CCC Book Club

The CCC Book Club is friendly, informal and open to all. At club meetings, the group explores a wide variety of books and interests — fiction and non-fiction, male and female authors, selections old and new. The reading list is determined by a democratic process in which members of the club promote a book of their choosing for addition to the list.

For more info, please contact the group facilitator, Jean Kerns, at jakerns@tampabay.rr.com.

Feb
26
Mon
CCC Book Club
Feb 26 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult

Nineteen Minutes by Jodi PicoultJodi Picoult, bestselling author of My Sister’s Keeper and The Tenth Circle, pens her most riveting book yet, with a startling and poignant story about the devastating aftermath of a small-town tragedy.

Sterling is an ordinary New Hampshire town where nothing ever happens–until the day its complacency is shattered by a school shooting. Josie Cormier, the daughter of the judge sitting on the case, should be the state’s best witness, but she can’t remember what happened before her very own eyes–or can she? As the trial progresses, fault lines between the high school and the adult community begin to show–destroying the closest of friendships and families. Nineteen Minutes asks what it means to be different in our society, who has the right to judge someone else, and whether anyone is ever really who they seem to be.

Find it on Amazon.

Facilitator: Ginny Klein

For more information, please contact the group leader, Jean Kerns, at jakerns@tampabay.rr.com.

Mar
26
Mon
CCC Book Club
Mar 26 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

A Gentleman in Moscow by Armor Towles

A Gentleman in Moscow by Armor TowlesHe can’t leave his hotel. You won’t want to.

From the New York Times bestselling author of Rules of Civility—a transporting novel about a man who is ordered to spend the rest of his life inside a luxury hotel.

In 1922, Count Alexander Rostov is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, and is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life, and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel’s doors. Unexpectedly, his reduced circumstances provide him entry into a much larger world of emotional discovery.

Find it on Amazon.

Facilitator: Mickey Ward

For more information, please contact the group leader, Jean Kerns, at jakerns@tampabay.rr.com.

Apr
23
Mon
CCC Book Club
Apr 23 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Residence by Kate Anderson Brower

The Residence by Kate Anderson BrowerA remarkable history with elements of both In the President’s Secret Service and The Butler, The Residence offers an intimate account of the service staff of the White House, from the Kennedys to the Obamas.

America’s First Families are unknowable in many ways. No one has insight into their true character like the people who serve their meals and make their beds every day. Full of stories and details by turns dramatic, humorous, and heartwarming, The Residence reveals daily life in the White House as it is really lived through the voices of the maids, butlers, cooks, florists, doormen, engineers, and others who tend to the needs of the President and First Family.

Find it on Amazon.

Facilitator: Jean Kerns

For more information, please contact the group leader, Jean Kerns, at jakerns@tampabay.rr.com.

May
21
Mon
CCC Book Club
May 21 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Mayflower by Nathaniel PhilbrickMayflower by Nathaniel Philbrick

 

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Facilitator: David Brayshaw

For more information, please contact the group leader, Jean Kerns, at jakerns@tampabay.rr.com.

Jun
25
Mon
CCC Book Club
Jun 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen

The winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, as well as six other awards, The Sympathizer is the breakthrough novel of the year. With the pace and suspense of a thriller and prose that has been compared to Graham Greene and Saul Bellow, The Sympathizer is a sweeping epic of love and betrayal. The narrator, a communist double agent, is a “man of two minds,” a half-French, half-Vietnamese army captain who arranges to come to America after the Fall of Saigon, and while building a new life with other Vietnamese refugees in Los Angeles is secretly reporting back to his communist superiors in Vietnam. The Sympathizer is a blistering exploration of identity and America, a gripping espionage novel, and a powerful story of love and friendship.

Find it on Amazon.

Facilitator: Jim Ward

For more information, please contact the group leader, Jean Kerns, at jakerns@tampabay.rr.com.

Jul
23
Mon
CCC Book Club
Jul 23 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
CCC Book Club @ Carrollwood Cultural Center (Reading Room) | Tampa | Florida | United States

For more information, please contact Jean Kerns at jakerns@tampabay.rr.com.

Aug
27
Mon
CCC Book Club
Aug 27 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
CCC Book Club @ Carrollwood Cultural Center (Reading Room) | Tampa | Florida | United States

For more information, please contact Jean Kerns at jakerns@tampabay.rr.com.

Sep
24
Mon
CCC Book Club
Sep 24 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Camino Island by John Grisham

A gang of thieves stage a daring heist from a secure vault deep below Princeton University’s Firestone Library. Their loot is priceless, but Princeton has insured it for twenty-five million dollars.

Bruce Cable owns a popular bookstore in the sleepy resort town of Santa Rosa on Camino Island in Florida. He makes his real money, though, as a prominent dealer in rare books. Very few people know that he occasionally dabbles in the black market of stolen books and manuscripts.

Mercer Mann is a young novelist with a severe case of writer’s block who has recently been laid off from her teaching position. She is approached by an elegant, mysterious woman working for an even more mysterious company. A generous offer of money convinces Mercer to go undercover and infiltrate Bruce Cable’s circle of literary friends, ideally getting close enough to him to learn his secrets.

But eventually Mercer learns far too much, and there’s trouble in paradise as only John Grisham can deliver it.

Find it on Amazon.

Facilitator: Joe Joseph

For more information, please contact the group leader, Jean Kerns, at jakerns@tampabay.rr.com.

Oct
22
Mon
CCC Book Club
Oct 22 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman

A charming, warmhearted novel from the author of the New York Times bestseller A Man Called Ove.

Elsa is seven years old and different. Her grandmother is seventy-seven years old and crazy—as in standing-on-the-balcony-firing-paintball-guns-at-strangers crazy. She is also Elsa’s best, and only, friend. At night Elsa takes refuge in her grandmother’s stories, in the Land-of-Almost-Awake and the Kingdom of Miamas, where everybody is different and nobody needs to be normal.

When Elsa’s grandmother dies and leaves behind a series of letters apologizing to people she has wronged, Elsa’s greatest adventure begins. Her grandmother’s instructions lead her to an apartment building full of drunks, monsters, attack dogs, and old crones but also to the truth about fairy tales and kingdoms and a grandmother like no other.

Find it on Amazon.

Facilitator: Jean Kerns

For more information, please contact the group leader, Jean Kerns, at jakerns@tampabay.rr.com.

Nov
26
Mon
CCC Book Club
Nov 26 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Empire Falls by Richard Russo

Empire Falls by Richard RussoLike most of Richard Russo’s earlier novels, Empire Falls is a tale of blue-collar life, which itself increasingly resembles a kind of high-wire act performed without the benefit of any middle-class safety nets. This time, though, the author has widened his scope, producing a comic and compelling ensemble piece. There is, to be sure, a protagonist: fortysomething Miles Roby, proprietor of the local greasy spoon and the recently divorced father of a teenage daughter. But Russo sets in motion a large cast of secondary characters, drawn from every social stratum of his depressed New England mill town. 

Find it on Amazon.

Facilitator: Ed Tokarz, Jr.

For more information, please contact the group leader, Jean Kerns, at jakerns@tampabay.rr.com.

Dec
24
Mon
CCC Book Club
Dec 24 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
CCC Book Club @ Carrollwood Cultural Center (Reading Room) | Tampa | Florida | United States

For more information, please contact Jean Kerns at jakerns@tampabay.rr.com.

Jan
28
Mon
CCC Book Club
Jan 28 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
CCC Book Club @ Carrollwood Cultural Center (Reading Room) | Tampa | Florida | United States

For more information, please contact Jean Kerns at jakerns@tampabay.rr.com.

Feb
25
Mon
CCC Book Club
Feb 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
CCC Book Club @ Carrollwood Cultural Center (Reading Room) | Tampa | Florida | United States

For more information, please contact Jean Kerns at jakerns@tampabay.rr.com.

Mar
25
Mon
CCC Book Club
Mar 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
CCC Book Club @ Carrollwood Cultural Center (Reading Room) | Tampa | Florida | United States

For more information, please contact Jean Kerns at jakerns@tampabay.rr.com.

Apr
22
Mon
CCC Book Club
Apr 22 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
CCC Book Club @ Carrollwood Cultural Center (Reading Room) | Tampa | Florida | United States

For more information, please contact Jean Kerns at jakerns@tampabay.rr.com.

May
27
Mon
CCC Book Club
May 27 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
CCC Book Club @ Carrollwood Cultural Center (Reading Room) | Tampa | Florida | United States

For more information, please contact Jean Kerns at jakerns@tampabay.rr.com.

Jun
24
Mon
CCC Book Club
Jun 24 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
CCC Book Club @ Carrollwood Cultural Center (Reading Room) | Tampa | Florida | United States

For more information, please contact Jean Kerns at jakerns@tampabay.rr.com.

Jul
22
Mon
CCC Book Club
Jul 22 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
CCC Book Club @ Carrollwood Cultural Center (Reading Room) | Tampa | Florida | United States

For more information, please contact Jean Kerns at jakerns@tampabay.rr.com.

Aug
26
Mon
CCC Book Club
Aug 26 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
CCC Book Club @ Carrollwood Cultural Center (Reading Room) | Tampa | Florida | United States

For more information, please contact Jean Kerns at jakerns@tampabay.rr.com.

Sep
23
Mon
CCC Book Club
Sep 23 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
CCC Book Club @ Carrollwood Cultural Center (Reading Room) | Tampa | Florida | United States

For more information, please contact Jean Kerns at jakerns@tampabay.rr.com.

Oct
28
Mon
CCC Book Club
Oct 28 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
CCC Book Club @ Carrollwood Cultural Center (Reading Room) | Tampa | Florida | United States

For more information, please contact Jean Kerns at jakerns@tampabay.rr.com.

Nov
25
Mon
CCC Book Club
Nov 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
CCC Book Club @ Carrollwood Cultural Center (Reading Room) | Tampa | Florida | United States

For more information, please contact Jean Kerns at jakerns@tampabay.rr.com.

Dec
23
Mon
CCC Book Club
Dec 23 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
CCC Book Club @ Carrollwood Cultural Center (Reading Room) | Tampa | Florida | United States

For more information, please contact Jean Kerns at jakerns@tampabay.rr.com.

Jan
27
Mon
CCC Book Club
Jan 27 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
CCC Book Club @ Carrollwood Cultural Center (Reading Room) | Tampa | Florida | United States

For more information, please contact Jean Kerns at jakerns@tampabay.rr.com.

Feb
24
Mon
CCC Book Club
Feb 24 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
CCC Book Club @ Carrollwood Cultural Center (Reading Room) | Tampa | Florida | United States

For more information, please contact Jean Kerns at jakerns@tampabay.rr.com.