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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 First Thursday Discussions

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Upcoming Insatiable Readers Discussions

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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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Devil's Knot

Mara Leveritt

n 2011, one of the greatest miscarriages of justice in American legal history was set right when Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin, and Jessie Misskelley were released after eighteen years in prison. Award-winning journalist Mara Leveritt’s The Devil’s Knot remains the most comprehensive, insightful reporting ever done on the investigation, trials, and convictions of three teenage boys who became known as the West Memphis Three.

Find Devil's Knot in the catalog.

Book Group: 
True Crime Book Club
Tuesday, June 25 from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Hero of the Empire

Candice Millard

At age twenty-four, Winston Churchill was utterly convinced it was his destiny to become prime minister of England one day, despite the fact he had just lost his first election campaign for Parliament. He believed that to achieve his goal he must do something spectacular on the battlefield. Despite deliberately putting himself in extreme danger as a British Army officer in colonial wars in India and Sudan, and as a journalist covering a Cuban uprising against the Spanish, glory and fame had eluded him.

Find Hero of the Empire in the catalog.

Book Group: 
Nighttime Nonfiction Book Discussion Group
Thursday, June 27, 2019 at 7:00 pm

If the Creek Don't Rise

Leah Weiss

He's gonna be sorry he ever messed with me and Loretta Lynn

Sadie Blue has been a wife for fifteen days. That's long enough to know she should have never hitched herself to Roy Tupkin, even with the baby.

Sadie is desperate to make her own mark on the world, but in remote Appalachia, a ticket out of town is hard to come by, and hope often gets stomped out. When a stranger sweeps into Baines Creek and knocks things off kilter, Sadie finds herself with an unexpected lifeline...if she can just figure out how to use it.

Find If the Creek Don't Rise in the catalog.

Book Group: 
Sunday NovelTea Book Discussion Group
Sunday, July 7, 2019 from 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Crazy Rich Asians

Kevin Kwan

When New Yorker Rachel Chu agrees to spend the summer in Singapore with her boyfriend, Nicholas Young, she envisions a humble family home and quality time with the man she hopes to marry. But Nick has failed to give his girlfriend a few key details. One, that his childhood home looks like a palace; two, that he grew up riding in more private planes than cars; and three, that he just happens to be the countryís most eligible bachelor.

Find Crazy Rich Asians in the catalog.

Book Group: 
Second Thursday Book Discussion Group
Thursday, July 18, 2019 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Space: A Universe of Stories

Book Group: 
Insatiable Readers Book Discussion Group
Saturday, July 20, 2019 at 10:30 am

Double Cross

Ben Macintyre

In Double Cross, New York Times bestselling author Ben Macintyre returns with the untold story of one of the greatest deceptions of World War II, and of the extraordinary spies who achieved it.On June 6, 1944, 150,000 Allied troops landed on the beaches of Normandy and suffered an astonishingly low rate of casualties. D-Day was a stunning military accomplishment, but it was also a masterpiece of trickery.

Find Double Cross in the catalog.

Book Group: 
Nighttime Nonfiction Book Discussion Group
Thursday, July 25, 2019 at 7:00 pm

The Devil in the White City

Erik Larson

Two men, each handsome and unusually adept at his chosen work, embodied an element of the great dynamic that characterized America’s rush toward the twentieth century. The architect was Daniel Hudson Burnham, the fair’s brilliant director of works and the builder of many of the country’s most important structures, including the Flatiron Building in New York and Union Station in Washington, D.C. The murderer was Henry H.

Find The Devil in the White City in the catalog.

Book Group: 
True Crime Book Club
Tuesday, July 30 from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Pachinco

Min Jin Lee
In the early 1900s, teenaged Sunja, the adored daughter of a crippled fisherman, falls for a wealthy stranger at the seashore near her home in Korea. He promises her the world, but when she discovers she is pregnant—and that her lover is married—she refuses to be bought. Instead, she accepts an offer of marriage from a gentle, sickly minister passing through on his way to Japan. But her decision to abandon her home, and to reject her son's powerful father, sets off a dramatic saga that will echo down through the generations.

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Book Group: 
First Thursday Book Discussion Group
Thursday, August 1, 2019 at 10:00 am

All The Single Ladies

Dorothea Benton Frank

Through their shared loss they forge a deep friendship, asking critical questions. Who was their friend and what did her life mean? Are they living the lives they imagined for themselves? Will they ever be able to afford to retire? How will they maximize their happiness? Security? Health? And ultimately, their own legacies?

A plan is conceived and unfurls with each turn of the tide during one sweltering summer on the Isle of Palms. Without ever fully realizing how close they were to the edge, they finally triumph amid laughter and maybe even newfound love.

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Book Group: 
Sunday NovelTea Book Discussion Group
Sunday, August 4, 2019 from 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Every Note Played

By Lisa Genova

An accomplished concert pianist, Richard's inspired performances received standing ovations from audiences all over the world. Every one of his fingers was a finely calibrated instrument, dancing across the keys and striking each note with exacting precision. That was eight months ago. Richard now has ALS, and his entire right arm is paralysed. His fingers are impotent, still, devoid of possibility. The loss of his hand feels like a death, a loss of true love, a divorce – his divorce.

Find Every Note Played in the catalog.

Book Group: 
Second Thursday Book Discussion Group
Thursday, August 8, 2019 at 10:00 am

I'm With the Band!

Book Group: 
Insatiable Readers Book Discussion Group
Saturday, August 17, 2019 at 10:30 am

Operation Mincemeat

Ben Macintyre

In 1943, from a windowless basement office in London, two brilliant intelligence officers conceived a plan that was both simple and complicated— Operation Mincemeat. The purpose? To deceive the Nazis into thinking that Allied forces were planning to attack southern Europe by way of Greece or Sardinia, rather than Sicily, as the Nazis had assumed, and the Allies ultimately chose.

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Book Group: 
Nighttime Nonfiction Book Discussion Group
Thursday, August 22, 2019 at 7:00 pm

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