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

Adult Fiction | Adult Non-fiction | YA Books | Children Books | Past Materials

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Adult Fiction

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

 

Her Hidden GeniusHer Hidden Genius

Marie Benedict
 
Rosalind Franklin knows if she just takes one more X-ray picture—one more after thousands—she can unlock the building blocks of life. Then it finally happens—the double helix structure of DNA reveals itself to her with perfect clarity. But what happens next, Rosalind could have never predicted.
 
Subjects: Genetics, DNA, Molecular biologists
Page count: 283
 
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HonorHonor

Thrity Umrigar

The story of two Indian women, one a victim of a brutal crime and the other an Americanized journalist returning to India to cover the story, and the courage they inspire in each other.

Subjects: India, Social conditions, Interfaith marriage
Page count: 326
 
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Adult Non-fiction

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

 

The Art of Making Memories: How to Create and Remember Happy MomentsThe Art of Making Memories: How to Create and Remember Happy Moments

Meik Wiking

The CEO of the Happiness Institute explores how we can learn to create happy memories and do better at holding onto them.

Subjects: Memory, Mnemonics, Happiness
Page count: 288

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A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural AmericaA Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America

Ronald Takaki

Takaki traces the economic and political history of Indians, African Americans, Mexicans, Japanese, Chinese, Irish, and Jewish people in America, with considerable attention given to instances and consequences of racism.

Subjects: Minorities, Race relations, United States history
Page count: 508

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YA Books

Find monthly teen-friendly titles that our librarians recommend for discussion:

 

Symptoms of Being HumanSymptoms of Being Human

Jeff Garvin

A gender-fluid teenager who struggles with identity creates a blog on the topic that goes viral, and faces ridicule at the hands of fellow students.

Subjects: Identity, Bullying, Blogs
Page count: 335

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AllegedlyAllegedly

Tiffany D. Jackson

When Mary, a teenager living in a group home, becomes pregnant, authorities take another look at the crime for which Mary was convicted when she was nine years old.

Subjects: Pregnant teenagers, Group homes, Murder investigation
Page Count: 387

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Children Books

Find monthly child-friendly titles that our librarians recommend for discussion:

 

The Boy with Big, Big FeelingsThe Boy with Big, Big Feelings

Britney Winn Lee

Meet a boy with a heart so big, his feelings glow from his cheeks, spill out of his eyes, and jump up and down on his chest. What good is this giant heart?

Page count: 32
Lexile: Unavailable
AR: 3.6

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Love That DogLove That Dog

Sharon Creech

A young student, who comes to love poetry through a personal understanding of what different famous poems mean to him, surprises himself by writing his own inspired poem.

Page count: 128
Lexile: 1010
AR: 4.5

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The Lightning ThiefThe Lightning Thief

Rick Riordan

After learning that he is the son of a mortal woman and Poseidon, god of the sea, twelve-year-old Percy is sent to a summer camp for demigods like himself, and joins his new friends on a quest to prevent a war between the gods.

Page count: 377
Lexile: 680
AR: 4.7

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