Book Discussion Groups

General Information

We offer variety with three different book discussion groups. The second Tuesday of every month the Staff Picks group has met for years. For your enrichment and enjoyment there are also a few new groups: Coffee & Classics, and a Spanish language book discussion: Tertulias Literarias.

Explore a different book with us in a relaxed setting every month.  Light refreshments will be served by the Friends of the Library.

Most books are available in print, audio,and ebook formats.

Previous books are listed at the bottom of this page.

Staff Picks / 2nd Tuesday Book Group

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The President Is Missing by Bill Clinton and James Patterson

Thursday, August 2nd at 3:30 pm

The President Is Missing confronts a threat so huge that it jeopardizes not just Pennsylvania Avenue and Wall Street, but all of America. Uncertainty and fear grip the nation. There are whispers of cyberterror and espionage and a traitor in the Cabinet. Even the President himself becomes a suspect, and then he disappears from public view . . . Set over the course of three days, The President Is Missing sheds a stunning light upon the inner workings and vulnerabilities of our nation. Filled with information that only a former Commander-in-Chief could know, this is the most authentic, terrifying novel to come along in many years.

Coffee & Classics

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Don Quioxte by Miguel DeCervantes

Monday, August 6th at 6:00 pm

Don Quixote has become so entranced reading tales of chivalry that he decides to turn knight errant himself. In the company of his faithful squire, Sancho Panza, these exploits blossom in all sorts of wonderful ways. While Quixote's fancy often leads him astray—he tilts at windmills, imagining them to be giants—Sancho acquires cunning and a certain sagacity. Sane madman and wise fool, they roam the world together-and together they have haunted readers' imaginations for nearly four hundred years.

Tertulias Literarias -  El Alma Hispana

Ficciones de Jorge Luis Borges libro para el 11 de junio a las 6pm.

Ficciones es una obra imprescindible en la literatura contemporánea que merece su lugar destacado en cualquier canon de la literatura universal. Aquí se reúnen dos libros de Borges: El jardín de senderos que se bifurcan (1941) que incluye ocho relatos y Artificios (1944) con nueve cuentos.

En esta colección, Borges nos lleva de viaje por un reino extraño, irresistible y profundamente resonante. Entramos en la temerosa esfera del abismo de Pascal, el laberinto de libros surrealista y a su vez literal y la iconografía del eterno regreso. Al adentrarse en los mundos de Ficciones podrá llegar a la mente de Jorge Luis Borges, donde encontrará el Cielo, el Infierno y el poder infinito de su inteligencia e imaginación.

El Alma Hispana y las Biblioteca Pública de Palm Springs se complace en invitarles a la discusión de libros cada Segundo lunes del mes a las 6:00 de la tarde. ¡Los esperamos!

Previous Books

2nd Tuesday Group

The Matchmaker by Thornton Wilder
Something Missing 
by Matthew Dicks
Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee 
by Dee Brown
Lincoln in the Bardo 
by George Saunders
The Art of Hearing Heartbeats 
by Jan Sendker
Shepherds Abiding 
by Jan Karon
A Man Called Ove 
by Fredrik Backman
American Gods 
by Neil Gaman
Camino Island 
by John Grisham
Underground Railroad 
by Colson Whitehead
Pillars of the Earth 
by Ken Follett
Small Great Things 
by Jodi Picoult
Commonwealth  
by Ann Patchett
News of the World 
by Paulette Jiles
A Gentleman inb Moscow by Amor Towles
Nutshell 
by Ian McKewan
The Shepard, the angel and Walter the Christmas miracle dog by Dave Barry
The Bishop's Wife
by Mette Harrison
The language of flowers  / Vanessa Diffenbaugh (One Book Palm Beach County)
The goldfinchby Donna Tartt
Out stealing horses  by Per Petterson
The storied life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson
2 A.M. at the Cat’s Pajamas by Marie-Helene Bertino
Christmas on Jane Street by Billy Romp
The alchemist by Paulo Coelho
The Rosie effect by Graeme Simsion
A man called Ove by Fredrik Backman
All the light we cannot see by Anthony Doerr
Tell the wolves I’m home by Carol Rifka Blunt
Redeployment by Phil Klay
Just call me Superhero by Alina Bronsky
The bookseller by Cynthia Swanson
From here to eternity by James Jones
Circling the sun by Paula McLain
The little Paris Bookshop by Nina George
A midnight carol by Patricia K. Davis
Fates and Furiesby Lauren Groff
The shoemaker’s wife by Adriana Trigiani
A light in the ruinsby Chris Bohjalian
The Martianby Andy Weir
The Readers of Broken Wheel recommendby Katrina Bivald
Major Pettigrew’s last stand byHelen Simonson
The sympathizerby Viet Than Nguyen
Auntie Mameby Patrick Dennis
Station Elevenby Emily St. John Mandel
Various titles in James Patterson’s Bookshots series

Teaching Through Stories: Inspirational

Godric by Frederick Buechner
The Dalai Lama's Cat 
by Dalai Lama
The Book of Joy  
by Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu
The First Phone Call From Heaven by Mitch Albom
Tuesdays With Morrie 
by MitchGo Albom
Dinner With A Perfect Stranger
by David Gregory

Grok: Science Fiction and Fantasy

Dune by Frank Herbert
Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling
The Book of Ralph by Christopher Steinsvold
The Three Body Problem by Cixin Liu

Coffee and Classics

Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee by Dee Brown
A Christmas Carol 
by Charles Dickens
Pippi Longstocking 
by Astrid Lindgren
The Hobbit 
by J.R.R. Tolkien
Don Quioxte 
by Miguel de Cervantes
The Shining 
by Stephen King
The Pillars of the Earth 
by Ken Follett
The Grapes of Wrath 
by John Steinbeck
Riders of the Purple Sage by Zane Grey
Animal Farm 
by George Orwell
Anna Karenina 
by Leo Tolstoy
The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter 
by Carson McCullers
A Christmas Carol 
by Charles Dickens
A Tale of Two Cities
by Charles Dickens
Dracula by Bram Stoker
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Don Quixote by Miguel Cervantes
Gilgamesh by Author Unknown

Tertulias Literarias

Demasiados Héroes by Laura Restrepo.
El Libro Secreto de Frida Kahlo por F.G. Haghenbeck
La Heredera 
de Antonio Villa
La Rejadora de Sombras 
by Jorge Volpi
El Tiempo entre Costuras por Maria Dueñas
En el Tiempo de las Mariposas
por Julia Alvarez
El amor en los tiempos del colera por Gabriel Marquez
Como aqua con chocolate by Laura Esquivel