Book Discussions

Monday Night Book Discussion

Book discussion books and audiobooks

Monday Night Book Discussion is a casual book club that talks about a new popular, contemporary read each month. The public is welcome to come to one or all 12 meetings. The group meets every second Monday at 7 p.m. in the library. No registration is required.

Questions? Contact Mark Messenger at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (785) 825-4624, ext. 243.

2019 Discussion Schedule

Americanah by Chimamanda Adichie
Jan. 14 | 7 p.m.

A young woman from Nigeria leaves behind her home and her first love to start a new life in America, only to find her dreams are not all she expected.

Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper
Feb. 11 | 7 p.m.

Considered by many to be mentally retarded, a brilliant, impatient fifth-grader with cerebral palsy discovers a technological device that will allow her to speak for the first time.

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
March 11 | 7 p.m.

Eleanor Oliphant — despite her social isolation — insists that she is just fine. But is she really? The gentle overtures of a coworker give her the emotional support she needs after a horrific event.

The Dry by Jane Harper
April 8 | 7 p.m.

Against a backdrop of the worst drought the small town of Kiewarra has seen in a century, Melbourne-based federal agent Aaron Falk returns to his hometown to confront the fallout of 20-year-old false alibis connected to the long-ago death of a childhood friend.

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
May 13 | 7 p.m.

Reunited when the elder’s husband is sent to fight in World War II, French sisters Vianne and Isabelle find their bond, as well as their respective beliefs, tested by a world that changes in horrific ways.

Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance
June 10 | 7 p.m.

Shares the poignant story of the author’s family and upbringing, describing how they moved from poverty to an upwardly mobile clan while navigating the demands of middle-class life and the collective demons of the past.

Looking for Alaska by John Green
July 8 | 7 p.m.

Sixteen-year-old Miles’ first year at Culver Creek Preparatory School in Alabama includes good friends and great pranks but is defined by the search for answers about life and death after a fatal car crash.

Those Who Save Us by Jenna Blum
Aug. 12 | 7 p.m.

For 50 years, Anna Schlemmer has refused to talk about her life in Germany during World War II. Her daughter Trudy’s sole evidence of the past is a family portrait showing Anna, Trudy and a Nazi officer.

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
Sept. 9 | 7 p.m.

Libby Day was 7 when her mother and two sisters were murdered. She escaped and testify that her brother Ben was the killer. Twenty-five years later “The Kill Club” hopes to free Ben. Libby hatches a plan to profit from her past but ends up being chased by a killer.

Salina Reads Selection
Oct. 14 | 7 p.m.

The 2019 Salina Reads selection will be announced during the summer.

The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce
Nov. 4* | 7 p.m.

The owner of a 1988 music shop uses his talent for connecting customers to the music they seek and resists a chance at an intimate relationship with a young woman who hides a mysterious agenda and compels him to confront painful elements from his past.

*This meeting has been rescheduled from its orginally published date. Unlike the other meetings, November's will occur on the first Monday.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Dec. 9 | 7 p.m.

After witnessing her friend’s death at the hands of a police officer, Starr Carter’s life is complicated when the police and a local drug lord try to intimidate her in an effort to learn what happened the night Kahlil died.

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