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Looking for your next book club read? Here you'll find the latest additions to our Book Club Kit collection. Not finding what you want or have an idea for a great kit? Consider suggesting a title.


Susan Meissner
Description: September 1911. On Ellis Island in New York Harbor, nurse Clara Wood cannot face returning to Manhattan, where the man she loved fell to his death in the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire. Then, while caring for a fevered immigrant whose own loss mirrors hers, she becomes intrigued by a name embroidered onto the scarf he carries. Clara finds herself caught in a dilemma that compels her to confront the truth about the assumptions she's made. Will what she learns devastate her or free her? September 2011. On Manhattan's Upper West Side, widow Taryn Michaels has convinced herself that she is living fully, working in a charming specialty fabric store and raising her daughter alone. Then a long-lost photograph appears in a national magazine, and she is forced to relive the terrible day her husband died in the collapse of the World Trade Towers, the same day a stranger reached out and saved her. Will a chance reconnection and a century-old scarf open Taryn's eyes to the larger forces at work in her life?
Call Number: Book Club Kit FIC Mei
Format: Kit
Date Added: Dec 14, 2017
Imbolo Mbue
Description: 2007. Jende Jonga, a Cameroonian immigrant living in Harlem, has come to the United States to provide a better life for himself, his wife, Neni, and their six-year-old son.Working as a chauffeur for Clark Edwards, a senior executive at Lehman Brothers, he displays the punctuality, discretion, and loyalty that Edwards demands. Neni temporary work at the Edwardses' summer home in the Hamptons means a brighter future-- until Jende and Neni notice cracks in their employers' façades. As the financial world threatens to collapse, the Jongas become desperate. And as their marriage threatens to fall apart, Jende and Neni are forced to make an impossible choice.
Call Number: Book Club Kit FIC Mbu
Format: Kit
Date Added: Aug 8, 2017
Olive Ann Burns
Description: If the preacher's wife's petticoat showed, the ladies would make the talk last a week. But on July 5, 1906, things took a scandalous turn. That was the day E. Rucker Blakeslee, proprietor of the general store and barely three weeks a widower, eloped with Miss Love Simpson - a woman half his age and, worse yet, a Yankee! On that day, fourteen-year-old Will Tweedy's adventures began and an unimpeachably pious, deliciously irreverent town came to life.
Call Number: Book Club Kit FIC Bur
Format: Kit
Date Added: Dec 14, 2017
Margot Lee Shetterly
Description: "Before John Glenn orbited the earth or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of dedicated female mathematicians known as "human computers" used pencils, slide rules and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space. Among these problem-solvers were a group of exceptionally talented African American women, some of the brightest minds of their generation. Originally relegated to teaching math in the South's segregated public schools, they were called into service during the labor shortages of World War II, when America's aeronautics industry was in dire need of anyone who had the right stuff. Suddenly, these overlooked math whizzes had a shot at jobs worthy of their skills, and they answered Uncle Sam's call, moving to Hampton, Virginia, and the fascinating, high-energy world of the Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory. Even as Virginia's Jim Crow laws required them to be segregated from their white counterparts, the women of Langley's all-black "West Computing" group helped America achieve one of the things it desired most: a decisive victory over the Soviet Union in the Cold War, and complete domination of the heavens." -- Publisher's description
Call Number: Book Club Kit Lee
Format: Kit
Date Added: Sep 29, 2017
Yaa Gyasi
Description: "Two half sisters, Effia and Esi, unknown to each other, are born into two different tribal villages in 18th century Ghana. Effia will be married off to an English colonial, and will live in comfort in the sprawling, palatial rooms of Cape Coast Castle, raising half-caste children who will be sent abroad to be educated in England before returning to the Gold Coast to serve as administrators of the Empire. Her sister, Esi, will be imprisoned beneath Effia in the Castle's women's dungeon, and then shipped off on a boat bound for America, where she will be sold into slavery"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: Book Club Kit FIC Gya
Format: Kit
Date Added: Dec 14, 2017
George Saunders
Description: February 1862. The Civil War is less than one year old. The fighting has begun in earnest, and the nation has begun to realize it is in for a long, bloody struggle. Meanwhile, President Lincoln's beloved eleven-year-old son, Willie, lies upstairs in the White House, gravely ill. In a matter of days, despite predictions of a recovery, Willie dies and is laid to rest in a Georgetown cemetery. Newspapers report that a grief-stricken Lincoln returned to the crypt several times alone to hold his boy's body. Willie Lincoln finds himself in a strange purgatory, where ghosts mingle, gripe, commiserate, quarrel, and enact bizarre acts of penance. Within this transitional state, called, in the Tibetan tradition, the bardo, a monumental struggle erupts over young Willie's soul.
Call Number: Book Club Kit FIC Sau
Format: Kit
Date Added: Feb 5, 2018
Kara Jorges
Description: Zia Jones is a world-famous acrobat with her name in lights on the Las Vegas Strip. As the headlining star of the ancient Inca Empire-themed Cuzco Resort Hotel & Casino, she performs her aerial ballet five nights a week. Zia is in complete control of her own destiny ... until the night she meets handsome Saudi Prince Faoud and allows him to seduce her. A reality check comes complete with recriminations when she is accused of stealing the priceless necklace she wore to the prince's suite after a glitzy televised banquet, and her unique and furtive exit only makes her look guilty as sin. Things tumble way out of control when the Cuzco's head of security, Latino hottie Juan Carlos Ramirez, enters the picture. She's up against an enemy who will stop at nothing to destroy her, and her only salvation seems to be the man who's supposed to put her away. Though Prince Faoud and Juan Carlos must work together to save her, only one man can win her heart.
Call Number: Book Club Kit FIC Jor
Format: Kit
Date Added: Jul 6, 2017
Ayobami Adebayo
Description: Yejide and Akin fell in love and married while at university. Though many expected Akin to take several wives, he and Yejide agreed polygamy is not for them. But four years into their marriage-- after consulting fertility doctors and healers, trying strange teas and unlikely cures-- Yejide is still not pregnant. When her family arrives with a young woman they introduce as Akin's second wife, Yejide knows the only way to save her marriage is to get pregnant. She does--but at a cost far greater than she could have dared to imagine.
Call Number: Book Club Kit FIC Ade
Format: Kit
Date Added: Feb 5, 2018
Catherine Ryan Hyde
Description: August Shroeder, a burned-out teacher, has been sober since his 19-year-old son died. Every year he’s spent the summer on the road, but making it to Yellowstone this year means everything. The plan had been to travel there with his son, but now August is making the trip with Philip’s ashes instead. An unexpected twist of fate lands August with two extra passengers for his journey, two half-orphans with nowhere else to go. What none of them could have known was how transformative both the trip—and the bonds that develop between them—would prove, driving each to create a new destiny together.
Call Number: Book Club Kit FIC Hyd
Format: Kit
Date Added: Aug 8, 2017
Will Allen, Charles Wilson
Description: Describes the author's early experiences as a sharecropper's son and a KFC executive before building a preeminent urban farm to feed, educate, and employ thousands of at-risk youths.
Call Number: Book Club Kit All
Format: Kit
Date Added: Jul 6, 2017
Kathleen Grissom
Description: Orphaned while onboard ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin. Eventually, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction. Lavinia finds herself perilously straddling two very different worlds. When she is forced to make a choice, loyalties are brought into question, dangerous truths are laid bare, and lives are put at risk.
Call Number: Book Club Kit FIC Gri
Format: Kit
Date Added: Aug 8, 2017
Erica Bauermeister
Description: Restaurant owner Lillian manages an unexpected challenge while sharing her days with a circle of friends and regulars, including ritual-performing accountant Al, heartbroken chef Chloe, and unobtrusive giant Finnegan.
Call Number: Book Club Kit FIC Bau
Format: Kit
Date Added: Jul 6, 2017
Richard Flanagan
Description: "Moving deftly from a Japanese POW camp to present-day Australia, from the experiences of Dorrigo Evans and his fellow prisoners to that of the Japanese guards, this savagely beautiful novel tells a story of the many forms of love and death, of war and truth, as one man comes of age, prospers, only to discover all that he has lost." --Amazon.com.
Call Number: Book Club Kit FIC Fla
Format: Kit
Date Added: May 16, 2017
Camron Steve Wright
Description: Sang Ly struggles to survive by picking through garbage in Cambodia's largest municipal dump. Under threat of eviction by an embittered old drunk who is charged with collecting rents from the poor of Stung Meanchey, Sang Ly embarks on a desperate journeyto save her ailing son from a life of ignorance and poverty.
Call Number: Book Club Kit FIC Wri
Format: Kit
Date Added: Nov 2, 2017
Graeme C Simsion
Description: Don Tillman, a professor of genetics, sets up a project designed to find him the perfect wife, starting with a questionnaire that has to be adjusted a little as he goes along. Then he meets Rosie, who is everything he's not looking for in a wife, but she ends up his friend as he helps her try and find her biological father.
Call Number: Book Club Kit FIC Sim
Format: Kit
Date Added: Jul 11, 2017
Sebastian Barry
Description: Nearing her one-hundredth birthday, Roseanne McNulty faces an uncertain future, as the Roscommon Regional Mental hospital where she's spent the best part of her adult life prepares for closure. Over the weeks leading up to this upheaval, she talks often with her psychiatrist Dr Grene, and their relationship intensifies and complicates. Told through their respective journals, the story that emerges is at once shocking and deeply beautiful. Refracted through the haze of memory and retelling, Roseanne's story becomes an alternative, secret history of Ireland's changing character and the story of a life blighted by terrible mistreatment and ignorance, and yet marked still by love and passion and hope.
Call Number: Book Club Kit FIC Bar
Format: Kit
Date Added: Aug 16, 2017
David G. McCullough
Description: "David McCullough once again tells a dramatic story of people and technology, this time about the courageous brothers who taught the world how to fly, Wilbur and Orville Wright"--Provided by publisher.
Call Number: Book Club Kit McC
Format: Kit
Date Added: Dec 14, 2017
Eowyn Ivey
Description: In the winter of 1885, decorated war hero Colonel Allen Forrester leads an exploratory expedition up the Wolverine River and into the vast, untamed Alaska Territory. Leaving behind Sophie, his newly pregnant wife, Forrester records his extraordinary experiences in hopes that his journal will reach her if he doesn't return. As they map the territory and gather information on native tribes, whose understanding of the natural world is unlike anything they have ever encountered, Forrester and his team can't escape the sense that some great, mysterious force threatens their lives. Meanwhile, in Vancouver, Sophie chafes under the social restrictions of a pregnant woman on her own, and yearns to travel alongside her husband. She, too, explores nature, through the new art of photography, unaware that the coming winter will test her own courage and faith to the breaking point. --adapted from book jacket.
Call Number: Book Club Kit FIC Ive
Format: Kit
Date Added: Nov 2, 2017
Karen Joy Fowler
Description: Coming of age in middle America, eighteen-year-old Rosemary evaluates how her entire youth was defined by the presence and forced removal of an endearing chimpanzee who was secretly regarded as a family member and who Rosemary loved as a sister.
Call Number: Book Club Kit FIC Fow
Format: Kit
Date Added: Apr 4, 2017
Peter Geye
Description: The two principal stories at play in Wintering are bound together when the elderly, demented Harry Eide escapes his sickbed and vanishes into the forbidding, northernmost wilderness that surrounds the town of Gunflint, Minnesota - instantly changing the Eide family, and many other lives, forever. He'd done this once before, more than 30 years earlier in 1963, fleeing a crumbling marriage and bringing along Gustav, his 18-year-old son, pitching this audacious, potentially fatal scheme - winter already coming on, in these woods, on these waters - as a reenactment of the ancient voyageurs' journeys of discovery. It's certainly something Gus has never forgotten, nor the Devil's Maw of a river, a variety of beloved (possibly fantastical) maps, the ice floes and waterfalls (neither especially appealing from a canoe), a magnificent bear, the endless portages, a magical abandoned shack, Thanksgiving and Christmas improvised at the far end of the earth, the brutal cold and sheer beauty of it all.
Call Number: Book Club Kit FIC Gey
Format: Kit
Date Added: Aug 8, 2017
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A Fall Of Marigolds [Kit]
Susan Meissner
Book Club Kit FIC Mei
The Kitchen House [Kit]
Kathleen Grissom
Book Club Kit FIC Gri
Behold The Dreamers [Kit]
Imbolo Mbue
Book Club Kit FIC Mbu
The Lost Art Of Mixing [Kit]
Erica Bauermeister
Book Club Kit FIC Bau
Cold Sassy Tree [Kit]
Olive Ann Burns
Book Club Kit FIC Bur
The Narrow Road To The Deep North [Kit]
Richard Flanagan
Book Club Kit FIC Fla
Hidden Figures [Kit]
Margot Lee Shetterly
Book Club Kit Lee
The Rent Collector [Kit]
Camron Steve Wright
Book Club Kit FIC Wri
Homegoing [Kit]
Yaa Gyasi
Book Club Kit FIC Gya
The Rosie Project [Kit]
Graeme C Simsion
Book Club Kit FIC Sim
Lincoln In The Bardo: A Novel [Kit]
George Saunders
Book Club Kit FIC Sau
The Secret Scripture [Kit]
Sebastian Barry
Book Club Kit FIC Bar
Nights At The Cuzco [Kit]
Kara Jorges
Book Club Kit FIC Jor
The Wright Brothers [Kit]
David G. McCullough
Book Club Kit McC
Stay With Me [Kit]
Ayobami Adebayo
Book Club Kit FIC Ade
To The Bright Edge Of The World [Kit]
Eowyn Ivey
Book Club Kit FIC Ive
Take Me With You [Kit]
Catherine Ryan Hyde
Book Club Kit FIC Hyd
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves [Kit]
Karen Joy Fowler
Book Club Kit FIC Fow
The Good Food Revolution: Growing Healthy Food, People, And Communities [Kit]
Will Allen, Charles Wilson
Book Club Kit All
Wintering [Kit]
Peter Geye
Book Club Kit FIC Gey