Lafayette READS!

is a quarterly reading and discussion group, under the umbrella of your Lafayette Public Library. We select books that are not only great reads, but that are relevant to today’s issues.  Our informal discussions will focus on the book itself, as well as on ways in which the story sheds light on the contemporary world.  Lafayette READS! covers both fiction and nonfiction, new books and rediscovered classics.  We’re a reading group that really does talk about the book!

December Selection

Get Ready


  • Reserve a copy or book club kit in the catalog.
  • Or, take home an honor copy: LPL will have ten copies for each title which will not need to be checked out. These will be available from the staff picks kiosk upstairs. Look for the label: Take Read Return. These will be available to take home immediately, and we only ask that you return them or share them with another eager reader.

Join the Discussion!


  • Monday, December 11 at 6 pm at the Library
  • View the publisher's Reading Guide

Buzz about the Book

“[A] water-wars thriller set in the Southwest only a few decades from now. . . . While Bacigalupi's environmental message could not be more powerful, it's neatly embedded in a nonstop action plot, full of murders and betrayals, that should satisfy thriller readers who didn't even think they cared about these issues.” —Gary K. Wolfe, Chicago Tribune

"The frightening details of how the world might suffer from catastrophic drought are vividly imagined. . . The dust storms, Texan refugees, skyrocketing murder rate, and momentary hysteria of a public ravenous for quick hits of sensational news seem like logical extensions of our current reality. An absorbing . . . thriller full of violent action."- Kirkus