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Book Club in a Bag is a book club “kit” that allows any local book club to use the library as a convenient source of selections. Most selections are available as print books, eBooks, and audiobooks. Printed Discussion Guides are sometimes included.

Available titles:

Back Bay
by William Martin

"Meet the Pratt class. Driven men. Determined women. Through six turbulent generations, they would pursue a lost Paul Revere treasure. And turn a family secret into an obsession that could destroy them. "--Amazon.com.

The Big Tiny: A Built-It-Myself Memoir
by Dee Williams

A graceful, inspired memoir about building a home from scratch and discovering a true sense of self--in just eighty-four square feet--by Dee Williams, a pioneer in sustainable living and the proud owner of a very tiny house.

Bossypants
by Tina Fey

For the first time, one of the most powerful and beloved women in entertainment takes her writing talent to the pages of a book. From her disastrous honeymoon cruise to the oversold joys of breastfeeding, Fey puts her unique and endlessly funny mark on modern life, love, marriage, and motherhood.

The Boys in the Boat
by Daniel James Brown

This is the remarkable story of the University of Washington's 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal. The sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the boys defeated elite rivals first from eastern and British universities and finally the German crew rowing for Adolf Hitler in the Olympic games in Berlin, 1936.

Call the Midwife
by Jennifer Worth

In the 1950s, twenty-two-year-old Jenny Lee leaves her comfortable home to move into a convent and become a midwife in London's East End slums. While delivering babies all over the city, Jenny encounters a colorful cast of women—from the plucky, warm-hearted nuns with whom she lives, to the woman with twenty-four children who can't speak English, to the prostitutes of the city's seedier side.

Defending Jacob
by William Landay

Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than twenty years. When a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: his fourteen-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student.

The Dinner
by Herman Koch

Two brothers and their wives meet for dinner at a fashionable restaurant in Amsterdam. Behind their polite conversation, terrible things need to be said, and with every forced smile and every new course, the knives are being sharpened.

The Farm
by Tom Rob Smith

After learning his mother was committed to a mental hospital, Daniel receives a call from her, claiming that his lying father is part of a crime conspiracy.

The Giver
by Lois Lowry

Given his lifetime assignment at the Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas becomes the receiver of memories shared by only one other in his community and discovers the terrible truth about the society in which he lives.

The Great Divide
by T. Davis Bunn

When attorney Marcus Glenwood resigns from his prestigious corporate law firm to retreat to the small town of Rocky Mount, North Carolina, and rebuild his life after a devastating tragedy, he has no idea that the biggest, most emotionally trying case of his entire career is about to fall into his backyard.

The Heart Mender: A Story of Second Chances
by Andy Andrews

While digging up a withering wax myrtle tree beside his waterfront home on the Gulf coast, author Andy Andrews unearths a rusted metal container filled with Nazi artifacts and begins an intriguing investigation that unlocks an unspoken past that took place in his backyard...literally.

 

The Help
by Kathryn Stockett

In Jackson, Mississippi, in 1962, there are lines that are not crossed. With the civil rights movement exploding all around them, three women start a movement of their own, forever changing a town and the way women--black and white, mothers and daughters--view one another.

Host
by Robin Cook

Devastated by the death of her boyfriend after a routine surgery, fourth-year medical student Lynn Pierce investigates the accident and discovers a string of suspicious deaths at the hospital.

The Husband's Secret
by Liane Moriarty

Discovering a tattered letter that says she is to open it only in the event of her husband's death, Cecelia, a successful family woman, is unable to resist reading the letter and discovers a secret that shatters her life and the lives of two other women.

Into the Wild
by Jon Krakauer

In April 1992 a young man from a well-to-do family hitchhiked to Alaska and walked alone into the wilderness north of Mt. McKinley. His name was Christopher Johnson McCandless. He had given $25,000 in savings to charity, abandoned his car and most of his possessions, burned all the cash in his wallet, and invented a new life for himself. Four months later, his decomposed body was found by a moose hunter. How McCandless came to die is the unforgettable story of Into the Wild.

The Invention of Wings
by Sue Monk Kidd

On Sarah's eleventh birthday, she is given ownership of ten-year-old Handful, who is to be her handmaid. We follow their remarkable journeys over the next 35 years, as both strive for a life of their own, dramatically shaping each other's destinies and forming a complex relationship marked by guilt, defiance, estrangement and the uneasy ways of love.

Kiss of Night
by Debbie Viguie

Condemned for his evil passions, Raphael wanders the earth a vampire, and while he sets out in search of a powerful relic that a rival vampire stole from him, he is called upon to exercise courage and faith.

The Language of Flowers
by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

The story of a woman whose gift for flowers helps her change the lives of others even as she struggles to overcome her own past.

Letty’s Story
by LETICIA

This is Leticia -- bloodied by war, unwanted by her mother and father, a poor child of circumstance. At the age of five, she was traded in the black market with the Japanese army to survive. Letty's story explodes as suddenly as the bombs that hit Pearl Harbor.

Lonesome Dove
by Larry McMurtry

Chronicles a cattle drive in the nineteenth century from Texas to Montana, and follows the lives of Gus and Call, the cowboys heading the drive, Gus's woman, Lorena, and Blue Duck, a sinister Indian renegade.

The Look of Love
by Sarah Jio

Born during a Christmas blizzard, Jane Williams receives a rare gift: the ability to see true love. On her twenty-ninth birthday, Jane receives a card from the midwife who delivered her specifying that Jane must identify the six types of love before the full moon following her thirtieth birthday or face grave consequences.

Man Eaters of Tsavo
by John Henry Patterson

First published in 1907, this title depicts the author's adventures in Africa. One incident, involving two man-eating lions that were preying on railroad workers, is the basis for the current feature film The Ghost and the Darkness. Fans of true adventure will be interested in this.

The Nightingale
by Kristin Hannah

Reunited when the elder's husband is sent to fight in World War II, French sisters Vianne and Isabelle find their bond as well as their respective beliefs tested by a world that changes in horrific ways.

The Ocean at the End of the Lane
by Neil Gaiman

A man returns to the site of his childhood home where, years before, he knew a girl named Lettie Hempstock who showed him the most marvelous, dangerous, and outrageous things, but when he gets there he learns that nothing is as he remembered.

One Man Escaped
by Steven Meeker

This novel is about Alva C. “Tenil” Horr, who murdered his wife, Ida on Sept. 16, 1941, in Danville, Illinois. Mr. Horr was arrested in August of the following year and swiftly tried the following month. He was sentenced to Southern Illinois Penitentiary in Chester, Illinois for 25 years. He escaped from there in March of 1919.

One Summer America
by Bill Bryson

One of the most admired nonfiction writers of our time retells the story of one truly fabulous year in the life of his native country--a fascinating and gripping narrative featuring such outsized American heroes as Charles Lindbergh, Babe Ruth, and yes Herbert Hoover, and a gallery of criminals (Al Capone), eccentrics (Shipwreck Kelly), and close-mouthed politicians (Calvin Coolidge)...

The Orphan Keeper
by Camron Wright

Seven-year-old Chellamuthu's life--and his destiny--is forever changed when he is kidnapped from his village in Southern India and sold to the Lincoln Home for Homeless Children. His family is desperate to find him, and Chellamuthu anxiously tells the Indian orphanage that he is not an orphan, he has a mother who loves him. But he is told not to worry, he will soon be adopted by a loving family in America.

Orphan Train
by Christina Baker Kline

A captivating story of two very different women who build an unexpected friendship: a 91-year-old woman with a hidden past as an orphan-train rider and the teenage girl whose own troubled adolescence leads her to seek answers to questions no one has ever thought to ask. A powerful tale of upheaval and resilience, second chances, and unexpected friendship.

The Prince
by Machiavelli

Records the Italian statesman's classic statement on the nature of government and the means by which political power is obtained.

The Replacement
by Brenna Yovanoff

Sixteen-year-old Mackie Doyle knows that he replaced a human child when he was just an infant, and when a friend's sister disappears he goes against his family's and town's deliberate denial of the problem to confront the beings that dwell under the town, tampering with human lives.

Rowing the Atlantic
by Roz Savage

Stuck in a corporate job rut and an unraveling marriage, Roz Savage realized that if she carried on as she was, she wasn't going to end up with the life she wanted. So she turned her back on an eleven-year career as a management consultant to reinvent herself as a woman of adventure. She invested her life's savings in an ocean rowboat and became the first solo woman ever to enter the Atlantic Rowing Race.

Skipping Christmas
by John Grisham

Imagine a year without Christmas. No crowded malls, no corny office parties, no fruitcakes, no unwanted presents. That’s just what Luther and Nora Krank have in mind when they decide that, just this once, they’ll skip the holiday altogether.

Still Alice
by Lisa Genova

Feeling at the top of her game when she is suddenly diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's disease, Harvard psychologist Alice Howland struggles to find meaning and purpose in her life as her concept of self gradually slips away.

Storm of Steel
by Ernst Junger

Provides a memoir of the First World War through the eyes of an ordinary German soldier who viewed the war as a personal struggle, testing himself by leading raiding parties and enduring as his comrades were killed.

Till We Have Faces
by C. S. Lewis

This tale of two princesses-one beautiful and one unattractive-and of the struggle between sacred and profane love is Lewis's reworking of the myth of Cupid and Psyche and one of his most enduring works.

To Kill a Mockingbird
by Harper Lee

The explosion of racial hate and violence in a small Alabama town is viewed by a young girl whose father defends a black man accused of rape.

To the Stars
by George Takei

Popular Star Trek television star George Takei recounts his life and career from his childhood internment in World War II camps through his visionary experiences on the set as Mr. Sulu.

Year of Wonders
by Geraldine Brooks

When the plague visits an isolated village in the English countryside, 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 endure a self-imposed quarantine to keep the disease from spreading ...

 



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