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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

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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First Women

Kate Anderson Brower

One of the most underestimated—and challenging—positions in the world, the First Lady of the United States must be many things: an inspiring leader with a forward-thinking agenda of her own; a savvy politician, skilled at navigating the treacherous rapids of Washington; a wife and mother operating under constant scrutiny; and an able CEO responsible for the smooth operation of countless services and special events at the White House.

Find First Women in the catalog.

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

The Stranger Beside Me

Ann Rule

Utterly unique in its astonishing intimacy, as jarringly frightening as when it first appeared, Ann Rule's The Stranger Beside Me defies our expectation that we would surely know if a monster lived among us, worked alongside of us, appeared as one of us.

Find The Stranger Beside Me in the catalog.

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

How to Walk Away

Katherine Center

Margaret Jacobsen is just about to step into the bright future she’s worked for so hard and so long: a new dream job, a fiancé she adores, and the promise of a picture-perfect life just around the corner. Then, suddenly, on what should have been one of the happiest days of her life, everything she worked for is taken away in a brief, tumultuous moment. In the hospital and forced to face the possibility that nothing will ever be the same again, Maggie must confront the unthinkable.

Find How to Walk Away in the catalog.

Book Group: 
First Thursday Book Discussion Group
Thursday, May 2, 2019 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

The Art of Racing in the Rain

Garth Stein

Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively, and by listening very closely to the words of his master, Denny Swift, an up-and-coming race car driver.

Through Denny, Enzo has gained tremendous insight into the human condition, and he sees that life, like racing, isn't simply about going fast. Using the techniques needed on the race track, one can successfully navigate all of life's ordeals.

Find The Art of Racing in the Rain in the catalog.

Book Group: 
Sunday NovelTea Book Discussion Group
Sunday, May 5, 2019 from 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

In the Midst of Winter

Isabel Allende

Worldwide bestselling “dazzling storyteller” (Associated Press) Isabel Allende returns with a sweeping novel about three very different people who are brought together in a mesmerizing story that journeys from present-day Brooklyn to Guatemala in the recent past to 1970s Chile and Brazil. In the Midst of Winter begins with a minor traffic accident—which becomes the catalyst for an unexpected and moving love story between two people who thought they were deep into the winter of their lives.

Find In the Midst of Winter in the catalog.

Book Group: 
Second Thursday Book Discussion Group
Thursday, May 9, 2019 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Happy Birthday Alabama

(Meet in the Adult Program Room)

Book Group: 
Insatiable Readers Book Discussion Group

The Gene: An Intimate History

Siddhartha Mukherjee

Majestic in its scope and ambition, The Gene provides us with a definitive account of the epic history of the quest to decipher the master-code that makes and defines humans – and paints a fascinating vision of both humanity's past and future.

Find The Gene: An Intimate History in the catalog.

Book Group: 
Nighttime Nonfiction Book Discussion Group
Thursday, May 23, 2019 at 7:00 pm

The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher

Kate Summerscale

In June of 1860 three-year-old Saville Kent was found at the bottom of an outdoor privy with his throat slit. The crime horrified all England and led to a national obsession with detection, ironically destroying, in the process, the career of perhaps the greatest detective in the land.

Find The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher in the catalog.

Book Group: 
True Crime Book Club
Tuesday, May 28 from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Hurricane Season

Lauren K. Denton

Betsy and Ty Franklin, owners of Franklin Dairy Farm in southern Alabama, have long since buried their desire for children of their own. While Ty manages their herd of dairy cows, Betsy busies herself with the farm's day-to-day operations and tries to forget her dream of motherhood. But when her free-spirited sister, Jenna, drops off her two young daughters for "just two weeks," Betsy's carefully constructed wall of self-protection begins to crumble.

Find Hurricane Season in the catalog.

Book Group: 
Sunday NovelTea Book Discussion Group
Sunday, June 2, 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: 
First Thursday Book Discussion Group
Thursday, June 6, 2019 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

How to Walk Away

Katherine Center

Margaret Jacobsen is just about to step into the bright future she’s worked for so hard and so long: a new dream job, a fiancé she adores, and the promise of a picture-perfect life just around the corner. Then, suddenly, on what should have been one of the happiest days of her life, everything she worked for is taken away in a brief, tumultuous moment. In the hospital and forced to face the possibility that nothing will ever be the same again, Maggie must confront the unthinkable.

Find How to Walk Away in the catalog.

Book Group: 
Second Thursday Book Discussion Group
Thursday, June 13, 2019 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Pop Culture

Book Group: 
Insatiable Readers Book Discussion Group
Saturday, June 15, 2019 at 10:30 am

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