Book Discussions

Cosmic Comics Redux

A Graphic Novel Book Club with Guest Reader Valentino Zullo

In this series, we will explore stories that offer visions of what the future can offer us and warnings of what may come to pass. These comics hold up a mirror to society, at times a somber one. As we explore relations between humans and many others we encounter, ranging from monsters to robots and the many in between.

Literature Department, Main Library, 2nd Floor on the first and third Thursdays at 4pm 

Blackbird Book Jacket

December 5

by Sam Humphries and Jen Bartel
Nina Rodriguez knows a hidden magical world run by ruthless cabals is hiding in Los Angeles. When a giant magic beast kidnaps her sister, Nina must confront her past (and her demons) to get her sister back and reclaim her life.

Sex Criminals Book Jacket

December 19
Sex Criminals
by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky
Suzie’s just a regular gal with an irregular gift: when she has sex, she stops time. One day she meets Jon and it turns out he has the same ability. And sooner or later they get around to using their gifts to do what we’d ALL do: rob a couple banks. A bawdy and brazen sex comedy for comics begins here!

Isola Book JacketJanuary 2
by Brenden Fletcher and Karl Kerschl
An evil spell has been cast on the Queen of Maar, and her Captain of the Guard will do anything to reverse it. Their only hope lies on an island half a world away — a place known in myth as Isola, land of the dead.

Black MagickJanuary 16
Black Magick
by Greg Rucka and Nicola Scott
Rowan Black is a detective with the Portsmouth PD … and a witch, two aspects of her life she has struggled to keep separate. Now, someone is targeting Rowan, someone who knows her secrets and means to expose her … or worse.

Die Book JacketFebruary 6
by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie
Die is a pitch-black fantasy where a group of forty-something adults have to deal with the returning, unearthly horror they only just survived as teenage role-players.

SkywardFebruary 20
by Joe Henderson and Lee Garbett
One day, gravity on Earth suddenly became a fraction of what it is now. Twenty years later, humanity has adapted to its new low-gravity reality. And to Willa Fowler, who was born just after G-day, it’s pretty awesome. You can fly through the air! I mean, sure, you can also die if you jump too high. So you just don’t jump too high. And maybe don’t get mixed up in your dad’s secret plan to bring gravity back that could get you killed.

Tremont Think & Drink

Join us for engaging book discussions as the Jefferson Branch Library teams up with neighborhood watering holes.

Prosperity Social Club, 1109 Starkweather Ave., Cleveland, Ohio, at 7pm

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Monday January 13, 2020
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking

by Susan Cain
In Quiet, Susan Cain argues that we dramatically undervalue introverts and shows how much we lose in doing so. She charts the rise of the Extrovert Ideal and explores how it has come to permeate our culture. Passionately argued, superbly researched, and filled with indelible stories of real people, Quiet has the power to change how we see introverts and, equally important, how they see themselves.

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Monday, February 10, 2020
The Source of Self-Regard: Selected Essays, Speeches, and Meditations

by Toni Morrison
The late legendary Toni Morrison, one of the most celebrated and revered writers in the history of American literature, gives us a new nonfiction collection–a rich gathering of her essays, speeches, and meditations on society, culture, and art, spanning four decades.

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Monday, March 9, 2020
The Pioneers: The Heroic Story of the Settlers Who Brought the American Ideal West
by David McCullough
“Recounts the story of the settlers who began America’s migration west, overcoming almost-unimaginable hardships to build in the Ohio wilderness a town and a government that incorporated America’s highest ideals.” – Publisher’s description.

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Monday, April 13, 2020
Breathe: A Letter to My Sons
by Imani Perry
“Explores the terror, grace, and beauty of coming of age as a Black person in contemporary America and what it means to parent our children in a persistently unjust world.” – Publisher’s description.

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Monday, May 11, 2020
Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know About the People We Don’t Know
by Malcolm Gladwell
“Malcolm Gladwell argues that something is very wrong with the tools and strategies we use to make sense of people we don’t know. And because we don’t know how to talk to strangers, we are inviting conflict and misunderstanding in ways that have a profound effect on our lives and our world.” – Publisher’s description.

Award-Winning Book Club

Literature Department, Main Library, 2nd floor at 4pm

Tuesday, January 7th
The Good Lord Bird
by James McBride
Winner of the National Book Award for Fiction

Henry Shackleford is a young slave living in the Kansas Territory in 1857, when the region is a battleground between anti- and pro-slavery forces. When John Brown, the legendary abolitionist, arrives in the area, an argument between Brown and Henry’s master quickly turns violent. Henry is forced to leave town—with Brown, who believes he’s a girl.

Tuesday, February 4th
The Severance
By Ling Ma
Winner of the Kirkus Prize

Candace barely notices when a plague of biblical proportions sweeps New York. Then Shen Fever spreads. Families flee. Companies cease operations. The subways screech to a halt. Her bosses enlist her as part of a dwindling skeleton crew with a big end-date payoff. A send-up and takedown of the rituals, routines, and missed opportunities of contemporary life, Ling Ma’s Severance is a moving family story, a quirky coming-of-adulthood tale, and a hilarious, deadpan satire.

Tuesday, March 3rd
By Andrew Sean Greer
Winner of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize
Who says you can’t run away from your problems? A scintillating satire of the American abroad, a rumination on time and the human heart, a bittersweet romance of chances lost. Less shows a writer at the peak of his talents raising the curtain on our shared human comedy.

Tuesday, April 7th
Trust Exercise
By Susan Choi
Winner of the 2019 National Book Award for Fiction
In an American suburb in the early 1980s, students at a highly competitive performing arts high school struggle and thrive in a rarified bubble, ambitiously pursuing music, movement, Shakespeare, and, particularly, their acting classes.

Tuesday, May 5th
The Nickel Boys
By Colson Whitehead
Winner of the 2019 Kirkus Prize
Based on the real story of a reform school in Florida that operated for one hundred and eleven years and warped the lives of thousands of children, The Nickel Boys is a devastating, driven narrative that showcases a great American novelist writing at the height of his powers.