Book Discussion Kits

We provide 8 books + 8 study guides per kit. You gather your friends, read the book, and discuss it together!

  • The kits are checked out to one book group member who is responsible for returning the kit with ALL materials intact
  • Kits can be renewed
  • Kits must not be returned in the book drop
  • Replacement cost is $150 for the entire kit, $15 per lost book, or $1 per lost study guide

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr 

A blind French girl on the run from the German occupation and a German orphan-turned-Resistance tracker struggle with their respective beliefs after meeting on the Brittany coast.


Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt

The memoir of Frank McCourt, born in Depression-era Brooklyn to recent Irish immigrants and raised in the slums of Limerick, Ireland. Frank’s mother, Angela, has no money to feed the children since Frank’s father, Malachy, rarely works, and when he does he drinks his wages. Yet Malachy — exasperating, irresponsible and beguiling — does nurture in Frank an appetite for the one thing he can provide: a story.

Bel Canto by Ann Patchett

A birthday party is being held in South America in honor of a powerful Japanese businessman when terrorists break in and take everyone hostage. But what begins as a terrifying scenario turns into something different as terrorists and hostages forge an unexpected bond and love blooms in an unlikely place.


The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak

Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel–a young German girl whose book-stealing and story-telling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbors.


The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom

On his 83rd birthday, Eddie, a lonely war veteran, dies in a tragic accident trying to save a little girl from a falling cartHe awakens in the afterlife, where he learns heaven in not a lush Garden of Eden but a place where your earthly life is explained to you by five people who were in it.


The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

The child of an alcoholic father and an eccentric artist mother discusses her family’s nomadic upbringing, during which she and her siblings fended for themselves while their parents outmaneuvered bill collectors and the authorities.

light-between-oceansThe Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
After four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia with his wife Isabel and takes a job as the lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, an isolated island. Years later, after two miscarriages and one stillbirth, the grieving Isabel hears a baby’s cries on the wind. A boat has washed up onshore carrying a dead man and a living baby. Isabel insists the baby is a “gift from God,” and against Tom’s judgment, they claim her as their own and name her Lucy. When she is two, Tom and Isabel return to the mainland and discover their choice has devastated someone.

man-called-oveA Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
A curmudgeon hides a terrible personal loss beneath a cranky and short-tempered exterior while clashing with new neighbors, a boisterous family whose chattiness and habits lead to unexpected friendship.

lilac-girlsLilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly

A debut novel inspired by the life of unlikely World War II heroine Caroline Ferriday follows the experiences of a Manhattan debutante, who resolves to help upon learning of the atrocities at the Ravensbruck concentration camp; and a Catholic teen, who is swept up in the Polish resistance movement.

More kits available from other Monroe County Library Branches