The Friends'  BOOK CLUB



Cell: 323-533-3550

The FOPSL Book Club 

meets on the 

third Friday

 of the month 

at 2:00pm in 

The Learning Center 

at the Library.


Book Club

is Open



Members of the Club 

read the selected book 

for the month, 

then join in 

lively discussions.

The Friends of the Palm Springs Library purchase copies of the books that are available in the Library for checkout. They are also available as downloadable E-books through the Library's Overdrive program.  

Click on the following link to view more information:

City of Palm Springs:
Book Club FOPSL

Please Note: 

The Friends' Book Club will meet at 

1 o'clock pm on MARCH 16th only

to nominate books for next season! 

Scheduled Book Discussions

For the 2017-2018 SEASON . . .

September 15, 2017      ANOTHER BROOKLYN

by Jacqueline Woodson, 175 pages  (published 2016)

For a summary of the discussion, click here.

October 20, 2017     The Adventures of TOM SAWYER

by Mark Twain, 1876, 274 pages (published 1876)

For a summary of the discussion, click here

November 17, 2017     LADIES of the CANYONS: A League of Extraordinary Women and Their Adventures in the American Southwest
by Lesley Poling-Kempes, 384 pages (published 2015)
For a summary of the discussion, click here.

December 15, 2017         LAB GIRL

by Hope Jahren, 291 pages (published 2016)

For a summary of the discussion, click here

January 19, 2018      FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS

by Ernest Hemingway, 480 pages (published 1940)

For a summary of the discussion, click here.

February 16, 2018  The UNDERGROUND RAILROAD

by Colson Whitehead, 320 pages (published 2016)

For a summary of the discussion, click here

March 16, 2018 - SPECIAL TIME: 1 PM


by Louise Penny, 320 pages (published 2008)

Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Surêté du Québec and his team of investigators are called in to the scene of a suspicious death in a rural village south of Montreal. Jane Neal, a local fixture in the tiny hamlet of Three Pines, just north of the U.S. border, has been found dead in the woods. The locals are certain it's a tragic hunting accident and nothing more, but Gamache smells something foul in these remote woods, and is soon certain that Jane Neal died at the hands of someone much more sinister than a careless bowhunter. Still Life introduces not only an engaging series hero in Inspector Gamache, who commands his forces--and this series--with integrity and quiet courage, but also a winning and talented new writer of traditional mysteries in the person of Louise Penny.

April 20, 2018

The THREE-YEAR SWIM CLUB: The Untold Story of Maui's Sugar Ditch Kids and Their Quest for Olympic Glory

by Julie Checkoway, 351 pages (published 2016)

In 1937, a schoolteacher on the island of Maui challenged a group of poverty-stricken sugar plantation kids to swim upstream against the current of their circumstance. The goal? To become Olympians.They faced seemingly insurmountable obstacles. The children were Japanese-American, were malnourished and barefoot and had no pool; they trained in the filthy irrigation ditches that snaked down from the mountains into the sugarcane fields. Their future was in those same fields, working alongside their parents in virtual slavery, known not by their names but by numbered tags that hung around their necks. Their teacher, Soichi Sakamoto, was an ordinary man whose swimming ability didn't extend much beyond treading water. In spite of everything, including the virulent anti-Japanese sentiment of the late 1930s, in their first year the children outraced Olympic athletes twice their size; in their second year, they were national and international champs, shattering American and world records and making headlines from L.A. to Nazi Germany. In their third year, they'd be declared the greatest swimmers in the world, but they'd also face their greatest obstacle: the dawning of a world war and the cancellation of the Games. Still, on the battlefield, they'd become the 20th century's most celebrated heroes, and in 1948, they'd have one last chance for Olympic glory.

May 18, 2018


by Rebecca Skloot, 381 pages (published 2010)

Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells—taken without her knowledge in 1951—became one of the most important tools in medicine, vital for developing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, and more. Henrietta's cells have been bought and sold by the billions, yet she remains virtually unknown, and her family can't afford health insurance. This phenomenal New York Times bestseller tells a riveting story of the collision between ethics, race, and medicine; of scientific discovery and faith healing; and of a daughter consumed with questions about the mother she never knew.

June 15, 2018


An Adventure of the Heart

by Stuart Brent, 231 pages (published 1962)

Here in a new, updated edition is the famous story of an ex-GI named Stuart Brent who turned his passion for reading into a bookstore that became a mecca for book lovers across America. His exuberant memoir reveals the strategies and beliefs that made him one of the nation's most colorful and revered independent booksellers. Filled with personal anecdotes about celebrated authors, pioneering publishers and editors, and illustrious customers such as Katharine Hepburn and Ernest Hemingway, The Seven Stairs provides a rare window on the world of books. For everyone who believes in the power of literacy and the joy of reading, the story shines with conviction and inspiration.


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