Stratford Library's Book Series Resumes Jan. 31

The Stratford Library has selected books for its 2018 series, “Books Over Coffee,” the monthly book discussion program that has been a popular staple at the library for over 30 years. As part of its long-range plan, the library continues to offer the latest in current titles and topics for its patrons. “Books Over Coffee” is hosted by Stratford educator and author Kathleen Faggella.

Current bestsellers and notable authors mark the selections chosen for “Books Over Coffee.” Opening the series on Jan. 31 will be Jennie Shortridge’s "When She Flew." The novel introduces Police officer Jessica Villareal who has always played by the book and tried to do the right thing. But now, she finds herself approaching midlife divorced, estranged from her daughter, alone and unhappy. And she’s wondering if she ever made a right choice in her life.  When Jess discovers a girl and her father living off the radar in the Oregon woods, avoiding the comforts and curses of modern life, she finds new purpose in her life.

Other titles for the season will be the Pulitzer Prize winner, "The Underground Railroad" by Colson Whitehead on Feb. 28, "Lilac Girls" by Martha Hall Kelly on March 28, "Bear Town" by Fredrik Backman on April 18, "Before We Were Yours" by Lisa Wingate on May 30 and "Glass Houses" by Louise Penny on June 27.

“Books Over Coffee” is held in the Stratford Library’s Lovell Room beginning at 12 p.m. each month.  Participants are invited to bring a bag lunch; coffee and tea are also served. Copies of all books are currently available for loan at the library’s Circulation Desk. The titles are also available for loan on Kindle and Nook eReaders. The discussion programs are free and open to the public.

The Stratford Library is located at 2203 Main Street in Stratford, Conn. For more information call (203) 385-4162 or visit


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