July’s library book club picks

Four books are displayed on a counter: "The Dispossessed," "Cold Comfort Farm," "One Summer: America, 1927," and "Death by Bubble Tea."

Newton Public Library’s adult book club picks for July are now available for borrowing! Anyone is welcome to check out these titles, whether or not you’re planning to attend the associated discussion.

Mystery Lovers Book Club, 5 p.m. July 5

Death by Bubble Tea, by Jennifer J. Chow

When Yale Yee discovers her cousin Celine is visiting from Hong Kong, she is obliged to play tour guide to a relative she hasn’t seen in twenty years. Not only that, but her father thinks it’s a wonderful idea for them to bond by running a food stall together at the Eastwood Village Night Market. Yale hasn’t cooked in years, and she hardly considers Celine’s career as a social media influencer as adequate experience, but because she’s just lost her job, she feels she has no choice.

Sci-Fi/Fantasy Book Club, 7 p.m. July 11

The Dispossessed, by Ursula K. Le Guin

A bleak moon settled by utopian anarchists, Anarres has long been isolated from other worlds, including its mother planet, Urras – a civilization of warring nations, great poverty, and immense wealth. Now Shevek, a brilliant physicist, is determined to reunite the two planets, which have been divided by centuries of mistrust. He will seek answers, question the unquestionable, and attempt to tear down the walls of hatred that have kept them apart.

Nonfiction Book Club, 12 p.m. July 14

One Summer: America, 1927, by Bill Bryson

The summer of 1927 began with Charles Lindbergh crossing the Atlantic. Babe Ruth was closing in on the home run record. In Newark, New Jersey, Alvin “Shipwreck” Kelly sat atop a flagpole for 12 days, and in Chicago, the gangster Al Capone was tightening his grip on bootlegging. All this and much, much more transpired in the year Americans attempted and accomplished outsized things—and when the twentieth century truly became the American century.

Third Thursday Book Club, 7 p.m. July 20

Cold Comfort Farm, by Stella Gibbons

When sensible, sophisticated Flora Poste is orphaned at 19, she decides her only choice is to descend upon relatives in deepest Sussex. At the aptly-named Cold Comfort Farm, she meets the Starkadders: cousin Judith, heaving with remorse for unspoken wickedness; Amos, preaching fire and damnation; their sons, lustful Seth and despairing Reuben; child of nature Elfine; and crazed old Aunt Ada Doom, who has kept to her bedroom for the last 20 years.