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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:

1984
by George Orwell

While the totalitarianism that provoked George Orwell into writing 'Nineteen Eighty-Four' seems to be passing into oblivion, his harrowing, cautionary tale of a man trapped in a political nightmare has had the opposite fate, and its relevance and power to disturb our complacency seem to grow decade by decade.

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.

The Book Thief
by Markus Zusak

Death tells the story of a young German girl, Liesel, whose book-stealing and story-telling talents during World War II help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbors.

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.

A Day No Pigs Would Die
by Robert Newton Peck

To a thirteen-year-old Vermont farm boy whose father slaughters pigs for a living, maturity comes early as he learns "doing what's got to be done," especially regarding his pet pig who cannot produce a litter. A poignant story of a boy forced to become a man much too soon.

The Dogs of Christmas
by W. Bruce Cameron

While nursing a broken heart, Josh Michaels is outraged when a neighbor abandons his very pregnant dog, Lucy, at Josh's Colorado home. But Josh can't resist Lucy's soulful brown eyes, and though he's never had a dog before, he's determined to do the best he can for Lucy--and her soon-to-arrive, bound-to-be-adorable puppies.

Drifting Too Far From Shore
by Niles Reddick

Readers will fall in love with Muddy (Charlotte) Rewis, a sassy yet reserved Southern woman who has a cane and ain't afraid to use it. Muddy believes she is in her last days and longs to reunite in heaven with her deceased husband, Claude. But when Muddy's grandson shoots out a neighbor's front window, an old friendship is renewed, and troubling mysteries irresistibly revived.

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City
by Matthew Desmond

Sociologist Matthew Desmond takes us into the poorest neighborhoods of Milwaukee to tell the story of eight families on the edge. A single mother trying to raise her two sons on the 20 dollars a month after paying for their rundown apartment, a gentle nurse consumed by a heroin addiction, a man with no legs with a neighborhood full of boys to look after, and so the tragic story goes. . .

Frankenstein
by Mary Shelley

A monster assembled by a scientist from parts of dead bodies develops a mind of his own as he learns to loathe himself and hate his creator. Leaves a path of terror and he searches for love and acceptance.

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 Haunting of Hill House
by Shirley Jackson

The four visitors at Hill House-- some there for knowledge, others for adventure-- are unaware that the old mansion will soon choose one of them to make its own.

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.

Hidden Figures
by Margot Shetterly

Before John Glenn orbited the earth or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of dedicated female mathematicians known as "human computers" used pencils, slide rules and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space. Among these problem-solvers were a group of exceptionally talented African American women, some of the brightest minds of their generation...

Hillbilly Elegy
by J. D. Vance

The decline of white working-class Americans, a demographic that has been slowly disintegrating over forty years, has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm - but never before written about as searingly from the inside. Former marine and Yale Law School graduate J.D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck.

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.

I am the Messenger
by Markus Zusak

Ed Kennedy is an underage cabdriver without much of a future. He's pathetic at playing cards, hopelessly in love with his best friend, Audrey, and utterly devoted to his coffee-drinking dog, the Doorman. His life is one of peaceful routine and incompetence until he inadvertently stops a bank robbery. That's when the first ace arrives in the mail. That's when Ed becomes the messenger.

Jefferson's Daughters: Three Sisters, White and Black,
in a Young America

by Catherine Kerrison

Thomas Jefferson had three daughters: Martha and Maria by his wife, Martha Wayles Jefferson, and Harriet by his slave Sally Hemings. In Jefferson's Daughters, Catherine Kerrison, a scholar of early American and women's history, recounts the remarkable journey of these three women and their struggle to define themselves.

Killers of the Flower Moon (Jan 2019)
by David Grann

Presents a true account of the early twentieth-century murders of dozens of wealthy Osage and law-enforcement officials, citing the contributions and missteps of a fledgling FBI that eventually uncovered one of the most chilling conspiracies in American history.

Kiss of Night
by Debbie Viguie

Condemned for his evil passions and hypocrisy, 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 in God.

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. A true American classic.

Man Called Ove
by Fredrik Backman

Meet Ove. He's a curmudgeon; the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him 'the bitter neighbor from hell'. But must Ove be bitter just because he doesn't walk around with a smile plastered to his face all the time?

Mistletoe Promise (Dec 2018)
by Richard Paul Evans

Tired of spending the holidays alone since her bitter divorce three years ago, Elise accepts a proposition from a man in her building to be a pretend couple until Christmas. As the charade progresses, her badly broken heart begins to mend, but secrets threaten to destroy the emerging relationship.

Mrs. Sherlock Holmes
by Brad Ricca

In 1917, on the day before Valentine's Day, eighteen-year-old Ruth Cruger disappeared. When the police gave up, a mysterious woman in black vowed to find her. Mrs. Sherlock Holmes tells the true story of Grace Humiston, the detective and lawyer who turned her back on New York society life to become one of the nation's greatest crime fighters during an era when women were rarely involved with investigations.

News of the World
by Paulette Jiles

In the aftermath of the Civil War, Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd, an elderly widower and itinerant news reader, is offered fifty dollars to bring an orphan girl, who was kidnapped and raised by Kiowa raiders, from Wichita Falls back to her family in San Antonio. Along the way, he and the child become lifelong friends.

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. Each sister embarking on her own dangerous path toward survival.

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.

The One Good Thing
by Kevin Alan Milne

After Nathan Steen is killed in a highway accident, his family discovers the existence of another woman and child in his life and struggles as they try to reconcile his selfless behavior as a family man with his past.

The Orphan Keeper
by Camron Wright

Seven-year-old Chellamuthu's life 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 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 Personal History of Rachel DuPree
by Ann Weisgarber

It is 1917 in the South Dakota Badlands and Rachel is struggling to feed her family after a hard summer. Being African-American, she is isolated by more than just geography. Determined to give her surviving children the life they deserve, even though her husband will never leave his ranch. She must find the strength to do what is right--for her children and for herself.

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.

The Sewing Machine
by Natalie Fergie

More than 100 years after his grandmother's sewing machine was made, Fred discovers a treasure trove of documents. His family history is laid out before him in a patchwork of unfamiliar handwriting and colorful seams. He starts to unpick the secrets of four generations, one stitch at a time.

The Shack
by William Young

Mackenzie Allen Phillips' youngest daughter, Missy, has been abducted during a family vacation and evidence that she may have been brutally murdered is found in an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Four years later in the midst of his Great Sadness, Mack receives a suspicious note, apparently from God, inviting him back to that shack for a weekend . . .

Silent Night: The Story of the World War I Christmas Truce
by Stanley Weintraub

This "moving story of horror taking a holiday" (People) vividly recounts one of history's most powerful Christmas stories. Using the stories of the men who were there, Weintraub illuminates this extraordinary moment in time.

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.

Slaughterhouse-Five
by Kurt Vonnegut

Billy Pilgrim, a chaplain's assistant during the Second World War, returns home only to be kidnapped by aliens from the planet Tralfamadore, who teach him that time is an eternal present.

Stardust
by Neil Gaiman

Young Tristran Thorn will do anything to win the cold heart of beautiful Victoria—even fetch her the star they watch fall from the night sky. But to do so, he must enter the unexplored lands on the other side of the ancient wall that gives their tiny village its name. Beyond that old stone wall, Tristran learns, lies Faerie—where nothing, not even a fallen star, is what he imagined.

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. Alice learns that her worth is comprised of more than her ability to remember.

To Kill a Mockingbird
by Harper Lee

The explosion of racial hate and violence in a small Alabama town is told by a young girl whose father defends a black man accused of rape. A story of honor and injustice in the deep south.

Why Dogs Can Talk on Christmas Eve
by Dick Carlson

The rumors are true. The 2,000 year old secret has been exposed, and explained - in charming detail.

A Wizard of Earthsea
by Ursula K. Le Guin

A boy grows to manhood while attempting to subdue the evil he unleashed on the world as an apprentice to the Master Wizard.

A Wrinkle in Time
by Madeleine L'Engle

Meg Murry and her friends become involved with unearthly strangers and a search for Meg's father, who has disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government.

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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