-mail settings. **Goodreads is designed to send you an email every time someone posts to the group. To avoid this, select the 3rd option, which reads “Notification Only”** Make your selection, and click on Join Group.
    • You are now a member the SCPL Online Nonfiction Book Club!

Logging In

To log in to view the activity and contribute to the book club discussion, sign in to your Goodreads account with your email address and password. Find Explore in the Goodreads website header. Click on the arrow next to Explore and select Groups from the drop-down list. Under My Groups, select SCPL Online Nonfiction Book Club.

Download the App!

  1. Goodreads also has an app available to iPhone, iPad, iPad Mini and Android users. Simply download the app from Google Play or iTunes and sign in with the same email and password that you used on the Goodreads website.
  2. Once on the app, select the menu from the bottom right corner and select Groups in order to find the listing for the SCPL Online Nonfiction Book Club. You can read through the discussions and have your say wherever you happen to be!

If you have any questions please feel free to call the Adult Information Services department at 905-688-6103, ext. 211, visit the Central Library or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for registration assistance.

Community Book Club Collections

The St. Catharines Public Library will lend out book club sets to any community book club that has registered at the Children’s and Community Services Department at the Central Library. For a list of current titles available, please see the attached list. For more information, call 905-688-6103, ext.227.

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