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OWL Book Discussion Groups

OWL has both Fiction and Non-Fiction Book Discussion Groups that are open to all! Come to one or all meetings. Books are available for check out at OWL.

Non-Fiction Discussion Group

When: Second Thursday of each month from 2:00 – 3:15 p.m.
Where: Meeting will be held In the Library’s Jamie Gagarin Community Room.
Staff Contact: Olivia DeFiore

Selection List for 2023–24



September 14

The Tender Bar by J.R. Moehringer

This memoir is suspenseful, wrenching, and achingly funny. It’s a classic American story of self-invention
and escape and of the fierce love between a single mother and an only son.  A moving portrait of one boy’s
struggle to become a man, the book co-stars the neighborhood bar and its denizens.  Moderated by Ben





October 12

Bellevue: Three Centuries of Medicine and Mayhem at America’s Most Storied Hospital by David Oshinsky

Bellevue Hospital, on New York City's East Side, occupies a colorful and horrifying place in the public
imagination. The author chronicles the history of America's oldest hospital and in so doing also charts the
rise of New York to the nation's preeminent city and the path of American medicine from butchery and
quackery to a professional and scientific endeavor. Moderated by Jill 





Fiction Discussion Group

When: Second Thursday of each month from 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Where: Meeting will be held In the Library’s Jamie Gagarin Community Room.
Staff Contact: Olivia DeFiore 

Selection List for 2023–24



September 14

The Liar’s Dictionary by Eley Williams

You wouldn’t expect a comic novel about a dictionary to be a thriller too, but this one is. In fact, it is also a
mystery, love story (two of them) and cliffhanging melodrama. The book chronicles the charming
misadventures of a lovelorn Victorian lexicographer and the young woman put on his trail a century
later to root out his misdeeds while confronting questions of her own sexuality and place in the world.
Moderated by Sharon




October 12

The Nurse's Secret by Amanda Skenandore 

Based on Florence Nightingale’s nursing principles, Bellevue prizes discipline, intellect, and moral
character. A young female grifter in 1880s New York evades the police by conning her way into Bellevue
Hospital’s training school for nurses, America’s first nursing school. A spate of murders continues to
follow her as she tries to leave the gritty streets of the city behind. Moderated by Linda