Our longest running book group brings together readers who enjoy discussing and sharing insights about a single title each month. Facilitated conversations are lively, intelligent, and insightful. The titles are mostly fiction, with one nonfiction choice included each year. The group chooses titles for the coming year by ballot in the spring. Book discussions are held on the third Wednesday of the month, September through June (no July or August meetings), and all adult patrons enthusiastic about reading and talking about books are invited to join us as often as they can. Before each meeting, you can pick up your copy for the next month’s discussion at the Circulation Desk. If you have questions, please contact Karen Stern at the Reference Desk or email stern@noblenet.org.

Next Meeting: December 18, 2019
To Discuss: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

No one’s ever told Eleanor that life should be better than fine. She struggles with appropriate social
skills and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life
of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone
chats with Mummy. But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply
unhygienic IT guy from her office. When she and Raymond together save Sammy, an elderly
gentleman who has fallen on the sidewalk, the three become the kinds of friends who rescue one
another from the lives of isolation they have each been living.
Gail Honeyman is a graduate of the universities of Glasgow and Oxford. She wrote her debut novel,
Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, while working a full-time job. The book won the Costa First Novel
Award and the British Book Awards Book of the Year, was short-listed for the Lucy Cavendish College
Fiction Prize, the Desmond Elliot Award, and the Author’s Club Best First Novel, and was long-listed
for the Women’s Prize for Fiction. Honeyman lives in Glasgow, Scotland.
To Think About While You Read: “I suppose one of the reasons we’re able to continue to exist for our allotted span in this green and blue vale of tears is that there is always, however remote it might seem, the possibility of change.” Is this the main theme of the novel? (readingagency.org.uk)

Web Articles for Further Reading:
Gail Honeyman: ‘I hope Eleanor Oliphant has helped to fuel the debate on loneliness’ by Judith Woods,
telegraph.co.uk, 15 May, 2018.
Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman review – ‘only the lonely’ by Jenny Colgan,
theguardian.com, 4 May 2017.
Gail Honeyman 2017’s bittersweet breakout debut interview by Cat Acree, bookpage.com, August 2017.

2020 SCHEDULE (2019-2020 Discussion Titles were voted on by group members in May 2019.)
January 15        Less by Andrew Sean Greer
February 19      Educated by Tara Westover
March 18          The Friend by Sigrid Nunez
April 15             Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo
May 20              How to Stop Time by Matt Haig
June 17             The Word is Murder by Anthony Horowitz

Previous Discussions (1998 to 2018)