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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.)

Upcoming Daytime Nonfiction Discussions

Upcoming Nightime 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
Complete Lists of Titles In the Catalog 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
    • 444-7840 for Nonfiction

    Please return kits in a timely manner so others who have reserved kits may have access to them when needed.

People interested in book discussion groups may also be interested in our live discussions with authors. Check out our upcoming Authortimes.

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 Color of Water

by James McBride

The Color of Water tells the remarkable story of Ruth McBride Jordan, the two good men she married, and the 12 good children she raised. Jordan, born Rachel Shilsky, a Polish Jew, immigrated to America soon after birth; as an adult she moved to New York City, leaving her family and faith behind in Virginia. Jordan met and married a black man, making her isolation even more profound. The book is a success story, a testament to one woman's true heart, solid values, and indomitable will.

Find The Color of Water in the catalog.

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Nighttime Nonfiction Book Discussion Group
Thursday, October 24, 2014 at 7:00 pm

Tell The Wolves I’m Home

By Carol Rifka Brunt

1987. There’s only one person who has ever truly understood fourteen-year-old June Elbus, and that’s her uncle, the renowned painter Finn Weiss. Shy at school and distant from her older sister, June can only be herself in Finn’s company; he is her godfather, confidant, and best friend. So when he dies, far too young, of a mysterious illness her mother can barely speak about, June’s world is turned upside down.

Find Tell The Wolves I’m Home in the catalog.

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First Thursday Book Discussion Group
Thursday, November 6, 2014 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald

by Therese Ann Fowler

When beautiful, reckless Southern belle Zelda Sayre meets F. Scott Fitzgerald at a country club dance in 1918, she is seventeen years old and he is a young army lieutenant stationed in Alabama. Before long, the “ungettable” Zelda has fallen for him despite his unsuitability: Scott isn’t wealthy or prominent or even a Southerner, and keeps insisting, absurdly, that his writing will bring him both fortune and fame. What comes, here at the dawn of the Jazz Age, is unimagined attention and success and celebrity that will make Scott and Zelda legends in their own time.

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Second Thursday Book Discussion Group
Thursday, November 13, 2014 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Act of Congress

by Robert G.Kaiser

An eye-opening account of how Congress today really works—and doesn’t—that follows the dramatic journey of the sweeping financial reform bill enacted in response to the Great Crash of 2008.

Find Act of Congress in the catalog.

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Daytime Nonfiction Book Discussion Group
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 10:30 am

The Beautiful Ruins

By Jess Walter

The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks on over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot-searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

Find The Beautiful Ruins in the catalog.

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First Thursday Book Discussion Group
Thursday, December 11, 2014 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Tell The Wolves I’m Hom

By Carol Rifka Brunt

1987. There’s only one person who has ever truly understood fourteen-year-old June Elbus, and that’s her uncle, the renowned painter Finn Weiss. Shy at school and distant from her older sister, June can only be herself in Finn’s company; he is her godfather, confidant, and best friend. So when he dies, far too young, of a mysterious illness her mother can barely speak about, June’s world is turned upside down.

Find Tell The Wolves I’m Hom in the catalog.

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Second Thursday Book Discussion Group
Thursday, December 18, 2014 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

No Jacket Required Nonfiction Book Group

Wednesday, 19 November 2014 - 10:30am
Join others to discuss your nonfiction book of choice in this month's genre: World War II. Stop by the Nonfiction Department for suggestions. 444-7840
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Read Your Own Adventure

Join us for a book discussion group with a twist. Share and discuss fiction books of a given subject. Refreshments are served. Everyone is welcome. Call 444-7820 for more information.

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Read Your Own Adventure Book Group: Prize Winning Fiction

Monday, 10 November 2014 - 7:00pm
Share your favorite prize winning novel and find other great reads.

FREE EVENT
PLAZA READING ROOM
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Read Your Own Adventure

Monday, 12 January 2015 - 6:30pm
TBD
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