Book Discussion Kits

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Book discussion kits are available at the Smith Library.
Included in the kits: 8 regular and 2 large print books of the same title and discussion questions to lead the group.

One member of your book discussion group borrows the kit for the entire group and is responsible for all the materials. Kits check out for 6 weeks and the bag and its entire contents must be returned to the library at the same time to avoid fines.
Please visit or contact the Smith Library for questions regarding the kits and their availability.


Coming Soon: Damnation Spring by Ash Davidson:

A stunning novel about love, work, and marriage that asks how far one family and one community will go to protect their future. Colleen and Rich Gundersen are raising their young son, Chub, on the rugged California coast. It’s 1977, and life in this Pacific Northwest logging town isn’t what it used to be.

Source: The Secrets We Kept: A novel: 9780525656159: Prescott, Lara:  Books

The Secrets We Kept by Lara Prescott:

The Secrets We Kept combines a legendary literary love story–the decades-long affair between Pasternak and his mistress and muse, Olga Ivinskaya, who was sent to the Gulag and inspired Zhivago’s heroine, Lara–with a narrative about two women empowered to lead lives of extraordinary intrigue and risk.


The Midnight Library: A Novel: Haig, Matt: 9780525559474: Books

The Midnight Library By Matt Haig:

Matt Haig’s unique novel The Midnight Library ponders the infinite possibilities of life. It is about a young woman named Nora Seed, who lives a monotonous, ordinary life and feels unwanted and unaccomplished. One night, her despair reaches a peak and she commits suicide.

American Dirt (Oprah's Book Club): A Novel - Kindle edition by Cummins,  Jeanine. Literature & Fiction Kindle eBooks @

American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins:

American Dirt tells the story of Lydia Quixano Pérez, a middle-class Mexican bookseller who flees Acapulco with 8-year-old son, Luca, after a drug cartel violently attacks a quinceañera she’s attending, killing her journalist husband who earlier had profiled the cartel leader, Javier.

Source: Buzzfeed News

Sunflower Sisters by Martha Hall Kelly:

This vibrant saga explores the historical ancestor of Kelly’s Lost Roses heroine Caroline Ferriday, abolitionist Georgeanna “Georgy” Woolsey. In 1861, Georgy, 28, abandons her privileged New York City debutante’s life to volunteer in a nursing brigade for the Union Army alongside her sister, Eliza

Source: Publishers Weekly

Lady Clementine by Marie Benedict:

Lady Clementine is the ferocious story of the ambitious woman beside Winston Churchill, the story of a partner who did not flinch through the sweeping darkness of war, and who would not surrender either to expectations or to enemies.

Source: Amazon The Paris Library: A Novel: 9781982134198: Charles, Janet  Skeslien: Books

The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien:

When the Nazis march into Paris, Odile stands to lose everything she holds dear, including her beloved Library. Together with her fellow librarians, Odile joins the Resistance with the best weapons she has: books. But when the war finally ends, instead of freedom, Odile tastes the bitter sting of unspeakable betrayal.


The Four Winds: A Novel: Hannah, Kristin: 9781250178602: Books

The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah:

In this uncertain and dangerous time, Elsa Martinelli—like so many of her neighbors—must make an agonizing choice: fight for the land she loves or go west, to California, in search of a better life. The Four Winds is an indelible portrait of America and the American Dream, as seen through the eyes of one indomitable woman whose courage and sacrifice will come to define a generation.


The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes:

Set in a small Kentucky town in Depression-era America, the novel details the lives of five women who become traveling librarians, delivering books to the people of Kentucky. The story follows Alice Wright, a British woman, who moves after marrying the Kentucky native Bennett Van Cleve.

Source: The Crimson

The Dutch House: A Novel: Patchett, Ann: 9780062963673: Books

The Dutch House By Ann Pratchett:

Set over the course of five decades, The Dutch House is a dark fairy tale about two smart people who cannot overcome their past. Despite every outward sign of success, Danny and Maeve are only truly comfortable when they’re together.


Where the Crawdads Sing: Owens, Delia: 6912281763182: Books

Where the Crawdad Sings by Delia Owens:

Where the Crawdads Sing is part coming-of-age and part crime drama, centered around Kya, a wild and unkempt girl. The book follows the ups and downs of her life. She lives a lonely life, but her story is a hopeful one as well. With a little help, she’s able to survive and even learn to read.

Source: The Bibliofile

Educated: A Memoir: Westover, Tara: 9780399590504: Books

Educated by Tara Westover:

Educated is a memoir by the American author Tara Westover. Westover recounts overcoming her survivalist Mormon family in order to go to college, and emphasizes the importance of education in enlarging her world.

Source: Wikipedia