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 Nonfiction | YA Books | Children Books | Past Materials

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Adult Fiction

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

 

The Last FlightThe Last Flight

Julie Clark
 
Claire Cook has a husband whose temper burns as bright as his promising political career, and she has worked for months on a plan to get out. A chance meeting in an airport bar brings her together with a stranger equally as desperate.
 
Subjects: Marriage, Runaway wives, Mistaken identity
Page count: 311
 
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The Girl In His ShadowThe Girl in His Shadow

Audrey Blake

Nora becomes Dr. Croft’s most trusted assistant—an unthinkable and unlawful pursuit for a woman. Nora helps Croft’s groundbreaking research and his clinic gain recognition, and she finds she doesn’t mind working in the background, as long as she can continue to hone her skills. But the arrival of a new surgical resident threatens to undo all that Nora has strived for.

Subjects: Orphans, Surgeons, Secrecy
Page count: 378
 
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Adult Nonfiction

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Everything Is Horrible and Wonderful: A Tragicomic Memoir of Genius, Heroin, Love, and LossEverything Is Horrible and Wonderful: A Tragicomic Memoir of Genius, Heroin, Love, and Loss

Stephanie Wittels Wachs

When Wittels Wachs’s younger brother Harris died of a heroin overdose, she didn’t know how to make sense of such a tragic end to a life of so much hilarious brilliance. Here she alternates between her brother’s struggle with addiction, and the first year after his death.

Subjects: Drug addicts, Heroin abuse, Brothers and sisters
Page count: 288

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Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food LifeAnimal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life

Barbara Kingsolver

When Kingsolver and her family move from suburban Arizona to rural Appalachia, they take on a new challenge: to spend a year on a locally produced diet, paying close attention to the provenance of all they consume.

Subjects: Farm life, Country life, agriculture
Page count: 432

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YA Books

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

 

A Winter's PromiseA Winter’s Promise

Christelle Dabos

Ophelia’s ability to read the past of objects is unmatched and, what’s more, she possesses the ability to travel through mirrors. Her idyllic life is disrupted, however, when she is promised in marriage to Thorn, a taciturn and influential member of a distant clan.

Subjects: French literature, Fantasy fiction, Mirrors
Page count: 491

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Dress Codes for Small TownsDress Codes for Small Towns

Courtney C. Stevens

Rebelling against the role others believe she should conform to, Billie McCaffrey struggles with her feelings for two of her friends.

Subjects: Identity, Triangles, Friendship
Page Count: 337

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Children Books

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The Christmas Tugboat: How the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Came to New York CityThe Christmas Tugboat: How the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Came to New York City

George Matteson

A New York Harbor tugboat captain and his family take the tug up the Hudson River to pick up and tow the barge carrying the enormous Christmas tree that will be displayed at Rockefeller Center.

Page count: 48
Lexile: 790
AR: 4.3

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The Mighty OddsThe Mighty Odds

Amy Ignatow

A bus crash gives four very different middle schoolers odd super powers, and they must pool their powers to find out what happened to them.

Page count: 248
Lexile: 750
AR: 5

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The Cabinet of EarthsThe Cabinet of Earths

Anne Nesbet

Thirteen-year-old Maya, in Paris with her family for a year, lands in the middle of the mysterious La Societé’s quest for immortality when the magical Cabinet of Earths chooses her as its next Keeper, promising to restore her mother’s health.

Page count: 288
Lexile: 800
AR: 5.4

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