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:

 

His Only Wife

Peace A. Medie
 
A seamstress in Gana, Afi Tekple is smart; she is pretty; and she has been convinced by her mother to marry a man she does not know. Elikem is a wealthy businessman whose mother has chosen Afi in the hopes that she will distract him from his relationship with a woman his family claims is inappropriate.
 
Subjects: Arranged marriage, Women dressmakers, Ghana
Page count: 278
 
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Still Life

Louise Penny

Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Québec and his team of investigators are called in to the scene of a suspicious death in a rural village south of Montreal. Jane Neal, a local fixture in the tiny hamlet of Three Pines, just north of the U.S. border, has been found dead in the woods.

Subjects: Police, Victims of violent crimes, Mystery
Page count: 312
 
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Adult Nonfiction

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The Rainbow Comes and Goes: A Mother and Son on Life, Love, and Loss

Anderson Cooper

Anderson Cooper’s intensely busy career as a journalist for CNN and CBS’ 60 Minutes affords him little time to spend with his ninety-one year old mother. After she briefly fell ill, he and Gloria began a conversation through e-mail unlike any they had ever had before.

Subjects: Television journalists, Celebrities, Mothers and sons
Page count: 320

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Pandora’s DNA: Tracing the Breast Cancer Genes Through History, Science, and One Family Tree

Lizzie Stark

Would you cut out your healthy breasts and ovaries if you thought it might save your life? That’s not a theoretical question for journalist Lizzie Stark’s relatives, who grapple with the horrific legacy of cancer built into the family DNA.

Subjects: Mastectomy, Breast cancer, BRCA genes
Page count: 336

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YA Books

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The Silence Between Us

Alison Gervais

Maya has reservations about transferring to a hearing school after studying in a school for the deaf for years, but grows closer to Beau Watson, the student body president, who starts learning sign language to communicate with her.

Subjects: Deaf, Interpersonal relations, High schools
Page count: 317

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Verify

Joelle Charbonneau

Chicago teen Meri Beckley’s pride of living in a land of peace, prosperity, and truth crumbles when questions following her mother’s death reveal buried facts, especially that words can have great power.

Subjects: Grief, Honestly, Resistance to government
Page Count: 307

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Children Books

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We Don’t Eat Our Classmates

Ryan Higgins

It’s the first day of school for Penelope Rex, and she can’t wait to meet her classmates. But it’s hard to make human friends when they’re so darn delicious!

Page count: 48
Lexile: 500
AR: 2.3

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Soldier, Sister, Fly Home

Nancy Bo Flood

Half-Navajo, half-white sisters Tess and Gaby are separated when Gaby drops out of college to join the army. Now as Gaby is deployed to Iraq, she asks Tess to care for Blue, the spirited horse that Tess dislikes. Tess struggles with her identity and with missing her sister.

Page count: 144
Lexile: 590
AR: 4

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Destiny, Rewritten

Katheryn Fitzmaurice

Emily Elizabeth Davis has been told for her entire life that her destiny is to become a poet, just like her famous namesake, Emily Dickinson. But Emily doesn’t even really like poetry, and she has a secret career ambition that she suspects her mother will frown on. 

Page count: 368
Lexile: 810
AR: 5.1

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