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Book Club in a Bag

Library tote bags full of books

Check out a tote bag full of copies of the same book to use for your book discussion group.  One person from your group can check out a bag that contains ten copies of a title and a book discussion guide with discussion questions, author biographies, and reviews.  Each bag may be checked out for two months.  Below are a list of available fiction and non-fiction titles in our catalog.


To reserve a title for your next book club or for more information, stop by the Reference Desk, call 215-723-9109, ext. 3, or email

New: Reserve a book club in a bag ahead of time online! Tap here to place your reservation.

Fiction (alphabetical by author)


  • Albom, Mitch - The Five People You Meet in Heaven

  • Allende, Isabel - In the Midst of Winter

  • Alvarez, Julia – In the Time of the Butterflies

  • Atkinson, Kate – Case Histories

  • Austen, Jane – Sense & Sensibility


  • Backman, Fredrik:

    • A Man Called Ove

    • My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry

  • Barbery, Muriel – The Elegance of the Hedgehog

  • Benjamin, Melanie – The Aviator’s Wife

  • Bohjalian, Chris - The Double Bind

  • Brooks, Geraldine - ​Year of Wonders


  • Chevalier, Tracy – Girl with a Pearl Earring

  • Christie, Agatha – Murder on the Orient Express

  • Cisneros, Sandra – The House on Mango Street

  • Cleave, Chris – Little Bee

  • Coelho, Paulo – The Alchemist

  • Colgan, Jenny – The Bookshop on the Corner


  • Dai, Sijie – Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress

  • De los Santos, Marisa – Love Walked In

  • Diamant, Anita – The Red Tent

  • Diffenbaugh, Vanessa – The Language of Flowers

  • Doerr, Anthony – All the Light We Cannot See


  • Edwards, Kim – The Memory Keeper’s Daughter

  • Enger, Leif – Peace Like a River


  • Fergus, Jim – One Thousand White Women

  • Ferrante, Elena - My Brilliant Friend

  • Flagg, Fannie – Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe

  • Foer, Jonathan Safran – Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

  • Foley, Lucy - The Guest List

  • Ford, Jamie – Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

  • French, Tana - In the Woods


  • Genova, Lisa – Still Alice

  • Gruen, Sara – Water for Elephants

  • Guterson, David – Snow Falling on Cedars


  • Haddon, Mark – The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

  • Hannah, Kristin – The Nightingale

  • Harper, Jane - The Dry

  • Honeyman, Gail – Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

  • Horowitz, Anthony – Magpie Murders

  • Hosseini, Khaled – A Thousand Splendid Suns


  • Irving, John – A Widow for One Year


  • Jacobs, Kate – The Friday Night Knitting Club


  • Kidd, Sue Monk:

    • The Invention of Wings

    • The Mermaid Chair

    • The Secret Life of Bees

  • Kingsolver, Barbara – The Poisonwood Bible

  • Kline, Christina Baker – Orphan Train

  • Krueger, William Kent - This Tender Land


  • Landvik, Lorna – Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons

  • Larsen, Nella - Passing

  • Lee, Min Jin – Pachinko


  • McCall Smith, Alexander - The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency

  • McLain, Paula – The Paris Wife

  • Morgenstern, Erin – The Night Circus

  • Morris, Heather – The Tattooist of Auschwitz

  • Morton, Kate – The Forgotten Garden

  • Moyes, Jojo – Me Before You



  • Obreht, Tea – The Tiger’s Wife

  • O’Brien, Tim – The Things They Carried


  • Patchett, Ann - State of Wonder

  • Pearlman, Ann – The Christmas Cookie Club


  • Rachman, Tom – The Imperfectionists

  • Rinehart, Mary Roberts - The Wall

  • Rosnay, Tatiana de – Sarah’s Key

  • Roy, Arundhati – The God of Small Things

  • Ruiz Zafón, Carlos – The Shadow of the Wind

  • Russo, Richard – Empire Falls

  • Rutledge, Lynda - West With Giraffes


  • Setterfield, Diane – The Thirteenth Tale

  • Shaffer, Mary Ann – The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society

  • Simonson, Helen – Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand

  • Simsion, Graeme – The Rosie Project

  • Stedman, M.L – The Light Between Oceans

  • Stein, Garth – The Art of Racing in the Rain

  • Stout, Elizabeth – Olive Kitteridge

  • Sullivan, Mark – Beneath a Scarlet Sky

  • Swanson, Peter - Eight Perfect Murders


  • Toibin, Colm – Brooklyn

  • Towles, Amor - A Gentleman in Moscow

  • Trigiani, Adriana – Big Stone Gap



  • Vargas, Fred – The Chalk Circle Man

  • Verghese, Abraham – Cutting for Stone


  • Ware, Ruth – The Woman in Cabin 10

  • Weir, Andy – The Martian

  • Whitehead, Colson – The Underground Railroad

  • Wingate, Lisa – Before We Were Yours



  • Zusak, Markus – The Book Thief

Non-Fiction (alphabetical by author)


  • Ackerman, Diane – The Zookeeper’s Wife

  • Albom, Mitch - Tuesdays with Morrie: an old man, a young man, and life's greatest lesson

  • Ambrose, Stephen E. – Band of Brothers: E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne : from Normandy to Hitler's Eagle's nest


  • Bates, Laura – Shakespeare Saved My Life: ten years in solitary with the Bard

  • Bernstein, Harry - The Invisible Wall

  • Boo, Katherine – Behind the Beautiful Forevers: [life, death, and hope in a Mumbai undercity]

  • Bourdain, Anthony - Kitchen Confidential: adventures in the culinary underbelly

  • Bradley, James D. – Flags of Our Fathers

  • Brown, Daniel James – The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics

  • Bryson, Bill – A Walk in the Woods: rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail

  • Buck, Rinker – The Oregon Trail: a new American journey


  • Carreyrou, John - Bad Blood: secrets and lies in a Silicon Valley startup

  • Coburn, Jennifer – We’ll Always Have Paris

  • Conway, Jill Ker – The Road from Coorain: In the tradition of My Brilliant Career

  • Corrigan, Kelly - The Middle Place


  • Diangelo, Robin - White Fragility : Why it's so hard for white people to talk about racism

  • Douglass, Frederick – Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass


  • Eggers, Dave - The Monk of Mokha

  • Ephron, Nora – I Feel Bad about My Neck: and other thoughts on being a woman


  • Fey, Tina – Bossypants


  • Gladwell, Malcolm:

    • Blink: the power of thinking without thinking 

    • The Tipping Point: how little things can make a big difference

  • Grann, David - Killers of the Flower Moon: the Osage murders and the birth of the FBI


  • Hall, Ron – Same Kind of Different as Me

  • Hanna-Attisha, Mona - What the Eyes Don't See: a story of crisis, resistance, and hope in an American city

  • Harari, Yuval Noah – Sapiens: A Brief History of Mankind



  • Janzen, Rhoda – Mennonite in a Little Black Dress: a memoir of going home

  • Junger, Sebastian - The Perfect Storm : a true story of men against the sea


  • Keefe, Patrick Radden - Say Nothing: a true story of murder and memory in Northern Ireland

  • Kimmerer, Robin Wall - Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants

  • Klobuchar, Amy – The Senator Next Door: a memoir from the heartland

  • Krakauer, Jon – Into Thin Air: a personal account of the Mount Everest disaster


  • Lewis, Michael - The Blind Side: evolution of a game

  • Lopez, Steve – The Soloist: a lost dream, an unlikely friendship, and the redemptive power of music


  • McBride, James – The Color of Water: a Black man's tribute to his white mother

  • McNamara, Michelle - I'll Be Gone in the Dark: one woman's obsessive search for the Golden State Killer

  • Moore, Kate – The Radium Girls: the dark story of America's shining women

  • Mortenson, Greg – Three Cups of Tea: one man's mission to promote peace--one school at a time


  • Noah, Trevor – Born a Crime: stories from a South African childhood


  • Orlean, Susan – The Library Book


  • Poitier, Sidney – The Measure of a Man: a spiritual autobiography

  • Pressman, Steven – 50 Children: one ordinary American couple's extraordinary rescue mission into the heart of Nazi Germany



  • Regan, Margaret – Detained and Deported: stories of immigrant families under fire

  • Roberts, Cokie – Founding Mothers: the women who raised our nation

  • Roosevelt, Eleanor - Tomorrow Is Now

  • Rubin, Gretchen – The Happiness Project, or why I spent a year trying to sing in the morning, clean my closets, fight right, read Aristotle, and generally have more fun

  • Ryan, Terry – The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio: how my mother raised 10 kids on 25 words or less


  • Schwalbe, Will – The End of Your Life Book Club

  • Sedaris, David – Me Talk Pretty One Day

  • Shapiro, Dani - Inheritance: a memoir of genealogy, paternity, and love

  • Shetterly, Margot Lee – Hidden Figures: the American dream and the untold story of the Black women mathematicians who helped win the space race

  • Sixsmith, Martin – Philomena: a mother, her son, and a fifty-year search

  • Skloot, Rebecca – The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

  • Sokolove, Michael – Drama High: the incredible true story of a brilliant teacher, a struggling town, and the magic of theater

  • Sotomayor, Sonia – My Beloved World

  • Stevenson, Bryan – Just Mercy: a story of justice and redemption

  • Strayed, Cheryl – Wild: from lost to found on the Pacific Crest Trail


  • Tirado, Linda – Hand to Mouth: living in bootstrap America



  • Vance, J.D. – Hillbilly Elegy: a memoir of a family and culture in crisis


  • Wiesel, Elie – Night

  • Wilkerson, Isabel - The Warmth of Other Suns: the epic story of America's great migration



  • Yousafzai, Malala – I Am Malala: the girl who stood up for education and was shot by the Taliban


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