Book Clubs

If you are looking for an opportunity to talk about books you have read, you have come to the right place. West Florida Public Libraries has book clubs at Pensacola Library, Molino Branch Library, Tryon Branch Library and Southwest Branch Library. Each book club has a different theme. 


West Florida Public Libraries Book Club (Popular Literary)

Meets the third Wednesday of every month

10:30 a.m. at Pensacola Library




Laura McHugh

Arden Arrowood was 8 years old when her twin sisters disappeared while playing in the front yard of their home. The mystery of their disappearance was never solved. The novel starts seventeen years later when 25 year old Arden inherits the old house. Arden clings to the hope that her sisters are alive, but ultimately she just needs to know once and for all what happened.


“News of the World”

Paulette Jiles

In the aftermath of the Civil War, an aging itinerant news reader agrees to transport a young captive of the Kiowa back to her people in this exquisitely rendered, morally complex, multilayered novel of historical fiction from the author of Enemy Women that explores the boundaries of family, responsibility, honor, and trust.


MAY 17


Ann Patchett

One Sunday afternoon in Southern California, Bert Cousins shows up at Franny Keating’s christening party uninvited. Before evening falls, he has kissed Franny’s mother, Beverly–thus setting in motion the dissolution of their marriages and the joining of two families. 



“The Devil in the White City”

Erik Larson

Erik Larson intertwines the true tale of the 1893 World’s Fair and the cunning serial killer who used the fair to lure his victims to their deaths. Combining meticulous research with nail-biting storytelling, Larson has crafted a narrative with all the wonder of newly discovered history and the thrills of the best fiction.


West Florida Public Libraries Book Club (Best Sellers)

Meets the fourth Thursday of every month

6 p.m. at Pensacola Library



“The Whistler”

John Grisham

Lacy Stoltz is an investigator for the Florida Board on Judicial Conduct. She is a lawyer, not a cop, and it is her job to respond to complaints dealing with judicial misconduct. After nine years with the Board, she knows that most problems are caused by incompetence, not corruption.



“The Girl Before”

JP Delaney

JP Delaney’s new psychological thriller tells the story of Jane, who has just moved to a new home at One Folgate Street. The house is an architectural masterpiece, and as she settles into her new home, Jane finds out that she has a lot in common with the previous tenant, who recently died. Jane soon begins to unknowingly follow the same patterns, meet the same people and experience the same terrors.


MAY 25

“Big Little Lies”

Liane Moriarty

A terrible riot at Pirriwee Public’s annual school Trivia Night that leaves one parent dead. Was it a murder, a tragic accident, or just parents behaving badly? Join West Florida Public Libraries Staff to discuss Liane Moriarty’s “Big Little Lies”, a #1 New York Times Bestseller and inspiration for the HBO® Limited Series.



“Dragon Teeth”

Michael Crichton

The year is 1876. Warring Indian tribes still populate America’s western territories even as lawless gold rush towns begin to mark the landscape. In much of the country it is still illegal to support evolution. Against this backdrop two monomaniacal paleontologists pillage the Wild West, hunting for dinosaur fossils, while surveilling, deceiving and sabotaging each other in a rivalry that will come to be known as the Bone Wars.



“Same Beach, Next Year”

Dorothea Benton Frank

A chance meeting on the Isle of Palms, one of Charleston’s most stunning barrier islands, brings former sweethearts, Adam Stanley and Eve Landers together again. Their respective spouses, Eliza and Carl, fight sparks of jealousy flaring from their imagined rekindling of old flames. As Adam and Eve get caught up on their lives, their partners strike up a deep friendship and flirt with an unexpected attraction of their own.


AUG. 24

“When Breath Becomes Air”

Paul Kalanithi

A memoir by a young neurosurgeon faced with a terminal cancer diagnosis who attempts to answer the question “What makes a life worth living?” At the age of thirty-six, on the verge of completing a decade’s worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, and the next he was a patient struggling to live. And just like that, the future he and his wife had imagined evaporated.


Pensacola Opera Book Discussion

The Pensacola Opera will give select previews of certain operas at Pensacola Library.


FEB. 27 – 6 p.m.

“Dead Man Walking”

Sister Helen Prejean

Tells the story of convicted killer Matthew Poncelet and Sister Helen Prejean, his spiritual adviser, and the journey they undertake in search of the truth.



Molino Book Club (Genre Exploration)

Meets the last Monday of every month

6 p.m. at Molino Branch Library



“Captain Blood” (Swashbuckler)

Rafael Sabatini

Physician and country gentleman Peter Blood is forced to turn from medicine to piracy in this swashbuckling classic brimming with stolen treasure, adventure on the high seas, and romance.



“The Grammar of God” (Non-Fiction)

Aviya Kushner

The author recalls how, after becoming very familiar with the Biblical Old Testament in its original Hebrew growing up, an encounter with an English language version led her on a ten-year project of examining various translations of the Old Testament and their histories.



“Infernal Devices” (Steampunk)

K. W. Jeter

He inherited a watchmaker’s store – and a whole heap of trouble. But idle sometime-muscian George has little talent for clockwork. And when a shadowy figure tries to steal an old device from the premises, George finds himself embroiled in a mystery of time travel, music and sexual intrigue. A genuine lost classic, Infernal Devices is a Steampunk classic that has been out of print for far too long. It’s time has come.



“These is My Words” (Wild West Fiction)

Nancy E. Turner

In a compelling fiction debut, Nancy E. Turners unforgettable “These Is My Words” melds the sweeping adventures and dramatic landscapes of Lonesome Dove with the heartfelt emotional saga of Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All.


Books to Film Book Club

Meets the last Tuesday of every month

6 p.m. at Tryon Branch Library



“A Walk in the Woods”

Bill Bryson

The Appalachian Trail stretches from Georgia to Maine and covers some of the most breathtaking terrain in America majestic mountains, silent forests, sparking lakes. If you’re going to take a hike, it’s probably the place to go. And Bill Bryson is surely the most entertaining guide you’ll find. He introduces us to the history and ecology of the trail and to some of the other hardy (or just foolhardy) folks he meets along the way and a couple of bears. Already a classic, A Walk in the Woods will make you long for the great outdoors (or at least a comfortable chair to sit and read in).



“Finest Hours”

Michael Tougias

In the winter of 1932, New England was battered by the most brutal nor’easter in years, wreaking havoc on land and creating a wind-whipped peril of the freezing Atlantic. In the early hours of Monday, February 18, while the storm raged, two oil tankers, the Fort Mercer and the Pendleton, broke in two. The Coast Guard raced its cutters to the Fort Mercer to rescue the men huddled in the halves, and when the Pendleton proved to be in danger of capsizing, sent out into the storm two 36-foot wooden lifeboats, each manned by four crewmen, in what every crewman realized could be a suicide mission in the enormous seventy-foot seas.


MAY 30

“Whiskey Tango Foxtrot”

Kim Barker

A wisecracking foreign correspondent recounts her experiences in Afghanistan and Pakistan while sharing cautionary observations about the region in its first post-Taliban years and the responsibilities of the U.S. and NATO.


Southwest Branch Library Book Club

Meets the first Thursday morning and second Saturday afternoon of the month. Pick the meeting that works best for you.

10:30 a.m. (Thursdays) and 2 p.m. (Saturdays) at Southwest Branch Library


MARCH 2 and MARCH 11

“Small Great Things”

Jodi Picoult

Ruth Jefferson is a labor and delivery nurse at a Connecticut hospital with more than twenty years’ experience. During her shift, Ruth begins a routine checkup on a newborn, only to be told a few minutes later that she’s been reassigned to another patient. 



“Lilac Girls”

Martha Hall Kelly

On a September day in Manhattan in 1939, twenty-something Caroline Ferriday is consumed by her efforts to secure the perfect boutonniere for an important French diplomat and resisting the romantic advances of a married actor. Meanwhile across the Atlantic, Kasia Kuzmerick, a Polish Catholic teenager, is nervously anticipating the changes that are sure to come since Germany has declared war on Poland. 

MAY 4 and MAY 13

“The Whistler”

John Grisham

Lacy Stoltz is an investigator for the Florida Board on Judicial Conduct. She is a lawyer, not a cop, and it is her job to respond to complaints dealing with judicial misconduct. After nine years with the Board, she knows that most problems are caused by incompetence, not corruption.