Book Group

Our Book Groups (regular and history) at Byrd’s Books meet on Thursdays from 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. each month (see calendar). These are open Book Groups, you are welcome to come if you would like to join us for discussions. For information call: 203-730-2973. We make every effort to have the book available in paper for the Book Groups and choose a hardcover only rarely.

The History Book Group meets the second Thursday of the month and the general Book Group meets the third Thursday of the month (changed for holiday conflicts)

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. Please email Alice ( to join in for the meal before the discussion.

July 12th (History Book Group):The Gatekeepers: How the White House Chiefs of Staff Define Every Presidency by Chris Whipple

“Whipple reviews the high and low points of the past eight administrations, and he greatly enhances the narrative with his many interviews….A well-researched, well-written review of a unique government position–informative for the general public and an insightful blueprint for the new administration.”
Kirkus Reviews




July 19th: Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

“Hamid exploits fiction’s capacity to elicit empathy and identification to imagine a better world. It is also a possible world. Exit West does not lead to utopia, but to a near future and the dim shapes of strangers that we can see through a distant doorway. All we have to do is step through it and meet them.” — Viet Thanh Nguyen, TheNew York Times Book Review (cover)




August 9th (History Book Group): We will not meet this month because of the move.

August 16th: Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo (ages 9-12) This Book group will meet at both 1:00pm and 7:30pm. All ages welcome at the 1:00pm group. We choose one great children’s book each August to read as a group.

“With extraordinary skill, two-time Newbery Medalist DiCamillo traces the girls’ growing trust in each other while using understated confessionals and subtly expressed yearnings to show how tragedies have affected each of them. The book culminates with a daring cat-rescue mission: fraught with adventure, danger, and a miracle or two, the escapade reveals how love and compassion can overcome even the highest hurdles.”
–Publishers Weekly (starred review)  BUY

Please check with us to see which store will host the book group! We are moving the month of August to 178 Greenwood Ave.

September 13th History Book Group: Churchill and Orwell: the Fight For Freedom by Thomas Ricks

A dual biography of Winston Churchill and George Orwell, who preserved democracy from the threats of authoritarianism, from the left and right alike. BUY






September 20th: the Book That Matters Most by Ann Hood

An enthralling novel about love, loss, secrets, friendship, and the healing power of literature, by the bestselling author of The Knitting Circle.
BUY online or pick up at the store.




October 11th History Book Group: TBA

October 18th Book Group: Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

“A brilliant, Buddhist reimagining of an American story of great loss and great love . . . Saunders has written an unsentimental novel of Shakespearean proportions, gorgeously stuffed with tragic characters, bawdy humor, terrifying visions, throat-catching tenderness, and a galloping narrative, all twined around the luminous cord connecting a father and son and backlit by a nation engulfed in fire.” –Elle

BUY  online or pick up at the store.


November 15th Book Group: Portrait of a Sister by Laura Bradford

“Laura Bradford’s Portrait of a Sister is women’s fiction at its finest. Set among the Amish, the story puts on full display the power of love for family, the unique love shared by sisters, and the relationships that define our world. I read Portrait of a Sister in one sitting and I loved every single page.”
–New York Times bestselling author Linda Castillo

BUY online or pick up at the store.


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