64 Middlesex Ave. | Reading, MA 01867 | 781-944-0840

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.

(Return to “Book Groups” )



Slacker Titles

April 2018 Slacker Title: Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

Trevor Noah’s path from apartheid South Africa to the desk of The Daily Show began with a criminal act: his birth. Born to a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother, at the time such a union was punishable by five years in prison. As he struggles to find his place in society, his mother is determined to save her son from the cycle of poverty, violence, and abuse that would ultimately threaten her own life. In his memoir, Noah weaves together a moving yet funny portrait of a boy making his way through a damaged world in a dangerous time.  Tip: This is a must read and an even better listen.  Read with wit and candor by the author.

March 2018 Slacker Title: Before the Fall by Noah Hawley

On a foggy summer night, eleven people depart Martha’s Vineyard on a private jet headed for New York. Sixteen minutes later, the unthinkable happens: the plane plunges into the ocean. With chapters weaving between the aftermath of the crash and the backstories of the passengers and crew members, the mystery surrounding the tragedy heightens. Was it chance that so many influential people perished? Or was something far more sinister at work?  Enjoy the unraveling!

February 2018 Slacker 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 →