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Book Clubs

The Ohio County Public Library offers to Book Club opportunities per month. Participants in each group are lent a book at the end of a discussion and meet to discuss the book the following month. Discussions are lead by Library employees


First Monday Book Discussion Group

This group generally meets the first Monday of each month at noon in the library (Note: this is subject to change). First Monday Book Discussion is lead by Laura Carroll.

➤To join the OCPL's First Monday Group, send us an email to [email protected] or call the Library at 304-232-0244 and ask for Laura.

August 2021's Read: The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter (1940, Carson McCullers)

The Heart is a Lonely Hunter book cover

With the publication of her first novel, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, Carson McCullers, all of twenty-three, became a literary sensation. With its profound sense of moral isolation and its compassionate glimpses into its characters' inner lives, the novel is considered McCullers' finest work, an enduring masterpiece first published by Houghton Mifflin in 1940. At its center is the deaf-mute John Singer, who becomes the confidant for various types of misfits in a Georgia mill town during the 1930s. Each one yearns for escape from small town life. When Singer's mute companion goes insane, Singer moves into the Kelly house, where Mick Kelly, the book's heroine (and loosely based on McCullers), finds solace in her music. Wonderfully attuned to the spiritual isolation that underlies the human condition, and with a deft sense for racial tensions in the South, McCullers spins a haunting, unforgettable story that gives voice to the rejected, the forgotten, and the mistreated—and, through Mick Kelly, gives voice to the quiet, intensely personal search for beauty.

Richard Wright praised Carson McCullers for her ability "to rise above the pressures of her environment and embrace white and black humanity in one sweep of apprehension and tenderness." She writes "with a sweep and certainty that are overwhelming," said the New York Times. McCullers became an overnight literary sensation, but her novel has endured, just as timely and powerful today as when it was first published. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter is Carson McCullers at her most compassionate, endearing best.

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Third Thursday Book Discussion Group

This group generally meets the third Thursday of each month at noon in the library (Note: this is subject to change). Third Thursday Book Discussion is lead by Lindsay Sparr.

➤To join the OCPL's First Monday Group, send us an email to [email protected] or call the Library at 304-232-0244 and ask for Lindsay.

August 2021's read: The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto (Mitch Albom, 2015)

The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto book cover

A Spanish war orphan born in a burning church and raised by a blind guitar teacher, Frankie Presto was gifted with extraordinary musical abilities that shape not only his life but the lives of those around him. At nine years old, Frankie meets the love of his life, Aurora; that same day, civil war tears apart his home and he is sent to America, smuggled in the bottom of a boat with only guitar and six strings imbued with the power to change lives.

Relying on music to survive, Frankie’s talent weaves him through the musical landscape of the twentieth century, from Detroit’s jazz scene and the Grand Ole Opry, to Elvis mania and Woodstock—all the while searching for Aurora.

As his fame grows, Frankie finds love, friendship, and celebrity. Even so, his gift becomes his burden, driving a wedge between him and his beloved Aurora—now his wife. Overwhelmed by life, loss, and the power of his strings, Frankie disappears for years, only to reemerge in a spectacular and mysterious farewell.

With its Forrest Gump–like journey through the music world, The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto is a classic in the making. "Everyone joins a band in this life," Albom observes, "only some of them play music."

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