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:
- 9 copies of the book
- one audiobook on CD, when available
- discussion guide
- book discussion how-tos and best practices
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.
Reservations and Checkouts
- To reserve a book club kit, call Abingdon Library at 276-676-6233 or submit the form at the bottom of this page.
- Only WCPL library card holders are eligible to reserve book kits.
- Book kits may be checked out for four weeks.
- They are not renewable.
- You can have more than one kit on reserve at a time.
- 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.
- Kits must be returned inside the library. Please do not put them in a book drop.
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.
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.
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.
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. 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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