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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.

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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Eligible

by Curtis Sittenfeld

This version of the Bennet family—and Mr. Darcy—is one that you have and haven't met before: Liz is a magazine writer in her late thirties who, like her yoga instructor older sister, Jane, lives in New York City. When their father has a health scare, they return to their childhood home in Cincinnati to help—and discover that the sprawling Tudor they grew up in is crumbling and the family is in disarray.

Find Eligible in the catalog.

Book Group: 
Sunday NovelTea Book Discussion Group
Sunday, April 2, 2017 from 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Everything I Never Told You

by Celest NG

"Lydia is dead. But they don't know this yet." So begins this exquisite novel about a Chinese American family living in 1970s small-town Ohio. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee, and her parents are determined that she will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue. But when Lydia's body is found in the local lake, the delicate balancing act that has been keeping the Lee family together is destroyed, tumbling them into chaos.

Find Everything I Never Told You in the catalog.

Book Group: 
First Thursday Book Discussion Group
Thursday, April 6, 2017 10:00 a.m.

The Nest

by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney

Every family has its problems. But even among the most troubled, the Plumb family stands out as spectacularly dysfunctional. Years of simmering tensions finally reach a breaking point on an unseasonably cold afternoon in New York City as Melody, Beatrice, and Jack Plumb gather to confront their charismatic and reckless older brother, Leo, freshly released from rehab. Months earlier, an inebriated Leo got behind the wheel of a car with a nineteen-year-old waitress as his passenger.

Find The Nest in the catalog.

Book Group: 
Second Thursday Book Discussion Group
Thursday, April 13, 2017 10:00 a.m.

Endurance

by Alfred Lansing

"Bound for Antarctica, where polar explorer Ernest Shackleton planned to cross on foot the last uncharted continent, the Endurance set sail from England in August 1914. In January 1915, after battling its way for six weeks through a thousand miles of pack ice and now only a day's sail short of its destination, the Endurance became locked in an island of ice. For ten months the ice-moored Endurance drifted northwest before it was finally crushed. But for Shackleton and his crew of twenty-seven men the ordeal had barely begun.

Find Endurance in the catalog.

Book Group: 
Nighttime Nonfiction Book Discussion Group
Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

Luckiest Girl Alive

by Jessica Knoll

As a teenager at the prestigious Bradley School, Ani FaNelli endured a shocking, public humiliation that left her desperate to reinvent herself. Now, with a glamorous job, expensive wardrobe, and handsome blue blood fiancé, she’s this close to living the perfect life she’s worked so hard to achieve. But Ani has a secret. There’s something else buried in her past that still haunts her, something private and painful that threatens to bubble to the surface and destroy everything.

Find Luckiest Girl Alive in the catalog.

Book Group: 
First Thursday Book Discussion Group
Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 10:00 am

Flight Patterns

by Karen White

Georgia Chambers has spent her life sifting through other people's pasts while trying to forget her own. But then her work as an expert of fine china—especially of Limoges—requires her to return to the one place she swore she'd never revisit...

Find Flight Patterns in the catalog.

Book Group: 
Sunday NovelTea Book Discussion Group
Sunday, May 7, 2017 from 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Everything I Never Told You

by Celest NG

"Lydia is dead. But they don't know this yet." So begins this exquisite novel about a Chinese American family living in 1970s small-town Ohio. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee, and her parents are determined that she will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue. But when Lydia's body is found in the local lake, the delicate balancing act that has been keeping the Lee family together is destroyed, tumbling them into chaos.

Find Everything I Never Told You in the catalog.

Book Group: 
Second Thursday Book Discussion Group
Thursday, May 11, 2017 10:00 a.m.

Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War

by Mary Roach

Second skin: what to wear to war -- Boom box: automotive safety for people who drive on bomb -- Fighting by ear: the conundrum of military noise -- Below the belt: the cruelest shot of all -- It might get weird: a salute to genital transplants -- Carnage under fire: how do combat medics cope?

Book Group: 
Nighttime Nonfiction Book Discussion Group
Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

Alias Grace

by Margaret Atwood

In this astonishing tour de force, Margaret Atwood takes the reader back in me and into the life and mind of one of the most enigma c and notorious women of the nineteenth century. In 1843, at the age of sixteen, servant girl Grace Marks was convicted for her part in the vicious murders of her employer and his mistress. Some believe Grace is innocent; others think her evil or insane. Grace herself claims to have no memory of the murders. As Dr. Simon Jordan—an expert in the burgeoning eld of mental illness— tries to unlock her memory, what will he nd?

Find Alias Grace in the catalog.

Book Group: 
First Thursday Book Discussion Group
Thursday, June 1, 2017 10:00 a.m.

Book talk your favorite beach reads!

Just bring a list of your favorites.
Book Group: 
Sunday NovelTea Book Discussion Group
Sunday, June 4, 2017 from 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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