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Book Club Resources

Are you looking for your next great read?  Interested in discussing literature with other readers or starting a book club of your own?  Then the WPL's Book Club Resource Center was designed for you!  Our goal is to enrich your reading life.  Here's what you'll find here:

  •     Tips and inspiration for book clubs

  •     Information on the WPL Book Club and other library programs

  •     Links to reading resources from around the web

Book Club in a Bag

If you've ever considered starting a book club, now is the perfect time! Check out a WPL tote bag filled with eight copies of any of the titles listed below. A binder with suggested discussion topics and paperwork to stay organized is included. It's never been easier!

To get started please take a look at our list of book club in a bag suggestions. If you click on the book cover you will be sent to our catalog where you can make your reservation of the kit you are interested in. The kits can circulate for a total of 6 weeks so you can spend time with them and get together with your book club members for ongoing discussions.

Book Club in a Bag is a kit that includes everything you need to run a book club meeting:

  • 8 copies of a selected title
  • Discussion questions tailored to your book choice
  • Book club tips   
  • A sign-up sheet to keep track of the books

If you have suggestions for other titles you would like to see be turned into book club kits please email us at wplref@mywpl.org and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

*Each bag must be picked up from and returned to the Welcome Desk at the main branch

Please refer to our Book Club in A Bag Flyer for more information.

Book club in a Bag Collections

The Corrections

by Jonathan Franzen

Enid Lambert begins to worry about her husband when he begins to withdraw and lose himself in negativity and depression as he faces Parkinson's disease.

Still Alice

by Lisa Genova

Alice Howland, happily married with three grown children and a house on the Cape, is a celebrated Harvard professor at the height of her career when she notices a forgetfulness creeping into her life. As confusion starts to cloud her thinking and her memory begins to fail her, she receives a devastating diagnosis: early onset Alzheimer's disease.

Outliers: the story of success

by Malcolm Gladwell

The best-selling author of Blink identifies the qualities of successful people, posing theories about the cultural, family, and idiosyncratic factors that shape high achievers, in a resource that covers such topics as the secrets of software billionaires, why certain cultures are associated with better academic performance, and why the Beatles earned their fame.

The Book Thief

by Markus Zusak

Death tells the story of a young German girl, Liesel, whose book-stealing and story-telling talents during World War II help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbors.

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

by Lisa See

A story of friendship set in nineteenth-century China follows an elderly woman and her companion as they communicate their hopes, dreams, joys, and tragedies through a unique secret language.

The Reader

by Bernhard Schlink

At the age of fifteen, Michael Berg falls in love with a woman named Hanna who disappears, and while observing a trial as a law student years later, he is shocked to discover the same woman as the defendant in a horrible crime.

Cutting for Stone

By Abraham Verghese

The twin sons of a secret love affair between an Indian nun and a British surgeon in Addis Ababa, Marion and Shiva Stone are orphaned by their mother's death in childbirth and father's disappearance, coming of age in an Ethiopia on the brink of revolution, bound together by a shared interest in medicine and forever divided by their love for the same woman.

The Elegance of the Hedgehog

by Muriel Barbery

The lives of fifty-four-year-old concierge Rene Michel and extremely bright, suicidal twelve-year-old Paloma Josse are transformed by the arrival of a new tenant.

Life After Life

by Kate Atkinson

What if you could live again and again, until you got it right? On a cold and snowy night in 1910, Ursula Todd is born to an English banker and his wife. She dies before she can draw her first breath. On that same cold and snowy night, Ursula Todd is born, lets out a lusty wail, and embarks upon a life that will be, to say the least, unusual.

The goldfinch

by Donna Tartt

A young boy in New York City, Theo Decker, miraculously survives an accident that takes the life of his mother. Alone and abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by a friend's family and struggles to make sense of his new life. In the years that follow, he becomes entranced by one of the few things that reminds him of his mother: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the art underworld. 

The China study : the most comprehensive study of nutrition ever conducted and the startling implications for diet, weight loss and long-term health

by T. Colin Campbell with Thomas M. Campbell II

The link between nutrition and heart disease, diabetes, and cancer is presented in an authoritative text--based on a survey of thousands of adults throughout China and Taiwan--that reveals how proper nutrition can have a dramatic effect on reducing and reversing these ailments.

 

Book Club Web Resources

Use these book club web resources to get started with forming your own book club by getting some great ideas and advice for success!

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