Book Group: Salt

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Join us for the Pacific Beach Library's monthly book discussion!  Our group meets in a hybrid format, so you can choose whether you'd prefer to join us in-person in the PB Library's Community Room or virtually (please send an email to for this year's Zoom login info).  July's selection is Salt: A World History  by Mark Kurlansky.

Description: Mark Kurlansky turns his attention to a common household item with a long and intriguing history: salt. The only rock we eat, salt has shaped civilization from the very beginning, and its story is a glittering, often surprising part of the history of humankind. A substance so valuable it served as currency, salt has influenced the establishment of trade routes and cities, provoked and financed wars, secured empires, and inspired revolutions. Populated by colorful characters and filled with an unending series of fascinating details, Salt is a supremely entertaining, multi-layered masterpiece.

If you'd like to check out a print copy of the book, they are available 1 month before each discussion at the Pacific Beach Library's Circulation Desk.  Please call 858-581-9934 x0 before coming to pick it up so that staff may confirm availability.


Book Discussion Calendar

  • March 14: Switchboard Soldiers: A Novel of the Heroic Women Who Served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps During World War I  by Jennifer Chiaverini
  • April 11: A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II  by Sonia Purnell
  • May 9: Mecca  by Susan Straight
  • June 13: Searching for Home: An Immigrant's Journey from Ukraine to the USA  by Judythe Roberts
  • July 11: Salt: A World History  by Mark Kurlansky
  • August 8: The Nightingale  by Kristin Hannah
  • September 12: Trust  by Hernan Diaz
  • October 10: Sea Stories: My Life in Special Operations  by William McRaven
  • November 14: One Book, One San Diego selection (to be announced)
  • December 12: The Covenant of Water  by Abraham Verghese
  • January 9, 2025: Select titles to discuss in 2025
  • February 13, 2025: The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store  by James McBride


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