This Month’s Book Club Selection

Wednesday November 20, 2019 7:00 p.m. Library Board Room

The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson

Pak Jun Do is the haunted son of a lost mother—a singer “stolen” to Pyongyang—and an influential father who runs a work camp for orphans. Superiors in the North Korean state soon recognize the boy’s loyalty and keen instincts. Considering himself “a humble citizen of the greatest nation in the world,” Jun Do rises in the ranks. He becomes a professional kidnapper who must navigate the shifting rules, arbitrary violence, and baffling demands of his overlords in order to stay alive. Driven to the absolute limit of what any human being could endure, he boldly takes on the treacherous role of rival to Kim Jong Il in an attempt to save the woman he loves, Sun Moon, a legendary actress “so pure, she didn’t know what starving people looked like.”

Part breathless thriller, part story of innocence lost, part story of romantic love, The Orphan Master’s Son is also a riveting portrait of a world heretofore hidden from view: a North Korea rife with hunger, corruption, and casual cruelty but also camaraderie, stolen moments of beauty, and love. – from the publisher

Join us for our next book club meeting on November 20 at 7:00 pm in the Library Board Room. You can pick up a copy of the book at the Corvallis Library 2nd floor Reference Desk.

What Should We Read Next?

It’s time to vote on titles for our next round of book discussions!   Check out the list of books on the ballot for next year’s book club meetings.  Use this online form to cast your votes, or pick up a ballot at the 2nd floor Reference Desk.


The Corvallis-Benton County Public Library Book Club is open to everyone! We meet to discuss various books each third Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. in the Library Boardroom. Books are provided by the library and will be available for pick up four weeks preceding the monthly meeting. You can pick up a copy of the book at the Corvallis Library 2nd floor Reference Desk.

Questions? Contact us at the 2nd floor Reference desk. Phone: 541-766-6793; email:

Already in a book club? You can check out sets of books from previous CBCPL book club meetings. The bags contain 8-12 copies of a book club title, and can be checked out for 2 months.

2019 Book Club Schedule

All meetings are at 7:00pm in the Library Board Room.

Jan. 16 Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky
Feb. 20 Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann
Mar. 20 Colossus of New York by Colson Whitehead
April 17 Piano Tide by Kathleen Dean Moore
May 15 A Murder in My Hometown by Rebecca Morris
June 19 Carnegie’s Maid by Marie Benedict
July 17 City of Thieves by David Benioff
Aug. 21 The Girl in Green by Derek B. Miller
Sept. 18 Tornado Weather by Deborah Elaine Kennedy
Oct. 16 Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
Nov. 20 The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson