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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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Amazing Animals

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, July 21, 2018 at 10:30 am

Killers of the Flower Moon

by David Grann

In the 1920s, the Osage found themselves in a unique position among Native Americans tribes. As other tribal lands were parceled out in an effort by the government to encourage dissolution and assimilation of both lands and culture, the Osage negotiated to maintain the mineral rights for their corner of Oklahoma, creating a kind of “underground reservation.” It proved a savvy move; soon countless oil rigs punctured the dusty landscape, making the Osage very rich. And that’s when they started dying.

Find Killers of the Flower Moon in the catalog.

Book Group: 
Nighttime Nonfiction Book Discussion Group
Thursday, July 26, 2018 at 7:00pm

The Second Mrs. Hockaday

By Susan Rivers

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.

Book Group: 
First Thursday Book Discussion Group
Thursday, August 2, 2018 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

The Stars Are Fire

by Anita Shreve

In October, 1947, after a summer-long drought, fires began near Bar Harbor and raced along the coast of Maine, ravaging two hundred thousand acres--the largest fire in Maine's history. In the southern part of the state, people were forced into the sea to escape the flames. Five months pregnant, Grace Holland is left alone to protect her two toddlers when her husband Gene joins the volunteers fighting to bring the fire under control.

Find The Stars Are Fire in the catalog.

Book Group: 
Sunday NovelTea Book Discussion Group
Sunday, August 5, 2018 from 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The Alice Network

By Kate Quinn

By 1947, Charlotte "Charlie" St. Clair is desperate to find out what happened to her cousin Rose, who disappeared in Nazi-occupied France during the war. With her college career on hold due to an unplanned pregnancy, Charlie pursues her only lead: hard-drinking retired spy Eve Gardiner, who has her own private reasons for helping Charlie and whose story is revealed in flashbacks.

Find The Alice Network in the catalog.

Book Group: 
Second Thursday Book Discussion Group
Thursday, August 9, 2018 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

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.

Book Group: 
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.

Book Group: 
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.

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

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