Johnson City Library

Johnson City Reads

JC Reads meets the second Wednesday of every month at 9:30 am.  

Join us for interesting and stimulating discussions and refreshments.

     Johnson City Reads is the library’s Book Club.  The group meets the second Wednesday of the month at 9:30 am to discuss the selected book.  The discussion is always thought-provoking, so even if you haven’t read the book, it’s entertaining.  Each year members suggest the books to read.  Here’s the 2015 list.  There are some stimulating titles, some new releases and some classics.  All the books are available for check-out at the library.  Join us for some reading fun!

                                     JC Reads Book List for 2015

February 18 – The Old Order, Katherine Anne Porter, A number of Porter’s finest stories have their setting in the South at the turn of the century.  Porter is an important great Texas author.  Join us on February 12 for Free movie night to watch “Ship of Fools”.  The novel for the movie was written by MS. Porter.


March 11 – A Brief History of Time, Steven Hawking, Told in language we all can understand, A Brief History of Time enters the realm of black holes and quarks, of antimatter and “arrows of time,” of the big bang and a bigger God—where the possibilities are wondrous and unexpected.  Stephen Hawking brings us closer to the ultimate secrets at the very heart of creation.


April 8 – House of Earth, Woody Guthrie, Finished in 1947 and lost to readers until now, House of Earth is legendary folk singer and American icon Woody Guthrie’s only finished novel.  A powerful portrait of Dust Bowl America, it’s the story of an ordinary couple’s dreams of a better life and their search for love and meaning in a corrupt world.


May 13 – Share-a- Book (Read what you like and everyone reviews to the group).


June 10 Unbroken, Laura Hillenbrand, This is the true story of Olympic runner Louis Zamperini’s World War II experiences as a pilot, plane crash survivor and Japanese prisoner of war.  Unbroken is an unforgettable testament to the resilience of the human mind, body, and spirit. (Hopefully the film will be available for movie night, July 9).


July 9 - Share-a- Book (Read what you like and everyone reviews to the group).


August 12 – All the Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr, Multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr brings us the New York Times bestseller about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II


September 9 – Tangled Fates- Author Visit – Ali Mignonne


October 14 – .Being Mortal, Atul Gawande, In Being Mortal, surgeon and author Atul Gawande tackles the hardest challenge of his profession: how medicine can not only improve life but also the process of its ending.  Full of eye-opening research and riveting storytelling, Being Mortal asserts that medicine can comfort and enhance our experience even to the end, providing not only a good life but also a good end.


November 11- Redeployment, Phil Klay, Phil Klay's Redeployment takes readers to the frontlines of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, asking us to understand what happened there, and what happened to the soldiers who returned. Interwoven with themes of brutality and faith, guilt and fear, helplessness and survival, the characters in these stories struggle to make meaning out of chaos.

December 9 – The Christmas Train, David Baldacci, Tom Langdon is banned from flying when a particularly thorough airport security search causes him to lose his cool. Now, he must take the train if he has any chance of arriving in Los Angeles in time for Christmas.  As the mighty Southwest Chief chugs along, Tom learns what really makes the holiday special in a remarkable novel that will charm all who read it.


January 13, ‘16 – Goodbye to a River, John Graves, In the 1950s, a series of dams was proposed along the Brazos River, changing the stream’s regimen and the surrounding countryside.  John Graves decided to visit that stretch of the river, which he had known intimately as a youth.  Goodbye to a River is his account of that farewell canoe voyage, a vivid narrative about an exciting journey and a powerful tribute to a vanishing way of life.


February 11, ’16- Station 11, Emily St. John Mandel, An audacious, darkly glittering novel set in the eerie days of civilization’s collapse, Station Eleven tells the story of a Hollywood star, his would-be savior, and a nomadic group of actors roaming the scattered outposts of the Great Lakes region, risking everything for art and humanity.  2014 National Book Award Finalist