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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.

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Insatiable Readers: 1968: 50 Years Later | Saturday, 20 January 2018 - 10:30am

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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A Gentleman in Moscow

by Amor Towles

Description:  House arrest has never been as charming as in Towles’s, an engaging 30-year saga set almost entirely inside the Metropol, Moscow’s most luxurious hotel. To Count Alexander Ilyich Rostov, the Metropol becomes both home and jail in 1922, when the Bolsheviks spare his life (on the strength of a revolutionary poem written in 1913, when the count was at university). Forbidden to venture out, Rostov explores the intricacies of the grand structure and befriends its other denizens.

Find A Gentleman in Moscow in the catalog.

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

Before We Were Yours

by Lisa Wingate

Memphis, Tennessee, 1936. The five Foss children find their lives changed forever when their parents leave them alone on the family shantyboat one stormy night. Rill Foss, just twelve years old, must protect her four younger siblings as they are wrenched from their home on the Mississippi and thrown into the care of the infamous Georgia Tann, director of the Tennessee Children's Home Society. South Carolina, Present Day. Avery Stafford has lived a charmed life. Loving daughter to her father, a U.S. Senator, she has a promising career as an assistant D.A.

Find Before We Were Yours in the catalog.

Book Group: 
Sunday NovelTea Book Discussion Group
Sunday, January 7, 2018 from 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Britt-Marie Was Here

by Fredrik Backman

Britt-Marie is a socially awkward, fussy busybody who is used to being organized. When she walks out on her cheating husband and gets a job as caretaker of the dilapidated recreation center in Borg, she is woefully unprepared for the changes. But as she takes on the task of leading the supremely untalented children's soccer team to victory, she just might find a place she belongs.

Find Britt-Marie Was Here in the catalog.

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

Sycamore

by Bryn Chancellor

A newly divorced woman is starting life over in a small Arizona town. She comes across the skeletal remains of what the locals think is the body of a seventeen-year-old girl named Jess who disappeared almost two decades ago. The discovery forces community members to recall memories and secrets that have been buried a long time. Readers are treated to a cast of characters with distinct personalities who, with each piece of the puzzle, form a patchwork that reveals the truth surrounding Jess’s disappearance.

Find Sycamore in the catalog.

Book Group: 
First Thursday Book Discussion Group
Thursday, February 1, 2018 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Small Great Things

by Jodi Picoult

A woman and her husband admitted to a hospital to have a baby requests that their nurse be reassigned - they are white supremacists and don't want Ruth, who is black, to touch their baby. The hospital complies, but the baby later goes into cardiac distress when Ruth is on duty. She hesitates before rushing in to perform CPR. When her indecision ends in tragedy, Ruth finds herself on trial, represented by a white public defender who warns against bringing race into a courtroom.

Find Small Great Things in the catalog.

Book Group: 
Sunday NovelTea Book Discussion Group
Sunday, February 4, 2018 from 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

A Gentleman in Moscow

by Amor Towles

Description: House arrest has never been as charming as in Towles’s, an engaging 30-year saga set almost entirely inside the Metropol, Moscow’s most luxurious hotel. To Count Alexander Ilyich Rostov, the Metropol becomes both home and jail in 1922, when the Bolsheviks spare his life (on the strength of a revolutionary poem written in 1913, when the count was at university). Forbidden to venture out, Rostov explores the intricacies of the grand structure and befriends its other denizens.

Find A Gentleman in Moscow in the catalog.

Book Group: 
Second Thursday Book Discussion Group
Thursday, February 8, 2018 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

See What I Have Gone and Done

by Sarah Schmidt

In this debut novel from Australian newcomer Schmidt, we are taken inside the delusional mind of accused 19th-century ax murderer Lizzie Borden and also witness the churning interior monologs of her older sister, Emma, and the Bordens' hapless Irish maid, Bridget. We get to inhabit another character as well: a potential hit man named Benjamin, lured in by the sisters' nefarious Uncle John. Schmidt employs some unusual word choices—animals "critter" instead of walk, lamplight "rages." Not surprisingly, the prose is rife with a creepy physicality, its imagery dwelling on skin, blood, fingernails, smells, etc., although readers are spared much of the actual crime's gruesomeness.

Find See What I Have Gone and Done in the catalog.

Book Group: 
First Thursday Book Discussion Group
Thursday, March 1, 2018 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane

by Lisa See

Li-yan and her family align their lives around the seasons and the farming of tea. There is ritual and routine, and it has been ever thus for generations. Then one day a jeep appears at the village gate, the first automobile any of them have seen, and a stranger arrives. Li-yan, one of the few educated girls on her mountain, translates for the stranger and is among the first to reject the rules that have shaped her existence.

Find The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane in the catalog.

Book Group: 
Sunday NovelTea Book Discussion Group
Sunday, March 4, 2018 from 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Sycamore

by Bryn Chancellor

A newly divorced woman is starting life over in a small Arizona town. She comes across the skeletal remains of what the locals think is the body of a seventeen-year-old girl named Jess who disappeared almost two decades ago. The discovery forces community members to recall memories and secrets that have been buried a long time. Readers are treated to a cast of characters with distinct personalities who, with each piece of the puzzle, form a patchwork that reveals the truth surrounding Jess’s disappearance.

Find Sycamore in the catalog.

Book Group: 
Second Thursday Book Discussion Group
Thursday, March 8, 2018 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

See What I Have Gone and Done

by Sarah Schmidt

In this debut novel from Australian newcomer Schmidt, we are taken inside the delusional mind of accused 19th-century ax murderer Lizzie Borden and also witness the churning interior monologs of her older sister, Emma, and the Bordens' hapless Irish maid, Bridget. We get to inhabit another character as well: a potential hit man named Benjamin, lured in by the sisters' nefarious Uncle John. Schmidt employs some unusual word choices—animals "critter" instead of walk, lamplight "rages." Not surprisingly, the prose is rife with a creepy physicality, its imagery dwelling on skin, blood, fingernails, smells, etc., although readers are spared much of the actual crime's gruesomeness.

Find See What I Have Gone and Done in the catalog.

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

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