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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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God's Wolf

by Jeffrey Lee

In a 2010 terrorist plot, Al-Qaeda hid a bomb in a FedEx shipment addressed to a man who had been dead for 800 years. Born in twelfth-century France and bred for violence, Reynald de Chatillon was a young knight who joined the Second Crusade and rose through the ranks to become the preeminent figure in the crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem, chief foe of the Muslim leader Saladin, and one of the most reviled characters in Islamic history.

Find God's Wolf in the catalog.

Book Group: 
Nighttime Nonfiction Book Discussion Group
Thursday, June 28, 2018 at 7:00pm

The Alice Network

By Kate Quinn

By 1947, Charlotte "Charlie" St. Clair is desperate to find out what happened to her cousin Rose, who disappeared in Nazi-occupied France during the war. With her college career on hold due to an unplanned pregnancy, Charlie pursues her only lead: hard-drinking retired spy Eve Gardiner, who has her own private reasons for helping Charlie and whose story is revealed in flashbacks.

Find The Alice Network in the catalog.

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

A Man Called Ove

by Fredrick Backman

Meet Ove. He’s a curmudgeon—the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him “the bitter neighbor from hell.” But must Ove be bitter just because he doesn’t walk around with a smile plastered to his face all the time?

Find A Man Called Ove in the catalog.

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

Fierce Kingdom

by Gin Phillips

Joan and her four-year-old son, Lincoln, are at thezoo near closing time. As they approach the exit, she sees bodieson the ground and a man with a gun entering a bathroom.Retreating into the maze of the zoo and its myriad of exhibitsand enclosures, Joan finds a, hopefully, perfect hiding place. Butas time passes and Lincoln gets hungry and restless, Joan mustbecome proactive to protect them both. The time starts each chapter, with the wholebook taking place over the course of three hours.

Find Fierce Kingdom in the catalog.

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

Amazing Animals

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, July 21, 2018 at 10:30 am

Killers of the Flower Moon

by David Grann

In the 1920s, the Osage found themselves in a unique position among Native Americans tribes. As other tribal lands were parceled out in an effort by the government to encourage dissolution and assimilation of both lands and culture, the Osage negotiated to maintain the mineral rights for their corner of Oklahoma, creating a kind of “underground reservation.” It proved a savvy move; soon countless oil rigs punctured the dusty landscape, making the Osage very rich. And that’s when they started dying.

Find Killers of the Flower Moon in the catalog.

Book Group: 
Nighttime Nonfiction Book Discussion Group
Thursday, July 26, 2018 at 7:00pm

The Second Mrs. Hockaday

By Susan Rivers

Placidia is seventeen when she marries Major Hockaday, an older man and recent widower with a child. After he is recalled to service in the Civil War, she must manage his farm and take care of his son and all with little help. When he returns, it is to find that she has given birth, and said to have murdered the child. Told in journal entries, letters, and court documents, we learn about her life and the answers to this puzzling and horrifically charged event. A dark book that highlights the amazing strength so many of these women had to develop.f

Find The Second Mrs. Hockaday in the catalog.

Book Group: 
First Thursday Book Discussion Group
Thursday, August 2, 2018 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

The Stars Are Fire

by Anita Shreve

In October, 1947, after a summer-long drought, fires began near Bar Harbor and raced along the coast of Maine, ravaging two hundred thousand acres--the largest fire in Maine's history. In the southern part of the state, people were forced into the sea to escape the flames. Five months pregnant, Grace Holland is left alone to protect her two toddlers when her husband Gene joins the volunteers fighting to bring the fire under control.

Find The Stars Are Fire in the catalog.

Book Group: 
Sunday NovelTea Book Discussion Group
Sunday, August 5, 2018 from 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The Alice Network

By Kate Quinn

By 1947, Charlotte "Charlie" St. Clair is desperate to find out what happened to her cousin Rose, who disappeared in Nazi-occupied France during the war. With her college career on hold due to an unplanned pregnancy, Charlie pursues her only lead: hard-drinking retired spy Eve Gardiner, who has her own private reasons for helping Charlie and whose story is revealed in flashbacks.

Find The Alice Network in the catalog.

Book Group: 
Second Thursday Book Discussion Group
Thursday, August 9, 2018 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Books About Books

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

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