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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 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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The Invention of Wings

by Sue Monk Kidd

The story follows Hetty "Handful" Grimke, a Charleston slave, and Sarah, the daughter of the wealthy Grimke family. The novel begins on Sarah's eleventh birthday, when she is given ownership over Handful, who is to be her handmaid. "The Invention of Wings" follows the next thirty-five years of their lives. Inspired in part by the historical figure of Sarah Grimke (a feminist, suffragist and, importantly, an abolitionist), Kidd allows herself to go beyond the record to flesh out the inner lives of all the characters, both real and imagined.

Find The Invention of Wings in the catalog.

Book Group: 
First Thursday Book Discussion Group
Thursday, May 7, 2015 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: 
Daytime Nonfiction Book Discussion Group
Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at 10:30am

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: 
Second Thursday Book Discussion Group
Thursday, May 14, 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: 
Nighttime Nonfiction Book Discussion Group
Thursday, May 28, 2015 at 7:00pm

The Aviator's Wife

by Melanie Benjamin

When Anne Morrow, a shy college senior with hidden literary aspirations, travels to Mexico City to spend Christmas with her family, she meets Colonel Charles Lindbergh, fresh off his celebrated 1927 solo flight across the Atlantic. Enthralled by Charles’s assurance and fame, Anne is certain the aviator has scarcely noticed her. But she is wrong. Charles sees in Anne a kindred spirit, a fellow adventurer, and her world will be changed forever. The two marry in a headline-making wedding. In the years that follow, Anne becomes the first licensed female glider pilot in the United States.

Find The Aviator's Wife in the catalog.

Book Group: 
First Thursday Book Discussion Group
Thursday, June 4, 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: 
Daytime Nonfiction Book Discussion Group
Tuesday, June 9, 2015 at 10:30am

The Invention of Wings

by Sue Monk Kidd

The story follows Hetty "Handful" Grimke, a Charleston slave, and Sarah, the daughter of the wealthy Grimke family. The novel begins on Sarah's eleventh birthday, when she is given ownership over Handful, who is to be her handmaid. "The Invention of Wings" follows the next thirty-five years of their lives. Inspired in part by the historical figure of Sarah Grimke (a feminist, suffragist and, importantly, an abolitionist), Kidd allows herself to go beyond the record to flesh out the inner lives of all the characters, both real and imagined.

Find The Invention of Wings in the catalog.

Book Group: 
Second Thursday Book Discussion Group
Thursday, June 11, 2015 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

A Voyage Long and Strange

by Tony Horowitz

he bestselling author of Blue Latitudes takes us on a thrilling and eye-opening voyage to pre-Mayflower America.On a chance visit to Plymouth Rock, Tony Horwitz realizes he's mislaid more than a century of American history, from Columbus's sail in 1492 to Jamestown's founding in 16-ohsomething. Did nothing happen in between? Determined to find out, he embarks on a journey of rediscovery, following in the footsteps of the many Europeans who preceded the Pilgrims to America.

Find A Voyage Long and Strange in the catalog.

Book Group: 
Nighttime Nonfiction Book Discussion Group
Thursday, June 25, 2015 at 7:00pm

The Rosie Project

by Graeme Simsion

The art of love is never a science: Meet Don Tillman, a brilliant yet socially inept professor of genetics, who’s decided it’s time he found a wife. In the orderly, evidence-based manner with which Don approaches all things, he designs The Wife Project to find his perfect partner: a sixteen-page, scientifically valid survey to filter out the drinkers, the smokers, the late arrivers.

Find The Rosie Project in the catalog.

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

The Aviator's Wife

by Melanie Benjamin

When Anne Morrow, a shy college senior with hidden literary aspirations, travels to Mexico City to spend Christmas with her family, she meets Colonel Charles Lindbergh, fresh off his celebrated 1927 solo flight across the Atlantic. Enthralled by Charles’s assurance and fame, Anne is certain the aviator has scarcely noticed her. But she is wrong. Charles sees in Anne a kindred spirit, a fellow adventurer, and her world will be changed forever. The two marry in a headline-making wedding. In the years that follow, Anne becomes the first licensed female glider pilot in the United States.

Find The Aviator's Wife in the catalog.

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

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No Jacket Required Nonfiction Book Group

Wednesday, 20 May 2015 - 10:30am
Join others to discuss your nonfiction book of choice in this month's genre: Travelogues. Stop by the Nonfiction Department for suggestions. 444-7840.
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No Jacket Required Nonfiction Book Group

Wednesday, 17 June 2015 - 10:30am
Join others to discuss your nonfiction book of choice in this month's genre: Real Life Heroes. Stop by the Nonfiction Department for suggestions. 444-7840.
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No Jacket Required Nonfiction Book Group

Wednesday, 15 July 2015 - 10:30am
Join others to discuss your nonfiction book of choice in this month's genre: Myths and Legends. Stop by the Nonfiction Department for suggestions. 444-7840.
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