History Book Group

The History Book Group meets the 3rd Friday of each month from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. in the library’s small meeting room.  Join us for some interesting reading and lively conversation.   No registration is required. All are welcome!  Free coffee, tea, and hot chocolate provided by the Friends of the Germantown Community Library.  Copies of the selected books are available at the Circulation Desk. Please bring your library card or photo ID to check out a copy.

As of August 2020, in person book discussions are cancelled for the rest of the year. However, each month’s title will still be available for checkout.

Selections for 2020:

  • January 17: The Ninth: Beethoven and the World in 1824 / Harvey Sacks
  • February 21: Eight Days: Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Biland’s History-Making Race Around the World / Matthew Goodman
  • March 20: Cancelled
  • April 17: Cancelled
  • May 15: Cancelled
  • June 19: Cancelled
  • July 17: The Geography of Genius / Eric Weiner
  • August 21: The Wright Brothers / David McCullough
  • September 18: The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History / Elizabeth Kolbert
  • October 16: Lake of the Ozarks / Bill Geist
  • November 20: Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder & Memory in Northern Ireland / Patrick Radden Keefe
  • December 18: Barnum: An American Life / Robert Wilson



  • January 18:  Black Tudors:  The Untold Story / Miranda Kaufmann
  • February 15:  Pandemic 1918: Eyewitness Accounts from the Greatest Medical Holocaust in Modern History / Catherine Arnold
  • March 15:  Ruthless Tide:  The Heroes and Villains of the Johnstown Flood, America’s Astonishing Gilded Age Disaster / Al Roker
  • April 12: Once a Professor: A Memoir of Teaching in Turbulent Times / Jerry Apps
  •  May 17:  The Last Palace:  Europe’s Turbulent Century in Five Lives and One Legendary House / Norman Eisen
  • June 21:  Ants Among Elephants:  An Untouchable Family and the Making of Modern India / Gidla Sujatha
  • July 19:  Dog Man:  An Uncommon Life on a Faraway Mountain / Martha Sherrill
  • August 16:  Atlas of a Lost World:  Travels in Ice Age America / Craig Childs
  • September 20:  Queen Victoria’s Matchmaking: The Royal Marriages that Shaped Europe / Deborah Cadbury
  • October 18:  In the Heart of the Sea:  The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex / Nathaniel Philbrick
  • November 15:  Damnation Island:  Poor, Sick, Mad & Criminal in 19th-Century New York / Stacy Horn
  • December 20:  A Time of Gifts:  On Foot to Constantinople:  From the Hook of Holland to the Middle Danube / Patrick Leigh Fermor


  • January:  The Tunnels: Escapes Under the Berlin Wall and the Historic Films the JFK White House Tried to Kill / Greg Mitchell
  • February:  Washington’s Farewell: The Founding Father’s Warning to Future Generations / John Avlon
  • March:  Hitler’s First Victims: The Quest for Justice / Timothy Ryback
  • April:  The Electrifying Fall of Rainbow City: Spectacle and Assassination at the 1901 World’s Fair / Margaret Creighton
  • May:  Magna Carta: The Birth of Liberty / Dan Jones
  • June:  The Ghost Ship of Brooklyn: An Untold Story of the American Revolution / Robert P. Watson
  • July:  The Sensational Past: How the Enlightenment Changed the Way We Use Our Senses / Carolyn Purnell
  • August:  Among the Living and the Dead: A Tale of Exile and Homecoming on the War Roads of Europe / Inara Verzemnieks
  • September:  Water Tossing Boulders: How a Family of Chinese Immigrants Led the First Fight to Desegregate Schools in the Jim Crow South / Adrienne Berard
  • October:  The Last Castle: The Epic Story of Love, Loss and the American Royalty in the Nation’s Largest Home / Benise Kiernan
  • November:  Shooting Ghosts: A U.S. Marine, a Combat Photographer and Their Journey Back from War / Thomas Brenna & Finbarr O’Reilly
  • December:  A Square Meal: A Culinary History of the Great Depression / Jane Ziegelman & Andrew Coe


  • April:  The Fever of 1721: The Epidemic that Revolutionized Medicine and American Politics / Stephen Coss
  • May:  Eruption: The Untold Story of Mount St. Helen’s / Steve Olson
  • June:  Spain in Our Hearts: Americans in the Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939 / Adam Hochschild
  • July:  The Medici: Power, Money and Ambition in the Italian Renaissance / Paul Strathern
  • August:  How We Got to Now: Six Innovations that Made the Modern World / Steven Johnson
  • September:  The Rift: A New Africa Breaks Free / Alex Perry
  • October:   Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937-1948 / Madeleine Albright
  • November:  The Cause of All Nations: An International History of the American Civil War / Don H. Doyle
  • December:  The Gates of Europe: The History of Ukraine / Serhili Plokhy