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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

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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Orphan Train

by Christina Baker Kline

Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer is close to “aging out” out of the foster care system. A community service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping Molly out of juvie and worse. As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly learns that she and Vivian aren’t as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York City, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children whose destinies would be determined by luck and chance.

Find Orphan Train in the catalog.

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

The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid

by Bill Bryson

Bill Bryson was born in the middle of the American century-1951-in the middle of the United States-Des Moines, Iowa-in the middle of the largest generation in American history-the baby boomers.As one of the best and funniest writers alive, he is perfectly positioned to mine his memories of a totally all-American childhood for 24-carat memoir gold. Like millions of his generational peers, Bill Bryson grew up with a rich fantasy life as a superhero.

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

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.

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

Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy

by Karen Abbot

Karen Abbott illuminates one of the most fascinating yet little known aspects of the Civil War: the stories of four courageous women—a socialite, a farmgirl, an abolitionist, and a widow—who were spies.

Book Group: 
Nighttime Nonfiction Book Discussion Group
Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 7:00pm

A Constellation of Vital Phenomena

by Anthony Marra

In a small rural village in Chechnya, eight-year-old Havaa watches from the woods as Russian soldiers abduct her father in the middle of the night and then set fire to her home. When their lifelong neighbor Akhmed finds Havaa hiding in the forest with a strange blue suitcase, he makes a decision that will forever change their lives. He will seek refuge at the abandoned hospital where the sole remaining doctor, Sonja Rabina, treats the wounded.

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

The Girls of Atomic City

by Denise Kiernan

At the height of World War II, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, was home to 75,000 residents, and consumed more electricity than New York City, yet it was shrouded in such secrecy that it did not appear on any map. Thousands of civilians, many of them young women from small towns across the U.S., were recruited to this secret city, enticed by the promise of solid wages and war-ending work. What were they actually doing there? Very few knew. The purpose of this mysterious government project was kept a secret from the outside world and from the majority of the residents themselves.

Find The Girls of Atomic City in the catalog.

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

Orphan Train

by Christina Baker Kline

Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer is close to “aging out” out of the foster care system. A community service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping Molly out of juvie and worse. As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly learns that she and Vivian aren’t as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York City, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children whose destinies would be determined by luck and chance.

Find Orphan Train in the catalog.

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

Five Days at Memorial Hospital

by Sheri Fink

In the tradition of the best writing on medicine, physician and reporter Sheri Fink reconstructs five days at Memorial Medical Center and draws the reader into the lives of those who struggled mightily to survive and to maintain life amidst chaos.

Book Group: 
Nighttime Nonfiction Book Discussion Group
Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 7:00pm

All the Light We Cannot See

by Anthony Doerr

From the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr, a stunningly ambitious and beautiful novel about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II. Marie Laure lives with her father in Paris within walking distance of the Museum of Natural History where he works as the master of the locks (there are thousands of locks in the museum).

Find All the Light We Cannot See in the catalog.

Book Group: 
First Thursday Book Discussion Group
Thursday, April 2, 2015 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

A Constellation of Vital Phenomena

by Anthony Marra

In a small rural village in Chechnya, eight-year-old Havaa watches from the woods as Russian soldiers abduct her father in the middle of the night and then set fire to her home. When their lifelong neighbor Akhmed finds Havaa hiding in the forest with a strange blue suitcase, he makes a decision that will forever change their lives. He will seek refuge at the abandoned hospital where the sole remaining doctor, Sonja Rabina, treats the wounded.

Book Group: 
Second Thursday Book Discussion Group
Thursday, April 9, 2015 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

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No Jacket Required Nonfiction Book Group

Wednesday, 18 February 2015 - 10:30am
This month's genre: Books about books. Stop by the Nonfiction Department for suggestions. 444-7840.
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No Jacket Required Nonfiction Book Group

Wednesday, 18 March 2015 - 10:30am
This month's genre: The Civil Rights Movement. 444-7840
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