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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.

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Book Club Kits

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  • 8 or more copies of the title
  • Author biography
  • Reviews of the book
  • Discussion questions
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  • 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 Great Escape

by Kati Marton

Extravagantly praised by critics and readers, this stunning story by bestselling author Kati Marton tells of the breathtaking journey of nine extraordinary men from Budapest to the New World, what they experienced along their dangerous route, and how they changed America and the world.

Find The Great Escape in the catalog.

Book Group: 
Nighttime Nonfiction Book Discussion Group
Thursday, August 24, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

Commonwealth

Ann Patchett

One Sunday afternoon in Southern California, Bert Cousins shows up at Franny Keating’s christening party uninvited. Before evening falls, he has kissed Franny’s mother, Beverly—thus setting in motion the dissolu-tion of their marriages and the joining of two families. Commonwealth explores how this chance encoun-ter reverberates through the lives of the four parents and six children involved.

Find Commonwealth in the catalog.

Book Group: 
First Thursday Book Discussion Group
Thursday, September 7, 2017 at 10:00 am

The Bookman’s Tale

by Charlie Lovett

Nine months after the death of his beloved wife Amanda left him shattered, Peter Byerly, a young antiquar-ian bookseller, relocates from North Carolina to the English countryside, hoping to outrun his grief and re-discover the joy he once took in collecting and restoring rare books. But upon opening an eighteenth-century study of Shakespeare forgeries, he discovers a Victorian watercolor of a woman who bears an un-canny resemblance to Amanda.

Find The Bookman’s Tale in the catalog.

Book Group: 
Second Thursday Book Discussion Group
Thursday, September 14, 2017 at 10:00 am

Churchill's First War

by Con Coughlin

"Just over a century ago British troops were fighting a vicious frontier war against Pashtun tribesmen on the North West Frontier-- the great-great-grandfathers of the Taliban and tribal insurgents in modern-day Afghanistan. Winston Churchill, then a young cavalry lieutenant, wrote a vivid account of what he saw during his first major campaign. The Story of the Malakand Field Force, published in 1898, was Churchill's first book and, a hundred years later, is required reading for military commanders on the ground, both British and American.

Find Churchill's First War in the catalog.

Book Group: 
Nighttime Nonfiction Book Discussion Group
Thursday, September 28, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

The Underground Railroad

by Colson Whitehead

Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. Life is hell for all the slaves, but especially bad for Cora; an outcast even among her fellow Africans, she is coming into womanhood—where even greater pain awaits. When Caesar, a recent arrival from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, they decide to take a terrifying risk and escape. Matters do not go as planned—Cora kills a young white boy who tries to capture her. Though they manage to find a station and head north, they are being hunted.

Find The Underground Railroad in the catalog.

Book Group: 
First Thursday Book Discussion Group
Thursday, October 5, 2017 at 10:00 am

Commonwealth

Ann Patchett

One Sunday afternoon in Southern California, Bert Cousins shows up at Franny Keating’s christening party uninvited. Before evening falls, he has kissed Franny’s mother, Beverly—thus setting in motion the dissolu-tion of their marriages and the joining of two families. Commonwealth explores how this chance encoun-ter reverberates through the lives of the four parents and six children involved.

Find Commonwealth in the catalog.

Book Group: 
Second Thursday Book Discussion Group
Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 10:00 am

The New Tsar

by Steven Lee Myers

The epic tale of the rise to power of Russia's current president—the only complete biography in English – that fully captures his emergence from shrouded obscurity and deprivation to become one of the most consequential and complicated leaders in modern history, by the former New York Times Moscow bureau chief.

Find The New Tsar in the catalog.

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

The Widow

by Fiona Barton

When the police started asking questions, Jean Taylor turned into a different woman. One who enabled her and her husband to carry on, when more bad things began to happen... But that woman’s husband died last week. And Jean doesn’t have to be her anymore. There’s a lot Jean hasn’t said over the years about the crime her husband was suspected of committing. She was too busy being the perfect wife, standing by her man while living with the accusing glares and the anonymous harassment. Now there’s no reason to stay quiet. There are people who want to hear her story.

Find The Widow in the catalog.

Book Group: 
First Thursday Book Discussion Group
Thursday, November 2, 2017 at 10:00 am

The Underground Railroad

by Colson Whitehead

Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. Life is hell for all the slaves, but especially bad for Cora; an outcast even among her fellow Africans, she is coming into womanhood—where even greater pain awaits. When Caesar, a recent arrival from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, they decide to take a terrifying risk and escape. Matters do not go as planned—Cora kills a young white boy who tries to capture her. Though they manage to find a station and head north, they are being hunted.

Find The Underground Railroad in the catalog.

Book Group: 
Second Thursday Book Discussion Group
Thursday, November 9, 2017 at 10:00 am

Britt-Marie Was Here

by Fredrik Backman

Britt-Marie is a socially awkward, fussy busybody who is used to being organized. When she walks out on her cheating husband and gets a job as caretaker of the dilapidated recreation center in Borg, she is woefully unprepared for the changes. But as she takes on the task of leading the supremely untalented children's soccer team to victory, she just might find a place she belongs.

Find Britt-Marie Was Here in the catalog.

Book Group: 
First Thursday Book Discussion Group
Thursday, December 7, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.

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