1. Check out a kit at the library.
A Book Club in a Bag includes 10 copies of a single book, along with a sheet of suggested questions for discussion. Each kit checks out for a period of 8 weeks, with no renewal. If you have a monthly book club, this should give you enough time to check out the kit, distribute the books at your regular book club meeting, read the book, discuss it at your next month’s meeting, and return the kit to the library.
Each book is numbered; we suggest creating a sign-out list to keep track of which club member has each copy. The person who checks the Book Club in a Bag out from Samuels Library is responsible for returning the entire kit, and he or she will be charged for any missing or damaged pieces.
At your meeting, use the provided questions to start a conversation about this book. Good food helps too! (If you think you will need more questions or background information, try searching online or asking a librarian to help you find more.) At the end of the meeting, collect all 10 copies of the book and put them back in the tote bag. Make sure to return the entire kit to the library by the due date to avoid accruing late fees ($1.00 per day, $20.00 maximum).
We hope you and your book club enjoy discussing the books in these kits. We’re always trying to create new kits, so if your book club has multiple copies of another book you loved discussing, please consider donating them to the library.
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver
The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach
Atonement by Ian McEwan
Caleb's Crossing by Geraldine Brooks
Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier
The Curious Incident of the Dog in Nighttime by Mark Haddon
Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lack by Rebecca Skloot
In the Woods by Tana French
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
Life of Pi by Yann Martel
Little Bee by Chris Cleave
Midnight Rising by Tony Horwitz
My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Pale Rose of England by Sandra Worth
The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen
The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi
Room by Emma Donoghue
Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt
State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
The Story of a Beautiful Girl by Rachel Simon
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
Zeitoun by Dave Eggers