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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 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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Of Mice and Men

by John Steinbeck

Of Mice and Men is a novella written by Nobel Prize-winning author John Steinbeck. Published in 1937, it tells the story of George Milton and Lennie Small, two displaced migrant ranch workers, who move from place to place in search of new job opportunities during the Great Depression in California, United States.

Find Of Mice and Men in the catalog.

Book Group: 
First Thursday Book Discussion Group
Thursday, September 3, 2015 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

The Meaning of Human Existence

by Edward O. Wilson

In The Meaning of Human Existence, his most philosophical work to date, Pulitzer Prize-winning biologist Edward O. Wilson examines what makes human beings supremely different from all other species and posits that we, as a species, now know enough about the universe and ourselves that we can begin to approach questions about our place in the cosmos and the meaning of intelligent life in a systematic, indeed, in a testable way.

Book Group: 
Daytime Nonfiction Book Discussion Group
Tuesday, Sepember 8, 2015 at 10:30 am

Of Mice and Men

by John Steinbeck

Of Mice and Men is a novella written by Nobel Prize-winning author John Steinbeck. Published in 1937, it tells the story of George Milton and Lennie Small, two displaced migrant ranch workers, who move from place to place in search of new job opportunities during the Great Depression in California, United States.

Find Of Mice and Men in the catalog.

Book Group: 
Second Thursday Book Discussion Group
Thursday, September 10, 2015 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

The Astronaut Wives Club: A True Story

by Lilly Koppel

"As America's Mercury Seven astronauts were launched on death-defying missions, television cameras focused on the brave smiles of their young wives. Overnight, these women were transformed from military spouses into American royalty. They had tea with Jackie Kennedy, appeared on the cover of Life magazine, and quickly grew into fashion icons. Annie Glenn, with her picture-perfect marriage, was the envy of the other wives; platinum-blonde Rene Carpenter was proclaimed JFK's favorite; and licensed pilot Trudy Cooper arrived on base with a secret.

Book Group: 
Nighttime Nonfiction Book Discussion Group
Thursday, Septmeber 24 at 7 pm

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry

by Gabrielle Zevin

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over--and see everything anew.

Book Group: 
First Thursday Book Discussion Group
Thursday, October 1, 2015 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

The Husband's Secret

by Liane Moriarty

Cecilia Fitzpatrick lives to be perfect: a perfect marriage, three perfect daughters, and a perfectly organized life. Then she finds a letter from her husband, John-Paul, to be opened only in the event of his death. She opens it anyway, and everything she believed is thrown into doubt. Meanwhile, Tess O'Leary's husband, Will, and her cousin and best friend, Felicity, confess they've fallen in love, so Tess takes her young son, Liam, and goes to Sydney to live with her mother. There she meets up with an old boyfriend, Connor Whitby, while enrolling Liam in St.

Find The Husband's Secret in the catalog.

Book Group: 
Second Thursday Book Discussion Group
Thursday, October 8, 2015 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

The President's Club: Inside the World's Most Exclusive Fraternity

by Nancy Gibbs

Examines presidential power within the context of U.S. history and the ongoing relationships presidents and ex-presidents formed with one another.

Book Group: 
Daytime Nonfiction Book Discussion Group
Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at 10:30 am

Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier

by Neil deGrasse Tyson

Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier is the 2012 anthology by Neil deGrasse Tyson covering his various writings relating to the history and future of NASA and space travel in general.

Book Group: 
Nighttime Nonfiction Book Discussion Group
Thursday, October 22 at 7 pm

The Things they Carried

by Tim O'Brien

A classic work of American literature that has not stopped changing minds and lives since it burst onto the literary scene, The Things They Carried is a ground-breaking meditation on war, memory, imagination, and the redemptive power of storytelling.

Find The Things they Carried in the catalog.

Book Group: 
First Thursday Book Discussion Group
Thursday, November 5, 2015 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics

by Daniel James Brown

Daniel James Brown's robust book tells the story of the University of Washingtons 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal, a team that transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans.

Book Group: 
First Thursday Book Discussion Group
Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at 10:30 am

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No Jacket Required Nonfiction Book Group

Wednesday, 16 September 2015 - 10:30am
Join others to discuss your nonfiction book of choice in this month's genre: The American West. Stop by the Nonfiction Department for suggestions. 444-7840.
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