Book club to tackle titles from 100 books list

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published September 11, 2018

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TROY — Have you checked out the Great American Read list? 

The 100 fiction books span different genres and centuries. 

According to the initiative’s website,, “The Great American Read is an eight-part series that explores and celebrates the power of reading, told through the prism of America’s 100 best-loved novels (as chosen in a national survey). It investigates how and why writers create their fictional worlds, how we as readers are affected by these stories, and what these 100 different books have to say about our diverse nation and our shared human experience.” 

People can vote for their favorite book on the list. For more information, visit 

Books from the Great American Read program will be discussed when the Great American Read Book Club kicks off 6-7 p.m. Sept. 18 at the Troy Public Library. 

Olivia Olson, the teen librarian for the Troy Public Library, said participants will discuss the show and a different book off the list each month, following themes from the PBS series. 

The September discussion — following the theme of “Who Am I?” — will be about “Bless Me, Ultima,” by Rudolfo Anaya, which Olson described as a coming-of-age book. “We’ve had a mother and daughter sign up,” she said. 

In October, the book club — following the theme of “What We Do for Love” — will discuss “Rebecca,” by Daphne du Maurier. 

In November — keeping with the theme of “Other Worlds” — the book discussed will be “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,” by Douglas Adams.

Olson noted that she chose books off the list that were diverse and “books that not everyone has read.” 

For more information or to register, visit or call (248) 524-3534. 

The Troy Public Library is located at 510 W. Big Beaver Road.