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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: Currently Reading, Book Club Kits, No Jacket Required (A Genre Focused Nonfiction Book Discussion Group), Read Your Own Adventure (A Genre Focused Fiction Book Discussion Group.)

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 In the Catalog 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
    • 444-7840 for Nonfiction

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

People interested in book discussion groups may also be interested in our live discussions with authors. Check out our upcoming Authortimes.

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 Disappearing Spoon

by Sam Kean

The Periodic Table is one of man's crowning scientific achievements. But it's also a treasure trove of stories of passion, adventure, betrayal, and obsession. The infectious tales and astounding details in THE DISAPPEARING SPOON follow carbon, neon, silicon, and gold as they play out their parts in human history, finance, mythology, war, the arts, poison, and the lives of the (frequently) mad scientists who discovered them.

Find The Disappearing Spoon in the catalog.

Book Group: 
Nighttime Nonfiction Book Discussion Group
Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 7:00 pm

The Son

By Phillipp Meyer

In 1859, Eli McCullough, the 13-year-old son of Texas pioneers, is captured in a brutal Comanche raid on his family's homestead. First taken as a slave along with his less intrepid brother, Eli assimilates himself into Comanche culture, learning their arts of riding, hunting, and total warfare. When the tribe succumbs to waves of disease and settlers, Eli's only option is a return to Texas, where his acquired thirsts for freedom and self-determination set a course for his family's inexorable rise through the industries of cattle and oil.

Find The Son in the catalog.

Book Group: 
First Thursday Book Discussion Group
Thursday, May 1, 2014 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

The Chaperone

By Laura Moriarty

Only a few years before becoming a famous silent-film star and an icon of her generation, a fifteen-year-old Louise Brooks leaves Wichita, Kansas, to study with the prestigious Denishawn School of Dancing in New York. Much to her annoyance, she is accompanied by a thirty-six-year-old chaperone, who is neither mother nor friend. Cora Carlisle, a complicated but traditional woman with her own reasons for making the trip, has no idea what she’s in for.

Find The Chaperone in the catalog.

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Second Thursday Book Discussion Group
Thursday, May 8, 2014 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

The Professor and the Madman

by Simon Winchester

The Professor and the Madman, masterfully researched and eloquently written, is an extraordinary tale of madness, genius, and the incredible obsessions of two remarkable men that led to the making of the Oxford English Dictionary -- and literary history. The compilation of the OED began in 1857, it was one of the most ambitious projects ever undertaken. As definitions were collected, the overseeing committee, led by Professor James Murray, discovered that one man, Dr. W. C. Minor, had submitted more than ten thousand.

Find The Professor and the Madman in the catalog.

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Daytime Nonfiction Book Discussion Group
Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 10:30 am

Who Stole the American Dream? Can We Get It Back?

by Hendrick Smith

From Pulitzer Prize winner, "New York Times" bestselling author, and PBS "Frontline" reporter Hedrick Smith comes the remarkable, step-by-step story of how the American Dream was dismantled over the past forty years by forces left unchecked in Washington and on Wall Street, and by a series of landmark legislative, electoral, and corporate decisions. Through stories of everyday people, Smith also shows how Americans are faring today--and explores what we can do, together, to re-create the American Dream.

Book Group: 
Nighttime Nonfiction Book Discussion Group
Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 7:00 pm

The Forgotten Garden

By Kate Morton

A tiny girl is abandoned on a ship headed for Australia in 1913. She arrives completely alone with nothing but a small suitcase containing a few clothes and a single book—a beautiful volume of fairy tales. She is taken in by the dockmaster and his wife and raised as their own. On her twenty-first birthday, they tell her the truth, and with her sense of self shattered and very little to go on, "Nell" sets out to trace her real identity. Her quest leads her to Blackhurst Manor on the Cornish coast and the secrets of the doomed Mountrachet family.

Find The Forgotten Garden in the catalog.

Book Group: 
First Thursday Book Discussion Group
Thursday, June 5, 2014 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

To End All Wars

by Adam Hochschild
To End All Wars focuses on the long-ignored moral drama of the first World War's critics, alongside its generals and heroes. Many of these dissenters were thrown in jail for their opposition to the war, from a future Nobel Prize winner to an editor behind bars who distributed a clandestine newspaper on toilet paper.

Find To End All Wars in the catalog.

Book Group: 
Daytime Nonfiction Book Discussion Group
Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at 10:30 am

The Son

By Phillipp Meyer

In 1859, Eli McCullough, the 13-year-old son of Texas pioneers, is captured in a brutal Comanche raid on his family's homestead. First taken as a slave along with his less intrepid brother, Eli assimilates himself into Comanche culture, learning their arts of riding, hunting, and total warfare. When the tribe succumbs to waves of disease and settlers, Eli's only option is a return to Texas, where his acquired thirsts for freedom and self-determination set a course for his family's inexorable rise through the industries of cattle and oil.

Find The Son in the catalog.

Book Group: 
Second Thursday Book Discussion Group
Thursday, June 12, 2014 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

The Lost City of Z

by David Grann

A grand mystery reaching back centuries. A sensational disappearance that made headlines around the world. A quest for truth that leads to death, madness or disappearance for those who seek to solve it. The Lost City of Z is a blockbuster adventure narrative about what lies beneath the impenetrable jungle canopy of the Amazon.

After stumbling upon a hidden trove of diaries, New Yorker writer David Grann set out to solve "the greatest exploration mystery of the 20th century": What happened to the British explorer Percy Fawcett & his quest for the Lost City of Z?

Find The Lost City of Z in the catalog.

Book Group: 
Nighttime Nonfiction Book Discussion Group
Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 7:00 pm

The Beginner’s Goodbye

By Anne Tyler

Crippled in his right arm and leg, Aaron grew up fending off a sister who constantly wanted to manage him. So when he meets Dorothy, an outspoken, independent young woman, she’s like a breath of fresh air. He marries her without hesitation, and they have a relatively happy, unremarkable marriage. Aaron works at his family’s vanity-publishing business, turning out titles that presume to guide beginners through the trials of life. But when a tree crashes into their house and Dorothy is killed, Aaron feels as though he has been erased forever.

Find The Beginner’s Goodbye in the catalog.

Book Group: 
First Thursday Book Discussion Group
Thursday, July 3, 2014 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

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No Jacket Required Nonfiction Book Group - Living in the South

Wednesday, 21 May 2014 - 10:30am
Join others to discuss your nonfiction book of choice in this month's genre: Living in the South. Stop by the Nonfiction Department for suggestions. 444-7840.
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No Jacket Required Nonfiction Book Group - Adventure

Wednesday, 18 June 2014 - 10:30am
Join others to discuss your nonfiction book of choice in this month's genre: Adventure. Stop by the Nonfiction Department for suggestions. 444-7840.
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No Jacket Required Nonfiction Book Group - From Book to Box Office

Wednesday, 16 July 2014 - 10:30am
Join others to discuss your nonfiction book of choice in this month's genre: From Book to Box Office. Stop by the Nonfiction Department for suggestions. 444-7840.
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Read Your Own Adventure

Join us for a book discussion group with a twist. Share and discuss fiction books of a given subject. Refreshments are served. Everyone is welcome. Call 444-7820 for more information.

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Read Your Own Adventure Book Group - Science Fiction

Monday, 12 May 2014 - 7:00pm
Every month will feature a new genre and members will select their own book to discuss with the group. Come share your favorite book and learn about other great reads. This month's topic is science fiction.
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