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Book Discussion Groups

Join us for Hoover Public Library's book discussion groups. Sessions are monthly. One book is discussed each session. Snacks and drinks will be provided. Feel welcome to join us! Skip Links: What We're Currently Reading, Book Club Kits.

Upcoming Second Thursday Discussions

Upcoming Insatiable Readers Discussions

Upcoming Nonfiction Discussions

Book Club Kits

Check it out! Everything you need for your book club is in this kit (just add readers).

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  • 8 or more copies of the title
  • Author biography
  • Reviews of the book
  • Discussion questions
  • An annotated list of other Instant Book Club Kits
Guidelines
  • Each kit checks out to one group member for a period of six weeks.
  • Kits may not be renewed.
  • Overdue fines are $1 per day.
  • Kits may be reserved up to one year in advance by calling:
    • 444-7820 for Fiction

    Please return kits in a timely manner so others who have reserved kits may have access to them when needed.

Currently Reading

Below you will see a list of what we are reading. Use the links provided to get a copy and join us for a lively discussion. Sessions are the monthly. Snacks and drinks will be provided.

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Discovery and Invention

One Saturday each month , we'll explore new nonfiction titles to add to your "To Be Read List."

Book Group: 
Insatiable Readers Book Discussion Group
Saturday, February 20, 2018 at 10:30 am

Crazy Horse and Custer

by Stephen E. Ambrose

On the sparkling morning of June 25, 1876, 611 men of the United States 7th Cavalry rode toward the banks of Little Bighorn in the Montana Territory, where three thousand Indians stood waiting for battle. The lives of two great warriors would soon be forever linked throughout history: Crazy Horse, leader of the Oglala Sioux, and General George Armstrong Custer. Both were men of aggression and supreme courage. Both became leaders in their societies at very early ages. Both were stripped of power, in disgrace, and worked to earn back the respect of their people.

Book Group: 
Nighttime Nonfiction Book Discussion Group
Thursday, February 22, 2018 at 7:00pm

See What I Have Gone and Done

by Sarah Schmidt

In this debut novel from Australian newcomer Schmidt, we are taken inside the delusional mind of accused 19th-century ax murderer Lizzie Borden and also witness the churning interior monologs of her older sister, Emma, and the Bordens' hapless Irish maid, Bridget. We get to inhabit another character as well: a potential hit man named Benjamin, lured in by the sisters' nefarious Uncle John. Schmidt employs some unusual word choices—animals "critter" instead of walk, lamplight "rages." Not surprisingly, the prose is rife with a creepy physicality, its imagery dwelling on skin, blood, fingernails, smells, etc., although readers are spared much of the actual crime's gruesomeness.

Find See What I Have Gone and Done in the catalog.

Book Group: 
First Thursday Book Discussion Group
Thursday, March 1, 2018 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane

by Lisa See

Li-yan and her family align their lives around the seasons and the farming of tea. There is ritual and routine, and it has been ever thus for generations. Then one day a jeep appears at the village gate, the first automobile any of them have seen, and a stranger arrives. Li-yan, one of the few educated girls on her mountain, translates for the stranger and is among the first to reject the rules that have shaped her existence.

Find The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane in the catalog.

Book Group: 
Sunday NovelTea Book Discussion Group
Sunday, March 4, 2018 from 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Sycamore

by Bryn Chancellor

A newly divorced woman is starting life over in a small Arizona town. She comes across the skeletal remains of what the locals think is the body of a seventeen-year-old girl named Jess who disappeared almost two decades ago. The discovery forces community members to recall memories and secrets that have been buried a long time. Readers are treated to a cast of characters with distinct personalities who, with each piece of the puzzle, form a patchwork that reveals the truth surrounding Jess’s disappearance.

Find Sycamore in the catalog.

Book Group: 
Second Thursday Book Discussion Group
Thursday, March 8, 2018 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

See What I Have Gone and Done

by Sarah Schmidt

In this debut novel from Australian newcomer Schmidt, we are taken inside the delusional mind of accused 19th-century ax murderer Lizzie Borden and also witness the churning interior monologs of her older sister, Emma, and the Bordens' hapless Irish maid, Bridget. We get to inhabit another character as well: a potential hit man named Benjamin, lured in by the sisters' nefarious Uncle John. Schmidt employs some unusual word choices—animals "critter" instead of walk, lamplight "rages." Not surprisingly, the prose is rife with a creepy physicality, its imagery dwelling on skin, blood, fingernails, smells, etc., although readers are spared much of the actual crime's gruesomeness.

Find See What I Have Gone and Done in the catalog.

Book Group: 
Second Thursday Book Discussion Group
Thursday, April 12, 2018 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Ireland

One Saturday each month , we'll explore new nonfiction titles to add to your "To Be Read List."

Book Group: 
Insatiable Readers Book Discussion Group
Saturday, March 17, 2018 at 10:30 am

Sons and Soldiers

by Bruce Henderson

Joining the ranks of Unbroken, Band of Brothers, and Boys in the Boat, the little-known saga of young German Jews, dubbed The Ritchie Boys, who fled Nazi Germany in the 1930s, came of age in America, and returned to Europe at enormous personal risk as members of the U.S. Army to play a key role in the Allied victory.

Find Sons and Soldiers in the catalog.

Book Group: 
Nighttime Nonfiction Book Discussion Group
Thursday, March 22, 2018 at 7:00pm

The Women in the Castle

by Jessica Shattuck

Three German women’s lives are abruptly changed when their husbands are executed for their part in an attempt to assassinate Hitler. They band together in a crumbling estate to raise their children and keep each other standing. Rich in character development, this book is narrated by each of the women, giving us a clear understanding of their sense of loss, inner strength and the love they have for each other. This story examines the human side of war, where the lines are blurred between hero and victim.

Find The Women in the Castle in the catalog.

Book Group: 
First Thursday Book Discussion Group
Thursday, April 5, 2018 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Lady Cop Makes Trouble

by Amy Stewart

The best-selling author of Girl Waits with Gun returns with another adventure featuring the fascinating, feisty, and unforgettable Kopp sisters. After besting (and arresting) a ruthless silk factory owner and his gang of thugs in Girl Waits with Gun, Constance Kopp became one of the nation's first deputy sheriffs. She's proven that she can't be deterred, evaded, or outrun. But when the wiles of a German-speaking con man threaten her position and her hopes for this new life, and endanger the honorable Sheriff Heath, Constance may not be able to make things right.

Find Lady Cop Makes Trouble in the catalog.

Book Group: 
Sunday NovelTea Book Discussion Group
Sunday, April 8, 2018 from 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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