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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

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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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Leave Me

by Gayle Forman

Every woman who has ever fantasized about driving past her exit on the highway instead of going home to make dinner, and every woman who has ever dreamed of boarding a train to a place where no one needs constant attention—meet Maribeth Klein. A harried working mother who's so busy taking care of her husband and twins, she doesn't even realize she's had a heart attack.

Find Leave Me in the catalog.

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

The Miniaturist

by Jessie Burton

On a brisk autumn day in 1686, eighteen-year-old Nella Oortman arrives in Amsterdam to begin a new life as the wife of illustrious merchant trader Johannes Brandt. But her new home, while splendorous, is not welcoming. Johannes is kind yet distant, always locked in his study or at his warehouse office—leaving Nella alone with his sister, the sharp-tongued and forbidding Marin. But Nella’s world changes when Johannes presents her with an extraordinary wedding gift: a cabinet-sized replica of their home.

Find The Miniaturist in the catalog.

Book Group: 
First Thursday Book Discussion Group
Thursday, July 6, 2017 at 10:00 am

Alias Grace

by Margaret Atwood

In this astonishing tour de force, Margaret Atwood takes the reader back in time and into the life and mind of one of the most enigmatic and notorious women of the nineteenth century. In 1843, at the age of sixteen, servant girl Grace Marks was convicted for her part in the vicious murders of her employer and his mistress. Some believe Grace is innocent; others think her evil or insane. Grace herself claims to have no memory of the murders.?As Dr. Simon Jordan-an expert in the burgeoning field of mental illness-tries to unlock her memory, what will he find?

Book Group: 
Second Thursday Book Discussion Group
Thursday, July 13, 2017 10:00 a.m.

Lost to the West

by Lars Brownworth

Filled with unforgettable stories of emperors, generals, and religious patriarchs, as well as fascinating glimpses into the life of the ordinary citizen, Lost to the West reveals how much we owe to the Byzantine Empire that was the equal of any in its achievements, appetites, and enduring legacy.

Find Lost to the West in the catalog.

Book Group: 
Nighttime Nonfiction Book Discussion Group
Thursday, July 27, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

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: 
First Thursday Book Discussion Group
Thursday, August 3, 2017 at 10:00 am

The Miniaturist

by Jessie Burton

On a brisk autumn day in 1686, eighteen-year-old Nella Oortman arrives in Amsterdam to begin a new life as the wife of illustrious merchant trader Johannes Brandt. But her new home, while splendorous, is not welcoming. Johannes is kind yet distant, always locked in his study or at his warehouse office—leaving Nella alone with his sister, the sharp-tongued and forbidding Marin. But Nella’s world changes when Johannes presents her with an extraordinary wedding gift: a cabinet-sized replica of their home.

Find The Miniaturist in the catalog.

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

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.

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

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