Book Club in a Bag

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 catalogGreen titles were added in 2019 and maroon titles were added in 2020. 

 

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 refdesk@ivpl.org.

Fiction (alphabetical by author)

A

  • Alvarez, Julia – In the Time of the Butterflies (Historical)

  • Atkinson, Kate – Case Histories (Mystery)

  • Austen, Jane – Sense & Sensibility (Classics)

B

  • Backman, Fredrik:

    • A Man Called Ove (Literary)

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

  • Bank, Melissa – The Girls’ Guide to Hunting and Fishing

  • Barbery, Muriel – The Elegance of the Hedgehog

  • Benjamin, Melanie – The Aviator’s Wife

  • Bohjalian, Christopher A:

    • The Double Bind

    • Midwives

  • Brooks, Geraldine:

    • People of the Book

    • Year of Wonders

  • Buchan, Elizabeth – Revenge of the Middle-Aged Woman

C

  • 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

  • Coetzee, J. M. – Slow Man

  • Colgan, Jenny – The Bookshop on the Corner

  • Conner, Amy – The Right Thing

  • Cross, Donna Woolfolk – Pope Joan

D

  • Dai, Sijie – Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress

  • De los Santos, Marisa – Love Walked In

  • Diamant, Anita – The Red Tent

  • Diaz, Junot – The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

  • Diffenbaugh, Vanessa – The Language of Flowers

  • Doerr, Anthony – All the Light We Cannot See

  • Donoghue, Emma – Room

  • Dubus III, Andre – House of Sand and Fog

E

  • Edwards, Kim – The Memory Keeper’s Daughter

  • Enger, Leif – Peace Like a River

F

  • Fergus, Jim – One Thousand White Women

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

  • Flynn, Gillian – Gone Girl

  • Foer, Jonathan – Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

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

  • Forster, Margaret – The Unknown Bridesmaid

  • Fowler, Karen Joy – The Jane Austen Book Club

G

  • Genova, Lisa – Still Alice

  • Golden, Arthur – Memoirs of a Geisha

  • Green, John – The Fault in Our Stars

  • Grissom, Kathleen – The Kitchen House

  • Gruen, Sara – Water for Elephants

  • Guterson, David – Snow Falling on Cedars

H

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

  • Hamilton, Jane – A Map of the World

  • Hannah, Kristin – The Nightingale

  • Hawkins, Paula – The Girl on the Train

  • Hoffman, Beth – Saving CeeCee Honeycutt

  • Honeyman, Gail – Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

  • Horowitz, Anthony – Magpie Murders

  • Hosseini, Khaled – A Thousand Splendid Suns

I

  • Irving, John – A Widow for One Year

J

  • Jacobs, Kate – The Friday Night Knitting Club

K

  • Karon, Jan – At Home in Mitford

  • 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

L

  • Lahiri, Jhumpa – The Namesake

  • Landvik, Lorna – Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons

  • Lee, Min Jin – Pachinko

  • Letts, Billie – Where the Heart Is

M

  • MacDonald, Ann-Marie – Fall on Your Knees

  • Martel, Yann – Life of Pi

  • McCall, Alexander Smith:

    • The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency

    • 44 Scotland Street

  • McLain, Paula – The Paris Wife

  • Morgenstern, Erin – The Night Circus

  • Morris, Heather – The Tattooist of Auschwitz

  • Morton, Kate – The Forgotten Garden

  • Mosley, Walter – All I Did Was Shoot My Man

  • Moyes, Jojo – Me Before You

O

  • Obreht, Tea – The Tiger’s Wife

  • O’Brien, Tim – The Things They Carried

P

  • Pearlman, Ann – The Christmas Cookie Club

R

  • Rachman, Tom – The Imperfectionists

  • Robinson, Marilynne – Gilead

  • 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

S

  • See, Lisa – Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

  • Setterfield, Diane – The Thirteenth Tale

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

  • Shreve, Anita – Sea Glass

  • Simonson, Helen – Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand

  • Simsion, Graeme – The Rosie Project

  • Sittenfeld, Curtis – American Wife

  • 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

T

  • Toibin, Colm – Brooklyn

  • Towles, Amor - A Gentleman in Moscow

  • Trigiani, Adriana – Big Stone Gap

  • Twain, Mark – The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

V

  • Vargas, Fred – The Chalk Circle Man

  • Verghese, Abraham – Cutting for Stone

W

  • Ware, Ruth – The Woman in Cabin 10

  • Weir, Andy – The Martian

  • Whitehead, Colson – The Underground Railroad

  • Wingate, Lisa – Before We Were Yours

Y

  • Young, William – The Shack

Z

  • Zusak, Markus – The Book Thief

Non-Fiction (alphabetical by author)

A

  • Ackerman, Diane – The Zookeeper’s Wife

  • Albom, Mitch:

    • Tuesdays with Morrie

    • The Five People You Meet in Heaven

  • Ambrose, Stephen E. – Band of Brothers

B

  • Beah, Ishamel – A Long Way Home

  • Bates, Laura – Shakespeare Saved My Life

  • Bernstein, Harry - The Invisible Wall 

  • Boo, Katherine – Behind the Beautiful Forevers

  • Bourdain, Anthony – Kitchen Confidential

  • Bradley, James – Flags of Our Fathers

  • Brown, Daniel – The Boys in the Boat

  • Bryson, Bill – A Walk in the Woods

  • Buck, Rinker – The Oregon Trail

C

  • Coburn, Jennifer – We’ll Always Have Paris

  • Conway, Jill Ker – The Road from Coorain

D

  • Diamond, Jared – Guns, Germs & Steel

  • Diangelo, Robin - White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism

  • Didion, Joan – A Year of Magical Thinking

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

E

  • Eire, Carlos – Waiting for Snow in Havana

  • Ephron, Nora – I Feel Bad about My Neck

F

  • Fey, Tina – Bossypants

  • French, Paul – Midnight in Peking

G

  • George, Rose – Ninety Percent of Everything

  • Gladwell, Malcolm – The Tipping Point

H

  • Hall, Ron – Same Kind of Different as Me

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

  • Hillenbrand, Laura:

    • Seabiscuit

    • Unbroken

  • Hodgman, George – Bettyville

J

  • Janzen, Rhoda – Mennonite in the Little Black Dress

K

  • Keller, Helen – The Story of My Life

  • Kerman, Piper – Orange Is the New Black

  • Klobuchar, Amy – The Senator Next Door

  • Kozol, Jonathan:

    • Fire in the Ashes

    • Theft of Memory

  • Krakauer, Jon – Into Thin Air

L

  • Larson, Erik:

    • The Devil in the White City

    • In the Garden of Beasts

  • Lopez, Steve – The Soloist

M

  • McBride, James – The Color of Water

  • Moehringer, J.R. – The Tender Bar

  • Moore, Kate – The Radium Girls

  • Mortenson, Greg – Three Cups of Tea

N

  • Noah, Trevor – Born a Crime : Stories from a South African Childhood

O

  • Orlean, Susan – The Library Book

P

  • Poitier, Sidney – Measure of a Man

  • Pressman, Steve – 50 Children

R

  • Regan, Margaret – Detained and Deported

  • Roberts, Cokie – Founding Mothers

  • Roosevelt, Eleanor – Tomorrow Is Now

  • Rubin, Gretchen – The Happiness Project

  • Ryan, Terry – The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio

S

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

  • Sedaris, David – Me Talk Pretty One Day

  • Shapiro, Dani - Inheritance

  • Shetterly, Margot Lee – Hidden Figures

  • Sixsmith, Martin – Philomena

  • Skloot, R. – The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

  • Sokolove, Michael – Drama High

  • Sotomayor, Sonia – My Beloved World

  • Stevenson, Bryan – Just Mercy

  • Strayed, Cheryl – Wild

  • Summerscale, Kate – The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher

T

  • Tirado, Linda – Hand to Mouth

V

  • Vance, J.D. – Hillbilly Elegy

W

  • Walls, Jeanette – The Glass Castle

  • Wiesel, Elie – Night

Y

  • Yousafzai, Malala – I Am Malala

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