Locations & Hours

Abingdon Library
276-676-6233

MON 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
TUE 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
WED 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
THU 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
FRI 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
SAT 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
SUN closed

Damascus Library
276-475-3820

MON 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
TUE 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
WED 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
THU 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
FRI 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
SAT & SUN closed

Glade Spring Library
276-429-5626

MON 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
TUE 10 a.m. - 4 p. m.
WED 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
THU 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
FRI 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
SAT & SUN closed

Hayters Gap Library
276-944-4442

MON 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
TUE 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
WED 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
THU 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
FRI 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
SAT & SUN closed

Mendota Library
276-645-2374

MON 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
TUE 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
WED 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
THU 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
FRI 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
SAT & SUN closed

Book Club Kits

Book Club Kits

We Have Your Book Club in the Bag

Are your book club members on the same page with book selections? Have difficulty getting books? Need discussion ideas and questions? We’re here to assist with librarian-curated kits!

Expand your literary comfort zone, enjoy time with other book lovers and have fun!

What’s In a Kit

Each book club kit contains:

When available, the library provides access to one E-library electronic book and one downloadable audiobook for each title, which you can download to a device in Overdrive or Libby.

Kits include a mix of genres, topics and interests in fiction and nonfiction.

Borrowing Guidelines

Reservations and Checkouts

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Available Kits

Book Club Kit books are listed alpha by author. Check our SelectReads page or click any cover for longer descriptions, author bios, book reviews and more.

Pride and Prejudice
by Jane Austen
When Elizabeth Bennet first meets eligible bachelor Fitzwilliam Darcy, she thinks him arrogant and conceited; he is indifferent to her good looks and lively mind. In the sparkling comedy of manners that follows, Jane Austen shows us the folly of judging by first impressions and superbly evokes the friendships, gossip and snobberies of provincial middle-class life.

More about Cold Sassy Tree

Cold Sassy Tree
by Olive Ann Burns
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.

More about My Antonia

My Antonia
by Willa Cather
This classic 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.

More about O Pioneers

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.

More about Between the World and Me

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. A profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son

More about American Dirt

American Dirt
by Jeanine Cummins
Lydia Quixano Pérez runs a bookstore in Acapulco, Mexico, where she lives with her journalist husband, Sebastián, and their son, Luca. When a man starts visiting her store, buying books and striking up a friendship, Lydia has no idea that he will be responsible for turning her life upside down. Lydia and Luca flee Acapulco, setting them on a journey they will share with countless other Central and South Americans-turned migrants.

White Fragility
by Robin Diangelo
The New York Times best-selling book exploring the counterproductive reactions white people have when their assumptions about race are challenged, and how these reactions maintain racial inequality. In this in-depth exploration, DiAngelo examines how white fragility develops, how it protects racial inequality, and what we can do to engage more constructively.

More about Rebecca

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.

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NEW! The Cul-de-Sac War
by Melissa Ferguson

Local author Melissa Ferguson uses Abingdon as the setting of her new book! Bree Leake doesn’t want to be tied down. She’s had more jobs than she can count, and she plans to move as soon as the curtains fall on her less-than-minor stage role at The Barter – the oldest live performance theater in the US. But just when it’s time to move on again, Bree’s parents make her an offer: hold steady for a full year, and they will give her the one thing she’s always wanted – her grandmother’s house. Her dreams are coming true . . . until life at the theater throws her some curve balls. And then there’s Chip McBride – her handsome and infuriating next-door neighbor.

More about The Stranger in the Woods

The Stranger in the Woods
by Michael Finkel
In 1986, a shy and intelligent twenty-year-old named Christopher Knight left his home in Massachusetts, drove to Maine, and disappeared into the forest. Many people dream of escaping modern life, but most will never act on it. A true story of a man who lived alone in the woods for 27 years, making this dream a reality; not out of anger at the world, simply because he preferred to live on his own.

Skipping Christmas
by John Grisham

Luther and Nora Krank are fed up with the Christmas chaos. Where has all the joy gone? With their only child off in Peru, they decide that just this once, they’ll skip the holidays. But a vacation from Christmas isn’t much of a vacation at all, and skipping the holidays has consequences the Kranks didn’t bargain for.

What the Eyes Dont See

What the Eyes Don’t See
by Mona Hanna-Attisha
The inspiring story of how Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, alongside a team of researchers, parents, friends, and community leaders, discovered that the children of Flint, Michigan, were being exposed to lead in their tap water—and then battled her own government and a brutal backlash to expose that truth to the world.

More about The Dry

The Dry
by Jane Harper
Federal Agent Aaron Falk returns to his hometown to attend the funeral of his best friend, Luke. Twenty years ago when Falk was accused of murder, Luke was his alibi. Falk and his father fled under a cloud of suspicion, saved from prosecution only because of Luke’s steadfast claim that the boys had been together at the time of the crime. But now more than one person knows they didn’t tell the truth back then, and Luke is dead.

More about The Scarlet Letter

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.

More about Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine
by Gail Honeyman
Meet Eleanor Oliphant. She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. 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.

More about American Marriage

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.

More about The Girls of Atomic City

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.

More about Oona Out of Order

Oona Out of Order
by Margarita Montimore

At the countdown to the New Year, Oona Lockhart faints and awakens thirty-two years in the future in her fifty-one-year-old body. Greeted by a friendly stranger in a beautiful house she’s told is her own, Oona learns that on each New Year’s Eve she will leap to another random age.

More about Little Fires Everywhere

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.

More about Where the Crawdads Sing

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.

More about The Dutch House

The Dutch House by Ann Patchett
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.

More about The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek

The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek
by Kim Michele Richardson
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.

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.

More about The End of Your Life Book Club

The End of Your Life Book Club
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.

More about The Island of Sea Women

The Island of Sea Women
by Lisa See

Mi-ja and Young-sook, two girls living on the Korean island of Jeju, are best friends who come from very different backgrounds. When they are old enough, they join their village’s all-female diving collective, led by Young-sook’s mother. As baby divers, they begin a life of excitement and responsibility—but also danger.

Where’d You Go, Bernadette
by Maria Semple

To her Microsoft-guru husband, she’s a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she’s a disgrace; to design mavens, she’s a revolutionary architect; and to 15-year-old Bee, she is her best friend and, simply, Mom. The New York Times describes this title as “A misanthropic matriarch leaves her eccentric family in crisis when she mysteriously disappears in this ‘whip-smart and divinely funny’ novel that inspired the movie starring Cate Blanchett.”

The Women in Black
by Madeleine St. John

The women in black, named for the frocks they wear while working at Goode’s department store in 1959 Sydney, sell ladies’ dresses during the holiday rush. A pitch-perfect comedy of manners, the novel conjures the energy of a city on the cusp of change and celebrates the importance of female friendship.

More about Ramp Hollow

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.

The Hate U Give
by Angie Thomas

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor black neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend, Khalil, at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

More about A Gentleman in Moscow

A Gentleman in Moscow
by Amor Towles
In 1922, Count Alexander Rostov is sentenced by the Bolsheviks to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, lives in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel’s door. His reduced circumstances unveil a much larger world of emotional discovery.

More about Rez Life

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.

More about Educated

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.

Ethan Frome
by Edith Wharton
Ethan Frome works his unproductive farm and struggles to maintain a bearable existence with his difficult, suspicious, and hypochondriac wife, Zeenie. But when Zeenie’s vivacious cousin enters their household as a ‘hired girl’, Ethan finds himself obsessed with her and with the possibilities for happiness she comes to represent.

More about The House of Mirth

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?

More about The Professor and the Madman

The Professor and the Madman
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.

Helpful Resources

Novelist Plus
Includes thousands of fiction and nonfiction titles, author read a-likes, award winners, book discussion guides, and features that allow you to search by author, title, series, plot, and genre. (Must use library card to access)

ALA Book Club Central
Book Club Central is a new online resource for book clubs and readers featuring book reviews, author interviews, discussion questions and more.

Fantastic Fiction
Fantastic Fiction is an online catalog for those who love to read fiction. Locate favorites, discover new authors, find read a-likes, track series, etc.

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