Wednesdays at noon. March 1, April 5, May 3, June 7

This popular and long-running lunchtime series features different moderators and books, often titles of current and popular interest.

Open to Mercantile members and their guests only
Box lunches ($10) are available by advance payment
Reservations required: 513-621-0717 or

March 1: American Salvage, by Bonnie Jo Campbell

Discussion Leader: Robert Braggs III

Finalist for the 2009 National Book Award in Fiction, American Salvage is rich with local color and peopled with rural characters who love and hate extravagantly. They know how to fix cars and washing machines, how to shoot and clean game, and how to cook up methamphetamine, but they have not figured out how to prosper in the twenty-first century. Through the complex inner lives of working-class characters, Bonnie Jo Campbell illustrates the desperation of post-industrial America, where wildlife, jobs, and whole ways of life go extinct and the people have no choice but to live off what is left behind.

Robert Braggs, III, is a native Cincinnatian and is a staffer at the United States Senate. In his private time he enjoys culture, photography and fitness.

April 5: Lincoln in the Bardo, by George Saunders

Discussion Leader, Jong Park

The long-awaited first novel from the author of Tenth of December: a moving and original father-son story featuring none other than Abraham Lincoln, as well as an unforgettable cast of supporting characters, living and dead, historical and invented.

(this book is scheduled for release February 14, 2017)

Jong Park is an attorney in Cincinnati. He is an avid reader of books and a fan of Buckeyes football.

May 3: The Culture Code: An Ingenious Way to Understand Why People Around the World Live and Buy as They Do, by Clotaire Rapaille
Discussion Leader: Ben Greenberg

Internationally revered cultural anthropologist and marketing expert Clotaire Rapaille reveals for the first time the techniques he has used to improve profitability and practices for dozens of Fortune 100 companies. His groundbreaking revelations shed light not just on business but on the way every human being acts and lives around the world.
OTR resident and Mercantile Library Board member Ben Greenberg is a consultant specializing in communications and marketing. In his spare time he likes pina coladas and getting caught in the rain.

 June 7: TBD

Mercantile Library Discussion groups are sponsored by The Camden Foundation