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Top Shelf Reads

“Top Shelf Reads” is a drop-in book discussion group especially for young professionals (20’s-30’s age set). Join us after work each month for drinks and a bite to eat offsite at a local micro-brewpub and restaurant, and discuss edgy and offbeat reads. Our informal discussions last one hour, but participants are welcome to stay and hang out. This group meets the 2nd Monday of each month at 7pm.

TSR meets offsite at Latitude 42, located at 7842 Portage Rd on second Mondays at 7pm.

No registration required. Questions? Call the Adult Information Desk at (269) 585-8739 or email us

Top Shelf Reads – 2014 Fall Season

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Monday, September 8th @ 7pm

The world has turned into a very bleak place, but luckily there is OASIS, a virtual reality world that is a vast online utopia. People can plug into OASIS to play, go to school, earn money, and even meet other people (or at least their avatars), and for protagonist Wade Watts it certainly beats passing the time in his poverty-stricken real life. Along with millions of other world-wide citizens, Wade dreams of finding three keys left behind by James Halliday, the now-deceased creator of OASIS and the richest man to have ever lived. The keys are rumored to be hidden inside OASIS, and whoever finds them will inherit Halliday’s fortune. But Halliday has not made it easy, and there are real dangers in this virtual world. Stuffed to the gills with action, puzzles, nerdy romance, and 80s nostalgia, this high energy cyber-quest will make geeks everywhere feel like they were separated at birth from author Ernest Cline.

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
Monday, October 13th @ 7pm

Meet Don Tillman, a brilliant yet socially inept professor of genetics, who’s decided it’s time he found a wife. In the orderly, evidence-based manner with which Don approaches all things, he designs the Wife Project to find his perfect partner: a sixteen-page, scientifically valid survey to filter out the drinkers, the smokers, the late arrivers. Rosie Jarman possesses all these qualities. Don easily disqualifies her as a candidate for The Wife Project (even if she is “quite intelligent for a barmaid”). But Don is intrigued by Rosie’s own quest to identify her biological father. When an unlikely relationship develops as they collaborate on The Father Project, Don is forced to confront the spontaneous whirlwind that is Rosie―and the realization that, despite your best scientific efforts, you don’t find love, it finds you.

Worst. Person. Ever by Douglas Coupland
Monday, November 10th @ 7pm

Raymond Gunt likes to think of himself as a pretty decent guy—he believes in karma, and helping his fellow man, and all that other good stuff. Sure, he can be foulmouthed, occasionally misogynistic, and can just generally rub people the wrong way—through no fault of his own! So with all the positive energy he’s creating, it’s a little perplexing to consider the recent downward spiral his life has taken…Could the universe be trying to tell him something? A razor-sharp portrait of a morally bankrupt, gleefully wicked modern man, Worst. Person. Ever. is a side-splittingly funny and gloriously filthy new novel from acclaimed author Douglas Coupland. A deeply unworthy book about a dreadful human being with absolutely no redeeming social value, it’s guaranteed to brighten up your day.

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
Monday, December 8th @ 7pm

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. His wife has died; his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history; and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. Slowly but surely, he is isolating himself from all the people of Alice Island. Even the books in his store have stopped holding pleasure for him. These days, he can only see them as a sign of a world that is changing too rapidly. Then a mysterious, small package appears—an unexpected arrival that gives A.J. the opportunity to make his life over, the ability to see everything anew. It doesn’t take long for the locals to notice the change overcoming A.J., or for everything to twist again into a version of his life that he didn’t see coming. As surprising as it is moving, The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry is an unforgettable tale of transformation and second chances, an irresistible affirmation of why we read, and why we love.

PREVIOUS SEASONS

Summer 2014 – Themed Reading

Favorite Reads

Bad Books

“What the *Bleep?!*“ Book Moments


2014 Winter/Spring Season

Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

The Magicians by Lev Grossman

Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer by Novella Carpenter

The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides

Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris


Fall 2013

Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson

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