Book Club Kits
Are your book club members on the same page with book selections? Do some members have difficulty getting the books? Do you need pointers and questions for book discussions? The library is here to assist!
The kits are curated by the library’s Collection Development department and selections include a mix of genres, topics and interests in fiction and nonfiction. The kits contain 9 books, and one audio book when available. Loan periods are four weeks. Additionally, when available, the library provides access to one electronic book and one downloadable audio book for each title.
Included with the books are a discussion guide and book club best practices.
- Book kits may be checked out for four weeks. They are not renewable. However, you can have more than one kit on reserve.
- The kit will be checked out on the library card of the book club member picking up the kit. That patron is responsible for the bag and all of its contents.
- The Book Club kit must be returned, with all its contents intact, at the same time.
- You may return the kits to any branch within the Washington County Public Library system. However, kits must be returned inside the library. Please do not put them in a book drop.
- You may reserve a kit by contacting Sally Jones at 276-676-6391.
Expand your literary comfort zone, enjoy time with other book lovers and have fun!
The following book kits are available for discussion groups. Check our SelectReads page or click any book cover for longer descriptions, author bios, book reviews and more.
Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns
Olive Ann Burns has given us a timeless, funny novel – about a romance that rocks an entire town, about a boy’s passage through the momentous year when childhood melts into adolescence, and about just how people lived and died in a small Southern town at the turn of the century.
My Antonia by Willa Cather
The novel tells the stories of an orphaned boy from Virginia, Jim Burden, and the elder daughter in a family of Bohemian immigrants, Ántonia Shimerda, who are each brought as children to be pioneers in Nebraska towards the end of the 19th century.
O Pioneers by Willa Cather
O Pioneers! tells the story of the Bergsons, a family of Swedish-Americans immigrants in Nebraska at the turn of the 20th century. Alexandra Bergson inherits the family farmland when her father dies, and she devotes her life to making the farm a viable enterprise at a time when many other immigrant families are giving up and leaving the prairie.
Between the World & Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
The author presents a history of racial discrimination in the United States and a narrative of his own personal experiences of contemporary race relations, offering possible resolutions for the future.
Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
The unassuming young heroine of Rebecca finds her life changed overnight when she meets Maxim de Winter, a handsome and wealthy widower whose proposal of marriage takes her by surprise. De Winter whisks her off to Manderley, his estate on the Cornish coast–but there things take a chilling turn.
The Stranger in the Woods by Michael Finkel
This is the remarkable true story of a man who lived alone in the woods of Maine for 27 years, making this dream a reality; not out of anger at the world, but simply because he preferred to live on his own.
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Set in an early New England colony, the novel shows the terrible impact a single, passionate act has on the lives of three members of the community: the defiant Hester Prynne; the fiery, tortured Reverend Dimmesdale; and the obsessed, vengeful Chillingworth.
Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
Smart, warm, uplifting, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine is the story of an out-of-the-ordinary heroine whose deadpan weirdness and unconscious wit make for an irresistible journey as she realizes that the only way to survive is to open your heart.
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
Newlyweds Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of both the American Dream and the New South. He is a young executive, and she is an artist on the brink of an exciting career. But as they settle into the routine of their life together, they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined. An Oprah’s book club selection.
The Girls of Atomic City by Denise Kiernan
At the height of World War II, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, consumed more electricity than New York City, yet did not appear on any map. Thousands of civilians, many of them young women from small towns, were recruited to this secret city. What were they actually doing there? Very few knew.
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
Explores the weight of secrets, the nature of art and identity, and the ferocious pull of motherhood – and the danger of believing that following the rules can avert disaster.
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
Kya Clark is a young woman who has grown up in near isolation in the wild marshlands outside Barkley Cove, North Carolina. When Kya is suspected of murder in 1969, at the age of 23, we learn her fascinating backstory. A deeply atmospheric portrayal of a place and time.
Blessed by Sherry Robinson
In Sherry Robinson’s contemporary southern Christian novel, Blessed, a charismatic, enigmatic new preacher creates rifts among his parishioners and in his own home.
The End of Your Life Book Group by Will Schwalbe
An inspiring story of a son and his mother who start a book club that brings them together as her life comes to a close. Over the next two years they discuss an eclectic array of books and a shared passion for reading.
Ramp Hollow by Steven Stoll
Ramp Hollow recasts the story of Appalachia as a complex struggle between mountaineers and profit-seeking forces from outside the region, drawing powerful connections between Appalachia and other agrarian societies around the world.
Rez Life by David Treuer
Treuer illuminates misunderstood issues like sovereignty, treaty rights, and natural-resource conservation. Through the eyes of students, teachers, government administrators, lawyers, and tribal court judges, he shows how casinos, tribal government, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs have transformed the landscape of Native American life.
Educated by Tara Westover
Traces the author’s experiences as a child born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, describing her participation in her family’s paranoid stockpiling activities and her resolve to educate herself well enough to earn an acceptance into a prestigious university and the world beyond.
The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
The story of Lily Bart, a well-born but impoverished woman belonging to high society in Gilded Age New York around the turn of the last century. As Lily turns 30, she has some choices to make about how to maintain her social standing and expensive tastes. How does a high-spirited lady both rebel against and conform to the harsh dictates of society?
The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary by Simon Winchester
A memoir about how the Oxford English Dictionary was compiled by James Murray and the invaluable contributions over a 20 year period by Dr. William Minor, a person who turned out to be a criminally insane murderer and prisoner at Broadmoor.
Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate
Based upon the infamous Tennessee Children’s Home Society child trafficking racket, this is a heartrending tale of two girls, two generations, and the power of family love. A story about children taken from their parents through kidnapping or subterfuge and then placed for adoption, for a price.
The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek
Inspired by the true blue-skinned people of Kentucky and the brave and dedicated Kentucky Pack Horse library service of the 1930s, The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek is a story of raw courage, fierce strength, and one woman’s belief that books can carry us anywhere―even back home.
The Dutch House by Ann Patchett
From the New York Times bestselling author of Commonwealth and State of Wonder, comes Ann Patchett’s most powerful novel to date: a richly moving story that explores the indelible bond between two siblings, the house of their childhood, and a past that will not let them go. The Dutch House is the story of a paradise lost, a tour de force that digs deeply into questions of inheritance, love and forgiveness, of how we want to see ourselves and of who we really are.
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