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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 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: 
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.

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

The Story Hour

by Thrity Umrigar

An experienced psychologist, Maggie carefully maintains emotional distance from her patients. But when she meets a young Indian woman who tried to kill herself, her professional detachment disintegrates. (Skype with the author)

Find The Story Hour in the catalog.

Book Group: 
First Thursday Book Discussion Group
Thursday, January 8, 2015 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

The Man in the Rockefeller Suit

by Mark Seal

This shocking expose goes behind the headlines to uncover the true story of Clark Rockefeller, wealthy scion of a great American family, who kidnapped his own daughter and vanished. The police and FBI were baffled. Tips poured in, but every lead was a dead end … because “Clark Rockefeller” did not exist.

Book Group: 
Daytime Nonfiction Book Discussion Group
Thursday, January 13, 2015 at 10:30am

The Story Hour

by Thrity Umrigar

An experienced psychologist, Maggie carefully maintains emotional distance from her patients. But when she meets a young Indian woman who tried to kill herself, her professional detachment disintegrates.

Find The Story Hour in the catalog.

Book Group: 
Second Thursday Book Discussion Group
Thursday, January 15, 2015 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

The Year of Living Biblically

by A. J. Jacobs

From the bestselling author of "The Know-It-All" comes a fascinating and timely exploration of religion and the Bible.Raised in a secular family but increasingly interested in the relevance of faith in our modern world, A.J. Jacobs decides to dive in headfirst and attempt to obey the Bible as literally as possible for one full year. He vows to follow the Ten Commandments. To be fruitful and multiply. To love his neighbor. But also to obey the hundreds of less publicized rules: to avoid wearing clothes made of mixed fibers; to play a ten-string harp; to stone adulterers.

Book Group: 
Nighttime Nonfiction Book Discussion Group
Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 7:00pm

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
Thursday, 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

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.

Find Liar, Temptress in the catalog.

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

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No Jacket Required Nonfiction Book Group

Wednesday, 21 January 2015 - 10:30am
Join others to discuss your nonfiction book of choice in this month's genre: Read Local. Stop by the Nonfiction Department for suggestions. 444-7840.
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