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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 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 House Girl

By Tara Conklin

Virginia, 1852. Seventeen-year-old Josephine Bell decides to run from the failing tobacco farm where she is a slave and nurse to her ailing mistress, the aspiring artist Lu Anne Bell. New York City, 2004. Lina Sparrow, an ambitious first-year associate in an elite law firm, is given a difficult, highly sensitive assignment that could make her career: she must find the “perfect plaintiff” to lead a historic class-action lawsuit worth trillions of dollars in reparations for descendants of American slaves.

Find The House Girl in the catalog.

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First Thursday Book Discussion Group
Thursday, August 7, 2014 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

The Disappearing Spoon

by Sam Kean

The Periodic Table is one of man's crowning scientific achievements. But it's also a treasure trove of stories of passion, adventure, betrayal, and obsession. The infectious tales and astounding details in THE DISAPPEARING SPOON follow carbon, neon, silicon, and gold as they play out their parts in human history, finance, mythology, war, the arts, poison, and the lives of the (frequently) mad scientists who discovered them.

Find The Disappearing Spoon in the catalog.

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Daytime Nonfiction Book Discussion Group
Thursday, August 12, 2014 at 10:30 am

The Beginner’s Goodbye

By Anne Tyler

Crippled in his right arm and leg, Aaron grew up fending off a sister who constantly wanted to manage him. So when he meets Dorothy, an outspoken, independent young woman, she’s like a breath of fresh air. He marries her without hesitation, and they have a relatively happy, unremarkable marriage. Aaron works at his family’s vanity-publishing business, turning out titles that presume to guide beginners through the trials of life. But when a tree crashes into their house and Dorothy is killed, Aaron feels as though he has been erased forever.

Find The Beginner’s Goodbye in the catalog.

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Second Thursday Book Discussion Group
Thursday, August 14, 2014 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Midnight Rising

by Tony Horowitz

Plotted in secret, launched in the dark, John Brown's raid on Harpers Ferry was a pivotal moment in U.S. history. But few Americans know the true story of the men and women who launched a desperate strike at the slaveholding South. Now, Midnight Rising portrays Brown's uprising in vivid color, revealing a country on the brink of explosive conflict.

Find Midnight Rising in the catalog.

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Nighttime Nonfiction Book Discussion Group
Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 7:00 pm

The Cutting Season

By Attica Locke

Just after dawn, Caren walks the grounds of Belle Vie, the historic plantation house in Louisiana that she has managed for four years. Today she sees nothing unusual, apart from some ground that has been dug up by the fence bordering the sugar can fields. Assuming an animal has been out after dark, she asks the gardener to tidy it up. Not long afterwards, he calls her to say it's something else. Something terrible. A dead body. At a distance, she missed her. The girl, the dirt and the blood.

Find The Cutting Season in the catalog.

Book Group: 
First Thursday Book Discussion Group
Thursday, September 4, 2014 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

The Lost City of Z

by David Grann

A grand mystery reaching back centuries. A sensational disappearance that made headlines around the world. A quest for truth that leads to death, madness or disappearance for those who seek to solve it. The Lost City of Z is a blockbuster adventure narrative about what lies beneath the impenetrable jungle canopy of the Amazon.

After stumbling upon a hidden trove of diaries, New Yorker writer David Grann set out to solve "the greatest exploration mystery of the 20th century": What happened to the British explorer Percy Fawcett & his quest for the Lost City of Z?

Find The Lost City of Z in the catalog.

Book Group: 
Daytime Nonfiction Book Discussion Group
Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at 10:30 am

The House Girl

By Tara Conklin

Virginia, 1852. Seventeen-year-old Josephine Bell decides to run from the failing tobacco farm where she is a slave and nurse to her ailing mistress, the aspiring artist Lu Anne Bell. New York City, 2004. Lina Sparrow, an ambitious first-year associate in an elite law firm, is given a difficult, highly sensitive assignment that could make her career: she must find the “perfect plaintiff” to lead a historic class-action lawsuit worth trillions of dollars in reparations for descendants of American slaves.

Find The House Girl in the catalog.

Book Group: 
Second Thursday Book Discussion Group
Thursday, September 11, 2014 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Brave Companions

by David McCullough

The bestselling author of Truman and John Adams, David McCullough has written profiles of exceptional men and women past and present who have not only shaped the course of history or changed how we see the world but whose stories express much that is timeless about the human condition.

Find Brave Companions in the catalog.

Book Group: 
Nighttime Nonfiction Book Discussion Group
Thursday, September 25, 2014 at 7:00 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.

Book Group: 
First Thursday Book Discussion Group
Thursday, October 2, 2014 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

The Cutting Season

By Attica Locke

Just after dawn, Caren walks the grounds of Belle Vie, the historic plantation house in Louisiana that she has managed for four years. Today she sees nothing unusual, apart from some ground that has been dug up by the fence bordering the sugar can fields. Assuming an animal has been out after dark, she asks the gardener to tidy it up. Not long afterwards, he calls her to say it's something else. Something terrible. A dead body. At a distance, she missed her. The girl, the dirt and the blood.

Find The Cutting Season in the catalog.

Book Group: 
Second Thursday Book Discussion Group
Thursday, October 9, 2014 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

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No Jacket Required Nonfiction Book Group - Sports Books

Wednesday, 20 August 2014 - 10:30am
Join others to discuss your nonfiction book of choice in this month's genre: Sports. Stop by the Nonfiction Department for suggestions. 444-7840.
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No Jacket Required Nonfiction Book Group - Pop Culture

Wednesday, 17 September 2014 - 10:30am
Join others to discuss your nonfiction book of choice in this month's genre: Pop Culture. Stop by the Nonfiction Department for suggestions. 444-7840.
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No Jacket Required Nonfiction Book Group - True Crime

Wednesday, 15 October 2014 - 10:30am
Join others to discuss your nonfiction book of choice in this month's genre: True Crime. 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: Short Stories

Monday, 11 August 2014 - 7:00pm
Share your favorite book of short stories and find other great reads.

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PLAZA READING ROOM
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Read Your Own Adventure Book Group: Southern Fiction

Monday, 8 September 2014 - 7:00pm
Share your favorite Southern fiction and find other great reads.

FREE EVENT
PLAZA READING ROOM
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Read Your Own Adventure Book Group: Horror

Monday, 13 October 2014 - 7:00pm
Share your favorite horror book and find other great reads.

FREE EVENT
PLAZA READING ROOM
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