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Between the Lines - RHPL's book discussion groups

The library sponsors 2 book discussion groups that meet September through May:

  • Third Wednesday of the month, 10:00-11:30am (with occasional exceptions)
  • Third Thursday of the month, 7:00-8:30pm

Join our library discussion groups to discuss a variety of books.   All discussions are led by library staff and are held in the second floor conference room.  Newcomers are always welcome.  A Rochester Hills Public Library card is required to register for programs.  Non-residents are welcome if space is available at the time of the discussions.

Sign-up for the spring series is open to those who live or work in Rochester, Rochester Hills, or Oakland Township.  You may register for the winter session beginning on December 22 by going through the online Events Calendar or by calling Adult Services at 248-650-7130.  Copies of the discussion titles are available prior to the discussion.   

Wednesday mornings - 10-11:30 a.m. 

January 21, 2015

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie


As teenagers in a Lagos secondary school, Ifemelu and Obinze fall in love. Their Nigeria is under military dictatorship, and people are leaving the country if they can. Ifemelu—beautiful, self-assured—departs for America to study. She suffers defeats and triumphs, finds and loses relationships and friendships, all the while feeling the weight of something she never thought of back home: race. Obinze—the quiet, thoughtful son of a professor—had hoped to join her, but post-9/11 America will not let him in, and he plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London.

Years later, Obinze is a wealthy man in a newly democratic Nigeria, while Ifemelu has achieved success as a writer of an eye-opening blog about race in America. But when Ifemelu returns to Nigeria, and she and Obinze reignite their shared passion—for their homeland and for each other—they will face the toughest decisions of their lives.

Visit the author's website and read the New York Times review.

February 18, 2015

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy FowlerWeAreAllCompletely

Meet the Cooke family. Our narrator is Rosemary Cooke. As a child, she never stopped talking; as a young woman, she has wrapped herself in silence: the silence of intentional forgetting, of protective cover. Something happened, something so awful she has buried it in the recesses of her mind.

Now her adored older brother is a fugitive, wanted by the FBI for domestic terrorism. And her once lively mother is a shell of her former self, her clever and imperious father now a distant, brooding man.

And Fern, Rosemary’s beloved sister, her accomplice in all their childhood mischief? Fern’s is a fate the family, in all their innocence, could never have imagined.

Visit the author's website and read the New York Times review.




Thursday evenings - 7-8:30 p.m.

January 15, 2015

 Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child by Bob Spitz


The stunning story of how Julia Child transformed herself into the cult figure who touched off a food revolution that has gripped the country for more than fifty years. Spanning Pasadena to Paris, acclaimed author Bob Spitz reveals the history behind the woman who taught America how to cook.

A genuine rebel who took the pretensions that embellished French cuisine and fricasseed them to a fare-thee-well, paving the way for a new era of American food—not to mention blazing a new trail in television—Child redefined herself in middle age, fought for women's rights, and forever altered how we think about what we eat.

Chronicling Julia's struggles, her heartwarming romance with Paul, and, of course, the publication of Mastering the Art of French Cooking and her triumphant TV career, Dearie is an extraordinarily entertaining account of a truly remarkable life.

        Visit the author's website and read the Washington Post review.


February 19, 2015

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetysbetweenshades

Lina is just like any other fifteen-year-old Lithuanian girl in 1941. She paints, she draws, she gets crushes on boys. Until one night when Soviet officers barge into her home, tearing her family from the comfortable life they've known. Separated from her father, forced onto a crowded and dirty train car, Lina, her mother, and her young brother slowly make their way north, crossing the Arctic Circle, to a work camp in the coldest reaches of Siberia. Here they are forced, under Stalin's orders, to dig for beets and fight for their lives under the cruelest of conditions.

Lina finds solace in her art, meticulously--and at great risk--documenting events by drawing, hoping these messages will make their way to her father's prison camp to let him know they are still alive. It is a long and harrowing journey, spanning years and covering 6,500 miles, but it is through incredible strength, love, and hope that Lina ultimately survives.

Visit the book's website.






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