Book Groups




Book Groups are a great way to enjoy reading, and get a little more from a book. The discussions that follow are often thought-provoking, and with the Reading Experiment, your book group can borrow one of our sets of books, then have a visiting scientist or two come and join in, answer questions and provide further food for thought.

This year’s book is Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver. It is both a spellbinding narrative of rural and family life in the mountains of Virginia, and a book which makes you reconsider the way in which you live your life on our fragile plane. This story effortlessly blends the human element of the struggles of living into the science of the natural world, and shows us our own place in the interconnecting web of life.


If you’ve already read this great book, then there are sets of two of our previous Book Group choices available:

A State of Wonder by Ann Patchett tells the tale of a scientist sent to a remote rainforest to investigate the death of one of her lab colleagues, who was himself there on a mission to retrieve a mysterious, obstinate scientist whose research has gone off the beaten track and into the trees.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot is a masterful piece of modern detective work, piecing together the history and life of a black woman who died years ago, but whose cancerous cells, removed and used without her consent, or that of her family, still live on today in a line of cells used in labs all over the world. In this book, careful, painstaking interviews with her surviving family illustrate the astounding changes in medical, scientific and social standards of ethics between Henrietta’s time and today.

To register your Book Group for a set of books, and a discussion visit, please email or fill out a paper form at your local library.