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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 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

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: 
Daytime Nonfiction Book Discussion Group
Tuesday, July 14, 2015 at 10:30am

The Power of Habit

by Charles Duhigg

In The Power of Habit, Pulitzer Prize–winning business reporter Charles Duhigg takes us to the thrilling edge of scientific discoveries that explain why habits exist and how they can be changed. Distilling vast amounts of information into engrossing narratives that take us from the boardrooms of Procter & Gamble to sidelines of the NFL to the front lines of the civil rights movement, Duhigg presents a whole new understanding of human nature and its potential.

Find The Power of Habit in the catalog.

Book Group: 
Nighttime Nonfiction Book Discussion Group
Thursday, July 23, 2015 at 7:00pm

The Husband's Secret

by Liane Moriarty

Cecilia Fitzpatrick lives to be perfect: a perfect marriage, three perfect daughters, and a perfectly organized life. Then she finds a letter from her husband, John-Paul, to be opened only in the event of his death. She opens it anyway, and everything she believed is thrown into doubt. Meanwhile, Tess O'Leary's husband, Will, and her cousin and best friend, Felicity, confess they've fallen in love, so Tess takes her young son, Liam, and goes to Sydney to live with her mother. There she meets up with an old boyfriend, Connor Whitby, while enrolling Liam in St.

Find The Husband's Secret in the catalog.

Book Group: 
First Thursday Book Discussion Group
Thursday, August 6, 2015 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History

by Elizabeth Kolbert

Provides a moving account of the disappearances occurring all around us and traces the evolution of extinction as concept, from its first articulation by Georges Cuvier in revolutionary Paris up through the present day. The sixth extinction is likely to be mankind's most lasting legacy, compelling us to rethink the fundamental question of what it means to be human.

Book Group: 
Daytime Nonfiction Book Discussion Group
Monday, August 11, 2015 from 10:30 am -12:00 pm

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: 
Second Thursday Book Discussion Group
Thursday, August 13, 2015 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics

by Daniel James Brown

Daniel James Brown's robust book tells the story of the University of Washingtons 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal, a team that transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans.

Book Group: 
Nighttime Nonfiction Book Discussion Group
Monday, August 27, 2015 at 7:00 pm

Of Mice and Men

by John Steinbeck

Of Mice and Men is a novella written by Nobel Prize-winning author John Steinbeck. Published in 1937, it tells the story of George Milton and Lennie Small, two displaced migrant ranch workers, who move from place to place in search of new job opportunities during the Great Depression in California, United States.

Find Of Mice and Men in the catalog.

Book Group: 
First Thursday Book Discussion Group
Thursday, September 3, 2015 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

The Meaning of Human Existence

by Edward O. Wilson

In The Meaning of Human Existence, his most philosophical work to date, Pulitzer Prize-winning biologist Edward O. Wilson examines what makes human beings supremely different from all other species and posits that we, as a species, now know enough about the universe and ourselves that we can begin to approach questions about our place in the cosmos and the meaning of intelligent life in a systematic, indeed, in a testable way.

Book Group: 
Daytime Nonfiction Book Discussion Group
Tuesday, Sepember 8, 2015 at 10:30 am

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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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No Jacket Required Nonfiction Book Group

Wednesday, 19 August 2015 - 10:30am
Join others to discuss your nonfiction book of choice in this month's genre: Pioneers and Record Holders. Stop by the Nonfiction Department for suggestions. 444-7840.
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