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!

December 14th (History Book Group): How the Irish Saved Civilization: The Untold Story of Ireland’s Heroic Role From the Fall of Rome to the Rise of Medieval Europe  by Thomas Cahill

Bringing readers to the Ireland of St. Patrick and the Book of Kells, a historical examination of Ireland’s role in the rise of medieval Europe cites the work of countless monks and scribes in the preservation of the West’s written treasury.





December 21: Faithful by Alice Hoffman

An ordinary girl until one night an extraordinary tragedy changes her fate, Shelby Richmond, riddled with guilt, struggles to redefine herself and the power of love, family and destiny as she fights for her own future with the help of a guardian angel. By the author of the New York Times best-seller The Marriage of Opposites.




January 11th: (History Book Group)- Forty Autumns: A Family’s Story of Courage and Survival on Both Sides of the Berlin Wall by Nina Willner

In this illuminating and deeply moving memoir, a former American military intelligence officer goes beyond traditional Cold War espionage tales to tell the true story of her family—of five women separated by the Iron Curtain for more than forty years, and their miraculous reunion after the fall of the Berlin Wall.




January 18th: The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict

The Other Einstein takes you into Mileva’s heart, mind, and study as she tries to forge a place for herself in a scientific world dominated by men.”-Bustle

In the tradition of The Paris Wife and Mrs. Poe, The Other Einstein offers us a window into a brilliant, fascinating woman whose light was lost in Einstein’s enormous shadow. It is the story of Einstein’s wife, a brilliant physicist in her own right, whose contribution to the special theory of relativity is hotly debated and may have been inspired by her own profound and very personal insight.


February 8th (History Book Group): Isaac’s Storm: A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History by Eric Larson

An account of the September 8, 1900 hurricane in Galveston, Texas, which killed more than six thousand people and is noted as the worst natural disaster in American history, is presented from the records of U.S. Weather Bureau meteorologist Isaac Cline.





February 15th: The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George

Monsieur Perdu calls himself a literary apothecary. From his floating bookstore in a barge on the Seine, he prescribes novels for the hardships of life. Using his intuitive feel for the exact book a reader needs, Perdu mends broken hearts and souls. The only person he can’t seem to heal through literature is himself; he’s still haunted by heartbreak after his great love disappeared”–




Most recently read:

Rabbit Cake by Annie Hartnett

Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly

Valiant Ambition by Nathaniel Philbrick

Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley

The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben

The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barhill

The Wright Brothers by David McCullough

Most Wanted by Lisa Scottoline

Notes On a Banana by David Leite