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GUYS READ Ages 17+
Book Discussions Just for Guys Led by Guys

“If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Read the book!
Books are distributed at the previous month’s discussion, or check one out at the library.

Discuss at the library!
Meet to discuss on the 2nd Wednesday of Each Month, 7:00 – 8:00 pm at Louisburg Library.

Contact Holly McLain at [email protected] or 837-2217 for more information.

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Schedule of Books for Discussion

A Test of Wills by Charles Todd
Ian Rutledge returns to his career at Scotland Yard after years fighting in the First World War. Unknown to his colleagues he is still suffering from shell shock, and is burdened with the guilt of having had executed a young soldier on the battlefield for refusing to fight. A jealous colleague has learned of his secret and has managed to have Rutledge assigned to a difficult case which could spell disaster for Rutledge whatever the outcome. A retired officer has been murdered, and Rutledge fighting the torment of his illness goes to investigate. As he digs into the lives of the villagers, the witness who disturbs him most is a war-ravaged ex-soldier who chills Rutledge with the realization that he could become like this man.

Wednesday, November 11  |  7:00 pm  
Journey Church of the Nazarene  |  Timbercreek Event Center, North Room
& Via Zoom - contact Holly for Zoom information
Discussion led by Devin


Lyndon Johnson and the Great Society by John A. Andrew III
Lyndon Johnson's Great Society was the most ambitious and controversial American reform effort since the New Deal of Franklin Roosevelt. Conceived in a time of prosperity rather than devastating depression, it sought to forge a consensus that rested on ideals rather than harsh economic realities. In this narrative analysis, John Andrew examines the underlying ideas and principal objectives of Great Society legislation in the areas of civil rights, poverty, health, education, urban life, and consumer issues―legislation that addressed some of the most important and complex problems facing American society in the mid-1960s. These efforts in some way touched the lives of most Americans. But, as Mr. Andrew points out, LBJ's consensus could persist only by avoiding divisive issues. As times changed and the economy deteriorated, the mood of the nation shifted, and the ideals of the mid-sixties collapsed in the face of ideological and political polarization. In the end, as Mr. Andrew shows, much of the Great Society failed along with the idealism that had sparked it. Yet the issues it addressed proved so intractable that the search for solutions continues to generate political controversy even today.
Wednesday, December 9  |  6:00 pm
Timbercreek Bar & Grill  |  14 E. Amity St. Louisburg
Discussion led by the group


2021 Schedule

Share a "teaser" about a book you have read recently
Join our informal celebration of the new year.  Spouses and friends are invited as we enjoy talking about books.
Wednesday, January 13  |  6:00 pm  |  
Timbercreek Bar & Grill  |  14 E. Amity St. Louisburg


Wednesday, February 10  |  7:00 pm  |  Louisburg Library & Zoom
Discussion led by James G.


Darkest Hour: How Churchill Brought England Back From the Brink by Anthony McCarten
In this day-by-day, often hour-by-hour account of how a sometimes uncertain Churchill turned Britain around, Anthony McCarten exposes sides of the great man never seen before. He reveals how he practiced and rewrote his key speeches, from Blood, toil, tears and sweat to We shall fight on the beaches; his consideration of a peace treaty with Nazi Germany, and his underappreciated role in the Dunkirk evacuation; and, above all, how 25 days helped make one man an icon.
Wednesday, March 10  |  7:00 pm   |  Louisburg Library & Zoom

Discussion led by David M.


Wednesday, April 14  |  7:00 pm  |  Louisburg Library & Zoom
Discussion led by Royce M.


Wednesday, May 12  |  6:00 pm  |  Timbercreek Bar & Grill
Discussion led by Gene S.


Wednesday, June 9  |  7:00 pm  |  Louisburg Library & Zoom


Wednesday, July 14  |  7:00 pm   |  Louisburg Library & Zoom


Wednesday, August 11  |  7:00 pm |  Louisburg Library & Zoom


Wednesday, September 8  |  6:00 pm  |  Timbercreek Bar & Grill
Discussion led by Jim R.


Wednesday, October 13  |  7:00 pm  |  Louisburg Library & Zoom
Discussion led by Holly M.


The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
A magnificent tour de force chronicling a young slave's adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South. Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. When Caesar, a recent arrival from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, they decide to take a terrifying risk and escape. Though they manage to find a station and head north, they are being hunted. Their first stop is South Carolina, in a city that initially seems like a haven. But the city's placid surface masks an insidious scheme designed for its black denizens. And even worse: Ridgeway, the relentless slave catcher, is close on their heels.
Wednesday, November 10  |  7:00 pm   |  Louisburg Library & Zoom

Discussion led by Devin C.


Wednesday, December 8  |  6:00 pm  |  Timbercreek Bar & Grill



Reading History

Download: Guys Read Booklist 2009-2020.pdf

Test of Wills by Todd
Lyndon Johnson and the Great Society by Andrew
Darkest Hour by McCarten
underground railroad by whitehead