Book Group

Our Book Group at Byrd’s Books meets once a month on a Thursday from 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. each month (see calendar). For information call: 203-730-2973. We are committed to having the book available in paper for Book Group and choose a hardcover only rarely.

Any cancellations due to weather will be posted on our website and our Facebook page.  Some of us meet at 6:30 for take-out and to discuss a book we have all already read, the “Dinner Book”. Please email Alice ( to join in.

September 15th Book Group pick: House of Thieves by Charles Belfoure

House of ThievesWhen his son racks up an impossible gambling debt to a notorious gang in 19th-century New York, John Cross uses his inside knowledge of high-society mansions and museums to craft a perfect heist. By the author of The Paris Architect.


The author will be SKYPING with us for on September 27th at 7:30!


October 20th Book Group pick: Being Mortal, Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atule Gawande

Being MortalA prominent surgeon argues against modern medical practices that extend life at the expense of quality of life while isolating the dying, outlining suggestions for freer, more fulfilling approaches to death that enable more dignified and comfortable choices.

Damanjeet Chaubey, MD, MPH, FACP, SFHM, Medical Director, Palliative Care will be facilitating this discussion.




November 17th Book Group pick: The Nightingale by Kristen Hannah

NightingaleReunited when the elder’s husband is sent to fight in World War II, French sisters Vianne and Isabelle find their bond as well as their respective beliefs tested by a world that changes in horrific ways. Discussion guide available online. By the #1 New York Times best-selling author of Firefly Lane.

This book will not have gone to paper by the time we have this event- sorry.

December 15th Book Group pick: The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness by Sy Montgomery

Soul of an octopusScientists have only recently accepted the intelligence of dogs, birds, and chimpanzees but now are watching octopuses solve problems and are trying to decipher the meaning of the animal’s color-changing techniques. With her “joyful passion for these intelligent and fascinating creatures” (Library Journal Editors’ Spring Pick), Montgomery chronicles the growing appreciation of this mollusk as she tells a unique love story. By turns funny, entertaining, touching, and profound,The Soul of an Octopus reveals what octopuses can teach us about the meeting of two very different minds. (science and nature).

January 19th Book Group pick: My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman

My GrandmotherSeven-year-old Elsa’s grandmother dies and leaves behind a series of letters, sending the girl on a journey that brings to life the world of her grandmother’s fairy tales. By the internationally best-selling author of A Man Called Ove.




February 16: Circling the Sun by Paula McLain

circling-the-sunDoing what she did with such smashing success in The Paris Wife, a portrait of Hadley Richardson’s marriage to Ernest Hemingway backdropped by sparkling 1920s Paris, McLain retells the life of another dramatic figure of the era: Beryl Markham, horse trainer, adventurer, and aviator par excellence in far-off Kenya. Beryl survives her mother’s abandonment and her father’s eventual bankruptcy to become an unconventional force to be reckoned with in the insular British expat colony, forming a triangle with Karen Blixen and her lover Denys Finch Hatton while finding her true self in the skies.

March 16: Vanessa and Her Sister by Priya Primar

Vanessa and her sisterWhat if Virginia Woolf’s sister had kept a diary? For fans of The Paris Wife and Loving Frank comes a spellbinding new story of the inseparable bond between Virginia and her sister, the gifted painter Vanessa Bell, and the real-life betrayal that threatened to destroy their family. Hailed byThe New York Times Book Review as “an uncanny success” and based on meticulous research, this stunning novel illuminates a little-known episode in the celebrated sisters’ glittering bohemian youth among the legendary Bloomsbury Group.

April 20: News of the World by Paulette Jiles

news-of-the-worldIn 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.