DIY Book Club

Discover monthly book recommendations for adults, teens, and children. Scroll down or jump to each section for descriptions, page counts, subject and reading level information, teaching & discussion guides, as well as links to check out titles for use in your own DIY Book Club. You can instantly borrow digital copies through Hoopla

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Adult Fiction

Adult Nonfiction

YA Books

Children Books

Have your own book in mind? No problem. We put together a list of general questions that will fit just about any book. Click here for a general discussion guide.

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Adult Fiction

Find monthly adult fiction titles that our librarians recommend for discussion:

 

Dubliners

James Joyce
 
In this collection of masterful stories, steeped in realism, James Joyce creates an exacting portrait of his native city, showing how it reflects the general decline of Irish culture and civilization.
 
Subjects: City and town life, Dublin, Domestic fiction
Page count: 286
 
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The Cafe By The Sea

Jenny Colgan

Returning to her family’s Scottish island town in the aftermath of her mother’s death, a London girl-about-town opens a cafe when she discovers that her father and brothers are not quite up to the task of running the family farm.

Subjects: Women cooks, Islands, Scotland
Page count: 365
 
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Adult Nonfiction

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After the Eclipse: A Mother’s Murder, A Daughter’s Search

Sarah Perry

A searing memoir of the author’s efforts to understand her late mother’s life and murder describes the traumatic loss of her mother in childhood, the 12-year manhunt for the killer, and the author’s investigations into her mother’s past in the dark corners of a small Maine community.

Subjects: Murder, Children of murder victims, Mothers and daughters
Page count: 386

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The Yellow House

Sarah Broom

This is the story of a mother’s struggle against a house’s entropy, and that of a prodigal daughter who left home only to reckon with the pull that home exerts, even after the Yellow House was wiped off the map after Hurricane Katrina.

Subjects: African American women authors, African American families, New Orleans
Page count: 376

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YA Books

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Cinder

Marissa Meyer

As plague ravages the overcrowded Earth, observed by a ruthless lunar people, Cinder, a gifted mechanic and cyborg, becomes involved with handsome Prince Kai and must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect the world in this futuristic take on the Cinderella story.

Subjects: Cyborgs, Stepfamilies, Social classes
Page count: 390

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Monday’s Not Coming

Tiffany D. Jackson

When her friend Monday Charles goes missing and Monday’s mother refuses to give her a straight answer, Claudia digs into her disappearance.

Subjects: African American teenagers, Missing persons, Friendship
Page Count: 435

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Children Books

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Itty-Bitty Kitty-Corn

Shannon Hale

Kitty, who looks like a kitten yet feels she is actually a unicorn, begins to doubt herself as others ridicule her, until she meets a unicorn that helps her discover and embrace who she is.

Page count: 48
Lexile: unavailable
AR: unavailable

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The Someday Birds

Sally J. Pla,

Charlie, twelve, who has autism and obsessive compulsive disorder, must endure a cross-country trip with his siblings and a strange babysitter to visit their war-journalist father who will undergo brain surgery after being injured in Afghanistan.

Page count: 336
Lexile: 700
AR: 4.8

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Clayton Byrd Goes Underground

Rita Williams-Garcia

Feeling most alive when he’s playing the blues with his grandfather, Clayton is devastated when his grandfather dies and his mother forbids him from playing music, losses that compel him to run away and join bluesmen on the road.

Page count: 176
Lexile: 710
AR: 4.4

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