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Slackers Book Club

SlackersSlackers is a self service book club and open to all readers. Stop by each month and pick up a copy of the most recent selection. Upon completion of the book, complete and drop off a comment card, or post directly online from this page.

When: Whenever. Just help yourself to some good reading…no meetings to attend.

Where: Slackers titles are displayed each month on a shelf near the Bestsellers display area. If you are interested in sharing your opinions of the book, just fill out a Slackers’ bookmark comment form, and leave it in the book when you return it. OR you can submit your comments online, right here at the Slackers page. Just use the link at the end of the book description.

Who: For people who don’t want to be committed! Each month a new book is selected for the Slackers’ display.

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Slacker Titles

February 2018 Slackers Title: Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler

A modern retelling of “The Taming of the Shrew” follows the experiences of a preschool teacher who alienates others by speaking her mind and who is expected by her eccentric father to marry his assistant to prevent the young man’s deportation.  A romantic screwball comedy of manners.

January 2018 Slacker Title: The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir by Jennifer Ryan

The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir is a delightful debut novel reminiscent of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. Letters and journals reveal the struggles, affairs, deceptions, and triumphs of five members of a village choir during World War II as they band together to survive the upheavals of war and village intrigue on the English home front.  The perfect blend of history and charm.

December 2017 Slacker Title: The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

With their babysitter cancelling on them, Anne and Marco leave their baby, Cora, at home while they “pop” next door for dinner party.  It will be fine…they have their baby monitor with them and they will go and check on her every half hour…plus, they’re right next door. What could possibly go wrong?

November 2017 Slacker Title: The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

The Nightingale tells the stories of two sisters, separated by years and experience, each embarking on her own dangerous path toward survival, love, and freedom in German-occupied, war-torn France.  There’s a reason this book has been on the bestseller list since its release…and it’s your turn to find out why.

October 2017 Slacker Title: Books by Partners in Crime Panel

This month we feature the fiction of Brunonia Barry, Randy Susan Meyers and Hank Phillippi Ryan as we prepare for their visit to Reading Public Library on Wednesday, October 25 at 7 pm. Continue Reading →

September 2017 Slacker Title: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

In her distinctive lyrical prose,  Maya Angelou recounts the first seventeen years of her life, discussing her unsettled childhood in America in the 1930s and her changing relationships. Against the backdrop of racial tensions in the South, Angelou confronts the traumatic events of her childhood and explores the evolution of her own strong identity as an African American woman.

August 2017 Slacker Title: The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant

Addie Baum was born in 1900 to immigrant parents who were unprepared for and suspicious of America. Continue Reading →

June 2017 Slacker Title: The Widow by Fiona Barton

There’s a lot Jean hasn’t said over the years about the crime her husband was suspected of committing. She was too busy being the perfect wife, standing by her man while living with the accusing glares and the anonymous harassment. Now she’s a widow, and there’s no reason to stay quiet. There are people who want to hear her story. They want the truth. But the one lesson Jean has learned in the last few years is that she can make people believe anything… For fans of Gone Girl and Girl on the Train.

May 2017 Slacker Title: Books by author Brunonia Barry

Featuring the fiction of Brunonia Barry this month as we prepare for her upcoming visit.

Brunonia will be appearing at Reading Public Library on Wednesday, May 31 at 7:00 p.m.  She will discussing her new book, The Fifth Petal.  Best-selling author Barry returns to the world of The Lace Reader with this spellbinding new thriller, a complex brew of suspense, seduction and murder…all set in historic Salem.