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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.

Upcoming First Thursday Discussions

Upcoming Second Thursday Discussions

Upcoming Insatiable Readers Discussions

Upcoming 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
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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Books About Books

One Saturday each month , we'll explore new nonfiction titles to add to your "To Be Read List."

Book Group: 
Insatiable Readers Book Discussion Group

Caesar's Last Breath

by Sam Kean

A round-the-globe journey through the periodic table explains how the air people breathe reflects the world's history, tracing the origins and ingredients of the atmosphere to explain air's role in reshaping continents, steering human progress, and powering revolutions.

Find Caesar's Last Breath in the catalog.

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Nighttime Nonfiction Book Discussion Group
Thursday, August 23, 2018 at 7:00pm

The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley

by Hannah Tinti

A coming-of-age novel and a literary thriller that weaves back and forth through time and across America, from Alaska to Adirondacks, The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley is an unforgettable story about the cost we pay to protect the people we love most.

Find The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley in the catalog.

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Sunday NovelTea Book Discussion Group
Sunday, September 2, 2018 at 3 pm

Watch Me Disappear

By Janelle Brown

Almost a year after failing to return from a solo hiking trip, Billie Flanagan has been presumed dead. However, her teenage daughter Olive refuses to believe it. As the anniversary of her mother’s disappearance approaches, Olive begins having visions that lead her to believe Billie is still alive and trying to communicate with her telepathically. Olive’s father, Jonathan, who has let go of any hope for Billie’s return and is writing a memoir about their lives together, believes Olive is having seizures and should be medicated.

Find Watch Me Disappear in the catalog.

Book Group: 
First Thursday Book Discussion Group
Thursday, September 6, 2018 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

The Second Mrs. Hockaday

By Kate Quinn

Placidia is seventeen when she marries Major Hockaday, an older man and recent widower with a child. After he is recalled to service in the Civil War, she must manage his farm and take care of his son and all with little help. When he returns, it is to find that she has given birth, and said to have murdered the child. Told in journal entries, letters, and court documents, we learn about her life and the answers to this puzzling and horrifically charged event. A dark book that highlights the amazing strength so many of these women had to develop.f

Find The Second Mrs. Hockaday in the catalog.

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Second Thursday Book Discussion Group
Thursday, September 13, 2018 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Crime Through Time

One Saturday each month , we'll explore new nonfiction titles to add to your "To Be Read List."

Book Group: 
Insatiable Readers Book Discussion Group
Saturday, September 15, 2018 at 10:30 am

The Radium Girls

by Kate Moore

As World War I raged across the globe, hundreds of young women toiled away at the radium-dial factories, where they painted clock faces with a mysterious new substance called radium. Assured by their bosses that the luminous material was safe, the women themselves shone brightly in the dark, covered from head to toe with the glowing dust. With such a coveted job, these "shining girls" were considered the luckiest alive--until they began to fall mysteriously ill.

Find The Radium Girls in the catalog.

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Nighttime Nonfiction Book Discussion Group
Thursday, September 27, 2018 at 7:00pm

Manhattan Beach

By Jennifer Egan

Anna and her father Eddie arrive at the home of Dexter Styles on Manhattan Beach searching for a job during the Depression. After Eddie goes missing five years later, Anna supports her mother and sister by working at the Brooklyn Naval Yard. One night, Anna approaches Styles for information about her father. They become involved, but he is still marked by his past relationship with Eddie. Egan's description of New York in the 30s and 40s is so immersive that you feel like you're waking up when you have to put the book down.

Find Manhattan Beach in the catalog.

Book Group: 
First Thursday Book Discussion Group
Thursday, October 4, 2018 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Year of Wonders

by Geraldine Brooks

When an infected bolt of cloth carries plague from London to an isolated village, a housemaid named Anna Frith emerges as an unlikely heroine and healer. Through Anna's eyes we follow the story of the fateful year of 1666, as she and her fellow villagers confront the spread of disease and superstition. As death reaches into every household and villagers turn from prayers to murderous witch-hunting, Anna must find the strength to confront the disintegration of her community and the lure of illicit love.

Find Year of Wonders in the catalog.

Book Group: 
Sunday NovelTea Book Discussion Group
Sunday, October 7, 2018 from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Watch Me Disappear

By Janelle Brown

Almost a year after failing to return from a solo hiking trip, Billie Flanagan has been presumed dead. However, her teenage daughter Olive refuses to believe it. As the anniversary of her mother’s disappearance approaches, Olive begins having visions that lead her to believe Billie is still alive and trying to communicate with her telepathically. Olive’s father, Jonathan, who has let go of any hope for Billie’s return and is writing a memoir about their lives together, believes Olive is having seizures and should be medicated.

Find Watch Me Disappear in the catalog.

Book Group: 
Second Thursday Book Discussion Group
Thursday, October 11, 2018 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

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