History Book Group

The History Book Group is an informal group which meets at 7 p.m. on the the last Thursday of every month (with exception of November and December; and no meetings in July or August), for people with an interest in history - local, U.S. and world history. The group meets in the Conference Room on the lower level of the main library. The group is led by Library volunteer Bob Hanlon. If you are interested in taking part in future discussions please ask for copies of the books at the library's front desk, or contact Bob Hanlon at bob_hanlon@hotmail.com.

Upcoming Discussions:

Nov 19, 2015 - Bad Girls Go Everywhere: The Life of Helen Gurley Brown, the Woman Behind Cosmopolitan Magazine by Jennifer Scanlon

Dec 17, 2015 - The Imperial Cruise: A Secret History of Empire and War by James Bradley

January 2016  “Isabella: The Warrior Queen” by Kirstin Downey
February 2016  “The Map that Changed the World: William Smith and the Birth of Modern Geology” by Simon Winchester
March 2016   “The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Woman who helped with WW II” by Denise Kieman
April 2016   “Gateway to Freedom: The Hidden History of the Underground Railroad” by Eric Foner
May 2016  “Man Called Intrepid: The Incredible WWII Narrative of the Hero Whose Spy Network and Secret Diplomacy Changed the Course of History” by William Stevenson
June 2016     “A year in the Life of William Shakespeare: 1599” by James Sharpiro
No meetings in July and August
September 2016   “1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus” by Charles C. Mann
October 2016     “A Magnificent Catastrophe: The Tumultuous Election of 1800, America's First Presidential Campaign” by Edward J. Larsen
November 2016   “West of the Revolution: An Uncommon History of 1776” by Claudio Saunt
December 2016   “The Wright Brothers” by David McCullough


2015 titles:


2014 Titles:

2013 Titles:

Please note the dates for 2013. For October – December, we will not be meeting on our usual last Thursday of the month due to Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas.



Past titles for this group:




  • January 26, 2012: Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time by Dava Sobel
  • February 23, 2012: A Perfect Union: Dolley Madison and the Creation of The American Nation by Catherine Allgor
  • November 17th, 2011 - The Return of Martin Guerre by Natalie Zemon Davis
  • December 15th, 2011 - Elizabeth Cady Stanton by Lori Ginzberg

  • Oliver Wiswell by Kenneth Lewis Roberts
  • The Worst Hard Time by Timothy Egan
  • A Midwife’s Tale by Laurel T. Ulrich
  • Nothing like it in the World by Stephen Ambrose
  • The Peabody Sisters by Megan Marshall
  • Masters of the Air by Donald Miller
  • Tried by War by James McPherson
  • The Hemingses of Monticello by Annette Gordon-Reed
  • The Scratch of a Pen by Collin C. Halloway
  • Paul Revere's Ride by David Hacket Fisher
  • The Last Apocalypse by James Reston
  • The March of Folly by Barbara Tuchman
  • Vanished Smile by Rita Scotti
  • Salt by Mark Kurlansky