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 Tattooist of Auschwitz

Heather Morris
 
In April 1942, Lale Sokolov, a Slovakian Jew, is forcibly transported to the concentration camps at Auschwitz-Birkenau. When his captors discover that he speaks several languages, he is put to work as a Tätowierer (the German word for tattooist), tasked with permanently marking his fellow prisoners.
 
Subjects: Auschwitz, Holocaust, World War
Page count: 262
 
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The Hunting Party

Lucy Foley

A group of thirty-something friends from Oxford meet to welcome in the New Year together, a tradition they began as students ten years ago. For this vacation, they’ve chosen an idyllic and isolated estate in the Scottish Highlands. They arrive just before a historic blizzard seals the lodge off from the outside world.

Subjects: Blizzards, Highlands, Suspense fiction
Page count: 570
 
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Adult Nonfiction

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Late Migrations: A Natural History of Love and Loss

Margaret Renkl

Growing up in Alabama, Renkl was a devoted reader, an explorer of riverbeds and red-dirt roads, and a fiercely loved daughter. Here, in brief essays, she traces a tender and honest portrait of her complicated parents and of the bittersweet moments that accompany a child’s transition to caregiver.

Subjects: Journalists, Adult children of aging parents, Autobiographies
Page count: 248

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The Last Stone

Mark Bowden

On March 29, 1975, sisters Katherine and Sheila Lyons, age 10 and 12, vanished from a shopping mall in suburban Washington, D.C. As shock spread, then grief, a massive police effort found nothing. The investigation was shelved, and mystery endured. Then, in 2013, a cold case squad detective found something he and a generation of detectives had missed.

Subjects: Katherine Lyon, Sheila Lyon, Lloyd Lee Welch
Page count: 352

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YA Books

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With the Fire on High

Elizabeth Acevedo

Teen mother Emoni Santiago struggles with the challenges of finishing high school and her dream of working as a chef.

Subjects: Teenage mothers, Women cooks, Cooking
Page count: 400

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The Darkest Minds

Alexandra Bracken

Sixteen-year-old Ruby breaks out of a government-run ‘rehabilitation camp’ for teens who acquired dangerous powers after surviving a virus that wiped out most American children.

Subjects: Psychic ability, Prisoners, Interpersonal relations
Page Count: 488

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Children Books

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The Fairy-Tale Detectives

Michael Buckley

Orphans Sabrina and Daphne Grimm are sent to live with an eccentric grandmother that they have always believed to be dead.

Page count: 192
Lexile: 780
AR: 5.2

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Other Words for Home

Jasmine Warga

Sent with her mother to the safety of a relative’s home in Cincinnati when her Syrian hometown is overshadowed by violence, Jude worries for the family members who were left behind as she adjusts to a new life with unexpected surprises.

Page count: 352
Lexile: 930
AR: 5.3

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Balloons over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade

Melissa Sweet

Award-winning artist Sweet tells the story of the puppeteer Tony Sarg, capturing his genius, his dedication, his zest for play, and his long-lasting gift to America–the inspired helium balloons that would become the trademark of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Page count: 40
Lexile: 1000
AR: 5.4

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