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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.

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
Complete Lists of Titles 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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The Witches: Salem

by Stacy Schiff

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Cleopatra analyzes the Salem Witch Trials to offer key insights into the role of women in its events while explaining how its tragedies became possible.

Find The Witches: Salem in the catalog.

Book Group: 
Nighttime Nonfiction Book Discussion Group
Thursday, January 26, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

Arrowood

by Laura McHugh

Arrowood is the most ornate and grand of the historical houses that line the Mississippi River in southern Iowa. But the house has a mystery it has never revealed: It's where Arden Arrowood's younger twin sisters vanished on her watch twenty years ago-never to be seen again. After the twins' disappearance, Arden's parents divorced and the Arrowoods left the big house that had been in their family for generations. And Arden's own life fell apart: She can't finish her master's thesis; a misguided love affair has ended badly.

Find Arrowood in the catalog.

Book Group: 
First Thursday Book Discussion Group
Thursday, February 2, 2017 10:00 a.m.

The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend

by Bivald Katarina

Sara has never left Sweden but at the age of 28 she decides it's time. She cashes in her savings, packs a suitcase full of books and sets off for Broken Wheel, Iowa, a town where she knows nobody.

Sara quickly realises that Broken Wheel is in desperate need of some adventure, a dose of self-help and perhaps a little romance, too. In short, this is a town in need of a bookshop.

Book Group: 
Sunday NovelTea Book Discussion Group
Sunday, February 5, 2017 from 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared

by Jonas Jonasson

A reluctant centenarian much like Forrest Gump (if Gump were an explosives expert with a fondness for vodka) decides it's not too late to start over . . . After a long and eventful life, Allan Karlsson ends up in a nursing home, believing it to be his last stop. The only problem is that he's still in good health, and in one day, he turns 100. A big celebration is in the works, but Allan really isn't interested (and he'd like a bit more control over his vodka consumption). So he decides to escape.

Book Group: 
Second Thursday Book Discussion Group
Thursday, February 9, 2017 10:00 a.m.

The Art of Thinking Clearly

by Rolf Dobelli

An exploration of human reasoning reveals how to recognize and avoid simple errors in our day-to-day thinking in order to transform the decision-making process.

Find The Art of Thinking Clearly in the catalog.

Book Group: 
Nighttime Nonfiction Book Discussion Group
Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

The Nest

by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney

Every family has its problems. But even among the most troubled, the Plumb family stands out as spectacularly dysfunctional. Years of simmering tensions finally reach a breaking point on an unseasonably cold afternoon in New York City as Melody, Beatrice, and Jack Plumb gather to confront their charismatic and reckless older brother, Leo, freshly released from rehab. Months earlier, an inebriated Leo got behind the wheel of a car with a nineteen-year-old waitress as his passenger.

Find The Nest in the catalog.

Book Group: 
First Thursday Book Discussion Group
Thursday, March 2, 2017 10:00 a.m.

Girl Waits with Gun

by Amy Stewart

From the New York Times best-selling author of The Drunken Botanist comes an enthralling novel based on the forgotten true story of one of the nation's first female deputy sheriffs. Constance Kopp doesn't quite fit the mold. She towers over most men, has no interest in marriage or domestic affairs, and has been isolated from the world since a family secret sent her and her sisters into hiding fifteen years ago.

Find Girl Waits with Gun in the catalog.

Book Group: 
Sunday NovelTea Book Discussion Group
Sunday, March 5, 2017 from 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Arrowood

by Laura McHugh

Arrowood is the most ornate and grand of the historical houses that line the Mississippi River in southern Iowa. But the house has a mystery it has never revealed: It's where Arden Arrowood's younger twin sisters vanished on her watch twenty years ago-never to be seen again. After the twins' disappearance, Arden's parents divorced and the Arrowoods left the big house that had been in their family for generations. And Arden's own life fell apart: She can't finish her master's thesis; a misguided love affair has ended badly.

Find Arrowood in the catalog.

Book Group: 
Second Thursday Book Discussion Group
Thursday, March 9, 2017 10:00 a.m.

Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937-1948

by Madeleine Albright

From former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright comes a moving and thoughtful memoir of her formative years in Czechoslovakia during the tumult of Nazi occupation, World War II, fascism, and the onset of the Cold War. Publisher's description.

Book Group: 
Nighttime Nonfiction Book Discussion Group
Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

Eligible

by Curtis Sittenfeld

This version of the Bennet family—and Mr. Darcy—is one that you have and haven't met before: Liz is a magazine writer in her late thirties who, like her yoga instructor older sister, Jane, lives in New York City. When their father has a health scare, they return to their childhood home in Cincinnati to help—and discover that the sprawling Tudor they grew up in is crumbling and the family is in disarray.

Find Eligible in the catalog.

Book Group: 
Sunday NovelTea Book Discussion Group
Sunday, April 2, 2017 from 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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