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

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Adult Fiction

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

 

The Dutch House

Ann Patchett
 
At the end of the Second World War, Cyril Conroy combines luck and a single canny investment to begin an enormous real estate empire, propelling his family from poverty to enormous wealth. His first order of business is to buy the Dutch House, a lavish estate in the suburbs outside of Philadelphia.
 
Subjects: Brothers and sisters, Dysfunctional families, Stepmothers
Page count: 337
 
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Sold on a Monday

Kristina McMorris

2 CHILDREN FOR SALE The sign is a last resort. It sits on a farmhouse porch in 1931, but could be found anywhere in an era of breadlines, bank runs and broken dreams. It could have been written by any mother facing impossible choices. For struggling reporter Ellis Reed, the gut-wrenching scene evokes memories of his family’s dark past

Subjects: Reporters and reporting, Historical fiction, Depressions
Page count: 343
 
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Adult Nonfiction

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Feasting Wild: In Search of the Last Untamed Food

Gina Rae La Cerva

A writer and anthropologist searches for wild foods—and reveals what we lose in a world where wildness itself is misunderstood, commodified, and hotly pursued. 

Subjects: Wild foods, Natural foods, Food habits
Page count: 336

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A Book of Bees: And How to Keep Them

Sue Hubbell

Hubbell introduces us to the tasks and pleasures of beekeeping. Beekeeping, we’re shown, is a marvelous example of symbiosis, advantageous to humans, bees and crops

Subjects: Bee culture, Honeybee
Page count: 193

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YA Books

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On the Come Up

Angie Thomas

When sixteen-year-old Bri, an aspiring rapper, pours her anger and frustration into her first song, she finds herself at the center of a controversy.

Subjects: Women rap musicians, African American teenage girls, Rap musicians
Page count: 447

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Reverie

Ryan La Sala

While recovering from an attack that leaves him without his memory, gay teenager Kane Montgomery stumbles into a world where dreams known as reveries take on a life of their own, and it is up to Kane and a few unlikely allies to stop them before they spillover into the waking world.

Subjects: Fantasies, Dreams, Gay teenagers
Page Count: 397

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Children Books

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Goodnight Already!

Jory John

Bear has never been so tired but his next-door neighbor, a wide-awake duck, keeps disturbing his sleep.

Page count: 32
Lexile: 290
AR: 1.1

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Sideways Stories from Wayside School

Louis Sachar

Humorous episodes from the classroom on the thirtieth floor of Wayside School, which was accidentally built sideways with one classroom on each story.

Page count: 176
Lexile: 530
AR: 3.3

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